Special Access

The ramblings and ruminations of suspense-thriller novelist, Mark A. Hewitt

Month: January 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Terrorists, Communists, and Bad Guys–Oh My! Revisited

In Duncan Hunter’s world there are three major nemeses that he confronts: master international terrorists, cunning communists, and those closet terrorists and communists who have infiltrated the government and whose policies are wreaking havoc on regular Americans. In Special Access, a democratic President is discovered to be not only an “illegal alien” but consorted with the world’s worst master terrorists. Shoot Down, a democratic President first ignored a legitimate threat posed to commercial aviation. Then when an aircraft is shot out of the sky, he pays the ransom to stop the killing but doesn’t go after the terrorists who shoots airplanes out of the sky for profit. In No Need to Know, the former CIA Director is both a former KGB officer as well as an Islamic sympathizer before he is run out of Washington DC for sexual misconduct. In Special Access, Shoot Down, and No Need to Know, Duncan Hunter is responsible for the downfall of the high-ranking officials who had been successful infiltrating the highest levels of the US government.

In book four, tentatively titled Blown Cover, Duncan Hunter goes after the President that he forced from office. The actions of communist leaders in the 1930s set the stage for all future aviation espionage and terrorism. Like all of my books, there’s a significant element of truth (factual aviation history) to set the stage for the story and plot line. The old Soviet Union really did steal British and American aircraft plans. Sometimes Russians and the French would collaborate to hide the truth of a tragedy when it suited both parties. And again, the real truth is hidden behind a curtain of top secret security clearances and old CIA files.

More to follow.

Unmanned Aerial Systems and Duncan Hunter

A new headline: More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge. The article highlights that since 2001, U.S. military drones have been involved in more than 400 major accidents around the world. In the Duncan Hunter books, he has some issues with unmanned systems. In Special Access, he discusses some of the problems with unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, throughout the book.

From Special Access, early in the book: “This is probably the last one—they are expensive to produce and others think they can do the same thing with unmanned systems. You know there are other motorgliders being produced.”
“Yes Sir but they just have an engine. Your airplanes are special purpose, silent, handmade. I have to say I’ve been thinking something like this could happen to you. There is a tremendous bow wave of interest for unmanned systems. Problem is the decision makers have no clue what they are getting into when they divert precious funds for unmanned systems and do not question the high cost of reduced capabilities. The very systems designed to reduce the need for pilots require much more manpower to support them.”

When Duncan Hunter is at the Naval War College, he is called in front of a panel after he writes a paper that wasn’t very complimentary of UAS. From Special Access, later in the book: Dr. Schmidt said over her bifocals, “We were a little taken aback by your recommendation of putting quiet manned aircraft into the inventory instead of unmanned vehicles. The trend is toward unmanned platforms but your conclusions highlighted that you felt it was……a misapplication of scarce resources.”
“I tried to find nice replacement words for stupid.” Hunter thought, “I probably should not have said that.”
The other man, Dr. Lu—dark, unexpressive, Oriental—deadpanned, “Why do you think that?”
“Some of this is real simple. What does it take to put a Predator into a new operating area, say Peru? The answer is about fifty people where most of them are just for maintaining the aircraft and operating the vans for a group of remote pilots and sensor operators to fly it. The CIA can put more capability into the same location with four people and two of them are in the airplane. A quiet airplane.”
“Then there is the complete vulnerability of your systems. You can work on firewalls and other encryption protections but what will kill your unmanned systems will be a simple computer virus. It may be five or six years before we hear of any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or transmitted to an outside source. We’ll find a virus imbedded into the software, somehow and somewhere or a stealthy UAV goes stupid over Iran where it will undoubtedly crash into an orphanage and be splashed on CNN. Network security specialists will keep wiping viruses off the system but they will find they’ve been hacked, and at some point DOD will have to face the fact they are being attacked. And for unmanned systems, that means if they can shut down a UAV or a fleet of them, they can also hijack them and make them turn on you like a rabid pitbull.”
“For a fleet of unmanned aircraft you’re introducing a single point of failure. With a manned aircraft, you are not—I can still fly it. Unmanned aircraft….” Hunter paused and changed his thought, “… imagine the look on a controller’s face when he tries to tell an armed Predator to turn left and it just stops talking to him and starts heading back from whence it came. Instead of human hijackers flying planes into buildings, we’re going to have some Iranian or Chinese virus hijack not one but everything in the fleet. And when all of your monies have been spent on plus-ing up your unmanned capability, the only thing you’ll have that will be operational will be manned aircraft. By then you’re screwed.”
Ebanks broke out into a smile. Lu raised his eyebrows a little. Schmidt began, “The technology is improving daily. The cost curve is trending down. It will not be long before unmanned aircraft will be less expensive to operate than manned aircraft.”
“No disrespect but you’re flat out wrong. If you had done your homework you would know there is a growing body of evidence that unmanned systems do not solve problems but simply changes its nature. Complex thinkers recognize the paradox—the very systems designed to reduce the number of humans to operate and support them require even more people to support them. The current DOD approach to this science project is squandering moneys which could be used for other things, like building more quiet manned airplanes which cost a third of a Predator, are more effective and cannot be hijacked by a virus.”

