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Mystery
(Fic)
Love's Critical Deception: Team Reliant
by L. K. Thompson, LTC (TXSG, Ret.)


Mrmbers of Team Reliant continue their hunt for the elusive and cunning General Jaqwi, Washington has ordered a hit on Jaqwi. The General continues his dogged pursuit of supplying the Middle Eastern terrorists with nuclear devices. His elaborate plan to use multiple possible routes for delivery has the team splintered with three groups tracking three different avenues of delivery. Are the routes deceptive or real. Can they stop all of them? Can they take out Jaqwi?The strange love story is set against the sometimes-terrifying efforts of a US Army Special Forces team and the lone woman. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Dedication

 

This novel is dedicated to the following:

 

SSG John Thompson for his Army experience, foreign service, and honest reflections of events.

Amy Stell for her steadfast and keenly insightful copy reading.

Sharon Henderson for enduring friendship and willingness to read my work for errors.

COL David Osterhout for his eye for detail and because he isn’t afraid say, “This is not your best. Fix it!”

  

And t...



Chapter 2

Chapter 2

 

 

2nd Infantry Division

Camp Bowie, 8 Kilometers from Dongduchon

CQ Shack, Secure Room 1

Pre-Mission Briefing

0700 hours South Korean time, Current Date

 

 

LTC Burl Spence sat considering ...



Chapter 3

Chapter 3

 

 

SPUK Intelligence Headquarters

General Jagwi’s Intelligence Center

Pyongyang, North Korea

Four Weeks Later

0700 hours North Korean Meeting

 

 

Jagwi looked around the meeting room. He paced from one side of the room ...



Chapter 4

Chapter 4

 

 

2nd Infantry Division

Camp Bowie, 15 km from the DMZ

Army Intelligence Detachment

Secure Room One in the CQ Shack

Six weeks later, 0700 hours Korea time

 

 

Comment of the Moment: &ldquo...



Chapter 5

.Chapter 5

 

 

2nd Infantry Division

Camp Bowie, 15 km from the DMZ

Army Intelligence Detachment

Secure Room One in the CQ Shack

One Week Later, 0700 hours Local Time

 

 

Spence entered Secure Room o...



Chapter 6

Chapter 6

 

 

2nd Infantry Division

Camp Bowie, 15 km from the DMZ

Army Intelligence Detachment

Secure Room in the CQ Shack

Two Hours Later, 0900 hours Local Time

 

 

Mungo, Cowboy and Dude were standing in the secur...



Chapter 7

Chapter 7

 

 

Jagwi Calls from an Undisclosed Location

Sovereign Peoples Union of Korea

The Supreme and Glorious Leader’s Office

Pyongyang, North Korea

0800 hours local time Phone Call

 

 

Jagwi spoke with suppressed excitement....



Chapter 8

Chapter 8

 

 

Three Mission TOC

CQ Shack, Secure Room 1

LTC Spence’s TOC

0700 hours local time, Current Date

 

 

Spence entered the secure room ahead of the soldiers. The soldiers were helping him set up his temporary headquarters. The secure room would be his headquarte...



Chapter 9

Chapter 9

  

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

Aboard a MAC Flight from Camp Hovey

Busan, South Korea

1500 hours Local Time, Current Date

  

Comment of the Moment: “Slover, if you ever hope to have any kind of relationship with me, you’re going to have to radically change you’re concept of what wome...



Chapter 10

Chapter 10

 

Mission: OPERATION CARAVAN

Seoul International Airport

The Iranian Caravan Detachment

1200 hours Local Time

 

Cruz and Harvey received their call at the airport. Harvey reported, “Looks like the SPUK is up to their old tricks again.”

Cruz replied, “What’s up?”

“Spence&rsq...



Chapter 11

Chapter 11

 

 

Mission: OPRERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Seoul International Airport

0900 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo received Spence’s message about his bugged office before boarding the flight in Seoul, He said, “Ah, Hell! Spyware again!&r...



Chapter 12

Chapter 12

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

On the Submarine, Hellbent.

The Island of Diego Garcia

0700 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

The Skipper of the submarine, Hellbent, ordered the daily routine of his boat so that when the boat arrived at Diego Garcia Island, at 0700 ship time, it was also ...



Chapter 13

Chapter 13

 

 

Jagwi Responds to Gisulja’s Request

Sovereign Peoples Union of Korea

In the Field in an Undisclosed Location

0800 hours Local Time Meeting

 

 

Jagwi stood impatiently by Gisulja. His arms were crossed over his chest. Smoke curled upward from his cigarette. Gis...



Chapter 14

Chapter 14

 

 

Mission: OPERATION CARAVAN

Teheran Main Train Station

Iranian Caravan Detachment

0810 hours Local Time

 

 

James Harvey and Cruz Grover arrived in Teheran that morning around 0810. They arrived at the main Iranian railway terminus, Rahahan Metro. The station was in R...



Chapter 15

Chapter 15

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway Somewhere in Russia

0900 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

First, Mungo, Dude, and Cowboy removed the Korean’s shoes. They dropped those out of the coach window one at a time. Then...



Chapter 16

Chapter 16

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

On the Submarine, Hellbent.

The Island of Diego Garcia

0500 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

The morning the Hellbent was set to depart Diego Garcia, Chief Murky Masters woke Dawn and Slover in their separate quarters. After they had completed their early ...



