The Damned May Enter – Chapter 24

Chapter 24 Honolulu, Hawaii – Miramar, California Malachi’s two days in Honolulu passed like a whirlwind. He had spent his time on the submarine ride from Vladivostok to Hawaii in relative isolation. He’d had so little time to process what happened to him on the summit of Yammantau, so the silence in the embrace of […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 23

Chapter 23 Escondido – Chaparral, California   “Hey,” she said, brushing Jacob’s arm as he awoke. “Sophie?” “It’s me, I just got here a couple of hours ago.” It had been a mere six weeks since Jacob left Chicago with his marriage hanging by a thread. He had been used to not seeing her for […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 22

Chapter 22 Mezhgorye, Russia     Malachi continued to push himself physically after the ascent to Yamantau’s summit, but this came with great pain. He spent mornings in physical therapy to regain strength and motion in his shoulders, and to tend to the damaged muscles in his back. Not surprisingly, he went against his therapist and […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 21

Chapter 21 Mezhgorye, Russia     The Ides of March arrived. Half a world away Jacob lay on a hospital bed in Escondido. Meanwhile, in Russia, the southern Ural Mountains were still blanketed in snow as leonine storms pounded the Mt. Yamantau complex near the restricted town of Mezhgorye. It was several weeks before Malachi was […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 20

Chapter 20 Chaparral – Escondido, California “Dad, you need to get down to Escondido now! It’s Jacob, he was in a terrible motorcycle accident this morning,” said Mak with a trembling voice over the phone. “What?” asked Daniel, in disbelief, as a cold shock ran through his veins. “He’s been airlifted to Palomar Hospital. They […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 19

Chapter 19 Tehran, Iran – Kaspiysk, Russia             A late model Toyota Land Cruiser was waiting outside Evin Prison at nearly 3 AM for Malachi and Lt. Col Mahmood. Sgt. Yahyai was in the driver’s seat. Mahmood helped Malachi into the back seat. He had inadvertently placed his hand on Malachi’s back, which bore the […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 17

Chapter 17 Haji Omaran, Iraq – Tehran, Iran             Snow blanketed the bare slopes of the Zagros mountains around the Haji Omaran base. Gently rising cathedrals of white rose into the pale, early winter sky, as a biting wind swirled through the valley. Malachi drew in the frostbitten air on his morning run, each thin, […]

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