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Mystery
(Fic)
Love's Critical Ploy
by L. K. Thompson, LTC (TXSG, Ret.)


Ordered to prepare a clandestine mission to Europe, Team Reliant's task is to prevent the transfer of deadly radioactive material to terrorists. They must kill General Jagwi. Things were going well until someone surprised them.The strange love story is set against the sometimes-terrifying efforts of a US Army Special Forces team and the lone woman on the team. Initially the attraction that Aleumdaun, the female of the team, feels for the selfish, self-gratifying Slover moves forward with bumpy moments while they work with the other team members to eliminate their North Korean nemesis. "Sounds interesting!"

Dedication

 

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 afrai...



REVIELLE

 

 Reveille:

 

At 0800, and sometimes at sunrise, depending on the military installation, a detail of military personnel assembles at the flag pole in front of the headquarters building of the military installation. They assemble with the flag of the United States of America carried respectfully.

A cannon fires a blank round as a part of the ceremony. The detachment runs the flag rapidly up the flag pole. They take one step back. They render “...



Chapter 1

Chapter 1

  

Jagwi Calls from an Undisclosed Location

Sovereign Peoples Union of Korea

The Supreme and Glorious Leader’s Office

Pyongyang, North Korea

0800 hours North Korean Phone Call

 

In an unknown and secluded place, Jagwi formulated and created something out of nothing. He created a plan to acquire the material t...



Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2

 

 

UNIT: A single soldier

SITUATION: Mysterious Communication

LOCATION: Secure Room One

ATTITUDE: Cloying State of Gloom and Anxiety

TIME: 0500 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

The location is northern South Korea. The building is in camp Bowie. A soldier sits there. The soldier sits in a chair, in a room, alone...



Chapter 3

UNIT: Ten Member Special Operation Team

SITUATION: Mission Preparation

LOCATION: Camp Bowie Motor Pool

TIME: 1700 hours Sierra, Current Date

 

 

The ten of them were gathered in the motor pool for the start of a treacherous mission. Spence ordered. “At ease, everyone! We’ve practiced this mission three times, now. It should be pretty straight forward. Let’s check our radio e...



Chapter 4

CHAPTER 4

 

 

UNIT: Eight Member Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Planning Meeting

LOCATION: Secure Room One

TIME: 0630 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

After Spence’s early morning conversation with Mungo, he agreed to wait until he called the team back together before doing anything. The later that morning, he gathered the six other mem...



Chapter 5

CHAPTER 5

 

 

UNIT: Eight Member Special Operation Team

SITUATION: Planning Meeting

LOCATION: Secure Room One

TIME: 0700 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Spence stiffened. His every muscle vibrated with his hearing of the news. He commanded, “Say that one more time, slowly!”

Se...



Chapter 6

CHAPTER 6

 

 

UNIT: Eight Member Special Operation Team

SITUATION: Planning Meeting

LOCATION: Secure Room One

TIME: 0900 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Two hours later, Spence marched back into Secure Room One. Mungo stood up to call the room to attention. Spence waved him to silence and commanded, “As you were!” He asked, “Ok...



Chapter 7

CHAPTER 7

 

 

UNIT: Ten Member Special Operation Team

SITUATION: Mission Preparation

LOCATION: Camp Bowie Motor Pool

TIME: 1700 hours, Current Date

 

 

Ten of them were gathered in the motor pool for the start of a treacherous mission. Spence ordered. “At ease, everyone! We’ve practiced this mission three times, now. It should be pretty...



Chapter 8

CHAPTER 8

 

 

UNIT: Five Member Tunnel One Team

SITUATION: Preparing for Tunnel Seizure

LOCATION: at the North Korean Entrance

TIME: 1800 hours, Current Date

 

 

 

 

Major Harvey asked Sergeant Major Mungo if he would drive the truck to the tunnel while Harvey looked at the maps and pondered exactly how to neutralize the guard...



Chapter 9

CHAPTER 9

 

 

UNIT: Control and Floater

SITUATION: Preparing To Move Forward

LOCATION: At Farmer Nongjangju’s Farm

TIME: 1830 hours Local Tine. Current Date

 

 

 

Moments later, Harvey radioed, “Control, this is Tunnel.”

“Tunnel, Control. Report!”

“Roger, sir! We have secured the North Korean tunnel entranc...



Chapter 10

CHAPTER 10

 

 

UNIT: Aleumdaun’s Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Navigating up tributary River

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 2000 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Aleumdaun saw the flash of lightning and felt the outflow of wind from the approaching storm. As the wind pushed against her and against the raft, she arranged ...



