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A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 38

This book should be available now, so this is the last snippet. A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 38 Tauran Defense Agency Headquarters, Lumière, Gaul, Terra Nova Campbell and Turenge decided to lead their report for Janier with a litany of the anomalies, these ranging from more than double the required numbers of barrels for mortars and towed artillery, to unaccounted for long range multiple rocket launcher systems, to acrylic probably intended for Meg Class submarines but well in excess to needs for the number believed to have been...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 37

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 37 CHAPTER THIRTEEN "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes." --Virgil, the Aeneid Tauran Defense Agency Headquarters, Lumière, Gaul, Terra Nova One entry in the spreadsheets and reports given her by Vladimir puzzled Jan Campbell deeply. What, she wondered, is an SPM-7b? It's a fairly recent purchase. It doesn't have a motor. It has no caliber. It seems to use a kind of fuel cell. It comes in a . . . hmmm . . . She took the file with her as she left her office. Captain Turenge, deep in her own number crunching,...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 36

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 36 Academia Militar Sergento Juan Malvegui, Puerto Lindo, Balboa Schools were in many ways ideal for military headquarters. They had auditoria, classrooms for offices and billeting, mess facilities, sometimes medical facilities, internal communications, parade grounds for helicopter landing and pickup zones, storage areas, etc. A military school like this one, though, far exceeded the normal school standard for military utility by adding arms rooms, ammunition storage bunkers, heavy vehicle maintenance...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 35

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 35 Escuela Maria, Madre de Dios, San Jaba, Santa Josefina When you engage in an atrocity against mostly innocent parties, thought Legate Villalobos, it's at least a minor balm to your conscience when your victims are cultural foreigners. As if to punctuate the thought, there came a brief and ragged rattle of musketry, followed by the mass screams of what sounded like women and children. As if on cue, because it was on cue, a San Jaban man, hands tied behind him, was led out between the blue- and...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 34

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 34 CHAPTER TWELVE "There comes a point during the course of the war when the people, especially those in the comparative safety of the towns, have to be informed in no uncertain terms who is going to be the master." --Sir Robert G. K. Thompson, No Exit From Vietnam Intelligence Office, UEPF Spirit of Peace, in Orbit over Terra Nova The map showed on a screen darkened to indicate that it was night time below. Even then, there were glowing marks, red and white, blue and green and yellow, to indicate activity...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 33

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 33 "What's the load on this one, Vera?" Sergeant (retired) Pavlov asked of Sergeant Dzhugashvili. He spoke Russian, which Vera had learned in the home from her parents, even though she considered Spanish her first language. "Five-minute bomb," she answered, simply. "I love those," he said. "We all do. They don't hurt anybody . . . well . . . hardly anybody, but they hurt the enemy, bad." "What's the target for today?" "More like the target for this week," she answered. "We don't really have that many...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 32

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 32 The heat was less oppressive when at sea, when certain vents could be opened to allow at least a fresh breeze to circulate through the ship. Even then, though, the passengers and crew had to be quiet as church mice when outside of the rec center. And the breeze wasn't generally enough to make up for the lack of air conditioning; it merely turned Hell into Purgatory. Though he couldn't go on deck, Ham did cheat a bit. He was allowed up on the deck below the bridge and there, standing at a porthole, he...

A Pillar Of Fire By Night – Snippet 31

A Pillar Of Fire By Night - Snippet 31 CHAPTER ELEVEN "We are the worm in the wood! "We are the rot at the root! "We are the taint in the blood! "We are the thorn in the foot!" --Kipling, A Pict Song Moseal Fluss, near Treverorum, Sachsen The Tauran Union, Khalid the Druze, decided, has two big problems stemming from one bigger one. The two problems are that it not only has no defense in depth, but it has no defense on its extremities, either. That, of course, is because of the bigger problem, the people running the place. What spurred the...