The History Thief: Ten Days Lost (The Sterling Novels)

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Copyright © 2012 JM Scott

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ISBN-10: 1479265683

EAN-13:9781479265688

eBook ISBN: 978-1-62347-486-7

DEDICATION

 

To Sabina, my lovely, lovely wife, who, during the writing of this book, introduced me by surprise one long, sleepless, but wonderful and unforgettable night to the Sea Monkey;

Who stands by me;

Who loves me regardless;

Who encourages me;

Who lets me be me.

To Diedrick, who continues to surprise and inspire me with his energy and commitment and his desire to succeed and to bring a little something extra to this world;

Who serves this country selflessly;

Who seeks continuous challenges;

Who sets the bar high and then raises it higher;

Who has taught me what it means to be a father;

Who has been a better son than imagined.

To the Sea Monkey—to Sonia—who showed her impetuous, energetic side and decided that it was time to be introduced to the world although she still had more than three weeks to go;

Who smiles endlessly;

Who laughs gleefully;

Who stares at me with the biggest eyes one can imagine;

Who reminds me daily what life is truly about.

To the three of you, I dedicate this work.

BOOKS BY JS NAGLE

 

Sterling Novels:

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CONTENTS

 

DEDICATION

BOOKS BY JS NAGLE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PROLOGUE

PART I

CHAPTER ONE: WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL MANHATTAN

CHAPTER TWO: TYRANNY IS TYRANNY PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER THREE—THREE WEEKS LATER: OPERATION MONGOOSE SOUTHWEST OF JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN

CHAPTER FOUR: PLACE DAUPHIN PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER FIVE: OPERATION MONGOOSE TARGET: ABU MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

CHAPTER SIX: HOME OF DR. MICHAEL STERLING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE NCS OAKTON, VA

CHAPTER SEVEN: HOME OF SENATOR MATTHEW FAUST GEORGETOWN—WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER EIGHT: 6 PLACE DU PARVIS NOTRE DAME ÎLE DE LA CITÉ—PARIS

CHAPTER NINE: BENEATH PONT NEUF ON THE QUAIS

CHAPTER TEN: A FEW MINUTES AGO INSIDE THE SOUTH TOWER

CHAPTER ELEVEN: RER PLATFORM PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER TWELVE: RER LINE B AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: CITRONELLE RESTAURANT 3000 M STREET NW WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: 1725 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: NEAR KOFE SOFAID AFGHANISTAN

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: POST EXCHANGE, 82ND ABN DIV FAYETTEVILLE, NC

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: SEEKING PROOF PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER NINETEEN: CASELLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NORTHERN ITALY

CHAPTER TWENTY: THE UNIVERSITY CLUB 1135 SIXTEENTH STREET NW WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: HOME OF DR. MICHAEL STERLING OAKTON, VIRGINIA

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: TAFT DINING ROOM THE UNIVERSITY CLUB WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: CIA HEADQUARTERS LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

PART II

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: DUOMO DI TORINO TURIN, ITALY

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: OLD FRIENDS, NEW PROBLEMS OAKTON, VIRGINIA

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: CIA HEADQUARTERS LANGLEY, VIRGINIA

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: WHEN THINGS GO POP OAKTON, VA

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT: CNN STUDIOS WASHINGTON, DC

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

CHAPTER THIRTY: OLD DOMINION DRIVE FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: DO YOU SEE ME? ROUTE 267

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: EVERYONE GETS WHAT THEY WANT PIAZZA SAN CARLO TORINO, ITALY

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE: A STERLING SURPRISE CIA HEADQUARTERS LANGLEY, VA

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR: OLD FRIENDS, NEW ENEMIES US GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE: JUHU BEACH MUMBAI, INDIA

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX: A RUSE IS A RUSE THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN: A TIME TO RUN MUMBAI, INDIA

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT: LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE: DISTANT RELATIVES PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER FORTY: HOW TO SATIATE A SOCIOPATH TORINO, ITALY

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE: FLYING IS FOR BIRDS FLIGHT TP-0104 DC TO LISBON

CHAPTER FORTY-TWO: THE BIGGER THEY ARE… AEROPORTO DA PORTELA LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FORTY-THREE: DEATH IS INEVITABLE LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR: INTERROGATION ROOM 4A CIA HQ, LANGLEY

CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE: THE RESURRECTION SOLAR DO CASTELO

CHAPTER FORTY-SIX: PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE BETWEEN TWO CASTLES LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FORTY-SEVEN: SHOTS OF ESPRESSO, ONE TO THE NOSE CASTELO COFFEE HOUSE

CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT: DEAD FISH & TRACKING CHIPS BELÉM TOWER LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FORTY-NINE: LISTENING IN CIA HQ—LANGLEY, VA

CHAPTER FIFTY: COPS & COFFEE LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE: IN CONTROL CIA HQ

CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO: BELÉM TOWER LISBON, PORTUGAL

CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE: SOUTH PARKING LOT CIA HQ

CHAPTER FIFTY-FOUR: PUERILE MEANS KID BELÉM TOWER

CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE: STAMPS & COINS LEAVING LISBON

