He looked back at the Arab.


"You know, Farouq," Perkasa said, "you have succeeded in piquing my curiosity. I will have that drink now. Red wine will be fine."

"Excellent," Farouq said, motioning the servants to attend to the general's request. "Let us drink, General, to a new alliance . . . a new strategic alliance that will change the history of the world."

"That," General Suparman Perkasa said, "I will drink to."

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Don Brown is the author of Treason, Hostage, and Defiance, and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.  For more information, please visit www.donbrownbooks.com.