That Duncan Hunter is quite the Maverick.

More to follow.
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Terrorists, Communists, and Bad Guys–Oh My! Revisited

As a contract pilot for the CIA, Duncan Hunter confronts three major nemeses: master international terrorists (directly), cunning communists (indirectly), and those closet terrorists and communists who have infiltrated the government and whose policies are wreaking havoc on regular Americans. When we turn on the TV or open the newspaper, it’s hard NOT to find some aspect of all three of these nemeses at work today. We have a president that has released master terrorists back into the battlespace, on sort of a catch and release program. A rational leader wouldn’t release captured generals to return to lead their troop against Americans. That’s unpatriotic and borders on the treasonous. We have a couple of candidates whose political proclivities lean so far to the left that one of them actually honeymooned in Moscow while the others cannot wait to run to embrace the Castro brothers in Havana. Then we learn that one of those candidates had their own “unsecured” server and was dealing in national secrets above “top secret.” Alger Hiss was tried and convicted for stealing secrets (a stack of papers that were 4.5 feet high) while he worked for the State Department, for passing secrets to the Soviet Union. Today we have a former Secretary of State that purposely went out of her way to set up a computer network for the sole purpose of bypassing the safeguards that protects classified information; this is Alger Hiss on steroids, cutting out the middleman (Soviet handler), and exposing America’s secrets for everyone. There was a time when lefties in America worked to provide the plans of atomic weapons and aircraft designs to the Soviet Union in order to level the playing field–if everyone had nukes then the world wouldn’t be such an unsafe place. How about when terrorist get a hold of those weapons? The sounds of silence smashing into stupidity are deafening.

In Special Access, a democratic President is discovered to be not only an “illegal alien” but consorted with the world’s worst master terrorists. Shoot Down, a democratic President first ignored a legitimate threat posed to commercial aviation. Then when an aircraft is shot out of the sky, he pays the ransom to stop the killing but doesn’t go after the terrorists who shoots airplanes out of the sky for profit. In No Need to Know, the former CIA Director is both a former KGB officer as well as an Islamic sympathizer before he is run out of Washington DC for sexual misconduct. In Special Access, Shoot Down, and No Need to Know, Duncan Hunter is responsible for the downfall of the high-ranking officials who had been successful infiltrating the highest levels of the US government.

In my next book, the actions of communist leaders in the 1930s set the stage for all future aviation espionage and terrorism. Like all of my books, there’s a significant element of truth (factual aviation history) to set the stage for the story and plot line. The old Soviet Union really did steal British and American aircraft plans as well as the secrets to build and deploy thermonuclear weapons. Then, most maddening, sometimes Russians and the French would collaborate to hide the truth of a tragedy when it suited both parties. It was obvious the Soviets stole the designs of the Anglo-French Concorde and built the USSR’s “Concordski,” the first commercial SST. When it crashed at the Paris airshow, the Russians complained that the designs they stole were purposely modified with built-in design flaws, and that the aircraft wouldn’t be safe to fly.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Those guys are not on our side.

And again, the real truth is hidden behind a curtain of top secret security clearances and old CIA files.

More to follow.

