FORT BRAGG, NC
Major Leroy McCloud received orders to take a handful of men
and to travel to Northern Ireland to destroy a terrorist group
known as the Orange Brigade. They were under the command of the
SAS, which he did not like. He briefed his men on the situation
and told them that their gear would be waiting for them at the
US Embassy in Belfast. He and his men were hand picked for this
mission and loaded onto the C-130 and buckled in for the long
flight. He severely hoped that his wife Mary would be safe at
her parents farm in Northern Ireland while he attended
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
The C-130 landed at a British military airport just outside
of Belfast. A British officer walked up to McCloud and introduced
himself as Major Thomas Harrington of the SAS. Major, Im
going to make this plain so even you can understand it. I dont
like being put under your command but well do your dirty
work. Now lets see your Intel so I can tell my men how I want
Very well Major, I was not pleased that they called
in the help of the yanks on this myself.
McCloud and Harrington went through the Intel provided.
Then came a knock on the door.
The door opened and the British SAS officer was amazed to
see an American sergeant standing there.
One of yours I assum.e
Parker whats going on.
Well Major our equipment is not here. Their armorer
could only give us our handguns but they misplaced our rifles,
subguns and the rest of our gear. Sir.
Thank you Parker.
The sergeant then left without being told.
All right Harrington where are our M4 Carbines and HK
I really dont know and thats the truth.
McCloud picked up the phone and made a quick call and told the
person on the other end that he wanted those weapons immediately.
Well time to brief the others. Oh by the way a Marine will
be showing up. When he arrives bring the guns to me and the others.
Youre not in charge here.
McCloud stopped and looked at his counterpart ."Maybe
so but when it comes to this job and keeping my men alive it
is my business. So that makes me responsible not you.
TWO HOURS LATER
McCloud briefed his men and had their weapons secured. No
one had any questions, they had all worked together before and
knew what their CO expected out of all of them. They then boarded
an APC and headed for the warehouse where the terrorists were.
Their job was an easy one... eliminate everyone inside except
for the UK observers.
WAREHOUSE, DOWNTOWN BELFAST
The team of rangers did everything according to plan. They
took out the Terrorists and got the captive back without him
being killed or any of his men for that matter.
But the man was not very happy to be free. He walked up to
McCloud Major do you know who I am?
Yes sir I do.
Good then you know I was here trying to get these men
to follow the peace accord.
Yes sir I do. But if you ask me, you little limey. They
were all heavily armed with L1A1S and several .45 caliber
pistols and submachine guns. They gave us no choice.
Figures coming from a yank. And the man walked
off. They all loaded back inside the APC and were taken back
to the staging area.
THE STAGING AREA
When they got back all the Rangers noticed Major Harrington
a British Colonel, a man wearing a suit and a Marine Corps. Chaplain.
Harrington then walked over and started talking to McCloud. These
men need to talk to you theres been a terrible accident.
McCloud followed Harrington.
COL. JOHNSONS OFFICE
Everyone took a seat as the Colonel spoke May I offer
my most sincere apologies for your loss Major.
Colonel no disrespect sir but what are you talking about?
Major, this morning the SAS raided a few houses in Portadown.
These were homes of suspected IRA Terrorists. The man with
the tie introduced himself as James Ferguson from the state department.
Major you married an Irish national named Mary OLeary
I believe. She was killed this morning along with her entire
"So this is why my men and I were asked to come here...
because the SAS thought it was more important to kill non combatants
than to rescue one of there own.
McCloud got to his feet and looked directly at the man from
the State Department, then at the Colonel who had given him the
details of the raid, and spoke to both of them. Look My
wife came here because her father was hospitalized with a heart
condition. I was against her coming here but I know why she came
because she loved her father. You raided the wrong house by the
The Colonel returned his gaze and said "How do you know
Let me guess some of your men were watching a man named
Thats right according to the information we have
he left armed everyday.
With good reason Sir, he was the first catholic police
officer in Portadown.
He then turned to the chaplain. Let me guess, your here
to council me and to tell me that I have thirty days emergency
Well Sir I need a dress uniform since all I have is
a BDU at the moment.
Harrington left the room and returned with a US. Army uniform
with all the right insignia and medals. McCloud, the rest
of what your embassy sent is in my office."
He left and was gone for about fifteen minutes and he was
in full dress. Id like to go to the house and have
a look. McCloud and Timmons then left the room, walked
outside and got into a vehicle and left.
