By Joel C. Rosenberg
2016 Christian ebook Award finalist (Fiction category)
When New York Times overseas correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell―ISIS―has captured a cache of chemical guns within Syria, he is familiar with this can be a tale he needs to pursue in any respect expenditures. Does the commander of the jihadist faction particularly have guns of mass destruction? if this is the case, who's the meant goal? The united states? Israel? Or another individual? With tensions already excessive, the upcoming stopover at of the yankee president to the zone may well turn out to be the spark that units off an explosion of horrendous proportions. realizing that terrorist forces are already attempting to carry down Arab governments within the region―Iraq and Syria―can Collins discover the reality earlier than it’s too overdue? Or will the terrorists reach environment their points of interest at the 3rd aim and reaching genocide?
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I wanted somewhere hot and dry and built with wireless so i may write my tale and get it filed. So i began counting. Out loud. i may pay attention males respiring close to me. i thought those have been Omar and Abdel. i wished to make sure. i needed to grasp they have been ok. yet we weren't purported to ask any questions. So I didn’t. I simply counted. while I reached 100, I stood there in silence, the bag nonetheless over my head, having no thought the place we have been and no suggestion what to do subsequent. ultimately I tore the bag off my head and held my breath. nobody shot me. nobody beat me. We have been on my own. Or not less than we looked to be. We have been status within the stairwell of a few construction, and Ramzy’s males have been long gone. Relieved, I exhaled and attempted to begin respiring quite often. Then I leaned in and whispered to Omar and Abdel that they can either take the luggage off their heads yet that they need to continue quiet and stick with me. They fast complied and that i led them up 5 flights of stairs. As we stepped out onto the roof, we have been instantly greeted via a number of flashes of lightning. shall we see jagged, crackling sticks of lightning hitting a close-by radio antenna after which felt the increase, increase, growth of the thunder damn our bones. “What time is it? ” Omar requested. I pulled out my grandfather’s pocket watch, uncertain why Ramzy and his thugs had no longer saved it yet thankful still. “It’s late,” I answered. “We’d greater preserve relocating. ” The solar will be arising soon —if it wasn’t up already. We wouldn’t see it, after all. The ferocious hurricane slamming western Syria used to be prone to final for it slow. yet as risky because it used to be to be stuck out on an evening like this —in a civil conflict area, no less —I knew the single factor worse will be to aim to traverse those streets and fields within the complete mild of day, even a stormy one. a short go searching published we have been status atop one of many least broken high-rises within the urban. It were hit various occasions, to make certain. there has been an immense crater within the heart of the roof, without doubt a right away hit by way of certainly one of Assad’s fighter jets. yet total, the constitution appeared sound. We unfolded in 3 instructions, taking a look over the perimeters and attempting to get our bearings. Then we regrouped contained in the stairwell. “I observed the playground we stumbled on final night,” Abdel acknowledged. “What concerning the machine-gun nests? ” Omar requested. “From this top, i may see them too, either one of them —they’re empty. ” “Snipers? ” “I observed no indicators of movement,” he answered. “Can’t make any gives you. yet with this climate, and with the solar approximately to return up, I’m guessing they’re all long gone for the evening. ” “Would you guess your lifestyles on it? ” I requested. “What selection will we have? ” he spoke back. all of us stood there considering the query. We weren’t out of this factor but. We had the story —part of it, anyway —but much may perhaps nonetheless get it wrong ahead of we have been within the transparent. Snipers have been one difficulty, yet there have been others. Mines. Booby traps. evening patrols. Drones. Random twelve-year-olds bearing Kalashnikovs. “Look, the one query that truly concerns immediately is that this: are you aware easy methods to come again to the border?