Checkmate by Jonathan Patrick
Julie Folk, Jewels to her friends, has a problem. As a newly hired computer systems analyst at a brand new government agency, she and her team have little or no support in their efforts to determine who is attacking America’s missile defense systems. In a race against time to determine whether it’s the Iranians out for some payback or the Chinese making a power play, Jewels must convince America’s powerful national intelligence leadership that the threat against America is both real…and imminent.
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Jonathan Patrick is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran (21 years) who lives with his wife and two children in the Carolinas. His military career took him to many countries around the world and exposed him to the inner workings of several key intelligence agencies and programs. During his career he had the privilege of working with the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
He has recently begun work on his second novel “Archers Paradox” a sequel to his debut novel “Checkmate.”
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Is there a message you would like readers to get out of this book? What is it?
A couple of things readers should be able to take away from this story are that all of us can grow beyond how we see ourselves in the mirror. Another important take away would be that we are under the attack of a persistent enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy us.
Ten minutes later the diving officer on the Great Wall announced they were at periscope depth. The captain of the Great Wall slid the periscope up until it just barely broke the surface. He found the Bien Hoa right where he thought it would be. It just wasn’t doing what he thought it would be doing.
On the bow of the boat was the only white man he could see on the whole boat. He was wearing a long sleeved white linen shirt and a floppy hat to protect him from the brutal tropical sun. The man appeared to be struggling with whatever was on the end of his line. It was apparent to the Chinese submarine captain that the man on the Bien Hoa was quite obviously an amateur fisherman.
The captain watched his moves and determined that today might have actually been his first attempt at fishing. He adjusted the focus a bit tighter on the periscope and could see the man’s face. Even at this distance he could tell that it didn’t matter if the man actually landed the fish or not. The smile on the man’s face meant he would remember today’s experience for the rest of his life.
From what the Great Wall’s captain could see, most of the crew of the Bien Hoa was offering the neophyte fisherman pointers on how to best land his catch. It was amusing as the crew would give him contradicting advice and he would dutifully try and follow their instructions.
Not being well known by his crew for his sense of humor, the sub captain laughed. Several nearby crewmen glanced warily in his direction. He had grown up in a fishing village himself and truly missed that amazing connection with the sea that only a true fisherman understands.
“Do you need a firing solution sir?” asked his rather impatient weapons officer.
Still laughing, the captain responded, “No, not yet, let’s let them catch their dinner in peace. Put us back on the bottom as quietly as we came up.”
The Chinese submarine began her slow silent descent back into the depths with her captain remembering a simpler life long ago, and still chuckling.
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