Mark Barrett is owner and sole employee of NQA Courier Services. Delivering packages across Europe, he works in that grey area “somewhere between almost and legal.”
After a date with a beautiful woman goes badly wrong he ends up in the police cells. The following morning his bail is paid by disgraced EU Commissioner Jack Maundy, who offers him a job: to hand-deliver three packages to three people in three European cities in five days. The packages are Maundy’s insurance policy, in advance of his going to trial on charges of embezzling 81 billion Euros.
An easy job, Maundy tells Mark, but one that needs doing quickly and Barrett, a disgraced former Army Helicopter pilot, has the necessary skills and experience to get the job done properly.
What could go wrong?
After a society dinner party, a chance encounter sets Mark Barrett thinking about the past. Specifically, about the events that led to him being dishonourably discharged from the Army after a three-day firefight in a remote valley in northern Afghanistan.
Perhaps, five years after the event, Mark can finally make sense of what happened.
Due for publication Summer 2021.
Some said he was a Georgian, others that he was Jewish, or Arab. They said he’d served in Seal Team Six, he was Spetsnaz, he was former IDF, ex SBS, that he was a radical green activist, a former Jihadi gone global, a lone wolf, ex CIA.
No one knew for sure.
Whatever he was, they said, it was all bad, and everyone wanted him dead.
But Mark Barrett knew who he was and what he really looked like, and he wasn’t telling. Because he gave his word. Gave his word to a solitary man in an almost empty airport – a man he trusted; a man who, after one brief meeting, he actually liked. This was the man the slavers called Dracul; the man the sheiks believed was the ghost of Hassan al Sabbah returned to strike down the wicked; the man the Cartels called Gun Jesus.
And while Mark didn’t think the man was a dragon, or the reincarnation of the first assassin, or the son of God, he recognised a saint when he saw one.