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Chapter 30 – In Flight
“Ford was freelancing for the DEA,” Shaw said, taking a manila folder with CONFIDENTIAL stamped across the cover and handing it over.
The folder was typical of a federal personnel file, and on the first page Hayes found a headshot of a clean-cut man with brown hair and gray eyes paper-clipped to the front cover. Special Agent Cole Boggs. According to the file, Boggs came over from the DEA after five years in the Marines. Spent three years working the border before being moved to the Dallas office. He was a good agent, but his personal life was a train wreck.
Two ex-wives, one child. The first marriage was in the Corps and didn’t last through the first deployment. The second one would have had a shot if he’d had a 9-to-5, but once Cole went into undercover work it didn’t have a chance in hell.
What about the kid?
“What does he have to do with Ford?” Hayes asked.
“Special Agent Cole Boggs worked deep-cover operations for the DEA’s Cartel Exploitation Team.”
“Never heard of it,” Hayes admitted.
“Me either. Not much info in the database, so I ended up calling in a favour, got in contact with Boggs’s handler. From what he was willing to share, CET is some secret-squirrel, black-bag caper the DEA’s been running in South America.”
“You said ‘worked.’ Did Boggs get fired?” Hayes asked.
“Not exactly. According to Cole’s handler, the CET was comprised primarily of senior special agents, men who’d shown the ability to operate with a minimal amount of oversight.”
“Makes sense.” Hayes nodded. “Hard to keep in contact with a boss when you are undercover.”
“Exactly. Sometime in the last three years, Mr. Boggs developed an unhealthy fascination with Colonel Carlos Vega – the head of Venezuelan Intelligence.”
“What does SEBIN have to do with this?” Hayes asked.
“To understand the current situation in Venezuela,” Shaw said, leaning back in his chair, “we have to go back to 2017 and the assassination of President Mateo.”
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THE TREADSTONE CONNECTION – (Treadstone #1)
Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be a nearly invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life.
Which is why he was determined to get out.
Working as a cabinet-maker in rural Oregon, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site.
Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him – lightning reflexes and a cold conscience – in order to discover who the would-be killers are, and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, someone inside Treadstone?
His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.
Author JOSHUA HOOD
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