Day of the Assassins: A Jack Christie Adventure 1 by Johnny O'Brien

By Johnny O'Brien

"Within the 1st suspenseful pages, readers will locate a fascinating historical/science fiction story that has intrigue, threat, and a bit romance. . . . From an explosive get away out of captivity to a muchanticipated scene that makes a decision the destiny of worldwide warfare I, the tip of the publication has lots of action." —SCHOOL LUBRARY JOURNAL

Jack Christie and his ally, Angus, locate themselves on the middle of a momentous occasion that may form historical past for many years to come back. Their hindrance: should still they interfere? Their challenge: Can they live on? sign up for Jack on a perilous chase from the dockyards of britain to the rain-sodden trenches of the 1st international struggle. Will he get away the evil gurus who think within the mysterious VIGIL relevant?

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Marine experts in Karbala say they believe dud rates in some places were as much as 40 per cent. Moreover, they are in places they generally aren’t supposed to be. The Pentagon had urged commanders to avoid using them in urban areas to minimise civilian casualties, but some populated areas are littered with unexploded munitions. The Marine ordnance-disposal team has found bomblets in date trees, vegetable gardens and inside homes, including closets. M. Phillips,‘Unexploded Bomblets in Iraq Create “No Go” Areas that Impede Manoeuvres’, Wall Street Journal, 25 August 2003.

As donor states were unwilling to sign blank cheques, they wanted a baseline survey that would guide their support and enable them to assess progress in clearance. The indirect result was the ongoing series of national Landmine Impact Surveys. A Landmine Impact Survey or LIS is a comprehensive survey of affected communities in a given country or region, which scores the level of impact of mine and/or UXO contamination on each affected community depending on the extent of socio-economic consequences.

One of the many unusual features of the drug-fuelled conflict in Colombia is the extensive role played by ‘home-made’ or artisanal mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices. Despite opposition forces being extremely wellfinanced (through drug smuggling, kidnappings and other activities), they have largely preferred to manufacture their own mines rather than ‘buy them in’. To its credit, the Colombian government has ratified the Ottawa Treaty, passed national legislation to ban the use of anti-personnel mines and, at last, has begun to destroy existing stockpiles.

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