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Set in a small village in the heart of Africa,this is the story of a sacred rain beetle. When a boy carelessly kills one of these precious beetles, its death will bring disaster not only to him but on his entire tribe. Generations later, a beautiful woman brings an amberamulet to show to a famous professor. Entombed within this amulet is the well-preserved body of a rain beetle. It would be no more than an intriguing curio, except that this rain beetle is not quite dead....This latest tale from Ryan Blumenthal (author of The Seed) weaves past and present together to bring a shocking conclusion. ryan Blumenthal is a forensic pathologist and sleight-of-hand magician from South Africa.