THE ROAD TO PORTADOWN
On the ride to McCloud's father-in-law's home he couldnt
help but remember the day that he married the fiery red head.
She had originally gone home to help her father but she also
wanted to tell him she was three months pregnant. When they reached
the house a huge crowd gathered around the car. McCloud looked
at Harrington and said. I think you should stay here.
I think your right. The crowd backed off as he
exited the vehicle. People came up to him and offered their condolences.
They all were aware that Marry had married an American but had
no idea he was military. He entered the house. The Browning Hi
Power was still on the table and bullet holes were everywhere
and so was the blood from their wounds. He then walked out the
He saw where the SAS had trampled the garden in the back and
how they even tore the barn apart looking for weapons.
One of the men who were out front came around back and asked
who he was.
McCloud looked at the man and said. My wife was Mary.
Well sir we took the bodies to the undertaker after
the police left. Your wife was a fine woman just like her dear
departed mother was. If you need anything ask for Brian Otoole,
I run the local pub.
THREE DAYS LATER
The family was waked and buried in the family plot at the
cemetery. Just about the whole police department and some big
wigs from the American embassy were there among many family friends.
Everyone paid their respects. McCloud set a single red rose on
Marys grave and that of their unborn child and he promised
her that whoever was responsible for this senseless act would
THREE MONTHS LATER
THE SILVER STAR
The team had been off for awhile and Matt was doing paper
work in his office. Matt heard a knock on his door and told whoever
it was to come in.
Xavier Trout looked like death warmed over when he entered
the office. Trout you look like hell.
Thats putting it mildly.
This peeked Matts interest a great deal because he had
no idea where Trout was going with this. "
"Matt do you remember a man you went to college with
by the name of Leroy McCloud?
Matts interest was suddenly peeked by hearing his good
friends name. All right Trout what's going on with
Well Im afraid hes gone rogue on us.
Matt looked at Trout and was speechless by what he was just
told. Matt then rose to his feet to speak to Trout at eye level.
Trout, thats impossible I just saw the man and his
wife four months ago and everything was fine.
Trout then took his hands and brushed his hair back. Matt
things have happened since then.
Trout what are you talking about?
Trout was hoping to avoid having to tell him what happened
to his friends family. Matt, you see, McCloud's wifes
family was killed... including his wife.
Matt could not believe what he was just told. By whom?
Matt, it appears that the SAS made a mistake when they
raided the home of an under cover police officer in Portadown.
Matt stood there having a rough time believing what he was
being told. Trout wheres the General on this?
Well General McCloud is backing his son to the hilt
saying there is no way his very own blood would kill 40 SAS troopers
in cold blood. His position is his son is a warrior and will
make who ever is responsible for this outrage pay.
Sounds a lot like hes putting his career on the
Matt, he is, I need you and your people to go and bring
Matt walked over to one of the pictures on the wall and looked
at it. Trout how about his team?
Matt thats the one thing no one understands because
theyre still there.
Interesting Trout but I want to use CJ on this since
he knows the area and the various terrorist groups that breed
over there like flies.
Well thats fine, just be advised that Green Sleeve
wants him dead.
What the hell for?
Matt, he took out Nathan Flynn while he was there, the
leader of Green Sleeve.
Matt picked up the phone and made his calls. He also took
the Intel from Trout and made his way to the basement.
THE BASEMENT OF THE
Matt had called the team's beeper system and they arrived
one by one. None of them seemed very happy that a mission was
on but one look at Matt told them this was very serious. They
all gathered around the table in the middle of the room as Matt
handed out folders to each of them. They opened the folders and
each took a look at the contents of the files.
The only comment came from Nick. Who is this guy Rambo?
Everyone looked at him and said nothing.
Matt then spoke again. People, the subject is one Leroy
McCloud. He is currently a Major in the US Army and heads up
a ranger unit that is a hand picked counter terrorism unit. McCloud
is a trained sniper, demo man. He is also an expert in small
arms, Intel gathering, most forms of cqb and urban combat.
No one said a word except for Benny Ray, Sir do we have
a fix on him at all?
Yes hes been suspected of killing 40 SAS soldiers
in the last four months in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Nick now looked very confused and asked. Why the SAS?
His wife Mary was an Irish national and was killed while
at her fathe'rs home there. It was raided. Nick, it's called
Margo looked at Matt and asked, Were these your friends
who were here just four months ago?
