Robert Williams: Ice Fortress

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Robert Williams Ice Fortress
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An explosive new release from Amazon bestselling author Robert B. Williams A high-octane, fast-paced, action-packed Jack Coulson thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense and an ending that will blow you away. For over 70 years Hitler’s most chilling, top secret weapon or Wunderwaffe has been buried inside an icy fortress in one of the most inhospitable and unforgiving places on earth — the Antarctic. Even today, this weapon could change the outcome of the Second World War. When oceanographer Leah Anderson discovers a secret WWII German submarine base hidden deep under the Antarctic ice shelf, she sparks a desperate race to acquire the weapon. While Russian and American submarines clash deep below the ice pack, a sinister force launches a ruthless assault on the ice to secure the weapon they have been searching for since 1945. Enigmatic covert ops soldier Jack Coulson has already been to hell and back, but if he’s going to stop the rise of the Thousand Year Reich, then he must enter the gates of hell one more time. The Second World War is over. What no one knows is that the Third Reich has not given up — the battle has just begun… For fans of James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Michael Grumley, A.G. Riddle, Rob Jones, Jay J. Falconer, James D. Prescott, Brad Thor and Douglas E. Richards.

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As they entered the room, Daniels hit a button on a recessed wall panel and the clear glass of the fishbowl in which they found themselves instantly became opaque, giving them privacy from the eyes in the operations center. As the lights dimmed, a television screen that would leave even the best home theatre system green with envy lowered from the ceiling and the colonel gestured that they be seated.

“As you gentlemen are probably aware, the Antarctic, despite the sprinkling of research bases around its edges, is largely unexplored. The reasons for that are many, but suffice to say that it’s the harshest and most inhospitable place on earth.”

“Present location excepted,” Krupsky whispered to Jack.

Colonel Daniels trained his steely gaze on Sam. He was either not impressed by the interruption or with the reference to what amounted to his base. Most likely both.

Sam folded his arms and stared hard at the screen to avoid the colonel’s icy stare. He looked like a naughty schoolboy in spite of his stature and the fact that be barely fit in the boardroom chair he’d squeezed himself into.

“If I may continue… apart from being a scientific curiosity, there’s little of strategic value down there and the climate is so harsh it doesn’t even support permanent life, save for the odd penguin colony on the coast. No Polar Bears, no Orca’s. Nothing. It’s just too damn cold for anything to survive. That’s why we don’t waste expensive satellite resources monitoring what’s going on down there. Because nothing ever goes on down there.”

“Until now,” Jack politely interjected.

“Correct. Until now,” Daniels confirmed.

Sam glanced askance at Jack, showing his annoyance that he wasn’t given a reprimand for interrupting. But he figured that since the other two were both army and he was navy, he shouldn’t expect the same regard.

Palming a small remote, Colonel Daniels brought the big screen to life, displaying what was clearly a satellite image. As it progressed through a slide show, each image zoomed tighter and tighter as if the photographs were taken from a drone rather than a satellite in low earth orbit. The resolution was staggering in its detail. What was initially a small speck of black in a panoramic vista of white ice took shape as the images continued to zoom in.

“That’s not what I think it is?” Jack quizzed, leaning forward to get a closer look at the screen.

Jack turned to Sam who quirked a brow encouraging Jack to voice his opinion aloud.

“A sail. It’s a submarine sail, right?” Coulson looked from side to side seeking confirmation from either man.

“No,” Sam said as he leaned back in his chair as best he could, “it’s not a sail. Modern nuclear submarines have sails. What you’re looking at is something nobody has seen outside of a maritime museum in over 70 years.” Slapping Jack on the shoulder, he continued, “That, my friend is a conning tower from a Second World War submarine.”

Colonel Daniels nodded in agreement but remained silent to allow Sam to continue.

“And if I’m not mistaken,” Sam added, “judging by its size, shape and the rakish lines of the conning tower, it’s a Kriegsmarine Type XXI U-Boat. But that’s impossible—”

“Far from it, Mr. Krupsky. I’m pleased to see we didn’t waste a berth on the GITMO flight. You may yet live up to expectations.”

Jack raised his hand. Now it was his turn to play the schoolboy. “Am I the only one here who’s surprised that I’m being shown a photograph of what looks like a perfectly preserved Nazi submarine buried in the ice near the South Pole? Why has this just been discovered now?”

“I’m no oceanographer, Captain Coulson, but the squints out there have written some goddam report about thinning of the ice sheet and some kind of subglacial volcanic eruption forcing the sub up through the ice. Then again, the report suggests they don’t really know shit from clay about how it got there, but they need to come up with something, right?”

“Great,” Jack huffed.

“Something to contribute Captain?”

“Sorry sir. It’s just that the pocket protector patrol, the squints as you call them, aren’t my favorite people right now. It’s because of them that my last mission got so royally screwed.”

“Alright, so that explains why I’m here, I guess. You need a navy grunt on board whatever mission you’re planning, right?” Sam threw in, cutting off the discussion between Jack and the colonel.

“In part,” Daniels responded, “we need a navy man on this expedition with a particular skill set and your stock went up ten points thanks to the time you’ve spent volunteering at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry restoring the U-505 submarine. That could prove useful. Plenty of navy men know their way around a nuclear attack submarine, but a Second World War German U-Boat, let’s just say that it proved challenging to say the least when we searched the personnel database.”

“Skill set? You have a skill set?” Jack looked Sam up and down as if to elicit what his special skill could be from his sheer size.

“Let’s not worry about that now. The colonel hasn’t finished his briefing.”

Now he wants to be quiet, Jack thought.

“Speaking of museums,” Jack turned to the colonel, “isn’t this more of a historical shipwreck recovery mission, better suited to a civilian group?”

Now it was the colonel and Krupsky exchanging a look of understanding.

“Ordinarily yes. Sam, do you want to bring the captain up to speed?”

A shit eating grin beamed from Krupsky’s face. “Gladly, sir.”

Sam awkwardly eased himself out of the undersized chair and stood opposite Jack before continuing. “After the Second World War, the Nazis, particularly the SS, reportedly commandeered every functioning submarine they could and loaded them with all the gold, diamonds and art work they could get their dirty little hands on.”

Jack nodded, so far, Sam hadn’t told him anything he didn’t already know from watching History Channel. He was less than impressed with what Sam brought to the table from his work at the science museum.

“So, we know many of these subs surrendered. We also know some were torpedoed by Allied ships and submarines. Many more were scuttled by their own captains. The point is that we can account for, more or less, every such German sub. If there’s one thing the Nazi’s did well it was keep meticulous records. Between what we know from their accounts combined with the Allied forces accounts… well, let’s say that the notion of finding a mystery sub full of Nazi gold is highly unlikely, although it might make a good movie.”

“Okay, so there’s no gold. I still don’t see where we come into the equation.”

Krupsky turned to the colonel who nodded for him to take his seat.

“It’s not just gold and art those guys spirited away,” the colonel resumed the briefing, “there were many unconfirmed reports that some of Hitler’s most secret and highly advanced weapons were also bound for Argentina and other secret submarine bases.

“One of those bases was reportedly hidden under the Antarctic Ice Shelf, although that has never been proven. We need to get to that sub and see for ourselves what’s in there. It may be nothing, but we can’t afford to take that chance. If it is significant, we need to secure it before someone else does.

“We need to secure the area and that submarine as the primary objective. After that, we can worry about finding the missing nuclear sub. I’ve been running covert operations too long to believe in coincidences. There’s no such thing.

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