By Stephen Hunter
A moment chance...
In the windswept sands of the center East, Paul Chardy fought aspect through facet with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the opposite a ferocious freedom fighter. Then Chardy fell into the arms of the enemy, and Beg was once betrayed. Now the 2 males are approximately to satisfy 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 wishes Chardy to forestall the hit. Chardy desires to store Beg's life.
Between the 2 males is a sad previous, a failed venture, and a lady who knew them in war--and who understands 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 negative fact starts off to emerge: someplace, anyone wishes either males to die.
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You’re correct, Sam Chardy the treacherous is operating whatever. “Miles, Chardy isn't really silly. He turns out silly, he can play dumb higher than any guy I’ve ever noticeable. when you learn in the course of the transcripts at the Saladin inquiry, you’ll imagine you’re seeing a silly guy, a guy so stunned and addled and fatigued that he's not able to safeguard himself. yet I by no means laid a glove on him. It was once an excellent functionality. I by no means acquired within him. There’s anything in that head of his, anything he by no means even allow us to see. And now he’s bought Danzig; he’s made a few type of pact with Danzig. the whole lot problems me immensely. but I can’t put off him, as I’d are looking to. He bungled it extraordinarily in Boston, strolling out like that. I’d like to send him to the North Pole, and that i might too; yet I can’t, as a result of Danzig. So Miles, simply this caution: Watch Chardy, watch him rigorously. very well? He’s even more than the fellow he’s letting you spot. ” Miles nodded reverently. but he was once befuddled through the fervour in Sam. He felt he’d neglected anything someplace; he was once a bit apprehensive. He learned now that Melman hated Chardy. Hated him, feared him: weren’t they an analogous? inform him, Miles concept. you may have it on your energy to delight the cardinal, to bind him to you without end and ever. he'll provide the Church; he'll make the Church yours. you are going to go through its halls, via its hushed and red rooms, to its such a lot privileged sanctums. Miles wanted he might genuflect. but he observed additionally there has been a mystery and hazardous video game among Melman and Chardy—a video game whose stakes have been so excessive neither guy may communicate of them without delay. “Sam,” he heard himself announcing, “you can expect me. ” 38 whilst may the boy go back? “He must have been again hours ago,” Trewitt acknowledged irritably. “He most likely stopped to scouse borrow a chicken,” Roberto stated. “The little snotnose. ” Roberto had taken over the Beretta, his proudest ownership. He sat lower than a scrub oak sprucing as obsessively as he’d as soon as polished the glasses at the back of the bar at Reynoldo’s. He had already fired 3 of the remainder seven bullets for perform. Trewitt shifted uncomfortably beside him. As he moved he ran into his personal armament, which have been propped opposed to a log in entrance of him. He’d had a few perform too; with the scope, it used to be like taking pictures on the big name of a drive-in motion picture. “No,” he acknowledged, “he’s had lots of time. They left yesterday—in the postman’s Jeep they can were again via one. It’s virtually 5 now. ” “Forget it. What does a bit snotnose understand? He don’t understand not anything. ” “He is familiar with adequate to come back in time. Dumb child. ” the child used to be very important simply because he used to be a child and Trewitt beloved him, but additionally simply because he carried one other telegram for Chardy, care of the Resurrection. If this try out didn’t paintings, Trewitt had resolved to head out within the open, the hell with the danger. He was once performed with ready. “Don’t rainy your pants. He’ll be again. Little snotnose. ” Trewitt picked up the rifle, slid it again opposed to his shoulder. They have been 200 yards upslope from the stone shack.