"The Fires of Patriotism": All over the world, the loss of global communication from one of Citizen Soldier's superhumans causes both minor and serious problems including navigation in the sea and having a submarine to be on standby for a nuclear attack on either China and North Korea.
Appearing in "The Fires of Patriotism"
- Citizen Soldier
- Homeland Security Squadron
- Psychik Grrrl
Synopsis for "The Fires of Patriotism"
All over the world, the loss of global communication from one of Citizen Soldier's superhumans causes both minor and serious problems including navigation in the sea and having a submarine to be on standby for a nuclear attack on either China and North Korea.
In Washington, Golovin has set up sniping position on top of the Capitol Building's dome. Pickney and Jaeger are briefly detain by the Civil Defense Administration on the White House lawn. They are heed to the CDA's Director Ivana Baiul. Pickney explains the current situation to Baiul and manage to set up a mutual cooperation between Team Achilles and the CDA; in which Baiul gives Santini and his team permission to assault the Supreme Court for ten minutes before sending the CDA's post-human team.
Pickney and Jaeger regroup with Santini and the others. The team is then armed with special mercury-tipped flechette and sabot rounds and enters the Supreme Court. Inside, they find a strange kind of dust covering the inner building along with several dead people including the Justices with their skins peeled off. They are then ambush by the perpetrator, who is made of sand and has the power to controlling it. Team Achilles' bullets proves useless on him until Santini throws a magnesium grenade, which detonates and turns the post-human's body into glass, killing him. Thus leaving the last third post-human.
The said post-human is speeding towards Washington at Mach Four, as he has the ability to metabolizing the atmosphere to suit his speed and power, tearing anything in his way. Golovin spots the speedster and her shots is ineffective on him. The speedster spots Tefibi in his way and prepares to run him over. However, Tefibi discharges a Entry portal at him and sends him to the Project Entry Universe, where he collides and explodes at the alternate ruins of the Capitol Building. Although the Capitol Building is saved for the moment, Citizen Soldier and hundreds of his people teleports above the Capitol Building. Tefibi urgently contacts Santini of the situation, which at the same time he is dealing with the Homeland Security Squadron being led by none other than Giant.
- This book was first published on November 12, 2003.
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