Latest Rave Reviews for Shoot Down

Book reviews from professional reviewers continue to trickle in. The latest gave Shoot Down a Five Star rating: “Fantastic Book. I really enjoyed the opening to this story, it grabbed me straight away. There is a lot going on in this story, but in a good way. Duncan Hunter is a great character, with many skills. I haven’t read any books where part of the story is based in Libya. It was very interesting the background the Author has gone into with this story. An excellent read.”

And “I keep hearing about this book!”
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Maybe that makes sense in the context of the new movie 13 Hours. In the book, there is some action that occurs in Benghazi, Libya as well as the old Flight 800 story, government cover-up.

More to follow.

The Heroes of the Duncan Hunter Books

A casual but snide comment from a senior Border Patrol agent lit me up one day. It was 1995 and it still irks me. He said, words to the effect, that he couldn’t believe anyone in my position (director of aircraft maintenance) actually flew high performance jets, that real people “like that” go on to fly airliners. Of course, he was an idiot. Hadn’t been out of the state of Texas. Like you would move a boiling pot to a trivet to cool, I put him on “ignore.” Twenty years later, over lunch, my former boss admitted that he had grossly underestimated the intelligence and the accomplishments of a group of guys I called the “Three Amigos.” He went on to say that he learned of his error by watching the people around him, in his new position, and having an epiphany–he was now working with a bunch of idiots and lightweights and, by comparison, that he left an amazing group of powerhouses, of superior intellect and uncommon drive to excel. That the “Three Amigos” were indeed, “rock stars.”

The heroes in the Duncan Hunter books are modeled after the Three Amigos. Plus another that had all the hallmarks of becoming a rock star and the “Fourth Amigo” but she was distracted by other events in her life. In the Hunter books, she became the Nazy Cunningham character. Distracted by liberal and Islamic politics until bad people and her religion made her life a living hell and she ran away. A true refugee.

I’ve become especially fond of books from communist defectors. Islamic defectors. One cannot appreciate what we have in the good old USA until someone who escaped slavery and tyranny outlines how good we have it in America and how bad our liberals (socialists, progressives, commies–whatever they call themselves this week) are undermining everything that they strived to get to in America. Freedom.

I challenged my old boss at lunch that day that the morons working for him were liberal. Progressives. Whatever they want to call themselves and their 53 gender types. That the Three Amigos were the antithesis of the liberals, the girly men, the pajama boys, the “Occupy Wall Street” types that shit on cops cars and raped women by the score. The Three Amigos did amazing “positive” things with and in their lives.

Their characters in the Duncan Hunter books will continue to do amazing “positive” things. Whack terrorists, rescue damsels in distress, rescue their fellow “amigo” when necessary, and above all, uphold the Constitution and protect America and Americans. And yes, even the liberals.

More to follow.

The Idea for a Nemesis, Part Two

My most reviewed post (and most commented–and favorably) has been “The Idea for a Nemesis.” I tried to articulate how I came up with the antagonists in my novels. And even a nemesis, even if it was temporary. In the first three books, Hunter has a nemesis–Dr. Bruce Rothwell. The real Dr. Rothwell was the opposite of Duncan Hunter’s nemesis. He was a true gentleman and a scholar. One of the smartest guys I’ve met. Not a lazy bone in his body. All round great person when he was alive. Rest his soul. Only in a bizarro world, would Bruce Rothwell be a bad guy.

In Special Access, Hunter doesn’t realize he has an enemy. He never met the strange roué Rothwell; but Nazy Cunningham had to work with him. In Shoot Down, it becomes clear Hunter does have an enemy and that enemy is his boss–the Director of Central Intelligence. Not cool. In No Need to Know, Hunter’s luck runs out on him for a hour; the angry Rothwell has the “upper hand” (this is more than a metaphor) and punishes Hunter for all of his “indiscretions.”

In the beginning of my writing, I didn’t plan on Hunter’s newest nemesis, the one that is named in book four, my working title is Blown Cover. But it came about easy enough. Hunter’s nemesis in book #4 was already a broken and reviled man; unable to comprehend what had really happened to him. Mr. Nemesis comes to learn that it was Duncan Hunter who was most likely the person, the bellybutton, the reason and cause for him to be on the run. James Bond eventually gets to confront his nemesis in each book. In No Need to Know, Hunter barely escapes with his life after his last meeting with Rothwell. Hunter is in much better shape when he finally meets the man on the run.

More on nemeses later.

