Alvaro de Padilla was overcome by dread as his visions dissipated and focus returned to his tired eyes.
-- The Devil's Elixir by Raymond Khoury. This is a real rip-roarer. Pure fun. It opens in 1741 in what is now Mexico.
This is the latest in Khoury's Templar series, featuring FBI agent Sean Reilly and his archaeologist girlfriend Tess Chaykin. I haven't read the others, but this one stands alone just fine.
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