By Duncan Falconer
Stratton sequence, ebook 8
After a CIA-sponsored op in the Middle East's Khorasan Valley, operative John Stratton is calling ahead to a vacation, until eventually outdated pal and ex-SBS commander Berry Chandos calls him up all of a sudden. via his contacts, Chandos has stumbled on nuclear soiled bomb has long past lacking in Pakistan. while Chandos disappears a couple of days later, Stratton unearths himself drawn right into a determined race to discover his outdated accomplice earlier than an murderer objectives him and earlier than the bomb can fall into the incorrect arms. by myself and unsupported, Stratton needs to struggle to discover his buddy and detect the reality during this high-voltage mystery.
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The mount captain laughed heartily beneath his steel hel met, elbowing the sailor sitting next to him, then said in a deep voice, “You ain’t no newbie, sir. Don’t let Mr. Tremain fool you here, boys. ” “Maybe. ” The mount captain raised an open palm. “I know all about it. You submariners can’t talk about nothing. You’ve probably sunk more ships than Smitty here’s ever set eyes on, but you can’t tell us a lick about it. I know, I know, the silent service and all that hoo-hah! Well, don’t you worry none, Commander.
Blinking signal lamps ﬂashed from their superstructures as signalmen on the darkened bridges translated and relayed messages back and forth between ships. “The situation seems pretty cut-and-dry,” McCandles con tinued. “The Japanese are going to try to pull their troops off Vella LaVella tonight. I guess they’re ﬁnally going to give up that little scrap of an island. They’re all set to abandon it, but you know what that means, don’t you, Jack? It means they’ll leave Vella LaVella tonight and tomorrow we’ll ﬁnd them burrowed in on the next island up the Slot.
All obstruc tions had been long since cleared away, all potential obstacles to damage control parties stowed away, all watertight and ﬂood control doors fastened shut. Her three-hundred-odd sailors—some bedecked in bulky salt-stained life vests, some in cumbersome steel gray helmets, some shirtless—assembled SINK THE SHIGURE 31 at their various battle stations inside and out of the destroyer’s 376-foot hull, waiting anxiously for the inevitable encounter with the as yet unseen enemy. Like her two cohorts, the Chevalier was made for war, with nearly every piece of equipment above her waterline devoted to that end.