BURNED by Mark Posey

Credible Threat, Episode Eight

Thriller Suspense Serial Episode

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One family’s life is changed beyond anything they could ever imagine.

A major foreign power has been funneling key intelligence personnel into the United States for nearly a year, hiding them as embassy and consulate staffers, students, and plain immigrants. In response, the FBI activates its Domestic Sleeper program.

Scattered across the country as architects, cab drivers, and other innocuous roles, failsafe agents in the Domestic Sleeper program are unaware of their status as dormant FBI agents until they’re triggered by a post-hypnotic codeword. Their programming drives them to a pre-arranged checkpoint to receive the instructions necessary to combat a Credible Threat.

In this episode: Aaron and his group are attacked.

Credible Threat: Burned is the next episode in the Credible Threat thriller serial from Mark Posey.

Other episodes in the Credible Threat series:

Episode One: Brush Contact
Episode Two: Alias
Episode Three: Compromised
Episode Four: Sleeper
Episode Five: Safehouse Alpha
Episode Six: Dissemination
Episode Seven: Tradecraft
Episode Eight: Burned
Episode Nine: Safehouse Beta
Episode Ten: Blowback
Episode Eleven: Naked
Episode Twelve: Blown
Episode Thirteen: Exfiltration
Entire Season Boxed Set: Credible Threat Season One

A Thriller Serial Episode

{Also see: Thrillers, Suspense, Serial Episodes}

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Xavier’s gut always tightened when that phone went off. Only six people in the country had the number to the phone in the wooden faux humidor on the corner of the credenza behind his desk. If one of them saw fit to call, it could only mean one thing: trouble. More than trouble, a dire threat to the very existence of the country and their way of life.

The phone had been hard-wired into the grid. Power outages wouldn’t affect it. Nor would cutting the phone lines. Not even a massive EMP would shut it down. But, if that happened, the country, and Washington, DC, were facing much bigger problems than any those six people could possibly be reporting and that boggled his mind. While he knew that there had not been any sort of EMP, it didn’t make him any happier to hear the buzz.

The phone had been designed only to buzz. Being contained in what was basically a locked, wooden Faraday cage amplified the buzz within the confines of his office, but no one would hear it even standing just outside the door.

He slipped the required key fob from his waistcoat pocket and thumbed the unlock button. He even heard the thunk of the release over the buzz, just before the lid lifted itself open.

He took a deep breath and snatched up the receiver. Although it still made him feel ridiculous, he answered with the proper codename. “Sandman.”

For a moment, there was silence on the other end of the line. Then, the words that he’d dreaded hearing for the past twenty-four hours. “Confirmed, Sandman. We have a credible threat.”

He didn’t know how far he’d have to go or what the ultimate cost would end up being before this was all over. For the moment, he only knew one thing: it was time to activate one of their failsafe agents.

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