Checkmate (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell)

By David Michaels

He's Sam Fisher: 3rd Echelon exact operative. And whilst a shipment freighter loaded down with radioactive fabric is headed in the direction of the coast of the USA, he has mins to disable the send - or die attempting.

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Anything shook within the cover, a monkey woke up via his passage. He felt whatever brush over the tops of his thighs. relocating very sluggish, he flipped his goggles into position and regarded down. A line of leaf-cutter ants, every one wearing a half-dollar-sized bite of leaf, was once marching throughout his legs. He checked his OPSAT. He’d been going for an hour and had coated half of 1 mile. He checked his coordinates to make sure he was once on the right track, then stood up, stepped around the movement, and stored going. THE hours handed gradually yet slowly as he picked his approach inland. At 3 A. M. , he came across a online game path slightly ten inches broad and it because it meandered north. After an hour the path began to descend. Fisher felt a transformation within the air, a drop in temperature which may suggest just one factor: water. He heard it sooner than he observed it, a muffled roar someplace to his left and entrance. the path grew to become rockier, the stones slick underfoot. It veered correct and saved descending, and shortly the roar turned into the unmistakable rush of water. the path persevered to descend for one more 200 yards sooner than the bushes thinned out and he chanced on himself status on a small granite shelf. throughout from him used to be one other shelf separated by way of a ten-foot-wide chasm. He walked to the sting and regarded down. The chasm was once twenty toes deep. on the backside, a river boiled throughout the confines of the granite partitions. To his left, the chasm climbed gradually upward till it reached a small waterfall. Fisher doubted be may get adequate of a operating begin to bounce the gorge, and he knew lacking might kill him. The strength of the river could grind him into hamburger opposed to the rocks. Nor may he test farther up the path; the jungle grew correct to the sting of the chasm, creating a bounce very unlikely. Down, then. He the path one other area mile until eventually the terrain leveled out and the chasm widened to thirty toes. the following the water used to be slower, shallower, and dotted with boulders, yet Fisher knew greater than to underestimate the river. those have been type V rapids. Even at calf intensity, the strength of the water will be sufficient to knock him down. He studied the boulders. The have been huge sufficient for him and have been separated in basic terms by means of a number of toes, yet they have been additionally slick with algae. He checked his watch. He used to be not on time, and he had no notion what he’d locate downstream. This was once where, then. He took a minute to devise his direction, then walked to the sting, coiled his legs, and leapt. It was once a frog-hop that landed him splayed, belly-first, around the rock. His tac-suit’s strengthened Kevlar and RhinoPlate took lots of the surprise, yet nonetheless, the effect knocked the wind out of him. He recovered, wiggled himself atop the rock, then hopped to the following one. He repeated the method 5 extra instances till he reached the other shore. He came across a cleft within the granite wall with ordinary integrated steps; the dust among the stones was once indented with animal tracks. A video game path. He climbed up. on the most sensible of the cleft he came upon one other video game path. by way of 5 A. M. , an hour prior to sunrise, Fisher had closed to inside of 100 yards of the cutback element of wooded area surrounding Shek’s property.

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