When a shadow government threatens to shift world power to Israel and Japan, NSA whiz Dalton Crusoe becomes the President’s point man to lead a covert military team into Israel to recover stolen technology. Can Dalton stop the KCG from triggering Nuclear doom?
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A unique ore discovered in mining operations at Elko Montana near the Canadian border holds extraordinary promise in weaponry and energy. Oil economies scramble to slow or halt the energy discovery if they cannot own it. Energy poor countries step forward, modifying their international posture to gain licensing to the green source of power.
Determined operatives from the clandestine hidden government, “KCG”, supported by Israel and Japan stole the raw ore and rushed through research to assemble a new custom fusion bomb. Weeks later the KCG, through Israeli co-conspirators perfects a breakthrough in the stolen technology and destroys an Iranian weapons facility. Days later, U.S. firm Enertek, is feverishly working to understand if the ore catalyzes slow fusion when a sudden explosion destroys labs just as critical reaction data is downloaded to servers. The Iranians are furious suspecting western involvement in their destroyed weapons plant, yet the world sees the blast as a careless mistake.
They hire contract–assassin Hasid Khamal to uncover and kill the attackers. The KCG launches its own operatives to recover the Enertek explosion data files and foil U.S. efforts to develop the unique technology. Energy Secretary Kosko asks Jameson Dalton Crusoe to take control of the Elko discovery. With the assassin Khamal and the KCG out to stop Dalton he becomes the guardian of an emerging technology that emboldens a powerful shadow government consortium to destroy avowed enemies and alter the balance of power in the world. The KCG has enormous access to technology, funds, international connections, military forces and all under an impenetrable screen of privacy. The initial bomb success in Jefrah Iran emboldens KCG member Dr. Eli Weiss, to create additional custom bombs and eliminate Israel’s and Japan’s vowed enemies...and also destroy the U.S. ore supply.
Dalton becomes the President’s point man to secure the technology, stop the KCG and lead a covert special military unit into Israel. His bold plan, co-ops the Israeli command center and then moves to North Korea on the complex mission. Dalton compromises the KCG, saves the Elko mine from devastation and secretly orchestrates a second planned bomb attack on a new North Korean weapons complex.
Taking a much needed rest in the Caribbean with Carolyn, his love interest, Dalton is nearly killed in a surprise attack by Khamal. Returning home from the secret mission amid high praise from the President, he asks Dalton to manage world deployment of the fusion technology. He struggles with the decision.
September 2, Northwest Iran
Mohammed Hatta yearned for this moment each day of the last thirty-four months. His espionage efforts for Israel now over, the bomb in place, his deep cover intact and once back in Tel Aviv he could again begin to use his real name, Benjamin Glickman. Yet during the entire time he spent as a nuclear engineer at the Iranian Energy Research Laboratory he lived the contrived life of Hatta, an exiled Jordanian, working in Jefrah Iran. His Israeli handlers ordered his return to Tel Aviv within thirty-six hours. The event, close at hand, meant he had to be beyond Iranian borders.
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Operations Center, Situation Room, Israeli Energy Commission, Outside Tel Aviv
The first test of the new weapon, on a real target, got underway when the security door locked shut. Inside the Israeli Energy Commission (IEC), Dr. Eli Weiss, its managing director, studied a large wall clock which displayed 8:45 p.m., local Jefrah Iran time. The clandestine IEC organization appeared as a blend of national energy policy, procurement functions, and an applied research center to explore and develop new alternative forms of energy. Deep within the research section a secret alternate command center functioned for surveillance and mission control of all Israeli national defenses.
Dr. Weiss stood locked in the IEC operations area of the situation room with his manager and ten key technicians, each busy positioning satellite data onto screens. Weiss watched the real-time downloading imagery over northwest Iran. Joining him were a few high level researchers who worked tirelessly over the last few weeks. The objective required they establish the specific parameters under which a powerful detonation from a new custom bomb would occur; a nascent technology, stolen weeks earlier from the U.S. firm Enertek, located outside Seattle. In moments the success or failure of their efforts would be known.
Israeli Defense Minister Dyan stood next to Weiss and whispered, “When did you hear from Hatta?”
Covering his mouth as though he were about to cough Weiss answered, “He called me early yesterday morning to say the bomb is in position. He also confirmed uranium enrichment is approaching full production.” Weiss’ face displayed his hatred for the Iranians and their stated goal, eliminating the nation of Israel. Dyan’s mouth contorted to an angry set.
“Then this is it, Eli. We have no choice but to act.” Dyan looked directly at Weiss searching for any hesitation.
