By W. E. B. Griffin

Through the years, W.E.B. Griffin's tales of the army and police, instructed with crackling realism and wealthy characters, have received him thousands of fanatics and acclaim as "the dean of the yank battle adventure" (Publishers Weekly). Now he vaults into the current day with a chain as interesting as whatever he has ever written.

At an airfield in Angola, males board a leased Boeing 727; then, as soon as it really is within the air, slit the pilot's throat and fly to components unknown. The consternation is rapid, because the CIA, FBI, FAA, and different enterprises race to determine what has occurred, within the technique elbowing one another within the aspects a bit too vigorously.

uninterested, the President of the us turns to an outdoor investigator to figure out the reality, a military intelligence officer serving as specific assistant to the Director of place of origin protection. significant Carlos Guillermo Castillo, often called Charley, is the son of a German mom and a Tex-Mex father, a Medal of Honor winner who died in Vietnam. A pilot, West aspect graduate, and veteran of barren region hurricane and the detailed Forces, Castillo has a pointy eye for the facts-and the truth in the back of the proof. touring undercover, he flies to Africa, and there, helped and hindered by way of unforeseen allies and made up our minds enemies, starts to untangle a narrative of scary dimensions-a tale that, except he can focus on it, will finish very, very badly.

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There is another important factor to weigh in considering the agility and cunning of the ST. In bureaucratic Washington, few things are worth more than prior information. If a subordinate knows now what his boss is going to know tomorrow, he is in the same position that the gambler would like to be in if he knew which horse was going to win in a future race. The ST has set itself up through the use and control of intelligence data, both real and manufactured, to know now what its bosses are going to know later.

This report, like the one dated October 2, was actually written by a group of ST and nearST members and was drafted by them solely to impress upon the new President their idea of the increasing gravity and frightful responsibility of the war in Indochina. It was not for nothing that the Times noted that this report was "laden with gloom" and that it offered nowhere any easy or quick panacea for early victory in Indochina. It was not untended to do so. In fact, it did just the opposite. It left no room for any course of action other than eventual escalation of the war.

These questions give clues to some of the characteristics of the CIA and ST operations. The ST members have become so powerful and ambitious that sometimes they no longer respect the basic fundamentals of their profession. As far back as 1948 the CIA had been given limited authority by the National Security Council (NSC) to carry out only those clandestine operations that the NSC directed. This authority is contained in a series of documents, the first of which was issued in the summer of 1948 and was called NSC 10/ 2.

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