Yes they were and if I had known I would have been at
Trout will have our weapons on the ground by diplomatic
pouch. CJ will be meeting us in Belfast. When we hit the ground,
Nick, you and Margo hit the pubs from there to Portadown. CJ
and myself will be meeting with a liaison officer named Harrington.
Benny Ray you need to collect our weapons. Nick, Margo, I want
to talk to Lee first. One other thing... CJ has a price on his
head by a splinter group of the IRA so keep your eyes open. We
leave in two hours by commercial flight from LAX."
No one could add anything else so they all left to get packed.
CJs plane landed. He was stopped going through customs
and the Irish authorities then detained him.
A tall slender woman walked in and introduced herself as Deborah
Leary. Mr. Yates welcome to Ireland. I am with the constables
Oh great, I get back to this God forsaken place and
am arrested, just great.
Actually you are being detained until you answer my
What brings you to Ireland, business or pleasure?
"What kind of business and what kind of personal business?.
Im here to look at a plane for my friend who runs
a charter service in Hawaii. Plus I was going to visit my grandmother's
grave in Portadown.
You understand that I need to make confirmation. I will
need your friend's name and your grandmother's name.
Not a problem, Jason Walker and my Grannys name
was Colleen Finch.
The young women then left and came back a half-hour later.
She handed him his passport and said. Welcome to Ireland
Thank you I think. CJ then went to get his bags.
In the concourse a young Irishman, about 23 years old, noticed
CJ and went to the phone banks and made a call. He told the person
on the other line that CJ Yates was back in the country.
Matt and the others arrived while CJ got his luggage. They
had no problems getting through customs. They ran into CJ outside
of the airport and exchanged pleasantries. They split up into
two cars and made the long drive to Belfast while Benny Ray took
the train to Dublin to get there gear at the embassy.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Major Leroy McCloud watched the man through the scope on his
rifle and pulled the bolt back to chamber a round into the Robar
QR2 Sniper's rifle. He watched his target close on a British
trooper. McCloud saw what was going on and pulled the trigger.
His target fell and McCloud picked up his things and left.
The British trooper scanned the rooftops and saw nothing except
for the man behind him who held a gun in his hand and who also
had a very neat hole between his eyes, the man had probably died
instantly. The trooper immediately went to his radio and called
BELFAST... THREE HOURS LATER
Matt and the others checked into their hotel to stow their
gear and to start work immediately. Nick and Margo hit the pubs
and started looking for their quarry and to find out any little
bits of information they could get about what was going on.
Meanwhile, CJ and Matt went to SAS headquarters to talk to
this Major Harrington.
Matt and CJ sat waiting to be seen by this Major Harrington.
They sat and waited for about the next 45 minutes.
Then the secretary in the outer office showed them in. Matt
and CJ introduced themselves to Major Harrington and he instantly
told them to have a seat and then began to speak.
Well this is a bit differen,t a yank along with an Englishmen.
It could be worse, I guess I could be talking to that nut case
Matt did not like the man and neither did CJ for that matter.
Major we're here to bring McCloud home for one thing and
the other is we did not come this far to be insulted by you.
Well Mr. Shepherd, the man is responsible for the deaths
of 40 SAS troopers who have either been car bombed or victims
of sniper attacks and a few have just been shot with a handgun.
The phone rang and Harrington picked it up and spoke to whoever
was on the other line. He finished in a few minutes and started
to speak again. Well it appears that McCloud struck again,
this time in a sniper's attack he missed a trooper but killed
a civilian who just happened to have a gun in his hand.
Major I dont think McCloud is behind your killings
because if he was that trooper would be dead.
You know him then?
Yes we went to college together.
Well Yates what do you think of all this?
I really dont know sir.
"Major why is McCloud's unit still here?
Got no idea. You can ask them yourself, they are quartered
at your consulate.
Well thank you for your time Majo,r well be on
our way. Matt and CJ then left.
It took Matt and CJ about 20 minutes to get to the consulate.
Matt asked to see a Lieutenant Watson. Watson was a big man about
six foot four inches tall with sandy blonde hair and talked with
an Alabama accent. Matt introduced himself and CJ.
Well, I guess your wondering what we're still doing
The thought had crossed our minds mate.
Mr. Yates and Mr. Shepherd, thats classified information
which I cant give out. The only one who knows for sure
is Major McCloud
When was the last time you saw him?
