A African-American family are driving down a rural road and are stopped by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klansmen separate the parents from their son. Amazingly, the boy attack his captors with remarkable reflexes and killing some of them. However, he is too late to save his family and is then sh
Appearing in the 1st Story
- President Patrick Kent (First appearance)
Synopsis for the 1st Story
A African-American family are driving down a rural road and are stopped by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klansmen separate the parents from their son. Amazingly, the boy attack his captors with remarkable reflexes and killing some of them. However, he is too late to save his family and is then shot to death by a young, unmasked Klansman.
In the present, President Patrick Kent alarmingly wakes up, revealing that the deaths of the African-American family was a nightmare. Kent's aide checks in on the President, who is trying to compose himself, and asked if it was the dream about the family and their lynching. Kent angrily demands his aide on how he knows of this, in which he replied that everyone in the United States have that same dream over and over again. The aide then tells that unmasked Klansman in the dream strongly reminds him of someone, as President Kent grasp his face in shame.
Ben Santini wakes up from the dream and have Team Achilles to meet up in the briefing room. Ben takes Avi Barak and Flint to the Stormwatch Detention Cells and reminds the two that everything down there must remains a secret. Ben then unlock one of the cell doors, revealing a imprisoned Senator Sonny Terns, having been previously replaced by Alias. Ben have Barak to interrogate the former Senator on the identity of Citizen Soldier.
Santini meet up with the other members of Stormwatch and show the team what is happening on the news. It is shown that more than a million protesters are marching on Washington, D.C. in response to the dreams that they had in which they saw the eerie similarity of the young Klansman to President Kent as being the same person. Which is now in ousting Kent's strong apparent affiliations to the K.K.K. Santini states to Achilles that the dream and the protest was only stage two of what is about to happen, as "stage one" began with the theft of $200 billion dollars in gold from the Federal Reserve which caused the death of Blake Coleman. The team then question about the dreams as some of their members Galena Golovin and Charles Pickney never had them. Santini theorize that only American citizens have the dreams. But Jukko Hämäläinen points out that, as a Finn, also had the dreams too. Khalid Tefibi explains his hypothesis to Jukko that he is exiled from Finland and without a nation to call home, and therefore the traditional place for people without a country and looking to start a new life is in America. Santini agrees on this and knows that several details on the dream point to one person who is probably responsible.
Meanwhile a agent loyal to Citizen Soldier assassinate the Chairman of the Federal Reserve for people like him for "destroy(ing) the independent farmers for generations", by using his powers in growing seeded food within him to impale him from the inside-out. The agent then dies.
Santini shows the man is responsible for the dreams to be a World War Two-era superhero known as the Citizen Soldier. Citizen Soldier was regarded as a terror to the Germans, and was honored and feared by everyone. The origins of the Citizen Soldier was not that of a man created from a government superhuman project, but was in reality having been existed through past reincarnations of American soldiers who fought and died honorably for their country in the past. What stands him out is that he possesses star-shaped irises. So far Citizen Soldier suddenly and mysteriously disappeared in 1947. Barak then arrives with Flint and - having look inside Terns' head - fills in that the American government questioned Citizen Soldier for his suspected affiliations with communism as he had fought for the socialists in Spain. However, instead of being question for the House of Un-American Committee he was murdered. So forth, Citizen Soldier had reborn as the African-American boy from the dreams and so on. Santini plans to take out Citizen Soldier. At this time Stormwatch watch the news of Citizen Soldier's third stage showing that the New York Stock Exchange is in a riot.
- This book was first published on August 13, 2003.
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