Assassin by Duncan Falconer

By Duncan Falconer

Stratton sequence, booklet 8

After a CIA-sponsored op in the Middle East's Khorasan Valley, operative John Stratton is asking ahead to a vacation, until eventually outdated pal and ex-SBS commander Berry Chandos calls him up immediately. via his contacts, Chandos has found nuclear soiled bomb has long past lacking in Pakistan. whilst Chandos disappears a couple of days later, Stratton unearths himself drawn right into a determined race to discover his outdated accomplice sooner than an murderer objectives him and earlier than the bomb can fall into the inaccurate fingers. by myself and unsupported, Stratton needs to struggle to discover his buddy and detect the reality during this high-voltage mystery.

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Not much cover here, but they had no choice. Beyond the trail, he spied canyons so deep and sheer that light could enter only at high noon. A gorge dropped away to their right, and they ran along its edge. Bright sun blazed on the far side, dulled by black mountain slate. A hundred feet below water rushed and tumbled, gray with sand, tossing foamy spray high into the air. They clambered up the steep embankment. He spotted the bridge. Exactly where they’d been told. Not much of a span, just shaky poles wedged upright between boulders on each end, horizontal timbers fastened on top, connected by thick hemp.

Pau pointed to a water clock that he said was from 113 BCE. A sundial, gun barrels, porcelain, astronomical etchings, each invention evidence of Chinese ingenuity. One curious item caught Ni’s attention—a small ladle balanced on a smooth bronze plate upon which he noticed engravings. “The compass,” Pau said. “Conceived by the Chinese 2,500 years ago. The ladle is carved from magnetic lodestone and always comes to rest facing south. ” “All of this belongs to the People’s Republic,” Ni said. “To the contrary.

His palms loosely gripped the rough hemp, ready to apply a death lock if the bottom fell out beneath him. The distant shadow grew in size, then was replaced with the distinct shape of an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter. American-made, but this was no salvation. Pakistan operated them, too, provided by Washington to help a supposed ally with the war on terrorism. The Cobra powered straight toward them. Twin-bladed, dual-engined, it carried 20mm guns, anti-tank missiles, and aerial rockets. Fast as a bumblebee, and equally maneuverable.

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