A father with a secret, a daughter with a plan, and one ordinary guy in the middle of it. More
Excerpt: Then his world exploded into action. The van’s side doors flew open and two men armed with shotguns spilled out onto the sidewalk. Two more immediately followed and began running at Thomas. If he hadn’t just been thinking of Vicki’s challenges on her previous visit Thomas likely would have reacted much differently, but, as it was, he immediately went into adrenalin overload. He grabbed the gun of the lead runner and gave him a hip check that former Maple Leaf’s defenseman Tim Horton would have admired. Then, never having fired a shotgun in his life, he managed to pump a round into the fallen man’s chest, and swiveling to face to second runner, he pretty much blew his head off. The two gun men that had stayed by the van recovered from their initial shock and fired at Thomas. Ducking behind the pillar, Thomas watched shards of granite fly off his cover. He swung the gun around the other side and fired twice towards the van. Quiet. Thomas peeked out from behind the column and was shocked to see both the other assailants down on the sidewalk. The revving of the van’s engine brought him sharply back to the problem at hand. He pointed (not really aimed) the gun at where he thought the gas tank would be and pumped two rounds in that general direction. His reward was a tremendous explosion and a showering of flaming van parts. Thomas all of a sudden felt exposed out on the sidewalk. He turned to head back down under the perceived safety of the covered portico and he saw her. She was tall, dark haired, a European looking beauty. She was standing by a table several back from the rail with a hand held to her mouth. Thomas didn’t know how he knew, but at that moment he understood that this stunning woman was the real target of the attack. As he headed into the tunnel that led into the hotel, he saw her gather her things and enter the restaurant.