Scorpion Strike

By John J. Nance

In the wake of wilderness typhoon, a defecting Iraqi scientist has published Saddam Hussein's scary plans for a devastating counterstrike opposed to his enemies...and the realm. without 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 whole undertaking into the arms 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 have to depend upon their skills--and every one other--as by no means earlier than, to accomplish a project that appears progressively more like a suicide run...

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However the numbers he desperately wanted have been in his head—somewhere. It was once notable what percentage he may possibly remember while he relatively attempted, yet of the main important numbers had eluded him. For hours he had attempted, virtually seeing them—almost in a position to learn them in his mind’s eye. yet every time he had tried to mentally sharpen the focal point, the numbers had evaporated like a warmth mirage within the noonday wasteland. after which the americans had come like a breeze of cool air, and the Saudi officer who had looked as if it would have tossed his observe aside—but hadn’t, Allah be praised—suddenly passed again his watch! How bad used to be his opinion of human nature to have assumed in a different way. Little victories, little defeats. He had oscillated from self assurance and goal to the depths of melancholy and again a dozen occasions long ago few hours whereas ready, ready, ready. Time was once slipping away, and if those bright-eyed, convinced, reliable westerners he had consistently sought after didn’t—what used to be the word? —“get their act jointly” very quickly, the canisters will be moved, and the results may shake the planet. He had by no means for a second concept Saddam can be a Hitler. He suggestion he understood Saddam. Butcher, bully, grasp manipulator, and demagogue—but now not a madman like Hitler. whereas learning one weekend within the library at Oxford, in the course of his baccalaureate years, whilst he have been soaking up every thing western, he had run around the newly came upon plans of the 3rd Reich for the British humans. The awesome brutality of the postwar blueprint used to be past the comprehension of a sane brain: all British males will be exterminated; all British adult females will be enslaved, many for the informal sexual use of German men; all male kids will be slaughtered; and all British associations and museums will be not just dismantled yet eliminated, as though there by no means have been a Britain. Shakir were shaken to the depths of his being that any such monster existed. without doubt Saddam may well by no means approximate such evil. And but, with Shakir’s self-indulgent aid, that used to be precisely what he had determined to do. The Israelis inspiration they have been the point of interest of Saddam’s rage. they'd no concept it used to be mankind itself that stood in his crosshairs, and mankind got here in lots of types and cultures. a twin of his teenagers and Saliah, his spouse, got here back, and his composure slipped. How I omit them! How I pass over her! She used to be so appealing, even in any case those years of marriage and youngsters. such a lot of Iraqi better halves stopped making an attempt after it slow, yet now not Saliah. She all started the day and ended the day attempting to glance attractive and fascinating to him—and she succeeded. How i would like her! unusual, Shakir idea. What a curious reaction to separation. His smile broadened because the concepts and stories of her grew to become extra sensual. How fortunate he used to be. Their starvation for every different had grown, now not reduced, in particular with the lonely months of separation. while Saddam had ordered him to the barren region in 1989 to stick and paintings at Saad-18, one of many bunkerlike underground wasteland labs he had helped construct, merely occasional visits domestic have been authorized.

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