Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys

By Mike Attebery

Seattle billionaire and software program titan Jeff Pepper could not have selected a worse day to envision up at the study undertaking he is been investment on the collage health facility for greater than a decade. while gunmen flow in, seizing regulate of the development of their look for a formerly unknown weapon, Jeff is stuck in the course of a nerve-wracking hostage state of affairs, one within which he's an all-too-valuable pawn. As tensions mount and the physique count number rises, his in basic terms wish for survival rests at the shoulders of Nick, a deadbeat child trapped in one other a part of the development. operating with law-enforcement officers outdoor, Nick needs to consultant a distinct crew during the locked-down facility and support them keep as many lives as attainable, whereas Jeff Pepper makes use of each negotiating trick up his sleeve to determine that he and his fellow captives make it out alive.

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Jeff heard Raj mutter “Michel” below his breath because the older guy staggered within. in order that was once Michel Renoir, the chair of the dep.. Jeff had learn the various man’s papers through the years. They’d by no means met, yet in all his guides, and in all Jeff had heard of his occupation, the overpowering effect he’d gotten was once of professionalism and personality. Now the following he used to be — Renoir — hobbling into the room, his pant leg stained with blood, a stain that was once spreading quickly. Later, via whispered conversations within the nook, the crowd discovered crane had come down — fallen around the street to the hospital’s parking storage. That used to be the sound they’d heard. the genuine fireplace division used to be busy outdoors, attempting to get keep an eye on of the fireplace that had weakened the crane’s base. Tim and Simon have been status off to the part now, discussing anything in muffled, staccato bursts. They weren’t conversing any language Jeff may possibly comprehend. He glanced at David and Nina, arching his eyebrows to invite, “Are you catching this? ” David shook his head. Nina was once straining to listen to. Jeff stored looking at the boys within the nook; then he studied the armed males round them. He used to be used to coming into boardrooms and instantly sizing up the gang, making a choice on who used to be responsible, who desired to be, and who could do something for management. due to Jeff’s place, most folks demurred to him immediately, which he chanced on a laugh, as his purely qualification for such preordained hierarchy was once his funds. He’d been quite wealthy for the higher a part of his existence, however it used to be purely within the final decade that his enterprise acumen and agility had stuck up with the extent of keep watch over his financial institution statements allowed him to flex in every one of his monetary institutions. His assistants might scoff at what he really felt had better his powers of deduction, yet he didn’t care. That used to be the explanation he had David and Nina on his employees. They hired the Harvard/Wharton company university rules on behalf of the basis, whereas Jeff bought to play the a part of the impulsive billionaire, who acted on whims, and ran his enterprise dealings in keeping with the foundations of his sensei, Mr. Morita. He attempted to visualize how sensei could dimension up the location now. Jeff’s eyes scanned the faces of the lads round the room. The taller man, with darkish hair and the Jack Armstrong, all-American Boy glance, that was once sincerely the chief. Tim was once the identify Jeff heard exchanged within the brief mumblings one of the staff. What short snippets of dialog Jeff picked up published a mild overseas accessory, one he was once nonetheless suffering to put. the opposite guy was once Simon. He was once blond, and a few foot shorter than his counterpart, yet he seemed as if he had extra muscle to again up his activities. He appeared to be wasting his cool a section now. He was once apprehensive, whereas Tim appeared unflappable. Jeff studied Simon’s eyes heavily. The eyes have been constantly the giveaway. Jeff knew the place Simon’s weak spot lay and he knew how he may possibly use it later. He tucked the data away and moved on. the remainder of the room was once one other puzzle.

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