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Sanibel and Captiva Islands, off the southwestern coast of Florida, were known for some of the best shelling in the world. They reached out into the Gulf of Mexico like a net, catching all sorts of mollusks, dead and alive, and strewing…
When the tides are right — as they are now, just on the ebb — any floating debris tends to stick together and not disperse before reaching land. These islands are uniquely located in terms of ocean currents, which focus flotsam into a…
imbroglio, === “Cuba.” He let that sink in and went on. “They have more than one coastal prison, and some, like the Combinado del Este, are among the most brutal in the world, where political prisoners are jailed, tortured — and…
One of the skills he’d picked up while pounding the beat in Miami had been to quickly ID restaurants and bars — which ones were for tourists, which ones were for locals, which for cops, which for wiseguys, and so on. === a man standing on…
We have a Sentinel-class fast-response cutter of the right specifications hailing from the Port Charlotte Station. It has a sophisticated S / SCIF, SEI sensors, increased data-exchange bandwidth, AIS data sharing, and other enhanced…
We start by turning the surface of the sea into millions of vectors and perform a fractal matrix analysis showing how each vector evolves over time — given various initial conditions of air and water temperature, wind, tides, waves,…
She was young, extraordinarily beautiful, and wore a dress that, although prim and conservative, could not hide the contours of her body. He stood up, his instincts as a lawyer immediately reasserting themselves. Down, boy. === “Your…
“It’s a fast Komar-class missile boat,” said the XO, peering into the scope. “How fast?” “Top speed rated at forty-four knots, but this one’s moving at thirty.” “Armaments?” “Two twenty-five-millimeter guns, two Styx anti-ship missiles.”…
“They made a model of the flaperon, put it into a tank, and ran tests on it. They took into account the sail effect — how much wind might affect the floating object. They calculated wave action. They allowed for surface currents, tidal…
To unpathed waters, undreamed shores, ’” Perelman murmured. === “As I said, it’s impossible.” “It can’t be impossible,” Gladstone said, feeling like tearing her hair out. “Don’t yell at me !” “I’m not yelling. I’m emphasizing.” “Well,…
“You have a peculiar — unorthodox — way of looking at things. A way that complements my own.” “Why don’t you just say it? ‘I need your help. ’” === “Feel free to spend the evening here, entertaining yourself in whatever meretricious…
“It’s a cigarette boat. And yes, it goes very fast.” “Cigarette?” “They were originally used during Prohibition by rumrunners trying to avoid the Coast Guard. At some point they acquired the name because they were long with a narrow beam,…
That container is known in the lingo of the shipping business as a ‘reefer.’ A reefer, contrary to the usage I am sure you’re accustomed to, is a refrigerated container carrying either frozen or chilled cargo. But as you can see, it no…
He had never met anyone like her: so poised, reserved, cynical, erudite, quick-witted — and yet, he sensed, broken at some fundamental level. But, broken or not, she was anything but fragile: he sensed a cold-bloodedness in her, a capacity…
“A wise man once said, ‘Engage the enemy on your terms, not on his. ’” “What’s that supposed to mean?” “They wanted to provoke me at sea, where they have almost unlimited power — and I have next to none.” “So you’re going to, ah, wait to…
“The way the sun sets over the sea. At first, it seems to drop so languorously, one can barely observe its transit. But then — as it nears the horizon — it accelerates, as if pulled by some invisible elemental force.” === “Noble Nexus…
… he was one of those men who are supremely sure of themselves, who rise in life from the ability to project absolute self-assurance to all those around them. A man who is never wrong, who has no self-reflection, a man to whom any mistake…
“Usually, he picks them up outside of La Gloria, in Chiapas State. It’s where I am now, a little town about twenty miles from the Guatemalan border. He has vans and drivers, and he brings them north in a sort of caravan. There are certain…
Soon, in an orgy of blood-red clouds, the sun set and a purple twilight rose. === Pendergast away, leaving her to her own devices, consumed with memories of what had been, and what might have been. Can you love me the way I need you to?…
Tate’s Hell State Forest. It was a straight shot to the coastal town of Carrabelle, an hour and fifteen minutes away. From there, he’d have to turn north on Highway 67, skirting the edge of Tate’s Hell, and find a way in. === “We’re a…
They were more the eyes of a stone killer than of a young woman — eyes that had seen everything and, as a result, were surprised by nothing. === “It is all in service of a vital cause.” “Stalin said much the same thing.” === “Perhaps…
“The idea behind MK-Ultra,” the general continued, “was to seek ways to manipulate an individual’s mental state — mind control, if you will — using drugs and behavior modification techniques. It was primarily meant as a battlefield weapon,…
“Mr. Pendergast, are you familiar with BIID?” “No.” “I’m not surprised, since it has yet to receive diagnostic criteria in psychiatric circles. It’s an extremely rare and perplexing psychological condition — so strange as to be scarcely…
When we first established this operation, we were careful to identify soldiers disaffected with the transformation of the U.S. Army — disgusted with the loosening of discipline, the admittance of homosexuals, the placing of women in combat…
“No need for clichés. As Ayn Rand said, ‘Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.’ As an FBI agent you are a mere cog in the status quo, a participant in the…