Note: The Project Eden series is best read in order.
Matt Hamilton's last words have led Daniel Ash and his team to the snow-covered town of Everton, Vermont. On a field just outside city limits sits an unassuming hut.
But this is no innocent building. Inside is the entrance to the secret Project Eden base known as Dream Sky, the key to the Project's success. Or its defeat, as Ash hopes.
To give the team the best chance to succeed, Resistance groups have moved into position outside Project installations around the globe. The purpose: to create diversions that will draw Project attention away from Dream Sky.
These groups have been waiting for the signal to attack. The wait is over.
A hush has settled over the planet. The once dominant human race is in full retreat. But man is not yet defeated.
Augustine dream sky. These were Matt Hamilton's last words. Daniel Ash has no idea what they mean, but he's sure they are key to defeating Project Eden. His only hope is that he's able to figure out the secret in time.
The survivors on Isabella Island are surrounded by death, and need to get off the island before the flu can claim them, too. But there are not enough boats at the resort to get everyone to safety. The only solution involves a risky trip to the mainland that may be even more dangerous than remaining on the island.
In Mumbai, Sanjay's friends watch as the Project Eden survival station is abandoned. Curious, they search the facility once everyone has left. They expect to find very little, and at first they are right. But only at first.
Ben Bowerman's search for his girlfriend, Martina Gable, takes him to the only place left he thinks she can be. When he gets there, he's hurled into the unexpected, where he begins to see the truth of what is really going on, and knows if he doesn't do something drastic, his days are numbered.
And in an idyllic town covered by a blanket of snow, all is quiet. Except for the rotating squad of soldiers who watch and wait for a problem they believe becomes more and more unlikely as each day passes. The world, after all, is quickly depleting.
But they are wrong.
The Sage Flu pandemic is sweeping across the globe, killing almost everyone in its path. Those who have so far avoided its deathly grip struggle to remain among the living.
When the message from the man claiming to be Secretary General of the United Nations plays around the world, hope begins to bloom. But the message isn't from the UN, and its promise of a life-saving vaccine is a lie.
Project Eden is working toward its endgame, when it will be in full control of what remains of the human race.
In Montana, the small group that has remained at the Bunker, after the rest of the Resistance relocated to a safer location, now has no choice but to leave. Daniel Ash needs more time to recover, but a storm is coming. Instead of heading for the remote Resistance base in Nevada, however, the Resistance's leader has a much different plan.
A plan that could change everything.
The hammer has fallen. The deadly Sage Flu has been unleashed. The scramble for survival is in full force.
Martina Gable and her family escaped to a secluded mountain cabin in hopes of avoiding the death sweeping the desert valley below, but have they gone far enough?
Dominic Ray, manager of a tropical, private island resort, has a dream job. The weather, the food, the drinks, the people—life couldn't be better. What he doesn't expect—what no one could have expected—is that his good life is about to disappear.
In a sea of the sick and dying, Sanjay and Kusum desperately search for a place beyond Mumbai where they and the group they are leading can be safe, and where they can prepare for what the future may bring.
Brandon Ash wants nothing more than to be with his father and sister, but there is something waiting for him on a deserted, snow-covered highway. Something that may mean the reunion will never happen.
As Daniel Ash, Brandon's father, lies unconscious from the serious wounds he suffered while hunting for his son, his daughter Josie realizes it's up to her to find her brother and bring him home. But the search will be a dangerous one that will take her far from home.
And then there is Project Eden, watching the plague kill as they had planned, even as they prepare to activate the next phase.
What will you do to survive?
A simple push of a button and the world will never be the same.
Martina Gable returns home from college to spend Christmas break with her family, but the relaxing vacation she expects is not even close to what she'll get.
Sanjay, a young man in Mumbai who knows more than he should about Project Eden's plan, will do whatever he can to keep Kusum, the girl he loves, alive and safe.
A boy named Brandon Ash runs for his life in the hills of Montana, wanting only to see his family again.
But first there is Daniel, the boy's father, who watches Olivia Silva's finger hover over the enter key that will decide the fate of humanity.
Do you think you're safe?
Before, it was just a test, a little demonstration to see if the virus worked. It did, and so much better than its creators could have ever hoped.
But the testing phase is over. It's time for Project Eden to take the next step. If its members have their way, humanity is about to get a reboot.
It's up to Daniel Ash and the others in the outnumbered resistance to keep the Project from severely downsizing mankind. But can their small force succeed in the face of a plan decades in the making?
The human race had better hope so, because if Ash and his friends can't...
Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare.
But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning...
Something is burning Ash's daughter alive. Something horrible that is spreading beyond the walls of their home, and taking no prisoners.
Thirty seconds later, Ash will discover his daughter isn't the only one in his family infected, and as his world spins, coming apart at the seams, a team of armed men in biohazard suits bursts into his house.
But these aren't the good guys.
They haven't come to save Ash's family. They've come to separate them, to finish what they started.
The problem is Ash refuses to disappear. He wants only one thing: to find those responsible.
Because humanity is on the brink of execution.
And man is pulling the trigger.
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