By Gayle Lynds
Covert-One agent Jon Smith is distributed to rendezvous in Taiwan with one other agent who has received the ship's precise take place. yet prior to Smith can get the rfile, he's ambushed, the second one agent is murdered, and the proof is destroyed. Smith escapes with simply his lifestyles and a verbal message: The President's organic father continues to be alive, held prisoner through the chinese language for 50 years. because the mysterious send attracts in the direction of its finish port, Smith is wasting time in uncovering the reality in regards to the vessel and its cargo―a fact that probes the secrets and techniques of the chinese language ruling celebration, a faction in Washington operating to undermine the elected executive, and a world cabal thrusting the area to the edge of war...
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Bullets ripped in the course of the rubber as they swarmed up aboard, hauling Jon and the tattered Zodiac after them. A voice at the bridge bawled, “Get lower than! transparent the decks! ” The patrol boat stuck the submarine within the beam of its searchlight, and its siren shrieked at them. The sub was once already submerging as Jon, the SEALs, and the deck team hurtled down during the open hatches and slammed them closed opposed to the speeding sea. The patrol boat opened hearth with a heavy laptop gun, yet its bullets bounced harmlessly off the metal. because the conning tower sank underneath the outside, the patrol boat moved in aimless, pissed off circles. lower than, as Jon used to be escorted to a tiny cabin to scrub up and leisure, he made up our minds whoever had attacked them at the seashore had now not been nationwide safeguard forces. in the event that they have been, they'd have despatched greater than a lone patrol boat. No, whoever they have been, their organization was once deepest. Beijing As befitted one of many older participants of the status Committee, Wei Gaofan’s walled compound within Zhongnanhai had a decision situation, close to the lotus-carpeted Nanhai—South Lake. In his courtyard stood a manicured willow tree that swayed within the morning breeze, trailing its jade-green branches over thick grass. Small flowering timber and groomed plants embellished the tiled paths that ended in the 4 small structures that rimmed the courtyard. topped with swish pagoda roofs, the constructions have been adorned with columns carved with dragons, clouds, and cranes symbolizing success and toughness. He shared the most important residence together with his spouse, whereas their daughter, her baby, and a babysitter lived throughout from them. The 3rd construction was once his workplace, whereas the fourth used to be the place the kin entertained site visitors. The sunlight have been up greater than an hour while Feng Dun was once admitted to Wei’s workplace, which used to be appointed with small treasures from all of China’s dynasties because the nice Han. Wei, a gourmet of tea, was once sitting at a desk, consuming Longjing. Its sophisticated floral odor perfumed the air. not like wine, which was once most sensible whilst elderly, tea was once such a lot flavorful—as good as so much costly—when inebriated the yr it used to be picked. This tea was once hardly ever six months previous. Grown in Hangzhou, Longjing was once the best, such a lot smooth tea in China. Wei didn't trouble to supply any to Feng Dun, nor did he trouble to conceal his anger. “So the yank colonel escaped you. ” “He escaped the general public defense Bureau additionally. ” with no a call for participation to take a seat, Feng Dun remained status, staring down at Wei, who used to be bald and narrow-eyed, with a cumbersome torso and spindly legs. Wei checked out him sharply. “Fortunate for you. ” “Fortunate for either one of us,” Feng stated, his gaze unflinching as he matched the challenging stare of the immensely robust member of the status Committee. Wei sipped his tea. “But normal Chu and significant Pan suspect whatever. ” “Suspect maybe, yet don’t recognize and not will. ” Wei scowled back. “There’s Yu Yongfu’s spouse, who's, I listen, lacking. ” Feng shrugged. “There’s not anything she will be able to do. Her father will be ruined, and she’s too clever to wish that.