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- KurzbeschreibungIn the latest military thriller from the retired Delta Force Operator and New York Times bestselling author, a hostage situation places America's most powerful political elite at the mercy of its worst enemies.
When veteran operator Pike Logan and partner Jennifer Cahill receive a letter from Blaisdell Consulting-the umbrella cover company for their real employer, a top secret counterterrorist unit called the Taskforce-they expect orders for their next mission-impossible tasking. Instead, they learn that their latest actions have gotten them fired, despite having saved thousands of innocent lives.
Pike's shock and fury is redirected when their commander, Colonel Kurt Hale, asks him and Jennifer for help with a personal matter: His niece Kylie, an exchange student in England, has gone missing. Neither Pike nor Jennifer understands how critical her disappearance will become.
Meanwhile, all Taskforce teams have been redirected to a developing situation. A terrorist organization has targeted military relatives of key members of the US government, including the vice president's son. Their seizure of hostages was far-reaching and meticulously coordinated, and the full extent of the threat-and potential demands-has thrown the government into turmoil. They face a terrible choice: Cease counter-terrorist operations, or watch hostages die one by one. How much is a single life worth? Unless the Taskforce can decipher the web of lies devised by their enemies, the United States is about to find out.
From the Hardcover edition.
- AutorBrad Taylor
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- Seiten432 Seiten
- Gewicht317 g
- LeseprobeThis excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof
Copyright © 2014 Brad Taylor
The woman caught Aiden's eye a second time and he realized she was stalking him. Which he found ironic, given he was in the process of hunting another, although he was fairly sure her idea of success was much different than his. Older than the average female at the bar, she projected an air of quiet desperation, with a sultry smile covering her misery like a cheap coat of paint, the pain clearly evident underneath.
Surrounded on all sides by soldiers barely over drinking age, most having recently returned from a combat deployment with the 82nd Air borne, she longed to get away from the smell of stale beer and testoster one. She was searching for someone to take her from the bravado of arms. Someone who didn't have the stench of combat surrounding his every move. A civilized man who didn't believe that training to kill was a decent way to make a living.
She could be forgiven in her assessment, as Aiden Kelleher was much older than most of the men in the bar. His haircut, clothes, and de meanor did not mark him as a soldier. At least not a US one, with Tap out T shirts, shaved heads, and skull tattoos. If asked, he certainly considered himself no less a soldier than the rowdy men in the bar. He had taken lives in the name of a cause, and he most certainly knew that killing was a noble way to make a living.
Maybe I'll come back here later. Taste a little American sweetness.
He smiled to himself, knowing that wasn't going to happen. He'd already raised his signature simply by opening his mouth, his accent causing the bartender to comment. He might be remembered, which wasn't good, considering what he had planned.
He felt his phone vibrate and checked the number. He held the cell up in the air, letting his partner see it at a table across from the bar, then exited so he could talk in private.
"I have him in the bar, but I've raised my signature. The police will retrace his steps, and I might be mentioned."
"Can you still get him?"
"I think so, if you want to push it. I would prefer to wait."
"We don't have time. He's set to go on a military exercise tomorrow, and we only have three days. You miss him tonight, and we lose him."
"We still have the others, right?"
"Maybe. All will have the same issues as you, so we might miss more than just this one. Once they connect who we're after, they will lock them all down tight. All six will be protected. It might even take less than three days for that to happen."
"Then tonight it is
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