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Survivor – Shadows in the Mist

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Survivor: Shadows in the Mist: A global battle for dominance is being waged. But who are the opponents? What is at stake? And why are governments in chaos?

The shock waves from the attacks echo around the globe. Governments are in the dark. Old alliances come into question. Enemies are thrown together. Nothing seems to make sense. And, in the midst of all this, John Reynolds is resurrected – a dead man come to life.

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From Survivor: Shadows in the Mist:

I

Dunning was in a hurry. At least in one sense. His role as National Security Advisor obligated him to provide the first-thing-in-the-morning intelligence briefing to POTUS. As he worked his way through the levels of security at the White House, his mind was formulating and reformulating the briefing he was about to give. His assistant struggled to keep up. What disturbed Dunning most was that he couldn’t see a pattern. And Fred Dunning liked patterns. He found the lack of them very disturbing.

The briefing he was about to give would be difficult enough if it wasn’t for his estimate of the person he was about to deliver it to. He was constantly referring to President Brooks Forster as “Not the brightest bulb on the tree. Several conifers short of a pine forest.” In fact, he had concluded that the bulb had burned out and the only thing left was ego and an overwhelming drive towards self-aggrandizement.

In his more cynical moments, he would allow that that happened to almost everyone who reached the office of the President of the United States. But this guy was different. His public persona was more like Monty Hall in Let’s Make a Deal. But, in his case, he was both contestant and Monty while the American taxpayers where the fools who are providing the prizes. The use of public funds for personal purposes was reaching epic proportions. A few high-ranking members of his Administration had resigned under a cloud. Several nominates had withdrawn their names under a cloud. At least one was under investigation for maintaining business ties with Russian oligarchs while serving in the Cabinet. The White House was more like a personal family operation than a national government. This and much more grated on Fred. And then there was a deeper, more sinister suspicion. But, Dunning’s obligation was to brief the President no matter what he thought of him.

The events of the prior twenty-four hours were so serious and widespread that Dunning had insisted the briefing take place in the Situation Room in the basement of the White House. He was concerned enough to have added several participants. Among them were the Vice President, Andrew (Slick) Slyde and Douglas (Digger) Littletown, the Director of the National Security Agency. He had also included Robert (Bob) Turning; the Director of the CIA and Carol Masters who was the current Director of the FBI. POTUS had pushed back hard against the need for moving the briefing and the assemblage of such a group but Dunning had insisted and prevailed.