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Center Fire

By Chris Mason

Copyright 2012 by Christopher A. Mason

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and events are a product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to any persons living or dead, businesses, government agencies, incidents, or locales is purely coincidental.

center fire, adj.

1. A cartridge having its primer in the center of the base (as opposed to rimfire).

2. Firearms that use such ammunition.

Chapter 1

Derazhnya, Ukraine

Sunday, February 5, 1995 1:53 a.m.

A bitter wind slashed down from the mountains looming over the missile site. Philippe Sottile shivered and turned his back to the snow that stung like sand. Once more he pulled up the collar of his fur coat, but it wasn’t enough; he was freezing. He felt an overwhelming yearning for his villa on the Côte d’Azur—drenched in warm sunshine, looking out over the calm blue waters of the Gulf de St. Tropez with a willing girl leaning on his arm—but he fought it down.

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