CHAPTER FIFTY-SIX: GETTING ANSWERS LANGLEY, VA

CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVEN: CALLE OFICIOS, 1 GRANADA, SPAIN

CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHT: IT TAKES A THIEF IN THE MAUSOLEUM

CHAPTER FIFTY-NINE: BOUND & ALONE LOCATION UNKNOWN

CHAPTER SIXTY: BECOMING THE HUNTER TO PARIS: NINE HOURS LEFT

CHAPTER SIXTY-ONE: CURB APPEAL 67 RUE DU CHABROL

PART III

CHAPTER SIXTY-TWO: IN A DARK ROOM CIA HQ

CHAPTER SIXTY-THREE: HIS MASTERPIECE THE LOUVRE—PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SIXTY-FOUR: THE WATCHMEN RETURN 67 RUE DU CHABROL

CHAPTER SIXTY-FIVE: THE FLY’S LAST THOUGHT PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SIXTY-SIX: KEEPING HER SANITY DR. SONIA STERLING, MD

CHAPTER SIXTY-SEVEN: WHERE THERE’S A THIEF PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SIXTY-EIGHT: A PERFECT SONATA AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER SIXTY-NINE: A SONATA IMPERFECT PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SEVENTY: SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER SEVENTY-ONE: ONE HOUR, TWO LIVES AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER SEVENTY-TWO: SOMETHING’S MISSING AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER SEVENTY-THREE: COMPLETE CONTROL AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER SEVENTY-FOUR: YORK’S DEAD IN THE HOME OF THE THIEF

CHAPTER SEVENTY-FIVE: SOMEONE WOULD DIE IN SONIA’S CELL

CHAPTER SEVENTY-SIX: DEAD, NOT DEAD AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS

CHAPTER SEVENTY-SEVEN: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE LEAVING THE BOIS

CHAPTER SEVENTY-EIGHT: INTIMATE SECRETS 67 RUE DU CHABROL #4

CHAPTER SEVENTY-NINE: KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE… LANGLEY, VA

CHAPTER EIGHTY: EVERYONE’S GOING TO ROME AIR FRANCE: FLIGHT 1204

CHAPTER EIGHTY-ONE: CASTLES, COFFEE, AND BLOOD CASTLE D’CAMINI

CHAPTER EIGHTY-TWO: REVELATION 14:9 CASTLE D’CAMINI

CHAPTER EIGHTY-THREE: THE TOWER OF WINDS THE VATICAN, ROME

CHAPTER EIGHTY-FOUR: THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF FRANCE NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE

CHAPTER EIGHTY-FIVE: THE KING WILL POINT THE WAY THE TOWER OF WINDS

CHAPTER EIGHTY-SIX: DEBTS & DEMOTIC THE SECRET ARCHIVES

CHAPTER EIGHTY-SEVEN: A MOMENT ALONE THE VATICAN

CHAPTER EIGHTY-EIGHT: ONE LAST STOP FROM ROME TO PARIS

CHAPTER EIGHTY-NINE: TWENTY HOURS LATER PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER NINETY: HOT TARMAC, COLD WORDS LE BOURGET AIRPORT PARIS, FRANCE

CHAPTER NINETY-ONE: FROM THE ASHES MOMENTS AGO

CHAPTER NINETY-TWO: HOW CAREERS BEGIN WHILE OTHERS END CANAL 16—PARIS

CHAPTER NINETY-THREE: ALWAYS HEDGE YOUR BETS SOMEWHERE OVER THE ATLANTIC

CHAPTER NINETY-FOUR: NO TURNING BACK

CHAPTER NINETY-FIVE: JUDGMENT DAY

CHAPTER NINETY-SIX: BELIEVING ISN’T THE SAME AS TRUSTING OUTSIDE OF LANGLEY

CHAPTER NINETY-SEVEN: CNN NEWSROOM ATLANTA, GEORGIA

CHAPTER NINETY-EIGHT: WHY, ALLAH, WHY? KOFE SOFAID, AFGHANISTAN

EPILOGUE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

Once again, it is important for me to acknowledge the almighty coffee bean; without it, my days would not start like a Folgers commercial, and—argue to the contrary if you like—I would be less productive and an absolute pain to be around.

See you in the morning.

Before acknowledging anyone else, I must, first, send a message to the men and women who paint their faces the colors of the surrounding terrain and carry a weapon at the ready; to those that train relentlessly for the day that their country may call upon their service. They are selfless citizen-warriors, often unacknowledged, and serve not for personal wealth nor social gain, but because they believe that they must do that which others are unable or unwilling.

You are not invisible; you are not forgotten; your service is appreciated. While disagreements about what is right or wrong with respect to military intervention often arise and become heated, it doesn’t change that your service is needed, wanted, and deserving of praise.

T
HANK YOU
.

Deserving to be acknowledged, too, are the young faces that find the innocence of their youth sidetracked or dismantled by being a part of the social services system. Your life is harder than those of most of your peers’—but know this: you can overcome this unfortunate twist of your youth by setting your standards high, meeting them, and then setting them even higher. Survival is your father, but knowledge is your mother.

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