Capital Offensive [Stony Man Series] [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Don Pendleton
eBook Category: Suspense/Thriller
eBook Description: STONY MAN.... Dedicated to a seek-and-destroy mandate when presidential directive sends them into the heat of battle, the cyber and commando teams of Stony Man hit hard and fast to remove threats of global magnitude. Now a secret terrorist organization has hacked its way into defense satellites--opening a trapdoor to Hell.... CAPITAL OFFENSIVE.... America stands virtually defenseless as global security is compromised and nations prepare for the final conflagration that will end civilization. Stony Man gets a lead on a rogue Argentinean general and his twisted vision of a scorched and reborn planet Earth, but tracking the technology and the masters of destruction is a race where seconds count ... and the loser will be humanity itself.
eBook Publisher: Harlequin/Gold Eagle
Fictionwise Release Date: December 2007
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Dawn was just breaking over the capital city, and the White House, normally a beehive of activity at that early hour, was strangely quiet. Government aides rushed about without talking, telephone conversations were hushed and the Secret Service agents stationed at every door were grimly silent, their hard eyes constantly checking every identification badge. There were absolutely no tourists or news reporters anywhere in sight.
To the stoic people inside the Oval Office, the atmosphere was cool in both temperature and demeanor. The anxious members of the senior staff were perched on the two couches set in front of the fireplace, looking as if they were racehorses poised at the starting gate. Across the room, the President was sitting behind a massive hardwood desk, his fist clenched around a red telephone receiver. Ten years ago that would have been the hotline to Moscow. Now the secure line went directly to Beijing.
Openly cradling assault rifles, Secret Service agents stood in every corner, barely a ripple in their jackets from the body armor underneath. Outside the tall windows, armed helicopter gunships swept low around the capital building in a standard defensive pattern, then there came the low rumble of a full squadron of jet fighters streaking across the city. Through the glass panes of the door leading to the promenade, Marine One could be seen sitting on the manicured lawn between the Jefferson Mounds, the turbo props of the armored helicopter slowly turning as it stayed ready to fly the President to safety at a moment's notice.
The members of the senior staff knew that the vice president was already in the underground bunker at Camp David, and the Joint Chiefs were en route to Cheyenne Mountain, the headquarters for NORAD.
"No, Mr. Premier, the United States of America is not, repeat, not at war with China, or with anybody else for that matter," the President said in strained patience. The man's hair was tousled and his necktie was askew, as if he hadn't been to sleep in days. Yet he had only been awake for a few hours.
"Yes, I agree," the President continued after a short pause. "We do have to keep the incident from the general public…. Yes, rioting in the streets is a distinct possibility, I agree."
Frowning slightly, the President listened to the man on the other end of the receiver as he wearily poured himself a fresh cup of coffee from a steaming urn.
"No, that is not quite correct, Mr. Premier…. Look, Lu-Chan, I have absolutely no explanation about the missile misfiring." The President leaned back in his chair with a white china cup balanced in his hand. "We did help you shoot them down, after all. A dozen of our new ICBMs went wild, but we were able to self-destruct nine. Only three got away from us, and all of them were destroyed in-flight. We suspect a computer malfunction…. Yes, I agree, Lu-Chan. Machines are useful servants, but very poor masters."
The senior staff looked up sharply at the colossal lie, but said nothing. Nine missiles? Only three of the new ICBMs had been launched the previous night. But the careful distortion of the truth made the U.S. seem heroic and less like incompetent fools.
"I understand that hundreds of Chinese civilians were killed when the missiles came crashing down on that factory complex," the President stated, setting down the untouched cup. His voice was calm, but the tendons in his neck revealed the tension he was actually feeling. Red China was the last serious enemy to freedom in the world, but the gigantic nation was slowly becoming a valuable business partner with America. Soon enough, Communist China would crumble under the economic pressure to buy washing machines, DVD players and tractors, exactly as the Soviet Union had done several years ago. However, at the moment, the Chinese were still the only nation truly capable of nuking America off the map and their overly suspicious commander had to be treated with all due respect.
"This would have been much worse if the warheads hadn't been dummies," the President said, then abruptly stopped. There was an awkward pause. "Nonnuclear models," he explained patiently.
The Premier of Red China boasted of his excellent English and considered it a mark of distinction that he didn't need a translator like the American President. However, American slang sometimes confused the man terribly.
"I agree…we…yes, thank you, Lu-Chan." The President sighed deeply, his muscles finally relaxing. "I only wish that if the situation were reversed, I could also show such wisdom and restraint as yourself, my old friend…. Yes, absolutely. We shall talk again on this soon. Goodbye." Gently, the exhausted man hung up the red phone as if it were made of glass and a hurried gesture would shatter it into a million pieces.
"Well, sir?" Daniel Thursby nervously asked, wringing his hands. The senior domestic policy adviser had recently shaved and was neatly dressed. He looked almost too young to work in the government, yet in the halls of Congress, he was one of the most feared men in the nation.
"China has agreed to step down from Red Flag Five, their version of DefCon Five, and will no longer be preparing to launch missiles at us," the President stated, taking a sip from the tepid cup of coffee.
With audible sighs, everybody in the room eased their stance at the good news.
"Even if they did, sir, we could have stopped their missiles," Virgil McPherson stated confidently. Wearing a badly rumpled suit, the foreign policy adviser looked perpetually angry.
"All of them?" the President demanded pointedly, placing aside the empty cup.
"Greater than ninety-five percent."
The President tried not to frown. Which would mean only twenty or thirty million dead civilians.
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