That was this morning sir.
Thank you lieutenant."
The young officer then left.
Matt picked up a phone and called Trout. He told him that
it looked more like McCloud and his men were on a mission than
Margo and Nick had been to just about every pub they could
find in the visitor's guide from Belfast to Portadown plus some
that were not even in the guide such as their last stop, a place
called the Boars Tavern. They both walked in and the place grew
Nick ordered two ale from the barmaid and struck up a conversation
Margo struck up a conversation with the bartender as she finished
her ale. When she mentioned the name of the man she was looking
for he went and made a phone call. She then returned to her seat
next to Nick who had ordered another round.
Nick looked at Margo and spoke. Well it looks like the
news around here is that someone is killing members of Green
Sleeve, one of the IRA'S splinter groups along with someone killing
Got any idea who it is?
Afraid not, the bar maid was not that talkative.
They then noticed a man walk in with a close cropped military
Margo walked back to the bar as the man turned around. What
she saw was a big man standing six feet tall and weighing around
220 pounds with rugged good looks and dark hazel eyes. The big
man stunned Margo for a minute. Major McCloud right?
Thats right. Now who are you?
Well Im a friend of Matt Shepherd, my name is
So your Margo, you I have heard about.
All good I hope?
Yes it was.
Major can we talk?
Sure. OToole, mind if I use your office for a
They walked to the back of the pub and Nick followed. McCloud
looked back at Nick and Nick went back to his seat.
Margo took a chair and sat in front of the desk, while McCloud
sat on the desk. Lets cut to the chase Miss Vincent shall
Please call me Margo and that is fine with me.
All right Margo. I know you work with Matt, so is he
in Northern Ireland?
Yes he is.
Let me guess... hes here to bring me back... dead
We were told, preferably alive.
My next question is why?
Because of your targeting the SAS.
Well thats a blatant lie. Look Margo, bring Matt
back here, let's say at seven tomorrow morning so that we can
talk things out.
Sure. Margo then got up and left.
McCloud sat back and watched her leave. He also began to think
about what his good friend was doing here in the first place.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (SOCOM)
General Charles McCloud sat at his desk and was working late.
He was also wondering if his son was still alive. He also needed
a sitrep so he called the US Consulate in Belfast and spoke with
Lieutenant Watson who filled him in as much as he could. What
they had all hoped for was a nice clean operation to get these
splinter groups under control. But the violent death of his daughter-in-law
had made this a very personal mission.
The General heard a knock on his door and answered, Enter.
He was shocked to see Xavier Trout walk into his office. Well
Xavier its been a long time.
Well Charles this is not a social cal,l I need some
information that only you can provide.
Sure, what do you need?
I need to know if your son and his unit have gone rogue
or are they on assignment?
Trout, thats a tall order but the answer is on
So my team leader was right.
Ive heard about that bunch they do good work.
Who ordered this op Charles?
General McCloud fixed himself a drink at the bar. Well
Xavier, only a few people know about it and they are the joint
chiefs, the man himself and myself. It's called Operation Thunderbolt
and it's sole purpose is to get the IRA splinter groups under
control by any means necessary.
Thanks Charles for your help. Trout then pulled
out a satellite cell phone, placed a call and left a voice message
for Matt, since he was not carrying his phone.
Benny Ray had picked up the teams gear and was about
ready to hit the road when he heard some marines talking about
a rogue army Ranger. He really did not want to get involved with
it so he left in an embassy vehicle and started the long drive
Matt and CJ waited patiently for the others to get back.
Matt was not expecting Benny Ray till sometime the next day
due to the long ride from Dublin to Belfast.
Margo and Nick were late but CJ told him how many small pubs
and taverns they had to cover.
An hour later Margo and Nick arrived. Nick was a bit miffed
but in good spirits. Margo was tired, he could tell.
Well any luck?
Nick looked at Matt, Yeah why didnt you tell me
your friend could play fullback for the Jets, the guy is huge.
Sorry about that Nick. So what did Lee have to say?
Margo sat in the chair and took off her boots before she spoke.
He wants to meet with you at the Boars Tavern at seven
in the morning. Im supposed to bring you there. By the
way, he denies killing any British soldiers.
Ill wait to talk to him tomorrow then. Nick, tomorrow
I want you and CJ to follow our friend Major Harrington. Something
about him bothers me."
