Fiction Fest: Joel Narlock’s ‘Drone Games’ returns for another free peek

Drone Games 2x3 WEBNo, Joel Narlock’s “Drone Games” isn’t coming back to peek at us, it’s coming back for you to get another peek at it.

Several reviewers have given the book positive reviews, including the following:

“This fast paced suspenseful book about domestic terrorism plays out so detailed and with such realistic detail that it seems like it could have or could truly happen.” — Emmy Mom

“To me this read more like a non-fiction personal account of events that already happened rather than a novel’s account of what could happen if vigilance is abated. Of course, this might have been the full intent behind Drone Games and therein, it is a success.” — Jorie Loves a Story

“Drone Games” is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

EXCERPT:

From the author: Faiz Al-Aran, al-Qaeda’s top strategic planner finalizes last minute details with Akil Doroudian, a lone-wolf jihadist and explosives expert who will carry out the US airline terror attacks.

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“The tactics have changed,” Al-Aran said. “Have you set the Milwaukee timetable?”

“Yes, a morning flight to Atlanta.”

“And the aircraft selection?”

“As you ordered,” Akil replied. “Delta. MD-90 series. Two fuselage-mounted engines. Changed how?”

“Suffice it to say that you will not have to maneuver underneath or even near the flaps. You will fly the drone to the front of the aircraft and attach it to the vertical shock strut of the nose landing gear. It will be swallowed inside like poison.”

“You mean the main landing gear?”

“The nose,” Al-Aran calmly repeated, seeing the confusion on Akil’s face.

“But there’s no fuel in the nose,” Akil protested. “We should attack the center tank. If we destroy the front wheels, an aircraft can still land safely.”

“There are many vulnerabilities on an aircraft,” Al-Aran said. “You must trust my plan. Tell me about the explosive.”

“I made twenty-four hundred grams,” Akil answered. “Enough to cut each aircraft in half.”

“That’s exactly what I don’t want,” Al-Aran said firmly. “The first plane’s failure must raise doubts about the cause. We need uncertainty. We need the infidels thinking and discussing. I want you to use a measured amount of explosive so that the entire cockpit is not destroyed. How large is each charge?”

“Approximately 150 grams.”

Al-Aran paused to calculate. He knew that just 250 grams of high-energy PETN and Semtex-H destroyed Pan Am 103, a 747 flying over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. The detonation velocity was nearly five miles per second. That charge was placed in the forward cargo hold and detonated at 32,000 feet. It literally severed the cockpit from the rest of the plane. The pilots were found still strapped in their seats. Potassium chlorate, however, was one-fourth as powerful.

“Use two charges,” Al-Aran ordered.