Every once in a while, I’m in the mood for some over-the-top mad-science/military-horror mayhem. When the mood is upon me, I turn to Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. They’re a hoot. Here’s the very first caper — Patient Zero:
When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills… and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good, and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.…
It’s a little disconcerting to read a story in The Daily Mail that sounds like it’s ripped out of the pulpy pages of a Joe Ledger yarn. I dropped a message to Maberry, and he thinks so, too.
Russian soldiers have been killed and injured in a mysterious “unexplained incident” at the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, it has been claimed.
Dmytro Orlov, the mayor of Enerhodar where the station is based, said the troops were “so scared that they ran around in a panic,” with some now in intensive care in hospital.
The cause of the sudden hysteria is not known, although Putin’s men had been using the power plant to store many of their weapons, including missile systems.
OK, weird shit. Zombies? They disturbed the Elder Gods?
Then we get this slice of lewd, licentious and ludicrous shenanigans in the freakin’ hypersonic missile program at Wright-Patterson AFB.
A senior US Air Force hypersonic missile scientist duped his colleague into hiring a prostitute at a top military research team so that he could continue paying for her services without his wife’s knowledge, a search warrant revealed.
Dr. James Gord was accused of tricking a supervisor into hiring the 32-year-old sex worker, Amanda F. Savino, onto a team tasked with developing hypersonic jet engines and rockets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, in 2017, a warrant obtained by the Daily Beast showed.
Although Savino’s incompetence in physics, engineering, and the basic use of word processors was quickly revealed during her day-to-day at the office, she was soon offering what expertise she did have to other scientists at the base, with one individual paying her $20,000-a-year to clean his apartment in the nude before engaging in oral sex.
Maybe I’m overreacting, but it seems like there might be some exploitable security weaknesses associated with this kind of behavior.
Now, I realize that this is the kind of thing that tabloid-crawling kicks up. That’s part of the fun, and let me tell you nobody did the Becky Falwell and the Pool Boy or the Crossbow Murder of the Russian Sausage King stories better. Also, every once in a while, the tabs break a story like, oh, say, the Hunter Biden laptop business. (Wonder if Hunter and Amanda know each other? They move in the same military-industrial-political-hooker complex circles…)
But geez, really? Things are getting more bat-shit crazy by the minute. You gotta laugh, cuz, as Joe Ledger could tell you, there is something wrong with our world, and what else can ya do?