By Jeff Struecker, Alton Gansky

Amelia Lennon not wears a uniform or includes a weapon. a military expert overseas Affairs Officer, she’s negotiating a dispute with the Kyrgyzstan govt that threatens to depart the U.S. with no an airbase in that zone. She traded her gun for the ability of phrases, yet now she wishes both.

While following her govt touch - Jildiz Oskonbaeva, the legal professional daughter of Kyrgyzstan’s president - Amelia witnesses an try to abduct her. She manages to avoid the abduction, yet now the 2 ladies are at the run in a urban that’s erupting into chaos.

Master Sergeant J.J. Bartley is the certain Operations crew chief tasked to rescue Amelia and Jildiz. With new individuals in his unit - one with a mystery which can endanger everyone’s existence - J.J. needs to soldier his unit via crazed mobs reason on overthrowing the govt.. again domestic, his pregnant spouse is misinformed that her husband and the group were killed. yet prior to this is often over, Bartley will discover that’s the least of his problems.

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Palms shook. Calm. targeted. Wait. virtue rests with the only hiding. Wait. Wait. An merchandise on one of many cabinets stuck her eye: small, plastic, toy-like flashlights, the sort a toddler may like, or a lady could maintain in her handbag. They rested in a reveal field. The flashlights weren't wrapped and possibly wouldn’t price greater than a dollar again domestic. It was once too gentle to be a weapon yet she had one other inspiration. She situated herself on the finish of 1 of the shelving devices closest to front door, and stayed low as she unlocked front door, hoping that she may possibly carry off the intruder lengthy sufficient for Jildiz to dash to safety—if there has been this sort of factor. elevating her head, she peered over-the-counter and spied huge darkish types. males. Her center sank. She were fortunate with the crowd of younger males within the alley. there has been without doubt those men have been larger and badder, and doubtless educated. so much days, Amelia was once completely satisfied to be a lady. in the interim, she wanted she have been greater and greater. Wishing wouldn’t get the task performed. Amelia switched at the small flashlight, letting its beam paint the ground, and inched again. She unscrewed the steel cap from the plastic bottle and waited. Seconds handed like eons. She heard one of many males snap his arms and assumed he observed the sunshine. Crouching, she listened to the impending footsteps. in the event that they have been educated males, then one might keep on with the opposite, or come round the again part. She was hoping for the previous. The footfalls stopped. She guessed the guy was once simply round the nook of the shelf unit. He’d be armed. He’d be tall. He’d be on side. She leaped up, screaming like a banshee. A tall, thick-necked guy jumped and his eyes widened, which made them larger ambitions. Amelia squeezed the plastic bottle and a thick move of rubbing alcohol coated the man’s face and stuffed his eyes. He screamed and taken a hand to his face. Amelia stepped nearer. She kicked not easy. She kicked low. the fellow doubled over. She took the can in either fingers, raised it excessive, and taken it down at the base of the man’s cranium. He teetered for a second then crashed face-first to the ground. the very fact he did not anything to damage his fall informed Amelia the guy used to be subconscious the instant the can cracked his mind pan. One. Her head snapped again; discomfort blazed via her scalp. within the seconds it took to dispatch the 1st guy, the second one got here from in the back of and seized her hair, lifted and pulled not easy, snapping her head again. extra ache ran down her neck. muscle mass threatened to split from sinew. She reached for the hand, attempted to show, however it was once all too past due. earlier than she may imagine she was once being pulled again. A moment later she slammed into the glass storefront. the big panel of tempered glass rattled opposed to its jambs. The influence compelled the air from her lungs. He pressed his physique to her again, pinning her to the glass. “Where is she? ” Kyrgyz. Voice tough; anger stuffed. She didn’t solution. the fellow pulled her head again then slammed it into the glass back. She had no strength to prevent him. Run, Jildiz. The again. Out the again. Run. She attempted to will her instructions to her pal behind the drugstore.

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