They all went to their own rooms.
Matt looked at his phone and there was a voice message from
Trout confirming what they had hoped for all along.
Benny Ray arrived in Belfast early in the morning. He parked
the car and walked into the hotel and checked in. He saw Matt
in the hallway and asked if they had any luck in finding Major
The answer he got was yes and Matt told him about the morning
Benny Ray walked into his room and retrieved his sig. P229
Sport already loaded with 125 gr. hollow points in 357 sig.
Matt took the weapon and put it in his waist band.
He then retrieved Margos gun and left it with Matt.
Sir if you have no objections, Ill leave the personal
weapons here so I can get some shut eye.
Go ahead Benny Ray you deserve it."
With that the sniper left without saying a word.
Margo woke to the sound of her alarm clock. She really hated
early morning. She much preferred to sleep in most mornings but
she knew she had a job to do. So she hit the shower and then
got dressed but not in the style she had dressed in the previous
night. She thought about Matts friend, how easy it was
for him to intimidate Nick with his size. She also thought under
the right circumstances she could be attracted to this man on
many levels. Her thoughts then shifted to the mans dead
wife and she wondered what kind of women she was. Margo then
grabbed her purse and went to Matts room. She ran into
Matt on her way there and they left the hotel, headed for their
early morning meeting.
Matt and Margo arrived at the Boars Tavern exactly at seven.
Matt had given Margo her P232 before they left and she'd put
it in her purse. They walked in and were shown to a table already
set for three people by the owner.
McCloud then joined them. Matt, its good to see
you again and Miss Vincent, it is also a pleasure to see you
also. So Matt, what brings you here?
Well Lee, you did.
Someone in the State Department believed you and your
men went rogue after Marys death.
Let me guess they are suspecting me of killing those
40 SAS troopers.
Yeah they are.
Look Matt, I was sent here on assignment and it's not
finished yet. Did whoever gave you this task mention the elimination
of the Orange Brigade and the deaths of the members of Green
No one knew about it.
Margo ate her breakfast and drank her coffee, as horrid as
it was, before saying a word but just listening to their conversation,
which was pretty low keyed. She then asked some questions. Major
how do you know it was not the SAS who killed your wifes
Miss Vincent that was the easy part. For one thing the
SAS are experts as are the Rangers in live fire control meaning
only those holding a firearm would have been killed. This was
nothing more than a massacre. Fact number two, only berdan primed
cartridges were found at the scene, the SAS uses boxer primed
like every member of NATO does. Fact three, the foot prints outside
the house were regular work boots not military jump boots. The
foot prints were all wrong.
Margo began to see a picture forming of some kind of payback
from someone. "Could one of these splinter groups have used
your raid against the Orange Brigade as a start off point."
McCloud was thinking about that while OToole cleared
away the dishes and said yes. McCloud told the man to sit. Which
OToole looked confused as he looked at the three Americans.
McCloud asked the questions to his familys friend. OK
Brian what's going on?
When a SAS trooper named Yates killed old Nathan Flynn,
Green Sleeve made no bones about wanting to rid the world and
especially Northern Ireland of the SAS.
Do you know whos running their operation now?
Afraid not, no one does whose still living any way.
They allowed OToole to finish his work.
McCloud explained there had to be a leak on the English end
Matt agreed and all parties went their own way.
Nick and CJ sat in a car and watched SAS headquarters. They
made notice of who came and who went. They were surprised to
see Harrington show up for work in the mid morning hours. They
both wondered why he was there so late. When lunchtime came they
saw Harrington get into a car and leave. They followed him into
the Catholic section of Belfast and saw the man knock on a door.
CJ took a picture of the woman who opened the door. She stood
about 56 tall with frosted brown wavy hair and a
face and figure that belonged to a model. Harrington stayed for
several hours. They then followed him back to his office. CJ
made a phone call and told Matt what they had found. They then
headed back to the hotel to check back in.
US CONSULATE, BELFAST
McCloud got to the Consulate around nine in the morning. He
was way overdue in making a sitrep and having it sent to the
Pentagon. He sat at a secure computer terminal, entered an access
code and sent his report to the Pentagon. His second-in-command
then entered the room.
Major there's something you need to know.
All right Jim, what is it?
"Yesterday a man stopped by and started asking questions
about you sir, so I had him followed by Johnson. Johnson came
back this morning with an Irishman in tow.
