By John Birmingham
A superb tale within the 'Without Warning' trilogy. A 'What if' tale of the chilly battle ... a small piece of trade historical past of the interval instructed through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a unique post-WWII global of yankee isolationism.
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That put him in an extremely precarious position. The moment anything went wrong, she'd just let him fall. The termination would become real and his lack of support would be breathtaking. Another not too pleasant thought occurred to him. If, as his cover suggested, he'd been terminated, held pending an inquiry and then escaped, it would be a matter of course for Victoria to send a team after him, either to kill him or to bring him back. If she didn't, someone would be bound to smell a rat. As if his problems weren't varied and complex enough, he would have to constantly be on the alert for a Contec murder squad dropping on him.
Vickers went back to the desk. " Vickers scowled. " "What are you talking about? " "I'm sorry, Mr. Donne. " Vickers had registered under the name of John Donne. There was no way, in the time, that they could have found out who he was. " "Nothing, sir. It's just that you don't have any credit cards or any backup identification. " Vickers jerked his head in the direction that he'd last seen Lavern. "I just don't want this visit to be on the record. " "I'm not on the wander, damn it. " "So what am I supposed to do?
The lights dimmed and the computer became electronically soothing. " "Every time I get into one of these things I have an overwhelming urge to blow up the machine and myself with it. " "Listen, would you please just leave me alone? " "Why are you so fearful? " Vickers sat up straight, aware that he was getting mad with a machine. The knowledge only made him madder. "I'm a professional assassin with a price on my head and my picture's been splashed all over TV. " The only advantage of a cash-operated machine was that, if there really was someone recording the session, without a credit card there was no record of his identity.
A Captain of the Gate by John Birmingham