Chapter 17

Chapter 17

 

 

Mission: OPERATION CARAVAN

Teheran Main Train Station

The Caravan Detachment

0600 hours Local Time

 

 

The caravan group was made up of Geomanhan, the Korean spy, Cruz, also known as Alssamak, and Harvey known as Aljamar, with Tarak, their guide, and the woman who wa...



Chapter 18

Chapter 18

 

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway Somewhere in Russia

0800 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo, Cowboy, and Dude, after questioning the conductor and releasing him, sat down for a strate...



Chapter 19

  Chapter 19

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

In the City of Mogadishu

Somalia, The Horn of Africa

0700 hours Local Time Current Date

  

Dawn, Slover, and Masters sat in the breakfast area of Hotel Shamo. They were speaking softly, and they were speaking in Arabic. They were planning.

Dawn pointed toward Masters, “Okay...



Chapter 20

Chapter 20

 

 

Mission: OPERATION CARAVAN

In A Far Desert Location

The Caravan Detachment

0600 hours Local Time

 

 

When Cruz returned from calling Spence, He spoke to Harvey, “I understood most of the message you asked me to send to Colonel Spence. I think calling in the cle...



Chapter 21

Chapter 21

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Mungo’s Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway Somewhere in Russia

1800 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo, Cowboy and Dude searched their suite. They found no spyware in the suite.

Mungo pulled them together, “Guys, just because we did not find any spyware in our suite, that does not mean spyware will not be here when we come back from the evening mea...



Chapter 22

Chapter 22

 

 

Jagwi Calls from the train near Irkutsk

In the Russian Federation

Zabaykalsky Territory

0800 hours Local Time, Phone Call

 

 

Jagwi briefs his leader on the mission’s progress.

“No, My Leader, our train just left Irkutsk.

“Yes, My Leade...



Chapter 23

Chapter 23

 

 

Spence’s Mobile Three Mission TOC

The Team’s New Jetliner

LTC Spence’s TOC

1700 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Harvey had reclined his seat in the jetliner to almost horizontal. He had an IV needle in one arm. A medic sat in the seat across the aisle from him, m...



Chapter 24

Chapter 24

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

In the Hotel Shamo

The City of Mogadishu, Somalia

0600 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Dawn and Slover met with Masters for breakfast. She had also invited Watani Sihr, her guide, but she had asked him to wait at another table until the breakfast meeting ...



Chapter 25

Chapter 25

 

 

Somewhere over the Indian Ocean

The Team’s New Jetliner

LTC Spence’s TOC

1900 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Spence received Dawn’s call on his Satphone.

She asked, “Sir, can we now speak openly to you? The request I have would take me hours to put ...



Chapter 26

Chapter 26

 

 

OPERATION CARAVAN and Spence’s TOC

Three Hours Out Over the Indian Ocean

In the Team’s corporate Jet

2200 hours Local Time

 

 

Spence, Harvey, Cruz, and 1600 pounds of yellow cake flew over the India Ocean, headed for Mogadishu. He had made his call to th...



Chapter 27

Chapter 27

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway near Irkutsk

0800 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo reached for the door, ready to strike. He flung the door open, then stopped with mouth agape.

He saw a woman, aged, with w...



Chapter 28

Chapter 28

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

In the Hotel Shamo

The City of Mogadishu, Somalia

0600 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Before Dawn left in her rental car to pick up Spence, Harvey, and Cruz at the airport, she purchased from Masters a set of local clothing for Spence. Harvey and Cruz already had their M...



Chapter 29

  Chapter 29

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway near Irkutsk

0800 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo, Cowboy, and Dude sat at a table near the door between cars. Mungo chose the seat facing the rest of the...



Chapter 30

Chapter 30

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

On the streets

The City of Mogadishu, Somalia

1200 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Masters and Sihr left the Market quickly. Masters had seen enough while he was in Fat Man’s observation post. He realized he and Sihr should not be observed by Fat Man. He reached a d...



Chapter 31

Chapter 31

 

 

Mission: OPERATION RAILWAY

Army Intelligence Detachment

Trans-Siberian Railway near Irkutsk

0800 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo looked at the other two, “Are you two sure you’re ready to end this situation the way we worked it out?”



Chapter 32

Chapter 32

 

 

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

At the Hotel Shamo

The City of Mogadishu, Somalia

1200 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Spence said slowly into his Satphone, “Oh…my… god! This could change some of my plans.”

“How bizarre! You say they all killed each other? But, Sergeant Major...



Chapter 33

Mission: OPERATION WARLORD

All Of Team Fail-Safe Present

The City of Mogadishu, Somalia

0800 hours Sierra Current Date

 

 

Comment of the Moment: “They discovered soldiers walking guard on alert. They had planned for that!”

 

 

The hour of the evening set for their mission arrived. They had practiced the timing of their...



Chapter 34

Chapter 34

 

 

2nd Infantry Division

Camp Bowie, 8 Kilometers from Dongduchon

CQ Shack, Secure Room 1

Pre-Mission Briefing

1700 hours Local Time Current Date

 

 

Two weeks later!

 

Spence stood in the secure ...



Retreat

  

Retreat:

 

At 1700 hours, and sometimes at sunset, depending on the military installation, a detachment of military personnel assembles at the flag pole in front of the headquarters building of the military installation. They assemble to respectfully remove the flag of the United States of America from the flag pole.

A cannon fires a round. The detachment pulls the flag slowly down the flag pole. As they do this,...




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