By Stephen Hunter
A moment chance...
In the windswept sands of the center East, Paul Chardy fought facet through facet with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the opposite a ferocious freedom fighter. Then Chardy fell into the fingers of the enemy, and Beg was once betrayed. Now the 2 males are approximately to fulfill again.
A moment gun...
Beg has come over the Mexican border less than a hail of bullets--determined to assassinate a number one American political determine and avenge his people's betrayal. The CIA desires Chardy to prevent the hit. Chardy desires to shop Beg's life.
Between the 2 males is a sad earlier, a failed undertaking, and a lady who knew them in war--and who is familiar with their secrets and techniques now. Around either males is a conspiracy of lies and violence that reaches again to the chilly War. But as Beg strikes in for his kill and as Chardy breaks free from his handlers, a poor fact starts to emerge: someplace, a person wishes either males to die.
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He breathed deeply. His sun shades fell off. His knees cracked and he pitched ahead on them. Then he fell the remainder of the best way. “Goddammit,” bellowed Trewitt, “he shouldn’t have—” “Right within the guts! Reynoldo definite can shoot a gun. ” Trewitt stared stupidly on the useless guy by way of the auto. For an extended second not anything occurred. Then the automobile started to lightly again up, leaving its fallen passenger. It moved as if it have been pulling out of any suburban storage into any sane, friendly road, turning as its motive force swung its nostril to endure within the correct path.
Johanna, are you in love with this man? i guess. Is he that man you’d by no means inform me approximately? the man you met in another country, if you have been in Iran? The spook? David, i must move. Johanna, I simply intend to make certain you’re chuffed. Are you content? i'm, David. sturdy. Then I’m satisfied too. It quite makes me chuffed that this man has introduced you from your funk. thanks, David. in case you ever are looking to speak, to speak, simply shoot the breeze, or if you’re ever lonely or desire an individual to work out a film with, you recognize the place i'm. ok?
He concept he observed that bus, that loopy bus pulling towards him, jam-packed with blond american citizens, wealthy and well-fed, their young children driving earlier than them on bicycles. He blinked and it was once all long gone. Or was once it? stuck in his brain was once a reminiscence of the motor vehicle, the awkwardness of a specific thing so large. In its tentativeness, its absurdity—but additionally its determination—there’d been a reminiscence. He known as it up prior to him. that they had marched for days down throughout the mountains to the foothills close to Rawāndūz, and set the ambush good, with nice persistence and crafty.
In my sheer terror, i didn't consider any ache. We moved deeper alongside it until eventually pressed right into a darkish crevice. i'll see a helicopter overhead. It hung there for the longest time. Ulu Beg had his Russian gun prepared. yet then the helicopter rose from the sky and vanished. columns of smoke rose within the sky, one large and black and the opposite eco-friendly. “Did the Russian inform you approximately that? ” Johanna requested him as he laid down the final web page. “No,” Chardy acknowledged. “Not the main points. ” “Was the ambush the a part of the opposite factor?
Was once it that he felt a kinship with Chardy, casting himself within the ex-champion’s position that such a lot of looked as if it would reserve for Chardy? or maybe additionally it used to be that Chardy had a simplicity to him that Danzig had no longer encountered one of the sophists of his many circles. and positively one other a part of it used to be Chardy’s aloneness, which on its own instructed him to Danzig, who in an untoward second of self-acuity admitted to a ferocious Italian interviewer that he loved performing on my own and knew that americans have been attracted to the spectacle of the lone fellow acting nice deeds.