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U.S. Navy SEAL BUD/S training

13 years before



Prologue



His lungs burned while the ankle he twisted earlier throbbed. All of his muscles ached and his hands were nearly raw from this latest sadistic exercise. Vladimir Wellington kept running, pushing through the pain. All around him guys were ringing out so often it sounded like a constant peal, driving him crazy about quitting. Like a litany. “Time to quit, time to quit, time to quit.”

Next to him, his swim buddy’s jaw hardened. Like Vlad, he seemed to concentrate on placing one foot in front of the other. Also like Vlad, he represented another country, but had been sent here to obtain these skills. They would never become a part of the elite SEAL Teams, but both of their countries thought there was benefit in them completing this training.

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