Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Salacia Project

Helicopter Pilot

“Ben Dawson and his security detail wore black from head to toe and were decked out in body armor and helmets, ear plugs, clear goggles, and lightweight fire-resistant gloves. Only the pilot and copilot were in camouflage.” One of the members of my team in Iraq, John Connor, was a Vietnam era Army helicopter pilot. Another member of my team, Steve Finkel, was not only a pilot but also a …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Salacia Project

Helicopter kicking up dust

“About twenty meters from the landing zone, Dawson heard the engines of the Blackhawk coming to life and saw the big rotor blades beginning to move. Anticipating the prop wash, he pulled a balaclava up over his nose and his goggles down over his eyes, as he continued to pick his way through the rocks toward the helicopter. Winger stayed close behind him, his M-4 constantly pivoting to sweep the …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Salacia Project

Gunner scanning mountains

“The chopper skipped across several mountaintops, wending its way back toward the abandoned airfield for refueling. Only then did Dawson start to come out of operational mode and downshift mentally to consider what had happened. The idea had been to sneak in, grab the specimen, and sneak out with no trace left behind. They had lost one man, and another was wounded. Worse, the enemy—whoever the enemy was in this …continue…

The Salacia Project

The Salacia Project

In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was the female divinity of the sea, worshipped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea and water. But to the US intelligence community, The Salacia Project represented the difference between maintaining military superiority for at least another decade, and losing the country’s edge almost overnight. Chapter …continue…