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Old Headlines and Shoot Down, part 2

From a previous post, generated from an ABC News documentary: “Former investigators who looked into the mysterious crash of TWA Flight 800, which killed 230, are breaking their silence to claim that the explosion that brought down the plane in 1996 was likely no accident, and that the final report on the cause of the blast was falsified.”

Some family members have taken issue with the former NTSB investigators that refuted the NTSB’s findings, saying the crash report was purposefully falsified, and claimed the investigation was “systematically undermined” by federal authorities.

Shoot Down is a novel that takes issue with the official government position. Several congressmen were on the record discussing Flight 800, directly and tangentially. Few reporters have looked at the “complete picture” of this tragedy.

From Shoot Down:
“Therefore, it had to be something else—it was an elevator malfunction! And, we’re going to look at a bunch of NTSB reports and we’ll see how Flight 800 sticks out, as my grandmother would say, like a sore thumb. Before I let you go, there is one more data point, I think, we should consider regarding Flight 800.” Duncan Hunter’s Blackberry vibrated and played Pipeline by the Ventures, to announce an email. Embarrassed he quickly snatched the device from the clip on his belt; mashed buttons to squelch the sound and shaker, and quickly checked the email. He jutted his bottom lip as he returned the BlackBerry to its holster.

Hunter was momentarily distracted. He referred to the binder on the lectern. He fast forwarded pages until he came to the page he was seeking. He continued, “More interesting stuff. Immediately after Flight 800 fell from the sky, Congress held several closed door hearings. Since no one can keep a secret in Washington D.C., other than the intelligence community—but that’s another story for another time—a few Congresscritters leaked that they were discussing ‘the latest threat.’” Again, Hunter made quotes with his fingers when he said, “the latest threat.”
“The gist of the conversation these Congressmen had with some reporters, without clearing it with their leadership, was that the congressional hearing was specifically focused on the Flight 800 tragedy. I quote, ‘the threat terrorism presents to commercial aviation was the focus of the closed door meetings.’”

Hunter extracted a news clipping and held it up. “The latest threat was the risk of shoulder-fired missile attacks or MANPADS. There are over half a million MANPADS worldwide and a good number of those weapons are available and obtainable on the black market. The number of MANPADS in the hands of non-state actors or terrorist groups is unknown. Estimates range that dozens of non-state groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East have several dozen to a few hundred MANPADS. The availability, portability and concealable make-up of MANPADS all add to the appeal of these weapons to terrorist groups.”

“The obvious outcome of the closed door meeting was that Congress directed DOD to conduct research and development of missile defense systems for commercial aircraft. The idea was to take military missile defense systems and install them into commercial jets to prevent another Flight 800.”
Duncan Hunter let the conclusion settle for a moment. “Let me say that again, ‘to prevent another Flight 800.’” Hunter returned the news clipping to his binder and scanned the stunned faces of his students. Whether it was fatigue or shock, most of the students were left speechless.

“That initiative was proposed by our current President, I might add. However, it came and went, primarily because DOD doesn’t do research for commercial aviation. It wasn’t until after the 9/11 commission anti-missile defense systems initiative was again brought up. In early 2003, in a mark-up session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Congress directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 90-day study of the threat and report to Congress on recommendations for protecting airliners against shoulder fired missiles.”

“The official version is that Flight 800 had a problem with its fuel tank. Yet after Flight 800, Congress went into overdrive to do something about MANPADS in the hands of terrorist groups; that there’s this sense of urgency to take military missile defense systems and install them into commercial jets to prevent another Flight 800. Now I find that fascinating. For you, I’ll let you think about it. And, I think on that happy note, I think we are done for tonight. Thank you for a glorious evening and class dismissed. See you next week.”

The hero of Shoot Down, Duncan Hunter, would say you cannot trust a Democrat to report on their failures to combat terrorism.

More to follow.

Old Headlines and Shoot Down

From an ABC News documentary, “former investigators who looked into the mysterious crash of TWA Flight 800, which killed 230, are breaking their silence to claim that the explosion that brought down the plane in 1996 was likely no accident, and that the final report on the cause of the blast was falsified.” Some history. TWA Flight 800 exploded in mid-air on July 17, 1996 about 11 minutes after taking off from New York’s JFK airport on its way to Paris. Theories abounded as to what happened to the plane but the National Transportation Safety Board concluded after a four-year investigation that the probable cause of the crash was an accidental fuel tank explosion.

