First came a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility that unleashed the product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gave way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned...
The story is enthralling: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes a monstrous product of a military experiment and after a chaotic night characterised by a real massacre, a new world is born and it is completely altered. For the survivors, there is nothing else to do...
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The story is enthralling: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes a monstrous product of a military experiment and after a chaotic night characterised by a real massacre, a new world is born and it is completely altered. For the survivors, there is nothing else to do but fight for their lives and against their fears and almost hopeless fate.
Jonas Lear: A professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, he is the organizer of the expedition to Bolivia in search of the virus. Afterward he becomes the chief scientist for Project NOAH.
Bradford "Brad" Joseph Wolgast: FBI Special Agent, one of the men dispatched to kidnap Amy Bellafonte, and who initially obtains agreement from human subjects recruited for Project NOAH. As the story progresses he develops into a father figure for Amy. Brad was named after one of Cronin's friends.
Phil Doyle: FBI Special Agent and Wolgast's partner in attaining felons for Project NOAH.
Colonel Sykes: Wolgast's immediate supervisor and military leader of Project NOAH.
Peter Jaxon: Also known as Peter of Souls, the Man of Days, and the One Who Stood, he is a 21-year-old descendant of one of the signatories of the One Law of the First Colony. In the colony he is in the Watch Trade as First Watch.
Alicia Donadio: Nicknamed "Lish". Last of the Donadio family, raised by the Colonel and youngest captain of First Colony.
Theo Jaxon: Peter's older brother, he is a Watcher officer (Captain) of First Colony.
Sara Fisher: Michael's older sister, she is a nurse and member of First Colony.
Michael Fisher: Known in First Colony as "Circuit", he is Sara's younger brother and First Engineer of Light and Power for the community.
Arlo Wilson: First Colony Watcher and musician, brother of Hollis Wilson
Jeanette: Amy's mother who abandons her at the convent.
Bill Reynolds: Amy's father who sold combines and harvesters for a living.
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“The memories poured through her like water. Of a house in the snow and a lake and a carousel wtih lights and the feel of his big hand wrapping her own on a night when they soared together beneath the eaves of heaven.”
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