RED DECEPTION BY GARY GROSSMAN AND ED FULLER EXCERPT
(FOR READERS: LINKING A HERO OF THE FIRST ATTACK TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
“Who the hell is that?” The New York Times investigative reporter froze the image on her computer. “That guy.” Savannah Flanders pointed to the video from the 14th Street Bridge.
“Don’t know,” replied co-byline reporter Mike Blowen. “But he’s been popping up on a bunch of the videos.”
Flanders rolled through the Facebook and Instagram cell phone uploads until she found an even better frame than the previous one. She grabbed a snippet and printed it out. It was a little soft, out of focus. She tried other frames until she had something sharper.
“Some kind of good Samaritan?” Blowen suggested.
“More than that. A man with the instinct and experience to act. He wasn’t just trying to help. Watch him.” She hit play again. “He was on autopilot,” the 34-year-old, red-headed reporter surmised.
Flanders went to a saved link containing another survivor’s footage.
“Again. Moving toward the action. Who does that?”
“Military? Someone in law enforcement?” Blowen proposed. “ATF? Capitol Police? Hell, it’s D.C., take your pick. But plainclothes or off-duty.”
“Whatever, the guy has seen action. He knows what to do. He’s not afraid.”
Flanders watched another posted clip. Her subject was further in the background.
“You think he’s a story?” Blowen asked.
“I do. And a good one for us. What’s your guess on his age, Mike?”
He rolled his chair closer to her computer.
“Late thirties. Or a really fit early forties. Hard to tell.”
Flanders grabbed more screenshots. She uploaded them into a FaceRec tool installed on the Times computers. The system mapped coordinates of a subject’s face, but in this case, because all the footage was shaky and most of the actual images were soft, the still frames didn’t deliver. So Flanders tried uploaded running video to the system. The program would select the best image and then search for a match in an open source Vis.js library, a powerful web-based network library of images. Though not as reliable as the FBI’s technology, it allowed newsroom editors and reporters a shot at narrowing down a person’s identity. And a shot was all she needed.
Flanders waited while the program ran through millions of images culled from news stories and photo archives. Nothing. Even the best of the video wasn’t good enough for the newspaper’s version of facial recognition to produce a match.
After more than an hour trying to enhance the images herself, she sent the footage to the New York Times graphics department.
“Need better,” she was told.
Flanders took that as a challenge. She’d find better by tracking down Mr. Late 30s to Early 40s herself. She on her way to identifying a man named Dan Reilly and discovering more than she could have imagined.
Copyright © 2021 by Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller
Publication date : June 22, 2021
Language : English
“Forget ‘ripped from the headlines,’ because RED DECEPTION threatens to write its own! RED DECEPTION is everything a great thriller is supposed to be! High stakes, incredible action scenes, a deadly plot, and a dynamic hero in Dan Reilly. Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller have crafted a relentlessly riveting tale that hones in on our greatest fears and takes us right to the brink in breathless fashion.” —Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author
“RED DECEPTION provides an in-depth and realistic ground level view of the type of asymmetric Nation-state sponsored threats faced by the Agencies tasked with protecting the United States both domestically and abroad. Thoroughly researched with thrilling pacing, it follows a worst case scenario with the resulting fallout and a complex investigation that unfolds all over the Globe.” —Edward Bradstreet, Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
“Besides keeping us on the edge of our seats, RED DECEPTION is so prescient, filled with deep insights into the real worlds of espionage and politics, while giving us a window that sheds light onto the darkest aspects of political intrigue and human nature.” —Barry Kibrick, Host of national PBS series, Between the Lines
Intelligence experts and thriller authors concur: Red Deception is “A page-turner by authors who might as well sit on the National Security Council.”
When terrorists bomb bridges across the country and threaten the Hoover Dam, the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure becomes a matter of national security. But Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer, predicted the attacks in a secret State Department report written years earlier—a virtual blueprint for disaster, somehow leaked and now in the hands of foreign operatives.
This is the chaos into which Reilly leaps headfirst. Reilly’s position as Global Head of Security for the Kensington Royal Hotel Corporation means he must keep his customers and staff safe as the crisis envelopes countries across three continents. His past as a State Department analyst means he recognizes the connections behind the seemingly disparate terror attacks, assassination plots, and authoritarian power plays that dominate the headlines. But it’s the very knowledge that makes him good at his job that also makes him a target—to the press, to the government, and to the forces gathering for another assault on America.
Follow Reilly as he travels the world to safeguard both his company’s assets and his country’s secrets. With the US at the mercy of an egomaniacal leader, and reporters and covert agents on his tail, he may be the one man who can connect the dots before an even bigger catastrophe unfolds.
RED DECEPTION is the second book in the RED Hotel series.
ED FULLER is CEO of Laguna Strategic Advisors, a global consortium providing business consulting services worldwide. He has served on both business and charitable boards during his forty-year career with Marriott International where he was chief marketing officer followed by 22 years as president and managing director of Marriott International.
As author Ed published ‘You Can’t Lead with Your Feet on the Desk’ in English, Japanese and Chinese distributed throughout the world. In 2018 he and co-author Gary Grossman released their high energy thriller Red Hotel and in 2021 will release Red Deception, followed by Red Chaos as part of the Red Hotel series. Ed served as an Army captain in both Germany and Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation medals. He and his wife Michela reside in Orange County, California.
Grossman has contributed to the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald American. He covered presidential campaigns for WBZ-TV in Boston. A multiple Emmy series and specials for networks including NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, History Channel, Discovery and National Geographic Channel. He served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and Military Writers Society of America. He is a trustee at Emerson College and serves on the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board. Grossman has taught at Emerson College, Boston University, USC, and currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University.
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