Terminal Terror other
273 TERMINAL TERROR Picking up Bruno Riggs was like a page out of the Covert Operations Manual of the Central Intelligence Agency. The flight back from Guatemala was uneventful, everything went down without a hitch. Bruno Riggs was about to be brought to justice after eluding every international law enforcement agency for six years. Bruno Riggs: International Public Enemy Bruno Riggs' rise to infamy in the underworld began at an early age. At 18, Riggs controlled the south side of town. Any drug traffic came through him or it didn't go through at all. He ruled with an iron hand and handed out merciless punishment for those who crossed him. No one dared question his authority. By the time he turned 21, he owned the city. Though Bruno Riggs was known to control a huge drug ring in the U.S., the hard evidence needed for a conviction was almost impossible to get. When it looked like a court case was finally coming together for the Attorney General, witnesses started changing their stories or disappeared entirely. Then one day, Riggs himself disappeared. Rumors were rampant about his demise. Stories circulated about a suicide, an old girl friend getting even or a disgruntled hired- gun taking matters into his own hands. Whatever the truth, Bruno Riggs had vanished without a trace. Every major agency swung into high gear: the CIA, the FBI, Interpol. They knew he was alive. They just didn't know where he was hiding. Just when the file was about to be closed, the authorities got a break. Juan Valdez, a young geology student from a university in Guatemala, was working a summer job at the local government records office. While he was checking to ensure all permits were up to date, he came across a large tract of land which had been purchased six years earlier for oil exploration in a remote part of Guatemala. The permit allowed the land owner to import heavy equipment and explosives. Yet Juan thought it quite strange any company would apply for such a permit when it was commonly known that no oil was present in that particular part of the country. Within hours of Juan's discovery, law enforcement offices were abuzz. Aerial reconnaissance photos showed a lightly guarded compound with several unattached buildings partially covered by vegetation. What appeared to be a long-abandoned road was actually a disguised runway. Obviously someone was quite intent on keeping his presence a secret. A decision was made to take the compound by force. The finest international agents were brought together to pay a visit on this unknown resident. With any luck, Bruno Riggs' disappearance might be settled. They hit the compound at 5 A.M. Moments later, all resistance was eliminated. An incredible amount of drugs, guns and several different currencies was captured. But more importantly, Bruno Riggs, still in his pajamas, was taken into custody. Flight to Beauford, Louisiana: Now all that remained was just one final stop for refueling at the converted SAC (Strategic Air Command) air base in Beauford, Louisiana and then off to a secret location where Bruno Riggs would be held under wraps awaiting trial. Everything was going according to schedule. The highest security measures had been taken to prevent any possible information leak to the media that could jeopardize the mission. There were no reporters, no film crews and no media hounds of any kind when they touched down in Louisiana. It looked like all the precautions were paying off and everyone could now finally sit back and relax...or so they thought. But it never fails...just when you think you've got it made, someone shows up to ruin your party. And this party ended with a hail of bullets. What seemed like a normal ground crew turned out to be Riggs' highly trained terrorist group. Using the fortune made from selling crack cocaine to kids, Bruno Riggs had recruited a formidable group of paid assassins. His trained killers struck quickly and accurately, dealing death to anyone in their way, armed or unarmed. Innocent civilians perished without cause or provocation. Many seasoned CIA agents were caught totally unaware and died in the line of duty. Little did anyone know that Bruno Riggs and his people had secretly taken over the abandoned section of the SAC airbase. They had been using it for years to move drugs and money in and out of the country. Several areas had been fortified in case anyone became aware of their operation. It was not a coincidence that the chartered flight would make this airfield its refueling stop. Many influential people were financially persuaded to aid in the escape of this loathsome fugitive. Fortunately, the plan to fly Bruno Riggs to freedom was fouled by one of his own men who, in a fit of anger, gunned down the airplane's pilots. During the first minutes of the melee, backup police and a joint CIA/FBI force moved in quickly to secure the perimeter. No one dared go in after Bruno Riggs because there were too many hostages. Besides, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before demands would be made by Riggs. Everyone knew that sooner or later more innocent lives would be lost at the hands of this maniacal madman. Everyone knew there was only one man for the job: YOU...NICK HUNTER. Nick Hunter: Counter-Terrorism Specialist As a highly decorated specialist in counter-terrorism with DEEP (Department of Elaborate Engagement Protocols), a disjointed arm of the CIA, you are a far cry from the stereotypical Vietnam era snake- eating, muscle-bound Rambo commando. You are the epitome of the ultimate soldier, using intellect, cunning and lightning speed to achieve his objectives. Brute force is only a matter of necessity, nothing more, nothing personal. Armed with the most exotic weapons and equipment, you are a master of infiltration and escape, adept in all aspects of combat engineering, including demolition, ambush, recon and subterranean warfare. As the top agent of DEEP's ultra-low profile Stealth Group, you are a master of weapons and disguise. It was always easy for you to infiltrate an organization and quickly gain a position of responsibility. But this assignment involves quite a different set of circumstances. There will be no easy way in and you know it. The plan calls for you to be dropped off at the end of the runway where you will engage the enemy almost immediately. You and your Huey Gunship will be sitting ducks. You will have to be quick and deadly or you and the chopper will be toast. Your mission is to eliminate any perimeter forces and move into the hangar and dispose of any resistance. Once in control of the hangar, you must slowly move through the airport and neutralize Riggs' henchmen. Keep in mind that there are many innocent civilians depending on you to keep them out of the line of fire. You must also gain access to the main power line and help restore power to the control tower. Flights are still operating and this potentially lethal situation must be averted. It is also rumored that Bruno Riggs' men have discovered the entrance to the sewer tunnels running between the closed SAC hangar and the converted airport terminal. There is high probability that if they found the sewer system, weapons stored in secret SAC tunnels could now be in their hands. They must be stopped. The sewer tunnels also contain another danger, alligators! As if a bunch of wild men running around with guns weren't bad enough, now you have to contend with possibility of stepping on something with very sharp teeth. And just to add one further element of terror, reports say that Riggs has discovered two CIA undercover agents working in his midst. One of the agents is Susan Riker. She is reportedly chained to a jet fuel storage tank that might be wired with a time bomb. You don't like this information one bit. Especially since Susan Riker happens to be your fiancee. But your most important assignment tonight is to recapture Bruno Riggs. He must not escape. He must be brought in alive to stand trial for his crimes against humanity. No more innocent lives can be lost. Good Luck!
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