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Excerpt from The Joshua Stone

Excerpt from The Joshua Stone

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Published by WilliamMorrowBooks
Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there . . .

In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged.

When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it's about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever.
Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there . . .

In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged.

When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it's about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever.

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PROLOGUE
Thurmond, WesT Virginia
October 5, 1959
I
T
was time. Dr. Franz Holzberg stood at the securitydesk o the Thurmond National Laboratory and waitedpatiently or the guard to buzz him through the heavy steeldoor that provided access to the lab.
Funny
, he thought ashe waited.
They don’t even know what they’re guarding
. Heshook his head and considered that thought or a moment.
 I they only knew . . .
A second later, the door opened with a loud buzz, andHolzberg stepped into a steel enclosure about ve eetsquare and seven eet tall. He turned to ace the guard andpulled a chain-link saety gate across the opening.“Ready?” asked the guard.Holzberg nodded, and the compartment in whichhe stood suddenly lurched downward and began its longdescent toward the laboratory spaces, nine hundred eetbelow the ground.
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Two minutes later, the elevator shuddered to a halt, andDr. Holzberg exited into a wide, empty passageway, abouttwenty eet across and two hundred eet long. The cracked,concrete foor was sparsely illuminated by overhead indus-trial lighting. A pair o rusty trolley rails ran down the mid-dle o the corridor—a remnant o the mining operationsthat had once taken place there decades earlier.Holzberg took a deep breath and savored the pungentsmell o sulur and stagnant water. Ater three long yearso working on this project, he actually elt more at homeunderground than in the charmless cinder-block ramblerthat the government had provided or him “up top,” inThurmond.He started o toward the laboratory at the end o thecorridor, his ootsteps echoing loudly throughout the vastspace. As he walked, the protocol or Experiment TNL-213streamed through his mind or the thousandth time.
Todayis the day
, he reminded himsel, allowing just the aintest o smiles. Today, God would heed
 his
command.
 Just as God heeded Joshua’s command at Gibeon.
Holzberg passed through the laboratory’s heavy secu-rity door and entered a long, rectangular room resemblinga tunnel, with unpainted cement walls, ceiling, and foor.The middle o the room was dominated by a large pool o water, twenty by thirty eet across and thirty eet deep, witha steel catwalk extending across it. A sturdy steel railingcircumscribed the edge o the pool. Overhead, our longrows o incandescent bulbs illuminated the entire roomwith bright, white light. High up on the walls, thick, mul-ticolored bundles o wires and cables snaked like garlandsacross sturdy brackets, with smaller bundles droppingdown at uneven intervals to various lab equipment andworkstations around the room.Holzberg spotted our technicians in white lab coats
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