North Korea continues to taunt the United States by detonating nuclear weapons and launching long-range missiles across the Pacific. This threat is suddenly overshadowed by the destruction of the US fleet by a group of highly coordinated Islamic terrorists as it sails through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf.
As the crisis escalates, little attention is paid to several blue, bloated and grossly disfigured Asian sailors who wash ashore in Galveston, Texas. Likewise, the North Korean cargo ship ‘Seoul’ is able to slip into Whiskey Bay, Louisiana unnoticed, where she offloads her cargo: highly radioactive weapons of mass destruction.
As more Asian sailors become deathly ill from the many weeks spent at sea in close proximity to their lethal cargo, they are transferred to a small hospital in Carencrow, Louisiana for treatment. Dr. Rex Bent, an emergency room physician, immediately becomes suspicious and notifies the proper authorities.
With their coup de grâce in jeopardy the extremists realize that not only Dr. Bent but also his wife and confidante, Sharon, must be eliminated without raising suspicion. Pursued and hounded like traitors who had betrayed their country, the Bents are in a race against time, determined to discover the significance of ‘Prussian Blue’.
With the rapid erosion of support for an unpopular war, the citizens of the United States of America had insisted upon a change in direction. As Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama made a commitment to bring our troops home from Iraq, while concurrently working to repair strained diplomatic ties within the volatile Middle East. It is October 2010. The withdrawal of our American forces is well underway and proceeding quite smoothly, until the newly elected President is suddenly faced with an unanticipated international crisis of unimaginable magnitude, which threatens to launch World War III and destroy our great nation—possibly even the world. A carrier strike group, tasked with assisting in the orderly withdrawal from Iraq, sails through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf. It is attacked and destroyed by fanatics, and thousands of Navy sailors and Marines are killed. Leaders throughout the Middle East and North Korea, opposed to U.S. presence, praise the defeat and rattle their sabers in anticipation of future victories. Surprisingly, the international community remains silent, nonetheless placing their military on high alert, knowing full well that they may soon be drawn into the deadly conflict. The President immediately declares this unprovoked attack an "act of aggression", and orders the rapid redeployment of personnel, weaponry and supplies to the Middle East. Within days, two additional battle groups are on station in the Indian Ocean and awaiting orders to launch a much anticipated reprisal. Several ballistic missile submarines cruise silently, 120 feet below the ocean's surface, waiting for authorization to launch their deadly payload of Trident missiles at prearranged targets. As battle plans are finalized, terrorism returns to U.S. shores and the priorities suddenly change: massive coordinated diversionary attacks are launched against high-value targets on both coasts, with the express intent of destroying the seat of government, crippling the financial markets and disrupting transportation. The fear and panic generated at home quickly suppresses any rational thought and escalates to the point of madness. It soon becomes apparent that "infidels" are in season year-round and there is no price too high to be paid by the Islamic militants in their Jihad--the Holy War. With the world spinning out of control and the United States under attack, little attention is paid to several blue, bloated and grossly disfigured Asian sailors who wash ashore in Galveston, Texas. Likewise, the North Korean cargo ship Seoul is able to slip into Whiskey Bay, Louisiana unnoticed, where she offloads her cargo: weapons of mass destruction. As more Asian sailors become mortally ill from the many weeks spent at sea in close proximity to their deadly cargo, they are transferred to a small hospital in Carencrow, Louisiana for treatment. Dr. Rex Bent, an emergency room physician, immediately becomes suspicious and notifies the Centers for Disease Control and The National Security Agency, raising the all-important "red flag". The terrorists find out about this untimely disclosure and worry that their American coup de grâce could be jeopardized. The masterminds behind the attacks quickly conclude that Dr. Bent and his wife Sharon, who is his close confidante, must be eliminated without raising suspicion. The decision is made to plant "dirty bombs" in their home and then notify the FBI. Once the Bents are under arrest and out of the way, the terrorists are confident they can proceed undeterred, delivering their crushing blow as scheduled and with maximum devastation. The set up is carried out as planned. FBI agents raid Rex and Sharon Bent’s home and take them into custody. On their way to prison, they escape, and soon find themselves on a mission to avoid capture by law enforcement officers, while trying at the same time to expose the perpetrators of this ruse to clear their good names. In their pursuit of justice, Rex and Sharon soon stumble upon "terrorism central". On a secluded peninsula within Whiskey Bay, "Camp Eagle" has become the stronghold from which terrorists plan and execute their personal assault on freedom and democracy in the name of a distorted religion. As Rex and Sharon uncover more and more clues, the pieces of this puzzle finally start making sense. Pursued like traitors, Rex and Sharon Bent are in a race against time, struggling against insurmountable odds, determined to unravel the mystery and then set out to stop the terrorists from executing their bizarre plan, but only after discovering the significance of "Prussian Blue".
John Alvin Davis III, MD, MBA With experience in emergency medicine, nuclear power and with the military, as well as his travels throughout the world, author John A. Davis offers frightening, real-world perspectives in his writing, bringing scenarios alive with realism.