By John Birmingham
A wonderful tale within the The Disappearence trilogy. A "What if" tale of the chilly War… a small piece of trade historical past of the interval advised through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a unique post-WWII international of yankee isolationism.
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This creature is out to get my job. ” Lisa gazed up at him, bewildered. ” Lisa’s dismay turned to disbelief. “I don’t believe it. Darling, all this strain you’ve been under—”Smiling uncertainly, she faltered: “It’s not really credible that Ed Witwer is trying to frame you. How could he, even if he wanted to? ” Her brown eyes flashed in startled, wildly incredulous protest. “Good heavens, you’re suspicious of everybody. ” He considered. ” She drew closer to him, her eyes accusing. “That’s not true.
But he can prove he’d be just as alive if I were walking the streets. He has the information that proves the majority report obsolete. ” He finished, “Heads or tails, he wins—and we lose. ” “But why are they risking so much? ” “After the Anglo-Chinese War, the Army lost out. It isn’t what it was in the good old AFWA days. They ran the complete show, both military and domestic. ” “Like Fleming,” Lisa said faintly. “After the war, the Westbloc was demilitarized. Officers like Kaplan were retired and discarded.
From her purse, Lisa shakily got out her cigarette case. ” “He may—or he may not. ” Lisa asked. ” “All it takes is money,” he answered evasively. As she smoked, Lisa pondered. “Probably Kaplan will protect you,” she said. ” “Technically—that’s what he is. But Witwer got out the dossier on him. Kaplan heads an unusual kind of exclusive veterans’ organization. It’s actually a kind of club, with a few restricted members. High officers only—an international class from both sides of the war. ” “Only this.
A Captain of the Gate (The Disappearence) by John Birmingham