By Douglas Preston
A most sensible nuclear scientist is going mad and takes an blameless kin hostage at gunpoint, killing one and inflicting an important standoff. A plume of radiation above long island urban results in a warehouse the place, it sort of feels, a strong nuclear bomb used to be assembled simply hours before.Sifting throughout the facts, gurus ascertain that the unthinkable is set to ensue: in ten days, an immense American urban might be vaporized by way of a terrorist attack.Ten days. And Gideon group, monitoring the mysterious terrorist mobile from the suburbs of latest York to the mountains of latest Mexico, learns the tip will be whatever worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon.
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Anything he asks for, be sympathetic, but say you’ve got to check with the commander. This is a crucial part of the process. It slows things down. And if he wants something and the answer’s a no, you don’t get blamed. ” Gideon was surprised to find himself in general agreement with the approach. A cop appeared with a bulletproof vest. “We’re going to suit you up,” said Fordyce. ” They helped him strip off his shirt and put on the vest, tucking the extensions into his upper pants, then fitted him out with an invisible earpiece and remote mike.
Gideon said nothing. The ignorance of most people about radiation was appalling. The man moaned. “God, my head’s pounding. ” “Hey, shut up,” said Fordyce. “Fuck you, man,” the man flared. ” Fordyce said nothing, his jaw tightening. ” The man’s voice was rising. ” Gideon looked at the SWAT team member and spoke in low, measured tones. “The blood on you is radioactive. You’d better strip. ” He looked at Hammersmith. ” This set off a frantic activity in the van, the sense of panic rising, a ridiculous scene in which everyone was suddenly stripping and trying to get blood off their skin and hair.
At the time his mother was in desperate need of rent, and he considered selling it. But he couldn’t imagine parting with it. But by that time he needed another thrill. Another fix. So he began to haunt the nearby Muskingum Historical Site, where they had a small collection of etchings, engravings, and watercolors. He picked out one of his favorites, a lithograph by John Steuart Curry called The Plainsman, and stole it. Piece of cake. It came from an edition of two hundred fifty, and so was untraceable and thus easy to sell on the legitimate market.