Area 7 (Scarecrow Series)

By Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly dazzled the area along with his electrifying thrillers Ice Station and Temple. And now, Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns along with his so much harrowing and explosive experience but. . .

AREA 7

It is America's so much mystery base, hidden deep within the Utah wasteland, an Air strength deploy identified in simple terms as zone 7. And this day, it has a customer - the President of the us. He has come to examine region 7, to check its secrets and techniques for himself. yet he will get greater than he bargained for in this journey. simply because adverse forces are ready inside.

Among the President's helicopter team, even if, is a tender Marine. he's quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes at the back of a couple of silver sun shades. His identify is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow. Rumor has it, he is a superb guy in a hurricane. Judging via what the President has simply walked into, he'd larger be. . .

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Except a few Asian–American individuals scattered between them, the seventh Squadron devices within the hangar have been totally lily-white. ‘Yes, I’ve heard these rumours, too,’ Schofield stated. even supposing no-one beloved to confess it, in a few sections of the militia, racism—particularly opposed to black soldiers—was nonetheless an issue. And with their brutal choice classes, specified forces devices just like the seventh Squadron may well simply wield sophisticated discriminatory powers. Schofield nodded on the leaders of the 3 ten-man teams, distinctive from the others through the truth that they didn’t need to carry their P-90s of their palms. Their computer weapons have been secured in the back of their shoulderblades, in back-mounted holsters. ‘You understand what they name the 5 seventh Squadron unit commanders at routines? ’ ‘What? ’ ‘The 5 Snakes. because the total squadron chief, Kurt Logan instructions one ten-man crew, the 1st one, Alpha Unit. the opposite 4 devices are run by means of 4 captains—McConnell, Willis, Stone and Carney. And they’re reliable. while they’ve cared to teach up on the inter-service wrestle routines at Bragg, they’ve continually are available at no 1. One time, a lone seventh Squadron unit took out 3 SEAL protecting groups all by means of itself—and that was once with no Logan. ’ ‘Why do they name them the 5 Snakes? ’ Gant requested. ‘It began as a jealous shaggy dog story one of the different box commanders. 3 purposes. One, simply because tactically they resemble snakes: they strike fast and with greatest strength, and with a complete loss of mercy. , simply because, individually, they’re all very chilly contributors. they might by no means combine with their opposite numbers within the different providers. regularly caught jointly. ’ ‘And the 3rd cause? ’ ‘Because every one in their call-signs is numerous competitive snake. ’ ‘Nice,’ Gant acknowledged wryly. They stored jogging. Gant replaced the topic: ‘You understand, I rejoiced final Saturday evening. ’ ‘You did? ’ Schofield grew to become to stand her. ‘Yeah. Did you? ’ ‘Oh, yeah. ’ Gant acknowledged, ‘I used to be simply considering, you recognize, simply because, good, you didn’t . . . ’ ‘Wait a second,’ Schofield acknowledged unexpectedly. ‘Something’s improper the following. ’ ‘What? ’ Schofield checked out the 3 seventh Squadron devices stationed round the hangar back. One squad stood defend over via the standard elevator. the second one staff of ten males stood beside the large airplane elevator shaft. The 3rd unit stood at the south-eastern part of the hangar, over by way of a door that led into the two-storey keep watch over development. It was once at that second that Schofield observed the sign up the door at the back of the 3rd staff of seventh Squadron males. after which, in his mind’s eye, he observed it. ‘Come on,’ he acknowledged, heading again towards the places of work. ‘Quickly. ’ ‘The arming codes were entered, sir,’ Logan acknowledged. ‘The soccer is prepared. Warrant Officer Webster was once such a lot . . . approaching. ’ The radio operators contained in the keep an eye on room persevered their verbal updates: ‘—emergency sealing approach ready—’ ‘—self-contained oxygen offer ready—’ ‘Major Logan,’ one in every of them stated, ‘I’m nonetheless deciding on up these hint warmth signatures in zone 9 outdoors, out by way of the EEV.

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