Minute Zero (A Judd Ryker Novel)

By Todd Moss

An notable overseas mystery via the previous deputy assistant secretary of country and writer of the nationwide bestseller The Golden Hour.
In the lifetime of each nation, at a second of utmost nationwide disruption, there's a short interval of breakdown, while every thing is doubtful, occasions can activate a dime. that's the second to behave, to form occasions how you want them to head. That is Minute Zero.

Fresh off the harrowing occasions of The Golden Hour, country division predicament supervisor Judd Ryker is all at once thrown right into a fast constructing emergency in Zimbabwe, the place an established strongman is being challenged for the presidency. Rumors are flying furiously: armed gangs, army crackdowns, shady outdoors cash pouring in, and, most annoying for the USA, reviews of hugely enriched uranium leaking into the market.

And that’s all ahead of Ryker even lands within the state. It will get a lot worse after that. If he can’t get regulate, form his Minute Zero, lots of people are going to die—not least of all himself.

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Requested the admiral, turning to an aide, who simply shook her head. The admiral shrugged. “There’s a defunct uranium mine in Kanyemba. It used to be closed years in the past, yet we've symptoms of latest job. If we're monitoring new uranium websites in risky international locations, Zimbabwe will be at the checklist. ” “Very good. Have Langley ship over any info and we’ll investigate including Zimbabwe to UMBRELLA ROSE. ” After a couple of extra technical questions that the admiral couldn’t solution, the assembly was once adjourned. As they retrieved their BlackBerries and departed, Judd placed his hand at the shoulder of the CIA analyst. “Good to determine you back, Sunday. ” “Aaay, sturdy to determine you, too, Dr. Ryker. ” “You’re now not engaged on West Africa anymore? ” “At Langley they prefer to maneuver us round, hold us clean. ” Sunday glanced over his shoulder and whispered, “Plus I don’t imagine they need somebody with Nigerian mom and dad operating too lengthy on Nigeria. ” “But why Zim? ” “I should have aggravated my manager. ” Judd cocked his head. “What’s the matter with Zimbabwe? ” “Don’t get me wrong,” Sunday stated. “Zimbabwe is attention-grabbing analytically. There’s much occurring. Their election is that this weekend. ” “Saturday,” Judd acknowledged. “Right, Saturday. yet Zimbabwe’s no longer precisely the most sensible option to get into the President’s day-by-day short. ” “I desire you’re flawed. ” “Why’s that? ” “Because I’m operating Zimbabwe, too. ” “Aaay. ” Sunday lined his mouth, his eyes large. “I’m sorry. I didn’t comprehend you labored on Zim. ” “I haven’t. no longer till this morning. ” “What a accident. ” or even it wasn’t. used to be this why Parker had despatched him to this assembly? “We have to speak, Sunday. immediately. ” eight. Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, 4:32 p. m. valuable Africa Time the place are the cherry-red Jimmy Choos? ” “I’m sorry, madam,” acknowledged the assistant, bowing her head. “Those aren’t cherry-red! ” “I’m sorry. they just despatched Jimmy Choos in crimson and teal. i've got a couple of purple Manolo Blahniks, if that can suffice. ” “Tsaaah! No! ” the girl tsked. “Those are the inaccurate ones. That won’t do in any respect. name Hong Kong and feature them ship the footwear I requested for! ” the 1st woman Harriet Tinotenda, disgusted with the sloppy realization to aspect through her employees, threw the shoe field around the room and crashing right into a tall pile of white division shop packing containers. “Yes, madam. I’ll name them immediately. ” “Make certain they comprehend i would like them via Sunday morning. The president’s swearing-in is within the afternoon, so the footwear needs to be the following in time. ” “Yes, madam. ” “I can't visit the inauguration within the mistaken sneakers. I won’t have it. ” “Yes, madam. ” “Is this every little thing? ” the 1st woman requested, waving her arm at a rainbow mountain of discarded containers from Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. , Cartier, and Prada. “What is that one? ” she demanded, pointing to a flat unopened black field in a single nook. “Ascot Chang. They despatched a hand-tailored go well with for the president. As a present. ” “Tsaaah, no. My husband doesn’t put on Italian matches. ship it again. ” “Yes, madam. ” “Where is the remainder of my purchasing? ” “I’ll get it now, madam,” stated the assistant, who accrued the go well with field, bowed submissively, after which subsidized out the door.

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