Thereafter, they would spend the rest of their lives in the care of the federal penal system, a white-collar prison camp, under assumed identities. “Agent.” When Richards had left, Sykes leaned back in his chair. You’ll have to be satisfied with the layman’s version. They couldn’t even say exactly where they’d been.” He leaned forward over his desk. “Little thing in here, between the sternum and the trachea, about the size of an acorn.The men would be chosen based upon a number of factors, but all would be men between the ages of twenty and thirty-five with no living first-degree relatives. Here’s the background, at least the part I can tell you. In most people, it’s atrophied completely by puberty, and you could go your whole life not knowing you had one, unless it was diseased. A hugely accelerated rate of cellular regeneration. Remember these were cancer patients, all over fifty. Smell, hearing, vision, skin tone, lung volume, physical strength and endurance, even sexual function. But I’ve got people downstairs who think that’s exactly what happened.Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes.
There was an elevator, but Richards walked past it and led Wolgast down a narrow hallway to a heavy metal door that opened on a flight of stairs.They ascended to the second floor, and made their way down another non-descript hallway to Sykes’ office.Sykes rose from behind his desk as they entered: a tall, well-built man in uniform, his chest spangled with the various bars and little bits of color that Wolgast had never understood.The four of them had been part of an eco-tour, deep in the jungle. The four patients.” Sykes leaned back in his chair, his face darkening a little. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Louis Post-Dispatch, Booklist, and Library Journal “Magnificent.” “Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel.They claimed that they were part of a group of fourteen but had gotten separated from the others and had been wandering in the jungle for weeks. Excerpted from The Passage by Justin Cronin Copyright © 2010 by Justin Cronin. Named one of the ten best novels of the year by Time magazine and one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.
Stepping into the Chalet, Wolgast had the disorienting sensation of peeking behind a movie set; the place had been gutted to the studs, its original architecture replaced by the neutral textures of a modern office building: gray carpeting, institutional lighting, acoustic tile drop ceilings.He might have been in a dentist’s office, or the high-rise off the freeway where he met his accountant once a year to do his taxes.A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he’d actually managed to fall asleep.The Army needed between ten and twenty death-row inmates to serve in the third-stage trials of an experimental drug therapy, codenamed Project Noah.
In exchange for their consent, these men would have their sentences commuted to life without parole. Once they’re signed on, the Army will take it from there. But I’m going to be asking them to sign over their whole lives.It was sheer luck that they’d stumbled onto a remote trading post run by a bunch of Franciscan friars, who arranged their transport to La Paz. Now, Hanta isn’t the common cold, but it’s not exactly rare, either, so none of this would have been more than a blip on the CDC’s radar if not for one thing. The tour was organized by an organization called ‘Last Wish.’ You’ve heard of them? “I thought they just took people skydiving, things like that.” “That’s what I thought, too. Of the four, one had an inoperable brain tumor, two had acute lymphocytic leukemia, and the fourth had ovarian cancer. 600695 Diff pinion 10T spiral600696 Diff gear 43T spiral For the Serpent Cobra 1/8 Truggy and E-Truggy Serpent introduces a new type of pinion and gear.10T and 43TThe pinion and gear have a slight spiral cut.