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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?
Ugly Hombre says
Damn heard it on the Running Iron report first- I would say its unreal but its our new reality.…
“Roy told investigators he then began to hear from colleagues around the industry that Gord was introducing the woman “around professional circles” as a research assistant and had arranged for her to chair a scientific panel, the warrant says.”
“On April Fool’s Day 2019, a pair of AFOSI special agents attempted to confirm the woman’s backstory. None of the schools on her resume had any record of her, the warrant states. About a week later, an AFOSI team armed with a search warrant raided Gord’s office at the Air Force Research Laboratory, seizing electronic devices as well as a box of Trojan condoms, a pair of women’s underwear, and an empty bottle of Viagra.”
G.D. The Air Force and all of the DOD needs to clean house- All under heaven is mega fooked up to the 9th power.
“In August 2019, AFOSI agents say they conducted a forensic review of Gord’s cellphone, discovering texts between Gord and some 27 sex workers in assorted U.S. cities. One, in which Gord and a female escort worked out the details of a rendezvous at a hotel in Chicago, allegedly occurred while Gord was on an official trip to the Argonne National Laboratory, which is focused on nuclear research. They also reviewed the spreadsheet Gord previously revealed to Roy, according to the warrant.
“Many of the 27 women listed on the Excel document were foreign nationals from countries considered U.S. National Security concerns,” it states.”
So what else is new? Yeah- wheres Humper.??
Jim Cornelius says
“This is Amanda, my favorite.… research assistant. Eyes up!”
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Joe Ledger book. Probably should pick up the next one.
I imagine that whatever happened in Russia was either nucleur/chemical/bacterial in nature.
Cort Horner says
Obviously, Congressman Swalwell should be overseeing this project.
Ugly Hombre says
Ah yes..“Sen. Derelict Swell Well,” the text book example of a New Democrat jive @$$ who hollered constant bullchit stories along with the rest of his clown crew about “Trump is a Russian Agent”!! While being given a good rogering by Fook Fook.
Who was also fooking the Republic in ways that we can only imagine. The MSS is probably drinking beer and laughing like Hell and watching the monstous after action reports..
Its enough to put you off your Balut. and make give up Moo Gu Gai Pan.
You know the drill…
The honey pot is certainly one of the oldest espionage techniques on record. And after being used for at least 2000 years is still as effective as it was when first thought of…
I could not help being reminded of my favorite female “cloak and dagger” characters.
“I never worked for you…you worked for me!”
Atomic BlondE — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8-xQspXFag
Jim Cornelius says
I have a deep and abiding love for that movie. and “I FUCKING LOVE BERLIN!”
Ugly Hombre says
Derelict Swellwell,- is not the only dunce the Chicom’s have trapped with their sex traps not by a long shot there are thousands of them in America alone. Esp. if you went to China and they thought they could make use of you, to hurt the U.S. you can bet- they set the trap for you- and the odds of them hooking you are or were very good.
The Chicom’s- have a name for their corruption program aimed at westerners- the B G Y initiative
Its really aimed at anyone in the world they think they can make use of- going on in Africa right now big time according to reports.
B- Blue, internet control- control information and debate on the web, spike info, critical of Chicom rule specific and Communist thought and control in general.
G- Gold, bribery and greed ‑use it to subvert and trap weak willed greedy traitors.
Y- Yellow, Corrupt and trap people with sex.
Humpers weakness seems to have been G and Y. indications are he gladly jumped into the noose.
The American people who have been told “Folks they are not that bad” and other fairy tales are probably about to find out that was yet another bull chit story.
Hope to hell I am wrong.