Fatal Impact (Chapter 4, page 1 of 17)


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Chapter 4

Brunswick, Georgia Doug Faust sat in the back seat of the limousine on his way to the hotel. He and the others had been told to relax and think about the million-dollar challenge on the table. It's almost laughable, he thought. The "challenge" would be the easiest assignment he had ever been offered. The mere idea of a silver spoon millionaire searching for him-and expecting to find him-was a joke. As a staff sergeant, Faust spent two tours in Vietnam. He also served in the Korean War for thirteen months. The rest of his thirty-year career was spent as a drill instructor and survival-training expert. Surviving for thirty days while some rich guy hunted him would be a piece of cake.

Faust made the decision to cash the ten thousand dollar check and accept the one million dollar challenge about halfway through the "instructions" that boomed over the loud speakers. He finished the meal and stayed for the duration out of courtesy. He did, however, understand why the one woman left. The whole scenario was too far-fetched for her. If not for his military background, he would probably have done the same. As it was, the contest was perfect for him. He could not wait to sink his teeth into a good adventure and stretch his aging muscles, as well as his brain, after a boring and uneventful retirement.

The hotel was not far from the mansion. He gave the man at the front desk his name, secured the pre-paid reservation and, with an overnight bag slung over his shoulder, went to look for his room. The accommodations were nice, but nothing close to five star. He passed through a large, open lobby that contained the usual matching sofas, fake plants, and newspaper racks. He snagged a cleaning woman as she exited one of the rooms.

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