Shoot Down is a novel that takes issue with the official government position.
From Shoot Down:

Within minutes of the Ambassador receiving the envelope, FLASH precedence and encrypted cables were sent to the U. S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. Mentioned in dispatch, a letter had been received demanding the release of three men held in an American jail, with a simple ultimatum: “Failure to release my brothers and transport them to Algiers within 48 hours will result in one American airliner shot down every 48 hours.”

Ten hours after the embassy cables were received in Washington D.C., the National Security Council was convened to assess the threat. The State Department reported no further communications from Algeria. The CIA and the National Security Agency reported no intelligence chatter. Three Muslim men mentioned in dispatch were being held, in secret, as accomplices for a federal building bombing in Oklahoma City.

During an hour of discussions the President and most of his Cabinet took the long standing policy position that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. The Vice President took the position the administration needed to conduct a poll on whether to negotiate with terrorists or not. The lone dissenter, the Secretary of Defense, asked, “How do we not negotiate with terrorists when we don’t know who sent this letter? Are we really prepared to ignore and dismiss this threat as more Islamic hyperbole? This threat is subtle yet not so subtle; it’s a business offer. We better have an answer, something more substantial than we don’t negotiate with unknown terrorists or let’s take a poll, if a jet falls out of the sky in, what, 36 hours?” The ultimate decision maker wasn’t amused with the SECDEF’s comments, and said, “It’s a bluff; a game of chicken. Nothing will happen. Go home.”

Thirty six hours after the NSC meeting adjourned, a Trans World Airlines 747 disappeared off radar scopes east of Long Island, New York. Several people claimed to have seen a rocket or a missile launch in the night followed by an explosion of light in the distance.
Sixty hours after the NSC meeting had adjourned, three Middle Eastern-looking men stepped off a nondescript Gulfstream jet and onto the tarmac of the Houari Boumediene International Airport in Algiers.

More on this.
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Another Headline and the Duncan Hunter Novels

I opened my computer this morning and found this little gem from our Attorney General: We’ll Position DOJ to Do Obama’s Work ‘Long After’ We’re Gone. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told New York Magazine that, “My goal is to position the [Department of Justice] where it will carry on in all of these issues long after myself and my team have moved on.”

The issue of having a group of civil servants in some of the government’s departments continue their politically-driven agenda was an issue in the Duncan Hunter novels. Hunter was speaking of communist infiltration with the goal that they will carry on “in all of these issues long after myself and my team have moved on.”

From Shoot Down: “Mr. President, if I saw anything it was how the press acted. When they chose to report only favorable news of the President that was the first clue something was up. It was more than just the lapdog media at work. That the President was able to bury his past with lawyers, and a totally enamored press wouldn’t investigate anything about the man, it was obvious something wasn’t right. The situation was so odd and incongruous it told me that as a minimum, a free press should have screamed at the top of their lungs from the top of the Washington Monument, irrespective of their party affiliation, that the man was a fraud. And they knew it. They all knew it and it was that conspiracy that few could see through their smokescreen. But the media were silent; it could only mean Whittaker Chambers was right about the extent of the infiltration of communists, in government and the press. The press assumed he was one of them and he fostered that belief. But he was a different kind of socialist. It was as if the 4th Reich was rising in America, in plain sight, with Islam spearheading the effort, and the media were vacationing in Tahiti. That he was a closet Muslim was a surprise that shouldn’t have surprised anyone.”
“I have to agree with you on that. We’ve come to learn those guys basically found themselves in charge of the government with a population expecting them to lead and govern. But that was never their desire or motivation—it was to overthrow the government and they did—but when they found they owned the country, they didn’t know what to do with it. I think, deep down, they wanted to rule like Lenin, Stalin, or Hitler but they found out they really couldn’t—there’s still the Bill of Rights. So when they went after Americans and tried to strip them of their First and Second Amendment rights, it wasn’t just Republicans who got a wakeup call; it was a bunch of Democrats too.”

