A younger journalist uncovers what could be the world’s greatest conspiracy—if purely he can turn out it
For years, Chi Sandwith has written approximately such things as alien abductions, puppet masters, and brainwashing. He’s now not a “conspiracy theorist” though—he’s a significant journalist and a seeker of the reality. while Chi meets a guy who claims to be a former undercover agent, it appears like proof of an important conspiracy has landed correct within the reporter’s lap.
yet can Chi think a unmarried be aware he hears from the pro liar? And why is the outdated spook so reason on introducing Chi to a lady who may reveal the agent’s darkish earlier? Over the process 1 day, Chi is confronted with spies, anarchists, a tough-as-nails policewoman, a hugely worthy fridge, and a really harsh fact: he's a rank novice in a global of risky professionals . . .
The want for Fear is a significant other novella to Strangled Silence.
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The headline learn: “Now Our Alien Masters Are utilizing Direct brain keep an eye on. ” It used to be a contemporary piece Chi had written, arguing that the world’s significant governments have been being managed by way of an extraterrestrial intelligence. He nonetheless wasn’t fullyyt certain in regards to the complete alien thing—it appeared somewhat a achieve, even contemplating every thing he’d heard—but there has been an immense viewers for it. The web publication had loved loads of site visitors over that piece. “Yeah, that’s mine,” he acknowledged carefully. “What approximately it? who're you besides? ” “I’m a type of men you’re continuously writing approximately, sonny. ” the fellow leaned in and extra in a low, theatrical voice: “I’m a spook. ” Chi frowned, opened his mouth to claim whatever, then closed it, not able to get any phrases out. He attempted back. “Really? You’re admitting that? Are you having me on? ” “No. I’m useless serious,” the guy guaranteed him. “I suggestion you men weren’t allowed to … y’know … inform humans what you probably did? ” “We’re no longer. There’s much approximately this assembly that I’m now not alleged to be doing. ” “What’s your identify? ” “Call me what you're keen on. I’m now not telling you my identify and it’s no longer very important. what's important—” “Can I name you Robert? ” “What? Why ‘Robert? ’” “I dunno,” Chi shrugged. “I need to name you whatever. you appear to be a Robert. ” “Fine—call me Robert then. besides, what's vital is why you used this actual mixture of phrases on your article. ” He pointed to the sheet, the place numerous phrases have been turned around in pink pen. The paragraph was once approximately how the black ops groups, aka “the Scalps,” have been operating an experimental brainwashing operation on captured terrorists within the mountains of Sinnostan. “Robert” had turned around brainwashing, Scalps, and Sinnostan. Chi acknowledged not anything for a minute. That bit had in basic terms bought a short point out, simply because he’d been fishing. the knowledge got here from one—slightly unreliable—source and he hadn’t been in a position to corroborate it. He knew subsequent to not anything approximately Sinnostan and have been pressured to appear it up on a map simply to discover the place it used to be. He’d been hoping an individual could get involved with additional information. as a substitute, the following was once a man claiming to be an intelligence agent, exhibiting up asking questions. I’ve acquired your awareness now, haven’t I, you bastards? Chi idea. He glanced on the paper, then sat again, folding his hands. “What, did I throw up a few flags in the course of your entire information surveillance? ” he requested smugly. He knew GCHQ, govt Communications Headquarters, may well now video display all telephone and on-line site visitors within the united kingdom and eire. monstrous processing energy went into reading all that information for something suspicious—a deeply invasive, and hopelessly ham-handed, method of accumulating intelligence. “Sonny, you’ve raised such a lot of silly flags during the last few years, even the pcs are bored,” Robert instructed him. “I simply need to know what made you attach these 3 phrases. ” “Are you kidding? ” Chi exclaimed. “I’m now not revealing my resources. ” He’d constantly desired to say that. Robert rolled his eyes and folded up the web page back, slipping it again in his pocket. “I’m no longer attempting to sew you up,” he acknowledged.