Chapter 11

CHAPTER 11

 

 

UNIT: Aleumdaun’s Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Navigating the tributary River

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 2000 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Dawn and her two cohorts, riding electric scooters, drove into the rain, into the dark. As they neared the gated entrance to the prison compound, Captain Dawn gave a hand signa...



Chapter 12

CHAPTER 12

 

 

UNIT: Mungo’s Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 2200 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Dawn, Sergeant Kim, and farmer Nongjangju with Slover in tow, quietly urged their electric scooters slowly down the road, behind the 100-foot-long barracks building, looking fo...



Chapter 13

CHAPTER 13

 

UNIT: Mungo/Dawn’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 2320 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo knew he was taking a chance to have the prison guards chase him, but he had to keep their attention on him and not across the road where the other team members waited near check...



Chapter 14

CHAPTER 12

 

 

UNIT: Mungo/Dawn’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 2355 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Mungo powered his scooter north up the country lane. He was headed to the point of concealment just below the spillway. Ahead of him to the north and west at the main che...



Chapter 15

CHAPTER 13

 

 

UNIT: Harvey’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 0030 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

The low gear noise of the prowling truck reached Harvey and Pearly’s ears. Harvey was tense. With a quick look at Mungo, he asked, “What’s that noise?”

Mungo&rsq...



Chapter 16

CHAPTER 13

 

 

UNIT: Harvey’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 0030 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

The low gear noise of the prowling truck reached Harvey and Pearly’s ears. Harvey was tense. With a quick look at Mungo, he asked, “What’s that noise?”

Mungo&rsq...



Chapter 17

CHAPTER 17

 

 

UNIT: Mungo’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Escaping the SPUK

LOCATION: Kaesong District, North Korea

TIME: 0100 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

When Captain Dawn and her crew arrived back at Spence’s location, He asked, “What took you so long?”

She explained, “Slover is barely able to walk, much less talk...



Chapter 18

CHAPTER 18

 

 

UNIT: Spence’s Special Operations Teams

SITUATION: Planning the Next Step

LOCATION: Tongducheon, South Korea

TIME: 0700 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

Spence rose from his chair at the conference table. He looked at the members of his detachment that he had asked to be a part of the mission to Liechtenstein. Included in the...



Chapter 19

CHAPTER 19

 

 

UNIT: General Jagwi’s Command staff

SITUATION: His Preparation of the battlefield

LOCATION: The Heidi Rock in Liechtenstein, City of Vaduz

TIME: 0700 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

In Vaduz, in front of the Heidi Rock, Jagwi looked at the huge boulder. He asked, “Gisu...



Chapter 20

CHAPTER 20

 

 

UNIT: General Jagwi’s Command staff

SITUATION: His Preparation of the battlefield

LOCATION: The Heidi Rock in Liechtenstein, City of Vaduz

TIME: 0700 hours Local Time, Current Date

 

 

In Vaduz, in front of the Heidi Rock, Jagwi looked at the huge boulder. He asked, “Gisu...



Chapter 21

CHAPTER 121

 

 

UNIT: Spence’s Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Planning the Next Step

LOCATION: Tongducheon, South Korea

TIME: 0700 hours, Current Date

 

 

At 0700 hours Thursday morning, and in rapid succession, the pilots of the team’s corporate jet advised Spence of their flight plan’s approval, he then pulled the team to...



Chapter 22

Chapter 22

 

 

UNIT: Harvey’s Special Operations Team

SITUATION: Coordinate Different Forces

LOCATION: In the Air Over the Pacific Ocean

TIME: 1200 hours on the Corporate Jet

 

 

They jetted across the International Date Line, and what had been Thursday was now Wednesday the day before. Harvey made his way back to his three operatives! He exp...



Chapter 23

Chapter 23

 

 

UNIT: Spence’s Visit with his general

SITUATION: Clearing up Differences

LOCATION: In the Pentagon

TIME: 0900 hours In an Interview

 

 

The time was close to 0900 hours, Wednesday morning, the main dual wheels of the team’s corporate jet smoked the runway as the big bird settled onto Runway 19 of the Ronald Reagan Washing...



Chapter 24

Chapter 24

 

 

UNIT: Team Reliant

SITUATION: Juggling Disparate Forces

LOCATION: On the Team’s Corporate Jet

TIME: 2330 hours

 

 

At 2330 hours their jet liner landed in Berne. They endured the Customs routine, successfully. The Customs inspectors were congenial and welcoming, but they were thorough in their jobs, carefully reading each passport and running...



Chapter 25

Chapter 25

 

 

UNIT: Team Reliant

SITUATION: Juggling Disparate Forces

LOCATION: Berne, Switzerland

TIME: 0700 hours

 

 

Spence arose early the next morning. He went down to the concierge’s desk, asked him to call for a taxi, After the concierge called for a taxi, and because he was a different concierge than the one who was there the night...



