From the Inside Flap
Word of Memphis's arrival was swiftly relayed to the right individual after he produced his credentials. By the time Memphis managed to pass through the security at the gate and into the complex proper, he found a master sergeant named Mathers waiting for him on the other side.
"If you'll follow me, Captain Stone," Mathers said, and then he led him to where a HMMWV was parked a few yards away.
"What's happening, Gunny?" Memphis asked as he climbed inside and then waited for the other man to do the same.
Mathers shrugged. "Not sure, sir. Above my pay grade." He started the vehicle and quickly pulled out, heading down the main causeway, past the dome of the Center for Science and Innovation and toward the primary control facilities at the far side of the campus. The billowing cloud of smoke that Memphis had seen on the television was dissipating, but the thick scent of something burning still filled the air.
Mathers glanced over at Memphis as he drove, as if sizing him up. Memphis apparently met whatever criteria Mathers was looking for because after a moment the other man continued.
"The official line is that there's been a mechanical problem that forced an early shutdown of the Collider test. Unofficially, rumor has it that there's been a major screw-up somewhere inside the Collider complex and a team is being assembled to go down and take a look."
"And what does the rumor mill have to say about who the lucky s.o.b. is that gets to leads this team?"
Mathers laughed. "That s.o.b. would be you, sir," he said.
With Dr. Reese's words of warning echoing in the back of his mind, Memphis didn't find it half as amusing as Mathers.
About the Author
Jon F. Merz is the author of roughly two dozen novels including seven novels in the critically-acclaimed Lawson Vampire series, eleven installments in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle/Harlequin, and numerous standalone thrillers like PARALLAX, DANGER-CLOSE, and VICARIOUS.
He's also a partner at New Ronin Entertainment, a Massachusetts-based company developing feature films, television, and multimedia projects like THE FIXER TV series