Pull surveillance off of the man you had followed, hes
Yes sir Major, what would you like us to do with the
Irishman, we're running his prints now.
Is he in a secure room?
A third man entered and handed Major McCloud a report. He
looked at it and told his second hed be interrogating the
SECURE ROOM IN THE CONSULATE
McCloud entered the room and saw a young man being guarded
by a Sergeant.
The Sergeant moved forward and handed him a highly customized
browning Hi-Power and went back to his post. The young man was
handcuffed to his chair. All right boy, lets have a talk
What right do you have to hold me?
Look Im gonna ask the questions and your gonna
The young man did not know what was going on but he decided
What's your name son.
All right Martin where did you get the gun from?
My grand father left it to me.
Well Martin thats highly unlikely, so what was
your grandpas name, Harry Murphy?
Well you see Martin, I had this gun customized for my
brother-in-law, Patrick OLeary.
The youths mouth dropped wide open because he could
not believe what he was hearing. No thats impossible.
They had no American relatives.
Thats where youre wrong son.
My wifes name was Mary McCloud, her maiden name
was OLeary. Now Martin, who gives you your orders.
If I tell you Im as good as dead.
Well Martin, if you dont youre as good as
dead. McCloud reached around his back and produced a sig.
P226 that he laid on the table.
All right Meagan calls all the shots.
So she gives you your orders and you obey them.
"Sergeant, ask Doc to come in.
Yes Sir. The sergeant left and returned with another
Boss you wanted me.
Yes, shoot our friend here up with some of your babble
The medic did as he was ordered and everything came out the
same as before.
OK take this gentlemen and turn him over to the SAS."
HOTEL ACROSS TOWN
CJ and Nick returned to the hotel and went directly to Matts
room where everyone was assembled.
Nick gave Margo the camera and she downloaded the image from
the camera. It took her a few minutes to clear the picture up
and to do some other touch up work. She then started hitting
the keys on the laptop computer and in a matter of minutes came
up with who this person was.
Matt, according to what I have been able to come up
with the women is Meagan Flynn. Not much background on her here
other than being the wife of Nathan Flynn.
Bloody hell. Exclaims CJ in a bit of sarcastic
"Well she also has ties to the US where she was born
and educated. She also worked for the CIA and was assigned to
the Paris office as a field operative. She worked for them for
about 2 years. Upon returning home she then joined the FBI and
was their first female member of a Hostage Rescue Team. All in
all, a very impressive resume."
Matt picked up the phone and dialed the consulate. His message
was brief and very short. He put the receiver down and waited
for an answer, which came very fast. A meeting was set up at
the cemetery in Portadown where Mary McCloud was buried. There
was then a long discussion why he should not go alone but Matt
ran things and just about everyone trusted his judgment on this
except for Benny Ray and CJ.
CEMETERY IN PORTADOWN
Matt arrived right on time. He just hoped that Benny Ray and
CJ did as they were instructed which was to stay back in Belfast.
McCloud joined Matt at his wifes grave. Matt you
asked to see me so what's going on.
Le,e my people and I want to help you in any way we
Matt thanks for the offer but I have enough help at
How about someone in the SAS having a fling with a member
of Green Sleeve.
Now you got my attention.
Matt unslung the laptop and placed it on a headstone
and showed McCloud what they had.
So Harrington is having a fling with this Irish tart...
Well Lee it gets better, you see shes actually
McCloud read the name on the file. So the boy was telling
me the truth.
Matt looked a bit perplexed and asked what he was missing.
Lee your not telling me something so what's going on?
All right Matt, my second-in-command had you placed
under surveillance and after our meeting they caught someone
else following you... a young Irishman named Martin Murphy, a
member of Green Sleeve. McCloud told Matt what he found
out about the organization and the two men walked away toward
OLD BELL TOWER 500 YDS AWAY
Benny Ray was watching Matt and McCloud through a sniper's
scope just in case something happened and CJ was watching from
a car down on the street. Benny Ray was busy watching and did
not hear the man approaching him until he heard the racking of
a slide that belonged to a Mossberg 590A1 combat shotgun. Then
he heard a voice, that had a bit of a Texan drawl to it, start
All right son, move away from the rifle now.
Benny Ray knew this guy had to be a ranger and did as was
instructed. They both moved down the stairs and were greeted
by two other men who relieved Benny Ray of any weapons he had.
