To Valhalla

TO VALHALLA

To Valhalla | Pierce Kelley

Christopher Paul Buchanon, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009 with a service-related disability. Instead of being discharged, he is sent to Fort Creech, Nevada, and taught how to operate drones. Following the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, as the United States begins to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan, and as the military downsizes, he is discharged.

 

Three years later, Chris is recruited to become a part of a black-op in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, where he had been stationed years earlier. His job is to operate a drone and kill specific high level al-Qaeda and Taliban targets. When information from an embittered Pakistani elder leads the team to the possible location of Mohammad Mogabbi, the leader of the Taliban, on whose head a $10 million bounty exists, a decision must be made.

 

Should the United States kill the man who has eluded capture for over a dozen years, who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, including thousands of U.S. soldiers, or should it allow the newly-elected leaders of the country try to negotiate a peaceful resolution of the conflict with the Taliban? Chris Buchanon awaits his orders, with his fingers on the trigger of a Predator drone loaded with hell-fire missiles, with Mogabbi in his sights.

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