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WORLD NEWS NIGHTLY

World News Nightly, CNN Austin-Bergstrom, International Airport Austin, TX “On the eve of China’s warning that the United States ‘get its fiscal house in order,’ Americans may want to rethink their travel plans. Due to a recent string of disappearing travelers throughout China, the government has placed restrictions on student visas, and made it more […]

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CHAPTER 31

Lao Cheng Ba Chengde, CN The locals cheered as Wyatt pounded the table with another empty shot glass. That made twenty between the two of them. They would take a shot, then go to the pool table, miss, and return back to the bar for another drink. There were only three balls left on the […]

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CHAPTER 30

Room 211, Airport Inn Austin, TX The Airport Inn was not the most majestic hotel in Austin, but it was conveniently located in front of the Austin Bergstrom Airport for the weary traveler. The natural light coming in through the window revealed a dirty, earth-toned brilliance. It was brown, and desolate outside. I walked down […]

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CHAPTER 29

Zhang’s Hotel Room Chengde, CN Zhang woke up on the bathroom floor and slid his legs along the tiles. His pants felt tight, and he slowly realized they were wet. He sat with his back to the wall, slouched over, unbuttoned, and unzipped. The pungent odor quickly became overwhelming as he jolted awake. He breathed […]

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CHAPTER 28

Room 211, Airport Inn Austin, TX The phrase “China Expert” sat on the tip of my tongue. It might as well have been “bullshit artist.” I nervously stared at the phone on the desk. The display read “Pops,” and I realized I hadn’t even spoken with the man. How would I tell him? This opportunity […]

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CHAPTER 27

Wudaokou Bar Strip Beijing, CN Xi looked out onto the street and signed onto his private email server from a protected computer. The direct line of communication with the Ministry of State Security had gone dark, but they still expected him to continue his mission in spite of the surveillance. Artifacts were sent through an […]

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CHAPTER 26

Room 325, The Driskill Hotel Downtown Austin, TX The telephone rang off the hook as I shot up from my bed and looked around for the device. It wasn’t the classic bell that shook the entire nightstand; it was the robotic ring with the red blinking light—the one that sounds like it’s underwater. The most […]

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CHAPTER 25

Lao Cheng Ba Near the Hotel Chengde, CN Wyatt and Bruce walked up the street and stopped outside a door that looked like all the others at a glance. The streets were silent. The spot was marked with an asterisk on a printed map that Zhang had given them. They looked up at the confusing […]

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CHAPTER 24

The Driskill Hotel Downtown Austin, TX The lobby was dark. The tile floor, and the stained glass on the ceiling looked like they hadn’t changed for over a hundred years. The lamps were dimmed by thick plastic casings around the bulb, every one of them giving off a dark orange glow. The Driskill Hotel was […]

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CHAPTER 23

South by South West Interactive Austin, TX My suitcase was all packed. My apartment was ripe for abandonment. I had driven down to the Vanguard Office and submitted my Visa application to the Consulate via fax and I had waited around the Downtown area all day for confirmation that the application was being reviewed. They […]

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