By Stephen Hunter
Paramilitary terrorists who've taken over a top-secret nuclear advanced kidnap Maryland welder Jack Hummel and strength him to chop via a half-ton titanium block that conceals the release button.
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I might don't have any compunctions no matter what approximately ordering that American babies—called Bean and Poo—join them. After the 1st million infants, it’s effortless, Mr. Hummel. ” “The torch,” Jack Hummel stated, swallowing. The President regarded into the eyes of the military leader of employees, a blunt-looking guy who bore a amazing resemblance to a . forty five Colt computerized pistol bullet. On his chest he wore sufficient to forestall simply this kind of around. “It couldn’t be simpler,” the final stated. “It’s immediately infantry paintings, bayonet paintings. we need to get our humans into that gap and kill every person in it ahead of they dig out that key. Say, by means of nighttime. in any other case the fowl flies. ” “What’s the advice? ” “Sir, Delta strength is already gearing up for deployment,” acknowledged the military common with a small, harsh smile. “Best small-unit males we’ve obtained. Our desktop tells us there’s additionally a firm of Maryland nationwide shield infantry in education now not hours clear of the location. That’s 200 extra males, even if you’d need to federalize them. I’m convinced the Governor of Maryland could agree. we will be able to truck out parts of the first Battalion, 3rd Infantry, from citadel Meyer, an exceptional infantry unit, your ceremonial troops, expectantly via 1300 hours. I’ve already positioned them on alert. Then, i will be able to get you a Ranger battalion air-dropped into the quarter from its domestic base at citadel Eustis, Washington, through mid-afternoon, climate allowing. i will be able to throw jointly a makeshift chopper attack corporation from citadel Dix and that i can get you air help from a Wart Hog unit of the Maryland Air nationwide protect. With Delta, 3rd Infantry, and the Rangers, you’ll have the easiest expert squaddies this nation has produced. ” “And armor, normal. may perhaps we simply blow them out? ” “There’s just one highway up, and the newest info is that they’ve destroyed it. ” there has been silence within the room for a time. “We’re again to rifles and balls,” acknowledged the military leader of employees. “Can you do it in time? ” the President acknowledged to the military common. “I don’t understand, Mr. President. we will be able to resolve the logistics of it. we will be able to get the boys there in time, and we will ship them up the mountain. ” “It’s going to be an extended and bloody day,” a person acknowledged. “But it’s a truly not easy attack. First, you’ve bought to get to the elevator shaft, and you'll purely assault on a truly slim entrance as the mountaintop is surrounded by means of cliffs. when you get to the LCF and its elevator,” the overall defined, “you’ve acquired to rappel down the shaft, and struggle your solution to the LCC, the place they’re attempting to release the poultry. ” “Sir,” acknowledged one of many President’s advisers, “you’ll need to claim a part 4 nuclear emergency, which empowers federal professionals to actually take over a given district, and turns all civil authority over to federal command. You’re going to need to flip Frederick County right into a warfare area. i believe might be you’d additionally greater elevate the safeguard to a Defcon four. ” “No to that,” stated the President. “I don’t wish the Soviets considering we’re able to release. raise defense in any respect our missile websites and our satellite tv for pc receiving stations.