As author Michael Shusko’s upcoming guest post, to be published on July 5th 2017, relates directly to both books currently published in the series, I have decided to feature the opening lines from both, as a suitable introduction to this most polished and interesting article.
‘VECTOR‘ – Tradecraft Phase Zero
How could I have been so stupid? Jawad Khattib thought as he stumbled through the empty parking lot toward the emergency room entrance. It was not the first mistake he had made recently, he realized as he wiped the sweat off his brow. Just a few short days ago his face was plump and full of color. Yet the reflection in the bathroom mirror before he left his apartment was unrecognizable. That chilling image jolted him into fleeing his small Beacon Hill apartment in the middle of the cool Boston night. That, and the blood that had just appeared in his vomit like a death knell. As bad as he felt, he had known it would be faster to walk the few blocks rather than wait for an ambulance. Perhaps the fresh air would make him feel better.
‘SHIFTING SANDS‘ – Tradecraft Phase One
As the heavy military truck drove down the isolated desert road beneath the setting sun, Asghar spoke to his brother from the passenger’s seat. The nervousness in his voice had nothing to do with their mission. “When we get back to Mashhad, will I have time for a shower?”
Vahid couldn’t help but smile. “Put your worries aside, younger brother. You look fine, though we can make time for a shower if you feel it necessary. Aryana will be staying with us for a week, I am sure she will be pleased to see you at whatever time you come by our home.”
Playing matchmaker, Vahid’s wife, Shirin, had invited her nineteen-year-old cousin to visit from Tehran. At Shirin’s request, Vahid had shown a picture of the beautiful Aryana to Asghar, and Asghar had been asking about her nonstop during the long drive to and from the far eastern Iranian province of Khorasan.
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