Chapter 30

Chapter 30

She was almost too weak to move the desk that was blocking the door, but she moved it just enough that Nathan could squeeze inside. He leaped over the desk and they found each other in the dark. He took her in his arms, then kissed her gently.

Chapter 29

Chapter 29

“I knew you would say that, but it’s terribly risky,” Aaron said. “The government has been tracking a Chicago gang leader named Brix who has been operating in that part of the city, and it appears his followers are already looting stores and burning buildings near where Marie is. We’re really worried it could turn into a civil war there within days.”

Chapter 28

Chapter 28

Despite everything people heard on the news, Utah was actually one of the least affected areas in the nation. Dragon’s failure to complete his mission—combined with the fact that people had been warned against traveling there—had kept the Black Flu to a minimum in the state. However, that didn’t stop the rumor mill from operating at full strength.

Chapter 27

Chapter 27

panic among the nation’s citizens.

It was clear to U.S. health officials that this illness was the same one Jasmine Bradley had contracted at Energy Solutions Arena. They had never revealed photos of her body, but she’d been covered with dark splotches and sores by the time she passed away.

Chapter 24

Chapter 24

Dragon couldn’t believe his luck. The American people would be so focused on the hurricane and the continuing earthquake recovery efforts in southern California that they wouldn’t even be aware they were being hit by the worst bioterror attack in history.

Chapter 21

Chapter 21

By 9:30 p.m., he had delivered his last envelope and began driving back to Salt Lake. He arrived at the distribution center at 11 p.m., but he followed Elder Miller’s instructions and went to the conference room. He was surprised to see Elder Miller still there, talking to other missionaries.

Chapter 20

Chapter 20

By Wednesday night, the endless procession of trucks finally emptied out the three warehouses, and the tents were at their proper locations. Nathan was exhausted, and as he and Chet returned to their apartment, they hardly acknowledged each other before crashing into their beds.

Chapter 17

Chapter 17

Aaron typed in the GPS password to see where Brix was that morning. His skin crawled as he saw Brix’s location—inside a vehicle driving down the Magnificent Mile.

“That’s just too close for comfort,” Aaron whispered, feeling completely helpless concerning his daughter. “Heavenly Father, please watch over my sweet Marie.”

Chapter 16

Chapter 16

After a few more minutes of instruction by Elder Miller, the missionaries were given a light lunch. During the lunch break, they were individually taken into a room with Elder Miller and another leader and formally set apart to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church.

Chapter 13

Chapter 13

Dragon moved from the window and pondered the direction his life had taken. As a young man he had excelled in his studies and had been given the chance to attend college in the United States. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in the early 1990s, he returned to China and worked his way through the political ranks.

Chapter 12

Chapter 12

He joined her and Denise in front of the TV and watched as a skyscraper became engulfed in flames. The report soon switched to footage from a helicopter that clearly showed where a fault line had opened up, creating a deep gash across the landscape. Homes were tumbling into the void, and roads disappeared into it.

“How big was the quake?” Nathan asked.

“They’re saying it was a 7.6 . . .”