He's a good solid man, a family man. But what he wants, he wants too much. To indulge his impulses---his notion of power. Innocent enough, eh? Yeah but, it takes money---lots of money. Because power eats money---inhales it. Like an oyster. On a half shell.
"Give up two days of your life and we'll see to it that your checks keep coming for a very long time," they said.
A deal to die for. Except for the part about drawing on his Army Ranger chops to lead a crew of misfits on a mock terrorist operation.
So, he replied, "Buzz off."
"Think about it, pal. You just may need to think about the consequences... for your family."
The mission is launched and rapidly unravels. Is it a terrible mistake or was he the victim of an ultimate act of betrayal? Lou Christopher and one teammate turn from hunted to hunters. As time runs out, they struggle to use his unique set of skills to exact a decisive revenge on those responsible for this treachery. Will New York--will anyone--survive?
This is a modern day John Rambo, with every bit the quality of writing and fantastic characters that David Morrell brought to his classic shining through. Larry Crane has created a lasting hero.
Lou Christopher is tough, all-American, and ready to defend what he believes in.
Now a Q&A with Lou Christoper....
Q&A Lou Christopher
1. What explains why you continually get yourself in trouble?
What is “trouble”, anyway? If trouble’s survival, I’ve done some of that. In the Army, people can issue orders from a safe place far away that don’t have a lot to do with dealing with the situation on the ground at the moment. If you think things might be getting sticky where you are, you just have to do something, orders be damned. If you manage to make it out alive, you’re probably going to be in trouble. But, you’re still around. And I’ll take that any day.
2. Yeah but, don’t nasty little things like ego and greed cause you trouble at times?
You only go around once, they say. You work hard and do all the right things, and then the moment you’ve been waiting for seems to be slipping away, and you do something you wish later you hadn’t done. I’m not completely in control of my impulses. Somebody said it to me: “What you want, you want too much”.
3. You’re only 47 or so. Why do you keep bitching about how old you feel?
I only bitch to myself about it. A person doesn’t believe that it’s ever going to happen to him, but then something slips—maybe something very small—but you know it just the beginning. It pisses me off that’s all.
3. At what point did you accept that this whole caper was not just a joke?
It was just so audacious of those two punks, coming around with this whole ridiculous line of reasoning. No way could it be actually going down. I kept thinking I was fool to even respond—that suddenly the lights would go on and I’d be standing there with my pants around my ankles. But it kept going. Getting deeper. And then there were real bullets flying. That’s when I knew.
4. Is Maggie a stronger person than you?
Nobody wants to admit that at the bottom of it they’re just a wimp. You want to be strong and decisive. I’m physcially stronger than Mag, ten times stronger. But, when we find ourselves in the deep tapioca, it comes out again and again. Mag’s a rock. She really is.
5. What is it with you and women?
I like women. They’ve got it all over guys when it comes to being in touch with life. Oh, they can be petty and stupid and full of ego too—but, they’re miles ahead of us it seems. Women like to think they are truly the ones who are calling the shots, and they snicker about it to each other. Like, they’re leading us around by our dick and stuff like that. But it all comes down to the physical side of things. A guy’s physical, but in the end, it’s not the physical that decides.
6. Was the brokerage business ever as big an ego boost for you as your days in the Army were?
Truth be told, success in the business world seems more authentic, almost like it’s the real adult version of things. In war and when it’s coming down to life and death, the Army is very serious business, but we’re not talking about that. We’re talking ‘’every day’ kind of stuff. The Army is training for the real thing, planning for the future. It’s young men practicing for events that may never actually come to pass, and so, it seems like it’s just playing games a lot of the time. Power in business involves money and everyone on the planet understands money and the power it brings.
7. How would you feel if I told you Maggie was flirting with a kid police officer?
A person wants to be the object of all their wife’s desires and early on it seems like that’s an easy thing to bring off. But then things happen, like wrinkles and gravity, that set a woman to worrying. And so, she gets curious about what kind of reaction she would get from showing some interest in somebody. It’s not only women. We’re all human. It’s understandable when you’re showing a little age. It’s when you’re both just pups that flirtation hurts. When you discover that you’re not the object of all of her desires when you thought you had it all, it really hurts. It’s almost like you died a little.
8. You were a cadet at West Point for only a short time. What’s the one moment of your time there that stands out in your mind?
My life was kind of chaotic at nineteen. I couldn’t even find my shoes sometimes. Then I reported to West Point. In the space of day or two, I was folding my underwear with paper inside so that a sharp edge was created. I had shiny brass. Everywhere there was order. Seated in the natural ampitheater at Trophy Point for church services at dawn on the first Sunday, with daylight framing the hills, it all seemed to touch perfection.
9. At any point, Titus could have just given you the finger and walked off. Why didn’t he?
You’re right. The gun was clogged with dirt. I had no ammo anyway. I was barely able to walk. He must have been able to see all that. But he could also see I was desperate. He just couldn’t take the chance that being bold might get him hurt.
10. By calling on your best friends to help you, aren’t you just putting them in harm’s way too?
Yes. But, you can’t always think things through. So, you drag people into the mess who shouldn’t be there, and later you regret it. The wonderful thing though, is that true friends will throw caution to the winds to help you.
Transplanted to Maine mid-westerner Larry Crane brings an Illinois sensibility to his writing. Larry graduated from West Point, served nearly seven years in the Army, as an Infantryman in the mud in Germany, commanding Basic Trainees at Fort Knox, and serving as an ARVN Ranger battalion advisor in Vietnam. He commuted to Wall Street for nearly 20 years. His writing includes articles for outdoor magazines, plays, short fiction, and his most recent thriller novel, A Bridge to Treachery. In his spare time, Crane is a hobbyist videographer for his local Public Access Television Station and is a volunteer at his local historical society. Larry and wife Jan live on the coast of Maine.
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