Cutting Edge (Tom Clancy's Power Plays, Book 6)

By Tom Clancy, Jerome Preisler

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Africa turns into the conflict flooring in 21st-century struggle. As fiberoptic cable is laid down round the continent, entities struggle to regulate it. One is UpLink Communications, headed by means of Roger Gordian. The pan-African fiberoptic ring is his so much ambitious—and expensive—endeavor thus far. His nemesis, Harlan Devane, is penetrating the community. buying and selling in black industry commodities with terrorists and rogue states, the cable bargains him limitless entry to a most dear product: details. to make sure his good fortune, Devane makes his movement midway around the globe. He hits Gordian the place it hurts—and kidnaps his daughter. Now, Gordian needs to belief his UpLink crew as by no means earlier than, as they try on land and sea to show the tables opposed to Devane…once and for all.

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He had ordered the leading big apple strip with a facet of mashed potatoes. “I consider like we haven’t been the following jointly in years. ” “That’s simply because we haven’t,” Roger Gordian stated. He had gotten the filet mignon with baked. “Three years, if you’re counting. ” Parker seemed up from his plate with gentle ask yourself. “No kidding? That lengthy? ” Gordian nodded, urgent a few bitter cream into the potato’s flesh along with his fork. “That long,” he repeated. It was once a piece tough to think. Lunch on the Washington Palm on 19th highway used to be a standard per thirty days appointment for them, yet that was once earlier than Gordian’s disease. It was once additionally sooner than Dan had misplaced his congressional seat in Santa Clara County, having succumbed to the political fallout for aiding Gordian foyer opposed to indiscriminate dissemination of U. S. encryption tech in another country. This had confirmed a resoundingly unpopular stance between his components in Silicon Valley’s software program undefined, who, except for UpLink foreign, had now not looked as if it would care a whit even if the al Qaedas, Hamases, and Cali Cartels of the realm had entry to items that may thwart the simplest surveillance efforts of worldwide legislations enforcement, their reason having been that the terrorists and drug lords may get their palms on comparable encoding courses from overseas nations, or bootlegged copies of U. S. courses despite felony stumbling blocks. in the event you can’t beat ’em, subscribe to ’em for a greenback, Gordian idea, no matter if they’re making plans to flood your borders with heroin or point the rules of Western civilization. “A lot’s occurred to maintain us busy,” he stated. “Truer phrases have by no means been voiced. ” Parker tipped his head towards the good-humored cartoon of Tiger Woods at the wall above their previously ordinary nook desk. “At least Tiger’s nonetheless the following with us. ” “That he's. And for my cash the kid’s an everlasting fixture. ” Parker grinned. The activities and political cartoons fixed in all places in sight have been a practice on the eating place harkening again nearly a century to the unique Palm on Manhattan’s East part. earlier than Woods rose to reputation at the eco-friendly, his present spot at the wall had for over a decade been occupied by way of the cartoon of a retired superstar soccer participant who’d been well-loved by way of enthusiasts old and young till he was once accused of a grisly double murder, one of many sufferers being his ex-wife and the mum of his childrens. Then the soccer player’s photo had come down and been changed via a drawing of a tv sportscaster who was once quickly to be booted from his task after allegations that he’d taken huge bites out of his mistress whereas wearing women’s garments, or whatever of that nature. Woods had changed the sportscaster at the wall round 1998, and remained there on the grounds that, although the activities commentator had finally came upon enough sympathy between enthusiasts and community executives to be restored to his approximate slot at the airwaves. Now Parker reached for his martini to scrub down one other chew of steak, drank, produced an ahhh of chic enjoy, and set his glass down at the white tablecloth.

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