Charon's Landing (Philip Mercer) by Jack Du Brul

By Jack Du Brul

Russian mastermind Ivan Kerikov plans to take advantage of an ecological terrorist workforce to sabotage the Alaska pipeline and pollute the western coast of North the US with oil, all to show the U.S. from household to international assets of oil. he is being paid thousands through a rogue Arab oil minister who's plotting a coup in his personal kingdom and in desparate desire of international source of revenue to solidify his position.But Kerikov hasn't allowed for geologist Philip Mercer, who has a expertise for being within the correct position on the correct time. whilst Mercer discovers that an apparant coincidence used to be truly homicide, he investigates and shortly starts off to untangle Kerikov's net. At his facet is Aggie Johnston, right-hand girl to the eco-terrorist, who has all started to question her leader's factors.

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In what amounted to economic blackmail, the Seven Sisters began bumping up the price of gasoline in ten-cent increments until it had nearly doubled. Then, they quietly made it known within the beltway that prices would continue to rise if certain concessions weren’t made. The President was realistic enough to know that the oil giants could spiral the global economy into a slide that would make the Great Depression seem like a boom time. By pulling in every political favor he had acquired during his terms in the House and Senate and making promises that would take the rest of his term to honor, the President pressured Congress to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.

But with a forbearance found only in women, she had taken the criticism and complaints in stride, while keeping an open ear for the President to vent his frustration. ” That last statement felt sour to the President’s ears even as he spoke it. The flora and fauna of Alaska’s north coast were found nowhere else on earth and were so delicate that even the most minor damage was virtually permanent. Arctic moss required a minimum of a hundred years to recover from the passage of even a light vehicle.

They were rapt by the exchange. He smiled self-consciously, embarrassed at his long-winded soliloquy. “Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for your time and attention. Dr. ” The applause was genuine and enthusiastic as Mercer gathered the notes he never needed. Just before he turned from the lectern, he caught the eye of the young woman again. She threw him a saucy smile, as if to say round one to you, but the fight will continue. Los Angeles International Airport Howard Small stepped off the Boeing with an expectancy he hadn’t felt since college.

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