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Christine Feehan - Ghostwalkers 01 - Shadow Game.pdf

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上传者: dierapunzel 2013-02-21 评分 0 0 0 0 0 0 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Ghostwalkers 01 - Shadow Gamepdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含SHADOWGAMEByChristineFeehanCONTENTSChapterOneChapterTwoChapterThreeChapter符等。

SHADOWGAMEByChristineFeehanCONTENTSChapterOneChapterTwoChapterThreeChapterFourChapterFiveChapterSixChapterSevenChapterEightChapterNineChapterTenChapterElevenChapterTwelveChapterThirteenChapterFourteenChapterFifteenChapterSixteenChapterSeventeenChapterEighteenChapterNineteenChapterTwentyJoveeditionSeptemberCopyrightbyChristineFeehanISBN:Formybrother,MatthewKing,manythanksforallthehelpwiththeresearchnecessaryforthisbookAndforMcKenzieKing,forherdynamitesmileandherhelpinturningthosebookcoversintheproperdirection!SpecialthankstoCherylWilsonIhavenoideawhatI'ddowithoutyouOneCAPTAINRylandMillerleanedhisheadagainstthewallandclosedhiseyesinutterwearinessHecouldignorethepaininhishead,theknivesshreddinghisskullHecouldignorethecagehewasinHecouldevenignorethefactthatsoonerorlater,hewasgoingtoslipupandhisenemieswouldkillhimButhecouldnotignoretheguiltandangerandfrustrationrisinglikeatidalwaveinhimashismensufferedtheconsequencesofhisdecisionsKaden,Ican'treachRussellCowlingsCanyouHehadtalkedhismenintotheexperimentthathadlandedthemallinthelaboratorycagesinwhichtheynowresidedGoodmenLoyalmenMenwhohadwantedtoservetheircountryandpeopleWeallmadethedecisionKadenrespondedtohisemotions,thewordsbuzzinginsideRyland'smindNoonehasmanagedtoraiseRussellRylandsworesoftlyaloudashesweptahandoverhisface,tryingtowipeawaythepainspeakingtelepathicallywithhismencosthimThetelepathiclinkbetweenthemhadgrownstrongerastheyallworkedtobuildit,butonlyafewofthemcouldsustainitforanylengthoftimeRylandhadtosupplythebridge,andhisbrain,overtime,balkedattheenormityofsuchaburdenDon'ttouchthesleepingpillstheygaveyouSuspectanymedicationHeglancedatthesmallwhitepilllyinginplainsightonhisendtableHe'dlikealabanalysisofthecontentsWhyhadn'tCowlingslistenedtohimHadCowlingsacceptedthesleepingpillinthehopesofabriefrespiteHehadtogetthemenoutWehavenochoice,wemusttreatthissituationasifwewerebehindenemylinesRylandtookadeepbreath,letitoutslowlyHenolongerfelthehadachoiceHehadalreadylosttoomanymenHisdecisionwouldbrandthemastraitors,deserters,butitwastheonlywaytosavetheirlivesHehadtofindawayforhismentobreakoutofthelaboratoryThecolonelhasbetrayedusWehavenootherchoicebuttoescapeGatherinformationandsupportoneanotherasbestyoucanWaitformywordHebecameawareofthedisturbancearoundhim,thedarkwavesofintensedislikeborderingonhatredprecedingthegroupnearingthecagewherehewaskeptSomeoneisapproaching…RylandabruptlycutofftelepathiccommunicationtothoseofhismenhecouldreachHeremainedmotionlessinthecenterofhiscell,hiseverysenseflaringouttoidentifytheapproachingindividualsItwasasmallgroupthistime:DrPeterWhitney,ColonelHiggens,andasecurityguardItamusedRylandthatWhitneyandHiggensinsistedonanarmedguardaccompanyingthemdespitethefactthathewaslockedbehindbothbarsandathickglassbarrierHewascarefultokeephisfeaturesexpressionlessastheynearedhiscageRylandliftedhishead,hissteelgrayeyesascoldasiceMenacingHedidn'ttrytohidethedangerherepresentedTheyhadcreatedhim,theyhadbetrayedhim,andhewantedthemtobeafraidTherewastremendoussatisfactioninknowingtheywere…andthattheyhadreasontobeDrPeterWhitneyledthesmallgroupWhitney,liar,deceiver,monstermakerHewasthecreatoroftheGhostWalkersCreatorofwhatCaptainRylandMillerandhismenhadbecomeRylandstoodupslowly,adeliberaterippleofmusclealethaljunglecatstretchinglazily,unsheathingclawsashewaitedinsidehiscageHisicygazetouchedontheirfaces,lingered,madethemuncomfortableGraveyardeyesEyesofdeathHeprojectedtheimagedeliberately,wanting,evenneedingthemtofearfortheirlivesColonelHiggenslookedaway,studiedthecameras,thesecurity,watchedwithevidentapprehensionasthethickbarrierofglassslidawayAlthoughRylandremainedcagedbehindheavybars,Higgenswasobviouslyuneasywithoutthebarrier,uncertainjusthowpowerfulRylandhadbecomeRylandsteeledhimselffortheassaultonhishearing,hisemotionsThefloodofunwantedinformationhecouldn'tcontrolThebombardmentofthoughtsandemotionsThedisgustingdepravityandavaricethatlaybehindthemasksofthosefacinghimHekepthisfeaturescarefullyblank,givingnothingaway,notwantingthemtoknowwhatitcosthimtoshieldhiswideopenmind"Goodmorning,CaptainMiller,"PeterWhitneysaidpleasantly"HowarethingsthismorningwithyouDidyousleepatall"Rylandwatchedhimwithoutblinking,temptedtotrytopushthroughWhitney'sbarrierstodiscoverthetruecharacterguardedbehindthewallWhitneyhadinhismindWhatsecretswerehiddenthereTheonepersonRylandneededtounderstand,toread,wasprotectedbysomenaturalormanmadebarrierNoneoftheothermen,notevenKaden,hadmanagedtopenetratethescientist'smindTheycouldn'tgetanypertinentdata,shieldedasWhitneywas,buttheheavyswampingwavesofguiltwerealwaysbroadcastloudly"No,Ididn'tsleepbutIsuspectyoualreadyknowthat"DrWhitneynodded"NoneofyourmenaretakingtheirsleepingmedsInoticedyoudidn'teitherIsthereareasonforthat,CaptainMiller"ThechaoticemotionsofthegrouphitRylandhard,asitalwaysdidInthebeginning,itusedtodrivehimtohisknees,thenoiseinhisheadsoloudandaggravatinghisbrainwouldrebel,punishinghimforhisunnaturalabilitiesNowhewasmuchmoredisciplinedOh,thepainwasstillthere,likeathousandknivesdrivingintohisheadatthefirstbreachofhisbrain,buthehidtheagonybehindthefacadeoficy,menacingcalmAndhewas,afterall,welltrainedHispeopleneverrevealedweaknesstotheenemy"Selfpreservationisalwaysagoodreason,"heanswered,fightingdownthewavesofweaknessandpainfromthebatteringofemotionsHekepthisfeaturestotallyexpressionless,refusingtoallowthemtoseethecost"Whatthehelldoesthatmean"Higgensdemanded"Whatareyouaccusingusofnow,Miller"Thedoortothelaboratoryhadbeenleftstandingopen,unusualforthesecurityconsciouscompany,andawomanhurriedthrough"I'msorryI'mlatethemeetingwentlongerthanexpected!"Atoncethepainfulassaultofthoughtsandemotionslessened,muted,leavingRylandabletobreathenormallyTothinkwithoutpainThereliefwasinstantandunexpectedRylandfocusedonherimmediately,realizingshewassomehowtrappingthemoreacuteemotionsandholdingthematbay,almostasifshewereamagnetforthemAndshewasn'tjustanywomanShewassobeautiful,shetookhisbreathawayRylandcouldhavesworn,whenhelookedather,thegroundshiftedandmovedunderhisfeetHeglancedatPeterWhitney,caughtthemanobservinghisreactionstothewoman'spresenceverycloselyAtfirstRylandwasembarrassedthathehadbeencaughtstaringatherThenherealizedWhitneyknewthewomanhadsomekindofpsychicabilitySheenhancedRyland'sabilitiesandclearedoutthegarbageofstraythoughtsandemotionsDidWhitneyknowexactlywhatshedidThedoctorwaswaitingforareactionsoRylandrefusedtogivehimthesatisfaction,keepinghisexpressiontotallyblank"CaptainMiller,I'dliketopresentmydaughter,LilyWhitneyDrLilyWhitney"Peter'sgazeneverleftRyland'sface"I'veaskedhertojoinusIhopeyoudon'tmind"Theshockcouldn'thavebeenmorecompletePeterWhitney'sdaughterRylandletouthisbreathslowly,shruggedhisbroadshoulderscasually,anotherrippleofmenaceHedidn'tfeelcasualEverythinginsideofhimstilledCalmedReachedHestudiedthewomanHereyeswereincredible,butwaryIntelligentKnowledgeableAsifsherecognizedhim,too,insomeelementalwayHereyeswereadeepstartlingblue,likethemiddleofaclear,freshpoolAmancouldlosehismind,hisfreedomineyeslikehersShewasaverageheightnottall,butnotexceedinglyshortShehadawoman'sfigureencasedinagraygreensuitofsomekindthatmanagedtodrawattentiontoeverylushcurveShehadwalkedwithadecidedlimp,butwhenhelookedheroverfordamage,hecouldseenothingtoindicateinjuryMorethanallofthat,themomenthesawherface,themomentsheenteredtheroom,hissoulseemedtoreachforhersTorecognizehersHisbreathstilledinhisbodyandhecouldonlystareatherShewaslookingbackathimandheknewthesightwasn'tveryreassuringAthisbest,helookedawarriorathisworst,helookedasavagefighterTherewasnowaytosoftenhisexpressionorlessenthescarsonhisfaceorshaveoffthedarkstubblemarringhisstubbornjawlineHewasstockywithafighter'scompactbuild,carryingmostofhisweightinhisupperbody,hischestandarms,hisbroadshouldersHishairwasthickandblack,anditcurledwhenitwasn'tkepttightagainsthisskull"CaptainMiller"Hervoicewassoothing,gentle,pleasantSexyAblendofsmokeandheatthatsearedhimrightthroughhisbelly"HownicetomeetyouMyfatherthoughtImightbeofsomeuseintheresearchIhaven'thadmuchtimetogooverthedata,butI'llbehappytotrytohelp"HehadneverreactedsoforcefullytoavoicebeforeThesoundseemedtowraphimupinsatinsheets,rubbingandcaressinghisskinuntilhefelthimselfbreakoutinasweatTheimagewassovividthatforamomenthecouldonlystareather,imagininghernakedbodywrithingwithpleasurebeneathhisInthemidstofhisstruggletosurvive,hisphysicalreactiontoherwasshockingColorcreptupherneck,delicatelytingedhercheeksHerlonglashesfluttered,drifteddown,andshelookedawayfromhimtoherfather"ThisroomisveryexposedWhocameupwiththedesignIwouldthinkitwouldbeadifficultwaytolive,evenforashortperiod""Youmeanlikealabrat"Rylandaskedsoftly,deliberately,notwantinganyofthemtothinktheywerefoolinghimbybringinginthewoman"Becausethat'swhatIamDrWhitneyhashisownhumanratstoplaywith"Lily'sdarkgazejumpedtohisfaceOneeyebrowshotup"I'msorry,CaptainMiller,wasImisinformed,ordidyouagreetovolunteerforthisassignment"Therewasasmallchallengeinhervoice"CaptainMillervolunteered,Lily,"PeterWhitneysaid"Hewasunpreparedforthebrutalresults,aswasII'vebeensearchingforawaytoreversetheprocessbutsofar,everythingI'vetriedhasfailed""Idon'tbelievethat'stheproperwaytohandlethis,"ColonelHiggenssnappedHeglaredatPeterWhitney,hisbushybrowsdrawingtogetherinafrownofdisapproval"CaptainMillerisasoldierHevolunteeredforthismissionandImustinsisthecarryitouttoitsconclusionWedon'tneedtheprocessreversed,weneeditperfected"Rylandhadnotroublereadingthecolonel'semotionsThemandidn'twantLilyWhitneyanywherenearRylandorhismenHewantedRylandtakenoutbehindthelaboratoriesandshotBetteryet,dissectedsotheycouldallseewhatwasgoingoninhisbrainColonelHiggenswasafraidofRylandMillerandtheothermenintheparanormalunitAnythinghefeared,Higgensdestroyed"ColonelHiggens,Idon'tthinkyoufullyunderstandwhatthesemenaregoingthrough,whatishappeningtotheirbrains"DrWhitneywaspursuingwhatwasobviouslyalongstandingargumentbetweenthem"We'vealreadylostseveralmen…""Theyknewtherisks,"Higgensretorted,gloweringatMiller"ThisisanimportantexperimentWeneedthesementoperformThelossofafewmen,whiletragic,isanacceptablelossconsideringtheimportanceofwhatthesemencando"Rylanddidn'tlookatHiggensHekepthisglitteringgazefixedonLilyWhitneyButhisentiremindreachedoutTookholdClosedlikeaviseLily'sheadsnappedupShegaspedoutasoftprotestHergazedroppedtoRyland'shandsShewatchedhisfingersslowlybegintocurlasifaroundathickthroatSheshookherhead,aslightprotestHiggenscoughedAbarkinggruntHismouthhungopenashegaspedforairPeterWhitneyandtheyoungguardbothreachedforthecolonel,tryingtoopenhisstiffshirtcollar,tryingtohelphimbreatheThecolonelstaggered,wascaughtandloweredtothefloorbythescientistStopitThevoiceinRyland'smindwassoftRyland'sdarkbrowshotupandhisgleaminggazemetLily'sThedoctor'sdaughterwasdefinitelytelepathicShewascalmaboutit,hergazesteadyonhis,notintheleastintimidatedbythedangeremanatingfromhimSheappearedascoolasiceHe'swillingtosacrificeeveryoneofmymenTheyaren'texpendableHewasjustascalm,notforamomentrelentingHe'samoronNooneiswillingtosacrificethemennooneconsidersthemexpendableandheisn'tworthbrandingyourselfamurdererRylandallowedhisbreathtoescapeinasoft,controlledstream,clearinghislungs,clearinghismindDeliberatelyheturnedhisbackonthewrithingmanandpacedacrossthecell,hisfingersslowlyuncurlingHiggenswentintoafitofcoughing,tearsswimminginhiseyesHepointedashakyfingertowardRyland"Hetriedtokillme,youallsawit"PeterWhitneysighedandwalkedwithheavyfootstepsacrosstheroomtostareatthecomputer"I'mtiredofthemelodrama,ColonelThereisalwaysajumponthesensorsinthecomputerswhenthereisasurgeofpowerThere'snothinghereatallMillerissafelylockedinacagehedidn'tdoanythingatallEitheryou'retryingtosabotagemyprojectoryouhaveapersonalvendettaagainstCaptainMillerInanycase,I'mgoingtowritetothegeneralandinsisttheysendanotherliaison"ColonelHiggenssworeagain"I'llhavenomoretalkaboutreversingtheprocess,Whitney,andyouknowwhatIthinkaboutbringingyourdaughteronboardWedon'tneedanotherdamnbleedingheartonthisprojectweneedresults""Mysecurityclearance,ColonelHiggens,isofthehighestlevelandsoismycommitmenttothisprojectIdon'thavethenecessarydataatthistime,butIcanassureyouI'llputinwhatevertimeisnecessarytofindtheanswersneeded"Evenasshespoke,LilywaslookingatthecomputerscreenRylandcouldreadherthoughtsWhateverwasonthescreenpuzzledherasmuchaswhatherfatherwassaying,butshewaswillingtocoverforhimShewasmakingitupasshewentalongAscalmandascoolaseverHecouldn'trememberthelasttimehehadsmiled,buttheimpulsewasthereHekepthisbacktothegroup,notcertainhecouldkeepastraightfacewhilesheliedtothecolonelLilyWhitneyhadnoideawhatwasgoingonherfatherhadgivenherverylittleinformationandshewassimplywingingitHerdislikeofHiggens,compoundedbyherfather'sunusualbehavior,hadputherfirmlyinRyland'scampforthemomentHehadnoideawhatPeterWhitney'sgamewas,butthemanwasburieddeepinthemireTheexperimenttoenhancepsychicabilityandbringtogetherafightingunithadbeenhisproject,hisbrainchildPeterWhitneyhadbeenthemanwho'dpersuadedRylandtheexperimenthadmeritThathismenwouldbesafeandthattheywouldbetterservetheircountryRylandcouldn'treadthedoctorashenowcouldmostmen,butwhateverWhitneywasupto,Rylandhadbecomeconvinceditwasn'tanythingthatwouldbenefithimorhismenDonovansCorporationhadastenchaboutitIftherewasonethingRylandknewforcertain,Donovanswasaboutmoneyandpersonalprofit,notnationalsecurity"Canyoureadthatcodeyourfatherusesforhisnotes"HiggensaskedLilyWhitney,suddenlylosinginterestinRyland"GibberishifyouaskmeWhythehelldon'tyoujustputyourworkinEnglishlikeanormalhumanbeing"HesnappedthequestionatPeterWhitneyirritablyAtonceRylandswungaround,hisgraygazethoughtfulasitrestedonthecolonelTherewassomethingthere,somethinghecouldn'tgetholdofItwasshifting,moving,ideasformulatingandgrowingHiggens'smindseemedablackravine,twistedandcurvedandsuddenlycunningLilyshrugged"IgrewupreadinghiscodesofcourseIcanreadit"Rylandsensedhergrowingpuzzlementasshestaredatthecombinationofnumbers,symbols,andlettersacrossthecomputerscreen"Whatthehellareyoudoinggettingintomyprivatecomputerfiles,Frank"PeterWhitneydemanded,glaringatthecolonel"WhenIwantyoutoreadareport,I'llhavethedataorganizedandthereportwillbefinishedanduptodate,neatlytypedinEnglishYouhavenobusinessinmycomputereitherhereoratmyofficeMyresearchonmanyprojectsisonmycomputerandyouhavenorighttoinvademyprivacyIfyourpeoplegoanywherenearmywork,I'llhaveyoulockedoutofDonovanssofastyouwon'tknowwhathityou""Thisisn'tyourpersonalproject,Peter"Higgensgloweredatallofthem"Thisismyprojecttooandastheheadofit,youdon'tkeepsecretsfrommeYoudon'tmakeanysenseinyourreports"RylandwatchedLilyWhitneySheremainedveryquiet,listening,absorbinginformation,gatheringimpressions,andsoakingitalluplikeaspongeSheseemedrelaxed,buthewasveryawareshehadglancedtowardherfather,waitingforsomesign,forahintofhowtohandlethesituationWhitneygavehernothing,didn'tevenlookatherLilyhidherfrustrationverywellSheshiftedhergazebacktothecomputerscreen,leavingtheotherstotheirargument,clearlyanotherlongstandingone"IwantsomethingdoneaboutMiller,"Higgenssaid,actingasifRylandcouldn'thearhimI'malreadydeadtohimRylandwhisperedthewordsinLilyWhitney'smindAllthebetterforyouandyourmenHe'spressingmyfatherhardaboutpushingthisprojectforward,notterminatingitHeisn'tsatisfiedwiththefindingsanddoesn'tagreeitisdangeroustoallofyouLilydidn'tlookawayfromthecomputerorgiveawayinanymannerthatshewascommunicatingwithhimHedoesn'tknowaboutyouHiggenshasnoideayou'retelepathicTheknowledgeburstoverhimlikealightfromaprismBrilliantandcolorfulandfullofpossibilitiesDrWhitneywashidinghisdaughter'sabilitiesfromthecolonelFromtheDonovansCorporationRylandknewhehadammunitionInformationhecouldusetobargainwithDrWhitneySomethingthatmightbeusedtosavehismenHisflareofexcitementmusthavebeeninhismindbecauseLilyturnedandregardedhimwithacool,thoughtfulgazePeterWhitneyscowledatColonelHiggens,clearlyexasperated"YouwantsomethingdoneWhatdoesthatmean,FrankWhatdoyouhaveinmindAlobotomyCaptainMillerhasperformedeverytestwe'veaskedofhimDoyouhavepersonalreasonsfordislikingthecaptain"DrWhitney'svoicewasawhipofcontempt"CaptainMiller,ifyouwerehavinganaffairwithColonelHiggens'swife,youshouldhavedisclosedthatinformationtomeimmediately"Lily'sdarkeyebrowsshotupRyland

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