In the next few months, WHISTLER HOUSE PUBLISHING will be releasing Novel 2 in my TRILOGY OF TREASON. For my readers who have been waiting far too long to see this book, I am beginning a series of weekly excerpts to start you reading this story that is very close to my heart. Not only does it follow up to THE CONSUMMATE TRAITOR with a plot related to those original characters, it deals with a heartless drug scandal that has already affected too many lives, both military and civilian.
CHAPTER TWO continued ...
The call from the stranger. His clipped accent barged into Kendra’s mind. She clenched her fist and held it to her mouth, trying to remember what he had said. Evidence . . . I’ve got hard evidence. That must be what he was talking about. She squinted at Ben and feigned confidence. “We’re getting everything we need to break the story wide open.”
“I’m glad to hear that because, if we don’t, the government will be after our butts.”
“I know. That’s why it is such a scoop. The ‘Somalia Affair’ blackened the Airborne’s reputation at home and abroad. The whole regiment has been unfairly judged by the actions of a few. And the government is covering up its own complicity.”
Her eagerness to right the wrong ran her words together. “I for one believe the Airborne members deserve to know the truth.”
But her rush of excitement ebbed, and a deep sigh swelled inside Kendra’s chest as doubts crowded back into her mind.
Ben rested his hand on her shoulder, as if sensing her invasive fears. “You’re holding something back, Kendra. What is it?”
Understanding swept into his eyes.
“I never know when they are going to happen.”
The voice on the phone had not called her back. That disturbed her. Did she imagine their conversation? He said he had evidence to prove a government cover-up, but she had no idea who he was or how she found him. A frantic search through her notebooks and day planners achieved nothing – no name, no phone number, no reference – except to escalate her level of frustration.
Misery overran her. “If I mess up, the public will never take DBS’s investigation seriously.”
“Kendra, we’re working this story together. I’m not going to let you embarrass you, me or the station.”
She gripped his hand on her shoulder and turned to face him. His gaze steadied her. “Right. We’re a team.”