|About the Book|
This novel is fictional but based upon factual documentation. Certain real persons, organizations and true past events are used to evolve plausible future actions and scenarios. Measures used faithfully conform to the tactics and techniques used inMoreThis novel is fictional but based upon factual documentation. Certain real persons, organizations and true past events are used to evolve plausible future actions and scenarios. Measures used faithfully conform to the tactics and techniques used in the professional modus operandi of global clandestine operations. Fact and fiction woven together- the story is therefore what the author euphemistically terms as factional.The plot is based upon an actual radio interview of a senior Al Qaeda staff officer with the Al Jazeera news agency circa 2003. This interview was broadcast only once and quickly and mysteriously ceased. Only one transcript copy made its way into US agencies possession. The plot deals with the planning, preparation and execution of a coordinated multiple targets nuclear strike upon several major United States population and economic centers ranging from New York City and San Francisco to New Orleans and Charleston, SC. Real locations are melded with notional actors and organizations. Activity ranges from the caves of the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon throughout the Middle East and into the Orient as well as the streets and locales of several American and European cities.Focus is upon the actions, reactions and counteractions of primarily two opposing central characters as they lead the forces of Good (Armageddon) against Bad (Jihad). Good leader, Franc Ylon Volpe, is a retired professional U.S. Army intelligence colonel who is openly on the staff of a military college in Charleston while also covertly the regional head of a global, extralegal counter-terrorist force. Bad leader is a highly complex deep cover Al Qaeda operative who was personally picked at an early age by Osama bin Laden thirty five years before the time. He has been groomed before current day and placed within American culture and commerce as a Tier One Sleeper Agent.As the plot unfolds and action heats up these two forces are pitted against one another and, finally, the leaders reach boiling point in an unexpected conclusion.The Author served in the United States Army for thirty years as a Military Intelligence officer with specialties in tactical intelligence and reconnaissance operations, Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations, Interrogation Officer, and Counterintelligence/Counterespionage/Counterterror professional. Thereafter, he served over fifteen years opn the staff of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He holds four civilian collegiate degrees as well as being a graduate of the US Naval War College, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a former member of the US Army War College staff where he was instrumental in founding the US Army Peace Keeping Institute. He has lived the background of this novel- even teaching from 1975-1978 at the defense Intelligence School in Washington, DC a course entitled Terrorism: Theory, History and Practice.