Benny Ray spoke into his COM and got no response from CJ and
knew something was definitely wrong. Benny Ray was then relieved
of his pistol and placed in riot cuffs and stuffed in a car.
Someone get the Major.
Matt and McCloud saw what was happening and went over to check
Matt is he one of yours?
Yeah he is.
All right cut him loose.
They dragged Benny Ray out of the car and cut off the riot
As Benny Ray flexed his wrists he asked for his rifle and
pistol back and was obliged.
Benny Ray I told you and CJ to stay put.
Boss I know and maybe we should have but we thought
covering your back was more important. By the way I think CJs
missing or something happened to him. He wouldnt answer
McCloud gave the order for his men to look around for anything.
About five minutes later one of the soldiers came back with his
com link. Sir it looks like whoever he was has been taken
by force. There was a little bit of blood in the car where I
Doc get the others and head back to the Consulate.
Matt and Benny Ray stayed and talked to McCloud for a bit
and then left.
CJ was able to jolt the cobwebs from his mind. He noticed
he was in a cellar chained to a wall He then heard the cellar
door open and four people walk down the stairs. He notices Meagan
Flynn right off the bat and he figures the other three are just
Well Mr.Yates, we finally meet. But I need to know one
thing... why did you kill poor Nathan.
Because he was a bastard and deserved a first class
trip to hell.
She looked at her men and told them she wanted answers to
why he was in Ireland and whom he was working for and not to
come back up without those answers.
McCloud was not pleased by what Harrington may have done by
dropping something that may have caused his wifes death.
Watson grab two men and bring our friend Major Harrington
to the consulate and make sure youre in uniform when you
do it. As for the rest of you, when we get back, get your combat
packs ready because its party time.
McCloud's men climbed into vehicles and were off.
Lee what about my missing man?
Lets go and see the man with the answers. My friend
They all took the walk over to the Boars Tavern.
The three men entered and found the place just about empty.
They sat at a table and OToole joined them.
What can I get for you gentlemen on this fine afternoon.
OToole drop the act.
He did as McCloud suggested. Whos your other friend.
Dont really know who he is but my friend keeps
him on a short leash I bet.
The other two men laughed at the inside joke.
McCloud got up to leave and bid Matt a good bye and asked
him to keep him informed.
Matt started to talk to OToole. Id like
you to meet Benny Ray Riddle.
OK so what can I do for you gentlemen.
Well amigo I need to find my compadre, his name is CJ.
Never heard of him.
Well actually you mentioned him this morning, his last
name is Yates.
Well gentlemen, I know someone who can help you but
keep me out of it. Otoole yelled for a man named
Tommy. A man of around twenty-nine with average height and weight
and a balding forehead joined them.
"How may I help?"
"Brian, these mens friend is missing and his name
The man who sent Nathan Flynn to hell?
Yeah that would be right.
He flipped open a cell phone and got the answers they were
looking for. He gave them the information he was given.
Friend that was way too easy, how did you come by it?
You see I was pretty high up on the ladder of the IRA
at one time but we hated Nathan Flynn with a passion. Besides
I saw who brought you in here. You know there's not a man here
who does not owe the OLearys some kind of debt.
Benny Ray and Matt left to get the others.
OUTSIDE OF SAS HEADQUARTERS
Three men waited in a panel truck. All were dressed in military
fatigues and they carried the same weapons. They also carried
M9s on their hips and were also equipped with M4 carbines.
They sat and waited. When they saw Major Harrington head for
his car two men jumped out, M4S aimed directly at him.
He was then told not to move. He obeyed each command as it was
given. He was then placed in riot cuffs and thrown face first
into the panel truck.
I demand to know where youre taking me.
His guard, a red headed kid from the mountains of New Hampshire
answered him. You see Major someone wants to talk to you
real bad. So if I was you Id be very quiet.
Nothing more was said until they reached their destination.
The rangers brought their prisoner in and placed him into
a secure room. Moments later a man entered the room whom Harrington
recognized and he was now getting a bit angry.
What the hell are you doing McCloud?
Thats funny Harrington, I was going to ask you
the same thing
What do you mean, Ive done nothing wrong.
McCloud reached around his back and produced a very large
tactical folder and he cut off the mans restraints. He
then handed him the information he had been given about Harringtons
Harrington read the information and was thoroughly shocked.
This can not be true. Meagan would not do these things.
