Surviving Elites, bk. 4 Killing Team

I have just released Book 4 of my series based on ‘Her Passion to Kill.

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Serial killer Janet and war hero, Zach, have just found out that after successfully killing a dozen of the World, Evil Elites, one is now hunting them. Rather than waiting for the murder squad to reach them, they decide to attack the home base in Satan’s Seed or Geneva, Switzerland.

More will die before the Elite Killing team will.


Chapter one PARTIAL:

Chapter One

As the sun climbed higher over Pensacola Bay in north-western Florida, its rays chased shadows from the small rental room occupied by ex-Ranger and war hero Zachary Heston.

Zach stood on newly fitted prosthetic legs, watching the sunrise through a window with Pensacola’s white sandy beach below.

He smiled into the window.

Zach’s habits included speaking to his long-passed father.

“Larry, just look at how beautiful the Bay is now. Very few boats, cars, or people are moving. This is the first time I could see the sunrise from this window because it is set too high for my wheelchair.”

Any local tourist brochure on Pensacola would highlight it had the best sunrises and sunsets in America, with Pensacola Bay in the background.

Zach would agree.

Now, playfully lighting the interior room over the torn and tattered wallpaper, one could see electronic equipment crowded into many portions of this room. Zach’s bed claimed the most cleared space. He had to have room around it for his wheelchair, having lost the lower part of his legs in Afghanistan in 2005.

An aisle led from it to his one table that held most of his prescription medications to combat the many physical and emotional problems caused by his combat.

One more aisle led to his keyboard, monitors, and computers.

Following the 9/11 Trade Center attack, Zach felt compelled to join the fight, like many other young men and women. He wanted to be with the best soldiers as an Army Ranger.

Through his first deployment, he had proven himself many times over, protecting his squad and innocent civilians while laying waste to as many Taliban as he could.

He earned citations, medals, and an eventual promotion.

Barely into his second deployment, he had been riding on a troop carrier when a triggered Improvised Explosive detonated under the 35-degree underbelly armor and lifted the vehicle into the air.

The explosion caused him to fall, only to land on another roadside, IED, removing much of his legs away below the knees.

Zach was secretly glad he was the only casualty of that day, sparing his beloved teammates.

When he was sent back to the United States, he spent much of his time at his local Veteran’s Hospital as he wound his way through heavy depression, some Post Traumatic Stress, and pain control.

Phantom limb pain is typical for many victims that lose extremities. Even though the nerves in the limb were severed, the ones still present caused pain to the sufferer.

While still in Afganistan, the day Zach woke up after his first surgery, he had reached past his knee to scratch the leg below, only to find air and then hear his screaming in the shocked realization of the loss.

Typical painkillers do little to control phantom pain but feed big pharma’s huge profit coffers.

Zach took several pills in combination, realizing the limited effect.

Industry experts believe the chronic pain market could reach eighty billion dollars in a few years.

Opioids had been king, yet, over-prescribed and used, were not always successful for pain control, and accounted for one hundred thousand lost lives and countless addicted people in 2020.

More promising work is performed in Psychedelic therapy programs, usually listed as schedule one drugs. These are “drugs with no current medical use and high potential for abuse and/or addiction.”

Positive expectations were aimed at the compounds that potentially reshape patients’ perception of pain rather than drugging the body, as preliminary studies suggest neuroplasticity in the brain.

I.E., using Psychedelics can rewire the brain to reduce pain reception.

A more holistic approach comes to the market through Ayahuasca from the Amazon, which is well documented to allow the user to cross spiritual and emotional dimensions. It is important to note that the Ayahuasca user should be guided by an experienced Shaman, preceded by a strict diet. The preparation is vital for any traveler since the out-of-body experience can be fear-filled for four or five hours in state.

Early experimental work with psychedelic drugs, like LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine), MDA, and mushrooms, indicates a brighter future for treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, and phantom pain.

Considered the safest, mushrooms are believed to be the most promising in pain easing.

MDMA or Ecstasy, psilocybin, are believed to be headed for FDA approval for PTSD.

Zach had not tried the new therapies yet, as testing hospital personnel and budgets were tightly controlled and supervised.

And the Veterans Hospital would not pursue the experimental studies and disseminate psychedelic drugs.

The very early work indicated that these drugs effectively remapped the neural paths via the anti-inflammatory properties of the mushrooms while adding layers of empathy.

The empathy portion is thought to cause a softening through compassion for the original traumatic events and memories, which would then soften the mind’s reaction to them.

Strangely, the Central Intelligence Agency developed the illegal Project MKUltra and tested LSD and other psychedelics for decades. They aimed to develop a truth drug and see if one could create hypno-warriors who could kill on command without memories. This was so-called brainwashing.

The famous book and movie The Manchurian Candidate were such examples.

There was a knowledge that China, North Korea, and Russia were in the same pursuit and might even be ahead.

Project MKUltra used various torture methods along with psychedelic drugs similar to LSD.

The torture methods included sensory deprivation, verbal and sexual abuse, hypnosis, and electroshocks.

Many public documents indicate that American vets alone approached eight thousand victims during the testing.

Some of the living later successfully sued the government for damages.

MKUltra began in the early 1950s and ran until made public and forced to stop two decades later with hearings in 1975.

Today, one can argue that big pharma was the enemy of progress, choosing huge profits over human health.

On a typical Florida morning, when waking, Zach would place his hands into overhead grips fastened to the ceiling using his arm strength to right his body to slip into his wheelchair.

However, in the last month, he had experimented with artificial prosthetic legs from his local Veterans Hospital.

He had refused the taxpayer-funded legs and chosen to buy previously used older ones.

Terri, his blond and pretty rehabilitation specialist, had tried encouraging him for the last year to get him away from his wheelchair.

But, Zach was always afraid he had lost too much leg length to make this practical for him, and he was so used to his wheeled convenience.

Still, Terri continued to press him, and eventually, he decided to try.

It had taken several rehab visits to choose his prosthetics.