And….from No Need to Know: Hunter chortled, “You mean just like the Democrats? I’ve always said they’re a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.”
“You’re incorrigible. While you were out hunting bad guys I ordered everyone at CIA to be re-scoped. I also told the State Department if any of their people are holding an Agency clearance, they need to be scoped as well, otherwise no more access.”
“That’s huge. But everyone already receives a polygraph—what’s one more?”
“I’m asking them if they’re a communist. Or an Islamist.”
“Oh, I know! I had mine this morning. I thought the questions were a dramatic shift from the norm. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot over?”
“I’m asking them if they’re communist or are they an Islamist sympathizer. And now, with the President’s approval, even political appointees get a poly. That should make you happy.”
Hunter was confused and his furrowed brows and scowl only telegraphed his concern. “About friggin’ time. What changed from the last time we had this discussion?”
“I know it’s an old joke. State, Justice and much of the FBI is infiltrated….” Lynche gestured with his hands in the ether.
“I could have told you that; hell, that’s not news.”
“Well, now we’re going to find out whose side they’re really playing for. The infiltration is unprecedented, and I told the President it has to stop or we’ll lose our country.”
Hunter blurted, “Greg! The White House was a sleeper cell!”
“Why do you think I’m having everyone poly’ed?”
“You’re starting to sound like me. That’s spooky, Greg. Whittaker Chambers effectively said the same thing, and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee essentially proved the closet communists overran the government. Venona decrypts, Vassiliev Papers, Mitrokhin archives. Open source proof.” Hunter’s interest was piqued. “And I didn’t need a polygrapher to prove it. I’ve even said so— how many times have I said Foggy Bottom is nothing but a snake’s den of closet commies and liberals. They’ve hired their fellow traveler buddies for decades. You couldn’t get a Republican in there even if he parachuted onto the building.”
“You’re right on that account.” Lynche smirked at Hunter, who broke out in a broad smile. “We’ve had over thirty retirements just this morning; they dropped their papers and turned in their badges before they went to their polygraph. Everyone scheduled from State or Congressional staffers has either retired, asked for an extension, or resigned. They’re busy over there.”
“Well, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.” Hunter grinned.
“There’s more. People think the infiltration of Communists is a thing of the past, but this is going on right now. This isn’t historical; this isn’t the Fifties. Their secret warfare has succeeded in planting agents in agencies that deal with military, intelligence, and foreign policy issues. They’re working hard to transform this country. I can’t touch them; and no one can hold them accountable. The media won’t touch it. There’s treason going on in the Congress and the State Department.”

I should have added Department of Justice.

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Ah, those pesky CIA files….

In the Duncan Hunter books, our fearless hero sometimes does the unthinkable–he stumbles across the tiniest of hints, kind of like Forest Gump, that there’s “something wrong with someone” and instead of doing nothing or ignore his feelings, he allows his senses to go to work. Spiderman knows when there is something bad about to happen, his Spidey Sense tingles; Hunter knows when someone is “bad.” He “just knows” even when there is no evidence. He has a nose for finding bad guys, and it matters not if that person is sitting next to him or is thousands of miles away on a television screen. When Hunter was with the Border Patrol, he came in contact with the Border Patrol’s chief pilot. Hunter knew there was something wrong with the chief pilot and started a file on him. He acquired fragments of “occurrences” that a federal prosecutor would consider “evidence.” At some point the “memoranda of records” in Hunter’s chief pilot’s file substantially painted a picture of a guy who was working for “the other side” the drug cartels while collecting a check from Uncle Sam.

Hunter got the same feeling when he watched the Democratic National Convention and the Democrats nominated some unknown junior senator for President. Hunter knew the guy was bad but was in no place to collect evidence on him. But because the presidential candidate was a “national figure” with a few hints of a closet communist history, Hunter figured there must have been either an FBI file or a CIA file on the man. And he was right.

In each of the Hunter books there is one of those pesky CIA files at the heart of the plotline. In Special Access, there is a CIA file that proves the President is not who he claims to be.
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In Shoot Down, a CIA file outlines the history of the US being held hostage, paying ransom, to prevent some unnamed terrorist from shooting down commercial airliners.
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In No Need to Know, an old OSS file, the precursor to the CIA, holds several Nazi secrets–one of which provides the secret locations of all the “missing Nazi artwork and gold.”
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In Broken Cover, book four, a CIA file suggests the USSR may have had a hand in the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and the mysterious circumstances of the Hindenburg disaster.
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Much fun.

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