Well Harrington I verified all of this with the CIA,
FBI and the Irish constabulary before coming to talk to you.
Now what I want to know is if my men and I were compromised before
we even came here.
Well I might have said something but Im not sure.
McCloud viciously attacked Harrington and left nothing but a
bloody mess. He helped the man up and spoke. Listen up
Harrington, I want a list of properties her group might have
and I want them now. By the way you can kiss your world good
bye. Maybe you did not pull the trigger but youre just
as guilty as the person who did kill my wife.
Harrington gave him everything he wanted and then some. He
then left the room and told his men to suit up and they all headed
out in two groups.
CJ was moved several times during that night and each time
he had received a beating just as ordered by Meagan Flynn. He
awoke that morning being held up by chains hanging from the ceiling.
He noticed that the terrorists were playing with what looked
like C4 plastic explosive and a detonator. They then walked up
to him and beat him some more then they fastened the bomb to
Both teams hit their targets with fast and ferocious attacks
taking out anyone there. They both had the same agenda and that
was to bring an innocent Englishman home. Both teams met at the
last target on their lists. Matt and McCloud formulated a plan
where their teams would go in at the same time but from different
vantage points. McCloud's men would take the rear while Matt's
took the front. They both gave the word that this would be a
live fire exercise. Both teams hit the warehouse at the same
time taking out anyone holding a gun. When the smoke cleared
Meagan Flynn was holding a pistol to CJ's head.
She knew for her the war was over now all her followers were
dead. She viewed this as a losing proposition as she looked at
an American, with very dark eyes, holding an MP5SD6 and speaking
with a southern accent and then she noticed the other men holding
M4 carbines and one very big man with piercing hazel eyes. She
then dropped her gun and two rangers took her into custody.
Major we got a problem here sir.
What is it Benny Ray?
Well sir hes a time bomb and I cant defuse
Matt and McCloud walked over and took a look.
Matt take your people out of here now and take the rest
of my men with you.
Lee your gonna need help with this.
Matt dont argue, I was crossed trained in this
kind of thing so get going.
Matt grudgingly left with everyone else. He did not like leaving
his friends in this kind of situation but he knew his friend
was right about this.
McCloud removed a small tool set from one of his pockets on
his combat vest.
CJ was awake and alert. Mate I sure hope you know what
youre doing with this thing.
Well Mr.Yates, the bastards really did not make this
easy for me. Because if I guess wrong we get blown to hell.
McCloud then starts getting down to business. He clips a wire
and the clock hurries down to zero and stops at the one-second
mark. He then unstraps the bomb from his chest. The two men leave
the building. CJ looks a little worse for wear but is basically
McCloud looks directly at Meagan Flynn. By the way Mrs.
Flynn, you wont be tried by the Irish. You're going back
to the states to face criminal charges there.
She looked shocked as she spoke. Thats not possible,
Well its already been worked out by the State Department.
Youll be tried for your crimes there because you killed
an American citizen.
I beg to differ on that. I only had the English killed
and the family of an Irish traitor killed.
McCloud's blood was boiling now as he grabbed the womens
chin and pushed her head up to face his. You see that Irish
traitor as you call him was my brother-in-law. His sister Mary
was my wife. He explained as he walked away.
Matts team had disappeared into the mist of the evening.
THREE MONTHS LATER
As Meagan Flynn's trial had progressed each day there was
one person in the courthouse and that was one Major Leroy McCloud
wanting his piece of flesh very badly and everyone knew it. He
made no bones about his wife being killed as a non-combative
who was just visiting family and that of their unborn child as
well. But he really could not believe the verdict he heard. He
then headed out because he was so mad at the moment. He met an
officer in the hallway who gave him his official orders.
THE SILVER STAR
THE SAME DAY
The team had gathered in Matts office each day to watch
the trial then, when they found her innocent, no one could believe
Trout had entered the room as her lawyer gave a press conference
on the court house steps... when a loan gunshot rang out... that
killed Meagan Flynn instantly.
Well Boss I really cant blame him one bit."
Replied Benny Ray.
Neither can I Benny Ray."
Trout cleared his voice and handed them their cash and spoke
Then its a good thing for McCloud that he received
orders on his next assignment about a half-hour before this horrible
Matt looked at him and spoke, "What do you know about
Matt, not a thing. He then left but everyone knew
what had happened... the man was given an unbreakable alibi.
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