Fatalis by Jeff Rovin

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The two luminescent eyes watched the long, deserted roadway from low on the gusty promontory. Moist and dark, like large oily pearls, the eyes shifted and widened almost imperceptibly at every movement a hundred feet below. They roamed among the dim lights and deep shadows, the tall waves of the sea beyond, the dark beach, the large sea animals that broke the surface in the distance, the night birds that soared and hovered above the rocks, the flat clouds, the misty raindrops, the signposts rattling in the wind.

Most of these things were familiar; a few were not. But new or old, it was a world of constant movement, a world where any motion could be enemy or prey. Which was why the eyes missed nothing. Nor did the ears, which were shaped like gold tulip petals...

It froze as the scent came suddenly, from the north...The black eyes were met by other black eyes and they all began to move...Quickly and silently they slid through the brush and stones...commanding the foothills simply by moving through them. The smell of the prey was different, the speed was greater than they had seen, but the size was familiar.

They knew just what to do.

--From Fatalis


About Jeff Rovin

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Jeff Rovin has written dozens of novels, most notably Tom Clancy's Op-Center and its sequels, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.  He's written nonfiction books about myths, religion, and the Bible and brings that research to bear in Conversations With the Devil.  Rovin lives in the New York area.
Published June 12, 2000 by St. Martin's Press. 373 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Saber-tooth tigers attack Los Angeles in Rovin's gung-ho second novel of cryptozoological horror.

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