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But he did it all, survived so he could get to this point. Not to stroke his wounded pride, not to show a president or prime minster that by God he was right. He did it for this one chance to help the nation save itself from itself. 5 Sofia, Bulgaria The moment Hassan Haddad stepped off the elevator, he knew he was being watched. It was a weeknight, and across the lobby the hotel lounge and casino were full of European and American businessmen, either drunk or getting there, planning their schemes to rape and pillage the country’s economy as they gambled away their weekly salaries.

Beckman had caved, was pointing him in the direction of the MCC—the mobile command center—when someone near the bomb site shouted. “Down! ” Without thinking, Jack grabbed the rookie and dove toward the blacktop as a massive explosion shook the ground, sending several tons of debris and human body parts rocketing in all directions. * * * The shock wave blew over Jack, shattering car windows and taking down anyone who had been too slow to react. He heard a low grunt nearby and, through the haze of powdered debris, saw Beckman lying facedown a few feet ahead, bleeding from the base of his neck, a long gash having been ripped by a chunk of cement.

Jamal heard more horns as well as people shouting. He should have just shot him—no talk, no knock-down, no thinking. Now, too many people were watching. He heard a siren in the distance. Maybe it wasn’t for him, or maybe someone had already called the cops— Jamal looked up the road, saw the Camry had pulled into an empty space curbside. It was too far to run. And he didn’t want to leave empty-handed. Okay, you didn’t kill the guy but you can bounce with the car. He could still score points by leading the cops to the Embarcadero and putting the Rover in the bay, or maybe driving it into the hot new lounge of the Phoenix Hotel— Shoving the gun back in his waistband, Jamal jumped into the Rover, slammed the door, and stomped on the gas.

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