“Yes, that’s correct. We must proceed. Delaying any longer could endanger Israel and put our research in jeopardy. I ordered Hatta to leave Jefrah no later than last evening. He should be close to crossing into Jordan now.”
“And what about our American scientist counterparts at Enertek? Have they not discovered the secret power of the technology as yet?” Dyan’s nervous eyes fixed, waiting for an answer to his question. Weiss looked around the command center now buzzing with activity.
Smiling he said, “No, the Americans assume it’s merely a low grade catalyst. Their test protocols, we believe, lead to a dead end. They have no idea we have the raw technology or how far we have advanced it for weapon’s use.” Dyan smiled shaking his lowered head to hide his joy.
The elite security group watched as the satellite controlling the impending bomb attack provided vivid coverage of the area on screen. Seconds passed as the huge wall screens displayed images focused through the atmosphere, sometimes loosing clarity as clouds obstructed the view to ground. Other screen views displayed the area within a 150-kilometer radius of the target showing the encroaching darkness line as the earth rotated away from the sun.
Watching as the satellite scanned, focused and magnified details, a young lead operator swung his chair, looked to Dr. Weiss and said, “Device is programmed sir, and the Local Detonation Controller awaits detonation code in.”
The target came into clear view, filling the entire main screen. Several buildings appeared, connected with massive underground tunnels and railways to move weapons’ components around the site. Dr. Weiss nodded and said, “Enter detonation code to the LDC.”
The console operator entered the eight-digit code, turned a safety key, and opened a clear red protective cap on a button that read Detonation Start. The operator, looked again to Dr. Weiss for approval, and pressed the button. Seconds later, at precisely the expected moment, a huge controlled blast filled the screens, along with many secondary explosions that erupted throughout the Iranian weapons complex. Billowing yellow and white clouds boiled over the demolished structures encompassing a quarter-mile radius. The wall clock showed local Jefrah Iran time at 8:59 p.m. Iran was out of the nuclear weapons business and its Iranian Energy Research Laboratory (IERL), a misnomer for the actual purpose of the facility destroyed.
Weiss looked out to his team and said, “It is over, the technology works and the Iranian threat is eliminated.”
Moments later the secure situation room erupted in applause and cheers over the successful explosion. Photographers snapped a dozen photos as Weiss received congratulations from all. Defense Minister Dyan said, “Eli, you have opened a new era of security for Israel.” Dr. Eli Weiss felt like he stood at the pinnacle of his career...and he loved it.
Enjoying the epic moment, and withholding tears, Dr. Eli Weiss remarked, “This effort could not have been accomplished without the dedication of my research team at the IEC. Over the next few months, we will completely change the world’s respect for Israel. May the God of Abraham bless us all?”
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Early the Next Day, Nine Hours after the Explosion, Tehran Iran
Text Message sent to Hasid Khamal. Interrogate Mohammed Hatta about the explosion at Jefrah. Investigate suspected involvement with foreign enemies to position bomb. Use any means necessary to confirm our suspicions. Report to command by 1800 tomorrow.
Hasid Khamal, an assassin for hire, received training and education in France and the United States. Although out of the glare of Middle Eastern public political displays, he always operated either near or part of the action. He became the Iranian’s first choice for covert operations. Over the last decade, Khamal had worked for several Arab countries and political groups within those countries. Each time Khamal accepted an assignment, he took care not to violate the trust and confidence of his prior clients lest he become a target. This time it became clear the Iranians suspected a mole, deep in their nuclear research program, and likely connected to the west.
Therefore, he had a no real worries about upsetting former clients. The priority placed on this assignment was also clear, as the Iranians had doubled his usual $5,000,000 USD fee and deposited it in his Swiss numbered account within four hours of him accepting the assignment. They wanted answers fast, as world opinion was already forming, and any delays would make even more difficult the task of drawing sympathy from the world community over the explosion, and publicly blaming Israel and the West.
Khamal’s completed his initial assignment within seven hours of first contact with Mohammad Hatta. The deep cover Israeli mole failed to escape from Iran posing as a Jordanian businessman returning home. A random check by Iranian security personnel delayed Hatta boarding the last flight to Amman Jordan before the detonation. He failed to make the flight out. Following the explosion the government sealed the borders and halted all flight departures. Intercepted outside his rented room near the airport, Khamal uncovered and confirmed Hatta’s espionage role for Israeli while working at the IERL as a nuclear engineer. During his torture, Khamal extracted much information from Hatta after which he died by lethal injection and would never be found. Next, Khamal began his way to the Waldron range in Montana with enough knowledge of the Enertek discovery to suggest direct involvement of Israel and the U.S. in the blast at Jefrah. One name came out of Hatta before his quick death - Dr. Eli Weiss of Israel.