Change is inevitable. It's heading for Earth at 12,000 miles per hour... and it will land virtually undetected. For Jack McAllister, a young writer who has finally launched a career for himself, it begins tragically: his estranged father, a former NASA engineer, dies suddenly at his home in Merriweather, Indiana, leaving Jack's Alzheimer's-stricken mother a widow. But in the wake of personal heartbreak, he's confronted by an even more astonishing event.
"An unexpected treat!"
The time is 1993, a young democratic president has been swept into the White House. It is a time of cautious hope. All white noise to a dramatic story that surrounds a deeply psychotic US soldier who has lived in the jungles of Vietnam for the past 20 years. By accident the man discovers American POWs in a camp in the haunted and rugged central highlands. He is stunned by the discovery and decides to free the prisoners. During his escape, he runs across two Vietnam Veterans who have come to Vietnam on a civilian aircraft recovery mission.
Weary of Cold War politics, CIA operative Gabriel Haines can't wait to leave the Company life for a job on his friend's isolated Texas ranch. All he needs to do is go to Dallas and seal the deal. But when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated just yards from where Haines stands, the former agent finds himself in tighter crosshairs than ever before. Keeping a low profile on the ranch couldn't come at a better time.
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