By Andrew Gross
15 seconds can tear your lifestyles aside . . .
Henry Steadman didn't recognize what used to be approximately to hit him whilst he pulled as much as a pink gentle. A winning Florida plastic general practitioner, he's on the town to bring a keynote handle at a convention whilst unexpectedly his existence turns into an unrelenting chase to stick alive.
Stopped through the police for a minor site visitors violation, the placement escalates and he's pulled from his automobile, handcuffed and instructed he's below arrest. numerous different police automobiles arrive and the wondering turns frightening, yet simply as Henry is published and approximately to maneuver on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is unexpectedly killed. because the motor vehicle speeds away, there's just one suspect left behind–Henry. In that second, his idyllic lifestyles turns into a unfastened fall into hell as he turns into the objective of a police manhunt, in addition to being pursued by way of a crafty, unnamed offender bent on a few form of vengeance.
When Henry turns to a detailed buddy for aid, and he, too, finally ends up lifeless, Henry realizes he's being elaborately framed. yet in a chilling twist, the stakes develop even darker, and he's not able to visit the police to transparent his identify, with out bringing on dire and lethal consequences.
With breakneck pacing and nonstop motion, 15 Seconds indicates what can ensue while even the simplest existence is grew to become the wrong way up right away. it's also the tale of an blameless guy, framed for homicide, who has to save lots of the individual he loves the main, all whereas being drawn nearer and towards an inevitable face-to-face standoff with a guy decided to ruin his existence.
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Behind him, the elevator car began to descend. When it was a good six feet below him it stopped. He braced himself, swung his upper torso around, and the moment he saw movement out of the open hatch, sent three quick bursts pinging against the roof. Then he continued down the ladder, dropping two and three rungs at a time in order to make himself a more difficult target to track. Answering fire started up, sparking against the metal rungs as he spidered his way down. Then abruptly the firing stopped, and risking a glance upward, he saw at once that one of the surviving Russians had crawled out of the open hatch and swung down onto the vertical ladder, coming after him.
A male drone at the other end said “Federal Anti-Narcotics Agency” in Russian. The now infamous FSB-2 that, under its leader, a man named Viktor Cherkesov, had become the most powerful and feared agency within the Russian government, surpassing even the FSB, the KGB’s successor. “Colonel Karpov, if you please,” Arkadin said. “It’s four AM. Colonel Karpov is unavailable,” the drone said in a voice not unlike one of the undead from a George Romero film. ” the emotionless voice said in his ear. “My name is Arkadin, Leonid Danilovich Arkadin.
I was in the field, cleaning up the loose ends of the mission in northern Iran that had to be—” The light’s greenish tint made Reade’s face seem longer, sharper, dangerous, almost like a weapon. ” “The new DCI had just been installed,” she said. “He had no way of knowing—” “And yet Director Danziger knows all he needs to know about you, Ms. ” Soraya bristled. “What the hell does that mean? ” “Not surprisingly, you’re out of date, Ms. Moore,” Reade said blandly. ” “What? You’ve got to be joking.
15 Seconds: A Novel by Andrew Gross