By W. E. B. Griffin
Through the years, W.E.B. Griffin's tales of the army and police, instructed with crackling realism and wealthy characters, have received him hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts and acclaim as "the dean of the yank warfare adventure" (Publishers Weekly). Now he vaults into the current day with a chain as intriguing as whatever he has ever written.
At an airfield in Angola, males board a leased Boeing 727; then, as soon as it's within the air, slit the pilot's throat and fly to components unknown. The consternation is rapid, because the CIA, FBI, FAA, and different organizations race to determine what has occurred, within the technique elbowing one another within the aspects a bit too vigorously.
bored stiff, the President of the USA turns to an out of doors investigator to figure out the reality, a military intelligence officer serving as exact assistant to the Director of place of birth protection. significant Carlos Guillermo Castillo, often called Charley, is the son of a German mom and a Tex-Mex father, a Medal of Honor winner who died in Vietnam. A pilot, West element graduate, and veteran of wilderness typhoon and the designated Forces, Castillo has a pointy eye for the facts-and the truth in the back of the proof. touring undercover, he flies to Africa, and there, helped and hindered via unforeseen allies and decided enemies, starts to untangle a narrative of scary dimensions-a tale that, except he can deal with it, will finish very, very badly.
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32 It did not help that many Valdôtains spoke French at least as well as they spoke Italian, albeit with a distinct accent. In fact, there were three main languages in the Valle: French, Italian, and a local dialect, Franco-Provençal, which was a synthesis of French and the southern French language of Provençal. ”33 He remarked that his Italian acquaintances were often surprised at how well he spoke Italian, and that many Italians treated Valdôtains like “savages” who had to be taught how to be patriotic Italians.
And they had their reasons for doing so. Neither Dubreuil nor any of the other witnesses were suspects in the case, primarily due to the nature of the crime itself. Toureaux’s murder was no spontaneous act of violence or a murder that an amateur could have carried out, the police quickly concluded. Rather, it seemed most likely to have been the work of a professional or at least of an experienced killer who knew what he was doing. Dubreuil and the other witnesses on the scene all turned out to be who they said they were when the police investigated their backgrounds, and none of them appeared to possess either the nerve or the skill to have accomplished such a brazen hit.
B. 356 arrived at the Porte Dorée. At this point witnesses’ recollections of what happened next begin to conflict. Raymond Bruel and André Lejeune, two passengers traveling in a second-class car, told police that they heard a cry from elsewhere on the train just before it screeched to a stop. When the doors opened, they leapt out and ran to the source of the sound, the first-class car. On its floor lay the young women in green, her lips moving, forming words only she could hear. 6 According to the Parisian press, however, the first witnesses to discover Toureaux were passengers waiting on the platform at the Porte Dorée station, who intended to take the first-class car.