Two half-tracks opened fire on the machine gun nest and the Raiders covered down while rounds chewed up the sand around the pit. Rico loosed another 40mm round and struck one half-track with flames enveloping the interior. Few German troops remained, but it was four against many. Heavy fire erupted in the direction of Rico and Zip’s position. The Raiders were overwhelmed. Zip took aim on another soldier running toward one of the half-track’s guns and pulled the trigger. The German hit the ground stopping instantly in the sand. Rico reloaded the launcher and hit the other half-track. He watched a fireball erupt from the passenger compartment and debris scatter in the air.
The armored unit erupted in flames and smoldered with oily black smoke. The intensity of fire on their position continued to grow and punch through the bricks in the wall. Rico could see their cover was eroding and yelled, “We got to displace!”
Zip nodded under the withering enemy fire and moved to the stairway running downstairs. Rico turned to move and a round struck him in the lower right arm. Part of the shrapnel knocked the 40mm grenade launcher out of his hand denting the barrel. He winced as the shot impacted him, picked up the weapon, and continued moving down the stairs despite the pain.
The real battle begins:
BOOM – The shaped charge cut through the brick sending micro-pulverized particles exploding through the air. Most of the debris shattered into dust, but some pieces escaped destruction. A rectangular flash of light was the last thing Magnus saw before the blast fragments caused him to close his eyes.
He felt the familiar concussion of an explosive breach to his front. The force threw him backwards through the brick Murphy door collapsing him on his backside. Debris impacted him all over, but two places in particular burned with the sting of punctures. Magnus rounded his back flipping over to his hands and knees still facing the new threat. His formative British SAS training took hold despite the intense pain felt on his body and the deafening ring in his ears. The burning sensation on his face was quickly followed by a steady stream of blood.
The hope of an easy heist faded away as his mission now became infinity more difficult. Magnus struggled to reorient himself and focused through the distraction. His head throbbed from the concussion while the sting of injury pestered his senses. He instinctively reached for his twin pistols staggering upwards to his feet. The dust floated thick in the air and his confusion built into a dangerous rage.
Rico created another perfect doorway and Chappy stepped through the breach followed by Zip. The dust was hanging thick in the air while John moved his jaw about to ease the ringing between his ears. The over pressure was almost nonexistent and the team cleared inside. John entered the breach point walking behind Wisp on the right side. On the wall to the right was the painting, still perfectly intact.
John gazed upon the artwork for an instant before hearing shots ring out from the next room straight ahead. He swiveled his head to react, seeing Chappy disappear into the dust cloud. “I’m hit!”
- In Force Interdiction, the team will come face-to-face with a savage and determined enemy. Stay tuned for more as book two gets closer to completion.
It’s heating up in Nashville…
Zip scaled a large tree not far from the bank of the Cumberland River. Once on his perch, he assembled the Desert Tactical Hardened Armor Interdiction (HAI) .375 Cheytac sniper rifle. An advanced bull-pup design, the HAI served as a purpose built platform capable of 1500 yard accuracy through the integrated suppressed heavy-barrel. The night-vision with thermal coalesced optics proved capable in Bizerte, and tonight the team needed them once again. The assembly took Zip only a minute, as he quickly powered up the scope adjusting his dope for the heavy short range subsonic round. The Navajo warrior and former Marine Recon sniper quietly radioed, “Steady, I can see the longboat – 200 yards ahead… I see seven, no… nine men.”
I’m in the final rewrite before beta release and things are starting to get interesting.