Cloud Cover

By Ron Terpening

1984. A Yugoslav army attaché defects in Ottawa. earlier than the Canadians can interrogate him, he's assassinated.

In Trieste, Italy, anyone is putting off NATO brokers. Michael Higgins, their case officer, is warned through a Canadian secret agent, Fae Avadek, that he has a traitor in his community. all at once, Higgins is working for his existence, framed for the homicide of 1 of his contacts. Pursued by way of an unknown enemy, he falls in love with Fae, whose violent earlier figures of their look for answers.

Vitali Alferyev, KGB station leader in Belgrade, has been recalled to Moscow, the place his better orders him to withdraw all covert operatives from the sphere among Rijeka and Ljubljana. Alferyev’s look for the explanation leads him right into a lethal clash with a GRU agent working within the area.

In the Yugoslav mountains, the place Croatian terrorists, KGB spies, and NATO brokers play out the ultimate violent strikes in a deadly online game to alter the destiny of Europe, Michael and Fae needs to sift via layers of deceit and treachery of their try and thwart an enemy whose tentacles stretch from the East to the West, from the prior to the current.

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Attractive Trieste. unexpected anger swept over him, directed towards the unknown those who had became his urban right into a harbor of treachery. He was once returning, to not leisure, to not hand over. No, it was once time to struggle again. And to struggle again he wanted a weapon. • • • Higgins acquired off the locale at Barcola, one cease wanting Trieste. The solar had set over an hour previous, yet mild nonetheless bathed the pinnacle ridge of the coastal mountains with night luminescence. The strong beam of the Faro della Vittoria, 100 and fifteen meters above sea point, swept around the darkening bay and out into the stormy Adriatic the place a lonely freighter, buffeted via rain squalls, pulled for the harbor and anchorage. Higgins knew he needed to hurry. The rain may quickly achieve the coast. the only telephone within the small educate station was once out of order. Higgins muttered to himself and trigger strolling up Viale Miramare. He came across a cell sales space close to a abandoned ice cream stand. The waste box close to the sales space was once overflowing, both proof of the group that had long past to the seashore past within the day—despite the terrible weather—or of the inefficiency of the city’s sanitation crews. the telephone ebook have been torn from its holder. He swore and kicked the steel publish retaining the plastic-enclosed phone field. at the teach he’d searched his pockets with no luck for Jeffrey Hallows’s mobile quantity. Over a yr had handed due to the fact he had final dialed the CIA agent’s quantity. His reminiscence for definite evidence and information, even if, was once approximately photographic. yet he remembered merely what he’d catalogued in his brain. the telephone, he observed, used to be one of many older sort that accredited in simple terms gettoni. within the urban, lots of the cell compartments now approved a hundred or 2 hundred lire cash in addition to tokens. He’d gotten out of the behavior of wearing the gettoni, even supposing they have been nearly as good as money. He pulled a handful of swap from his entrance pocket. One uninteresting, bronze-colored token stood out from the silver a hundred and the glossy two hundred lire cash with gold facilities. rattling! Can’t make a mistake. One name and that’s it. the trails alongside the skinny strip of waterfront park have been abandoned. not anyone round to promote him a moment token. He comfortable, acknowledged “Hi, Jeffrey” in a contented tone, and dialed the quantity with no placing the token within the gear. 58-48-22. used to be that it? No. It didn’t appear really correct. The fifty eight, forty eight rhyme used to be a fake clue. try out back. His arms ran during the numbers whereas he whistled “La Cucaracha,” a music get back from who is familiar with when—from his days in grade institution? The track helped; conditioned his brain for retrieval, activated subconsciously the mandatory reminiscence cells. 56-42-28. That was once it. Hallows responded at the 3rd ring, his voice excessive and wheezy. “Hello, Jeffrey. this is often Michael Higgins. ” Higgins paused, looking ahead to an indication of popularity. Hallows acknowledged not anything. “I known as you for support with the defection of the Bulgarian exchange connecté a 12 months or so in the past, be mindful? ” you have to be mindful, he suggestion. You took all of the credits for it. yet nevertheless, possibly that was once enough cause to need to fail to remember.

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