The Amacon Cover
The President and the CIA disagree about shipping a top-secret missile tracking system to the middle east.
THE AMACON COVER
By William Klausman
The President of the United States and the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency disagree about the sale of the USA's top-secret missile tracking system to the Saudi Government. Ignoring the CIA's advice, the President authorizes shipment of the system to the Saudis by a contracted private air cargo company.
The CIA's interests in the Middle East oil fields conflict with those of the Pentagon & the President. Unable to persuade either to reconsider, the CIA acts alone in dispatching their best international hit man to mastermind the plane's crash. The plane goes down at sea, killing the two-man crew and burying its cargo too far down for recovery. Bribed by the CIA, the FAA chief inspector blames the air cargo company for faulty loading of the aircraft and for pilot error.
Unwilling to accept the blame, the air cargo company hires Bill Gale, a counterintelligence expert in business espionage, to investigate the crash. The only witness to the loading of the aircraft is the company's director of operations.
Through a cover named Amacon Corporation, the CIA dispatches their most ruthless attorney to convince the families of the deceased crew to file a suit against the air cargo company for negligence, hoping the court will attach blame to the air cargo company and permanently divert attention from them. In the event he is unable to convince the witness to lie, he will signal the CIA's top hit man to take over.
The witness tells the truth, convincing the judge that the FAA's report is wrong and the case is dismissed. In a surprise move, the opposing attorney kidnaps the witness and forces her to call the judge, saying she lied in court to protect her job and employer. Meanwhile the hit man is in the shadows in case the attorney fails. Gale discovers the hideout and performs a daring rescue only seconds before the building erupts in flames. As they flee, they encounter the hit man who shoots through a cab window, missing them but killing the driver. Gale takes her to a safe house where her story of the kidnapping convinces him to broaden his investigation. They fall into each others arms in a long and loving embrace.
Gale contacts an ex-CIA acquaintance who is now a senior senator. Their friendship is renewed when the Senator arranges for Gale to meet with an informant who traffics in Washington secrets. At a midnight meeting, the informant reveals the names of the manufacturer and the buyer of the system but is killed by a long distance rifle shot before he reveals the name of a powerful politician who is also involved.
A master of disguise, Gale's convincing I.D. gains him entrance to the offices, warehouses and computers of select organizations including those of the manufacturer and buyer of the system. He discovers a maze of cross involvement between corporate and government business. The President of the United States is a board member of the manufacturer of the system; a Frankfurt-based brokerage company who represents the Saudi Government is owned by a retired Army General; The CIA has placed their own people inside the manufacturer's facility as Defense Department auditors, under the cover of the Amacon Corporation.
Following a hunch, Gale breaks into the FAA inspector's home but rather than find clues which would lead him to who had bribed the FAA and why, he finds the inspector has been killed. Gale's attempts to contact those from whom he could extract helpful information are too late. As he moves nearer the truth, he engages the CIA's ultimate killing machine on an international battlefield with consequences so dire that the country's security is virtually held in his hands.
William J. Klausman
12010 NE 49th Court
Vancouver, WA 98686
From his many years of experience in corporate espionage, Klausman delivers a tale of intrigue and suspense that is chilling in its plausibility.
Business Times Book Review
The Amacon Cover
By William Klausman
The Amacon Cover is a spy thriller based on actual case files from the author’s undercover life in the shadowy world of corporate espionage and business intelligence. Explore the unknown world of espionage and counter-espionage from the eyes of an undercover investigator who lived the life, as he pulls secret data from his case files and delivers a tale of intrigue and suspense. When a Bortens Air Cargo’s jet crashes into deep Atlantic waters carrying unidentified cargo, the FAA blames pilot error, and the crews’ families sue Bortens. To help their defense, the company hires Bill Gale, a corporate spy and counterintelligence specialist. After the lead witness, the beautiful Dominique, is kidnapped, Gale risks his life to rescue her, and they begin a harrowing journey through the world of corporate and political espionage and assassination attempts by a deadly professional. As informants and key players are killed off one by one, Gale must find out what is being hidden behind the facade of Amacon Electric before he and Dominique are the next victims.
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