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By John J. Nance

In the wake of desolate tract hurricane, a defecting Iraqi scientist has published Saddam Hussein's frightening plans for a devastating counterstrike opposed to his enemies...and the realm. with out time to spare, American forces needs to remobilize to find and neutralize the underground laboratory the place a deadly super-virus is able to be unleashed. yet an eleventh-hour catastrophe thrusts the total venture into the fingers of Air strength comrades-in-arms Colonel Will Westerman and Reserve Colonel-turned-commercial pilot Doug Harris. Flying into the center of Iraqi energy, they need to depend upon their skills--and each one other--as by no means prior to, to accomplish a project that appears a growing number of like a suicide run...

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What do you suggest, ‘of a sort’? ” “There’s …” Will begun, “… there’s another factor. ” “What? those surprises are killing me. ” “You ever used night-vision goggles? ” Doug pulled again and seemed incredulous, a tell-me-you’re-joking type of smile creeping throughout his face. “No-o-o! ” “Well, I’ve had a bit guideline, yet …” “This is the place you inform me we’ve obtained to land on a rural street in the midst of Iraq in the course of the evening donning night-vision goggles, correct? ” “Afraid so. That was once the half I couldn’t relatively determine of the plan. The staff down there'll be marking the runway with fluorescent mild sticks that in simple terms appear at the goggles. ” Doug used to be nodding slowly, a completely severe expression on his face. “You’ve succeeded, Will. ” “In doing what? ” “In scaring the hell out of me, too. ” four MAC Alpha 284, in flight over significant Saudi Arabia Wednesday, March 6, 1991—9:40 P. M. (1840 GMT) Technical Sergeant Phil Casey, the loadmaster, leaned awkwardly opposed to the folded group front ladder and surveyed his airborne shipment compartment whereas sipping a cup of rancid, re-warmed espresso. The seventeen-ton M-3 Bradley scuffling with automobile and the 2 M-113 armored body of workers carriers—tracked, tanklike autos, the Bradley festooned with guns—barely slot in the inner of the Starlifter. The contributors of the strike strength have been sandwiched on both sides of the large machines in what he thought of the least cozy seats in aviation, the ever present pink canvas folding sidewall seats, now occupied by way of eighteen military commandos, such a lot of whom have been snoozing within the common GI place: any approach they can. Casey thought of delivering espresso to their commanding officer, significant Moyer, a ramrod-straight infantryman with a eternally grim expression and a crewcut, yet rejected the belief. I don’t particularly dislike the guy that a lot, he chuckled to himself. The espresso used to be negative, even via MAC criteria. The plane commander, Colonel Westerman, had promised to offer him and Sandra an intensive briefing someday within the subsequent hour, and he used to be waiting for that. no matter what they have been on the point of do, the Delta strength significant had already instructed him he sought after the rear shipment doorways open and the ramp down earlier than the aircraft rolled to a cease. the place they have been going to roll to a cease was once nonetheless a secret. the 2 pilots had long gone off headset to debate it. Iraq, he figured. a few airport up there at midnight, probably. the idea of bullets crashing into his aircraft gave him a short-term kick back, yet that kind of factor didn’t take place to MAC reserve crews in C-141s. Or so he was hoping. along with, the struggle was once over and the Coalition had gained. The Iraqi sat just a couple of ft from the cockpit ladder on one of many sidewall seats, it seems that fed on together with his personal options. Phil had by no means met an Iraqi ahead of. the fellow appeared light and well-spoken, thanking him for a cup of water in ideal English with a British accessory. attention-grabbing. As a suffering artist, he had came upon himself learning the man’s face conscientiously, attempting to memorize its subtleties.

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