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Authors: Ronie Kendig

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© 2014 by Ronie Kendig

Print ISBN 978-1-61626-040-8

eBook Editions:
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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial purposes, except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without written permission of the publisher.

Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

Additional scripture taken from the H
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NIV
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. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any similarity to actual people, organizations, and/or events is purely coincidental.

For more information about Ronie Kendig, please access the author’s website at the following Internet address:
www.roniekendig.com
.

Cover Design: Kirk DouPonce, DogEared Design

Published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc.,
P.O. Box 719, Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683,
www.shilohrunpress.com

Our mission is to publish and distribute inspirational products offering exceptional value and biblical encouragement to the masses
.

Printed in the United States of America.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms/Acronyms

Character List

Sundry Characters

Special Forces Prayer

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Todd & Amy

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Todd & Amy

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Todd & Amy

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Todd & Amy

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Epilogue

About the Author

DEDICATION

To the U.S. Special Forces Community—

known as the Quiet Professionals.

You are warriors with humility and ferocity.

You possess courage and generosity.

You fight for freedom and those who cannot fight for themselves.

I pray this series honors the work you do, the men you are,

and your families who so tirelessly support you!

With a grateful heart … thank you!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Special thanks to:

The Special Forces veteran who posed on the cover—thank you, sir, for your service and for the sacrifices you and your family have made as you have served. May God richly bless you!

Former Special Forces operator Jonas Polson for your service to our country and your vigilance over freedom. Thank you for your help and kindness with elements of this story.

Admiration and thanks to other Special Forces veterans who gave tips and tried to educate on the minutiae of all things SF. Clearly, I still have a lot to learn. Thank you, sirs!

Thanks to Colonel Dean (retired) for help with cybersecurity. Well, as much as you could give without making it necessary to have me killed (just kidding … mostly).

Thanks to Kirk DouPonce, who accepted the challenge to take this Rapid-Fire Fiction novel to the next level with an über-amazing cover! Thank you!

Thanks to my agent, Steve Laube, who remains steadfast and constant in an ever-changing industry. Thanks for keeping it real, Agent-Man!

Allen and Kellie Gilbert—thanks for your helping with skydiving information!

A million thanks to Julee Schwarzburg—editor extraordinaire!

Bethany Kaczmarek—girl, you got
skillz
! Thank you for your constant and incredible help in making this book stronger. You’re amazing!

Rel Mollet—Where would I be without you, friend? You keep me encouraged and laughing when, really, I just want to puddle up and cry. You’re one of the truest and most genuine friends I’ve ever had!

Thanks to the Barbour Fiction and Sales teams, relentless in their efforts to make our books successful: Shalyn Sattler, Annie Tipton, Rebecca Germany, Mary Burns, Elizabeth Shrider, Laura Young, Kelsey McConaha, Linda Hang, and Ashley Schrock.

LITERARY LICENSE

In writing about unique settings, specific locations, and invariably the people residing there, a certain level of risk is involved, including the possibility of dishonoring the very people an author intends to honor. With that in mind, I have taken some literary license in
Raptor 6
, including renaming some bases within the U.S. military establishment, creating sites/entities that do not otherwise exist, and other aspects of team movement/integration. Also, some elements of the story are pure entertainment and as with any work of fiction, demand a level of suspension of disbelief. I have done this so the book and/or my writing will not negatively reflect on our military community and its heroes. With the quickly changing landscape of combat theater, this seemed imperative and prudent.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS

AAR—
After-Action Review

ACUs—
Army Combat Uniforms

AHOD
—All Hands On Deck

ANA—
Afghan National Army

CIC
—Commander In Chief

CID
—Criminal Investigations Department

DIA
—Defense Intelligence Agency

Glock
—A semiautomatic handgun

IED
—Improvised Explosive Device

Klick—
Military slang for
kilometer

M4, M4A1, M16
—Military assault rifles

MRAP
—Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle

MWD
—Military Working Dog

ODA452—
Operational Detachment A (Special Forces A-Team)

OPSEC—
Operational Security

RPG
—Rocket-Propelled Grenade

RTB
—Return To Base

SAS—
Special Air Service (Foreign Special Operations Team)

SATINT
—Satellite Intelligence

SCI—
Sensitive Compartmented Information

SFOC
—Special Forces Operational Command

SOCOM—
Special Operations Command

SIPRNet
—Secret Internet Protocol Router Network

TEDD
—Tactical Explosive Detector Dog

UAV
—Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

WMDs—
Weapons of Mass Destruction

CHARACTER LIST

Dean Patrick “Raptor Six” Watters (Captain)—
Raptor team commander

Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe (Staff Sergeant)—
Raptor team member; coms specialist; rank – Staff Sergeant

Eamon “Titanis” Straider (SAS Corporal)—
Raptor team member; Australian; engineering specialty

Fekiria Haidary—
Zahrah Zarrick’s cousin; teacher

Kamran Khan—
Taliban member

Lance Burnett (General)—
Raptor’s commanding officer; attached to Defense Intelligence Agency

Lee Nianzu—
assassin and associate of Zhang Longwei, son of General Zhang Guiern; Chinese

Mitchell “Harrier” Black (Sergeant First Class)—
Raptor team member; combat medic

Peter “Z-Day” Zarrick (General, retired)—
served as commander of Coalition Forces; Zahrah Zarrick’s father

Rashid Mustafa—
brother of Ara, one of Zahrah’s students

Salvatore “Falcon” Russo (Sergeant First Class)—
Raptor team member; team sergeant, aka team “daddy”; expert in ops/intel

Todd “Eagle” Archer (Staff Sergeant)—
Raptor team member; weapons expert; team sniper

Zahrah Zarrick
—a missionary teacher; daughter of General Peter “Z-Day” Zarrick

SUNDRY CHARACTERS

Amelia “Amy” Celine Archer—
Todd Archer’s wife

Ara Mustafa—
sister of Rashid, one of Zahrah Zarrick’s students

Ashgar Asad—
drug dealer Majorca

Atash Mustafa—
Rashid and Ara’s father; husband of Razia

Behrooz Nemazi—
Pashtun

Boris/“Scythe”—
hacker/spy

Specialist Bramlett—
female MP at sub-base

Brie Hastings (Lieutenant)—
personal aid to General Burnett

Candyman—
callsign for Tony VanAllen, former Raptor team member

Chris Riordan (Lieutenant Commander)—
Navy SEAL

“Cardinal
“—a spy who works with General Burnett

Collin Ramsey (General)—
Commander of the Coalition Forces

Ddrake—
Tactical Explosives Detector Dog

Desi Watters
—Dean Watters’s estranged sister

Donny Watters—
Dean Watters’s brother

Ellen Green (Specialist)—
female soldier who was captured with Dean during the ambush ten years earlier

Sergeant Elliott
—mentor to Dean; police officer and former Army Ranger (Vietnam)

Grant Knight (Sergeant)—
Ddrake’s handler

Hafizah Haidary
—Zahrah’s aunt and Fekeria Haidary’s mother; has dark eyes

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