Chapter 26

Chapter 26

 

 

UNIT: Team Reliant

SITUATION: Juggling Disparate Forces

LOCATION: Berne, Switzerland

TIME: 0700 hours

 

 

Spence arose early the next morning. He went down to the concierge’s desk, asked him to call for a taxi, After the concierge called for a taxi, and because he was a different concierge than the one who was there the night...



Chapter 27

Chapter 27

 

 

UNIT: All of Team Reliant

SITUATION: Spence Briefs the team

LOCATION: Aboard Jet, Berne Switzerland

TIME: 1030 hours

 

 

Spence climbed into the waiting taxi, his phone to his ear. He ordered Harvey, “Get everyone packed up and headed to the G650ER corporate jet. Tell the pilots to file a flight plan from Berne to Zurich. Have...



Chapter 28

Chapter 28

 

 

UNIT: All of Team Reliant

SITUATION: The Team Prepares for the Mission

LOCATION: Hotel Meier, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

TIME: 1330 hours

 

 The team had arrived in Zurich. They had rented their vehicles and had driven to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. They checked into the hotel Meier in Vaduz, and Spence called them together in a private dining area o...



Chapter 29

Chapter 9

 

 

UNIT: All of Team Reliant

SITUATION: The Team Prepares for the Mission

LOCATION: Hotel Meier, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

TIME: 1430 hours

 

 

Major Harvey coordinated planning with the Israelis while they were flying to Zurich. Over the radio and on a discrete channel, they massaged the plan together at length, discussing the placement of personnel in vari...



Chapter 30

Chapter 30

 

 

UNIT: General Jagwi Meets with His Staff

SITUATION: Jagwi’s Paranoia Takes Hold

LOCATiON: His hotel in Vaduz, Liechtenstein

TIME: 1800 hours

 

 

Jagwi stood before his staff. They were aboard their chartered North Korean jetliner. He had determined that they would all stay aboard the jet day and night. He was determined to avoi...



Chapter 31

Chapter 31

 

 

UNIT: All of Team Reliant and Israeli team

SITUATION: The Teams Prepare for the Mission

LOCATON: Hotel Meier, Heidi Rock, Vaduz

TIME: 0600 hours

 

 

At zero 0600 hours the next morning, Spence, Harvey, Shamir, and Ginsberg sat in Pearly’s communications van in a parking lot across the street from the airport c...



Chapter 32

Chapter 32

 

 

UNIT: Major Harvey and Sergeant Cowboy

SITUATION: Monitoring General Jagwi

LOCATON: Outside Heidi Park, Liechtenstein

TIME: 0900 hours

 

 

Major Harvey had picked up a local newspaper.

He had found it inside the Hotel Meier. Off his right shoulder he could see the Heidi rock. Off his left shoulder he could see the approach of ...



Chapter 33

Chapter 29

 

 

UNIT: Team Reliant and the Israeli Command

SITUATION: Attempting the Take down

LOCATiON: Outside Heidi Park, Vaduz

TIME: 1000 hours

  

 

If the terrorists had been paying attention, they would have seen the action coming. As it was, they were gathered loosely, standing outside the rear end of their truck, looking for General Jagwi’s truck...



Chapter 34

Chapter 34

 

 

UNIT: The Israeli Command

SITUATION: Loading Terrorists onto Plane

LOCATON: The Z├╝rich international Airport

TIME: 1200 hours

  

 

The Israeli crew drove the truck up to their plane. They backed it around to the stairway of the airplane. Shamir called his team to the back of the truck. He asked, “Are we missing any of o...



Chapter 35

Chapter 31

 

 

UNIT: Spence’s Command

SITUATION: On Return Trip to Korea

LOCATON: Departing European Airspace

TIME: 1600 hours

  

 

Spence stood at the front of the G650ER’s cabin. He held in his hand the two Silver Eagles that the SECDEF had given him. He muttered to himself, “To be one, or not to be one. Given what it take...



Chapter 36

Chapter 36

 

 

UNIT: Operation Blackhole

SITUATION: Living in the Blackhole

LOCATION: Blackhole Detention Center

TIME: Six Months Later

  

 

The North Korean was dressed in gray floppy coveralls. He was dressed like the other prisoners around him were dressed. The North Korean was General Jagwi. He leaned against the detention center wall. Hi...



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, they render the hand salute. The bu...



GLOSSARY

The first novel was OPSEC: Critical Ground. The second was OPORD: Critical Deception. The third one was WARNO: Critical Ploy. All books are available now on Amazon.

Glossary:

 

Meanings of words and abbreviations used (generally speaking).

AO:  Area of operations

Berretta: The 9-millimeter pistol used by military personnel.

CO&n...




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