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Ripped from today’s headlines: this thrilling novel goes from Paris to Kuwait to link the past to the present.

A double betrayal decades apart leaves a family at odds and siblings in rivalry. In the favorite son's quest to restore his father's honor, he is left behind on foreign soil—the victim of a different war, the victim of the same betrayer. Adrienne Winters, twenty-eight, daughter and sister to the men betrayed, steps into a game of ...
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Ripped from today’s headlines: this thrilling novel goes from Paris to Kuwait to link the past to the present.

A double betrayal decades apart leaves a family at odds and siblings in rivalry. In the favorite son's quest to restore his father's honor, he is left behind on foreign soil—the victim of a different war, the victim of the same betrayer. Adrienne Winters, twenty-eight, daughter and sister to the men betrayed, steps into a game of intrigue involving terrorist ties to the Kuwaiti resistance in the Gulf War, a terrorist cell in Paris, her brother's deception, and her country's cover-up. Her pursuit takes her through the streets of Paris to the American Embassy and on to the sand dunes in Kuwait in search of the Kuwaiti family and Kuwait resistance fighters who counted her brother as friend and protector during the invasion.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451605075
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: Fields of Valor
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Doris Elaine Fell holds a B.A. in education, a B.S. in nursing, has pursued graduate studies in education, and has studied Bible and Journalism at Multnomah Bible College. She is the author of sixteen novels, two nonfiction books, and articles in secular and inspirational publications. Her multifaceted career has taken her all over the world and has inspired a six-book seasons of Intrigue series, as well as Long Awaited Wedding and The Wedding Jewel. She presently lives in Huntington Beach, California.
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Betrayal in Paris


By Doris Elaine Fell

Howard Books

Copyright © 2003 Doris Elaine Fell
All right reserved.



Chapter One

AUGUST 2, 1990 - KUWAIT

In the light of the lemon-slice moon, a rawboned,

shadowy figure crept across the desert sand, his bruised and blistered

feet scraped raw by his sandals. As he took refuge among the towering

palm trees that edged the superhighway, his cotton robe flapped at his

ankles. Under the robe, his camera and infrared binoculars jabbed his

ribs.

Jon

Winters had grown gaunt and skeletal from dysentery. His angular body

felt wasted, his face pinched. Dawn would bring its searing temperatures

and the intense humidity of another August morning. Even now beneath the

Kuwaiti headdress, sweat dotted his feverish brow. For weeks he'd

hidden from the scorching sun, sleeping through the daylight hours. Night

after night he'd stolen from Hamad's house and crawled through

the darkness, a deepcover operative noting the Iraqi buildup around the

Rumailan oil fields. Tonight he noted the increasing number of tanks and

troops fanning out along the border. An attack was imminent.

Jon leaned against the tree, willing the strength to come back into his

body. He had entered a country braced for an Iraqi invasion. Security

was tight, foreigners unwelcome, a non-Arab viewed with suspicion. His

passport bore another man's identification and nationality--and

his ownblurred photo.

How many more nights could he avoid capture? Or fight off the chill of

the desert nights as he crawled across the dunes, risking encounters with

scorpions and sand beetles and desert snakes? Without weapon or survival

equipment, he had only his wits and ingenuity to fight the elements. And

if he was discovered with his infrared binoculars and camera and the coded

messages in his pocket, he would surely be killed.

Hawks swooped low in the clear desert air. He called back to them in Arabic,

his words harsh, angry; it was as though they knew he had entered their

country under false pretenses. Between their cries, he heard the faint

click of his miniaturized transmitter, his watch--a trick of the trade.

He dropped to the ground and flattened himself on his belly.

As he pressed the wristwatch to his ear, Hamad's tension crackled

over the high-frequency transmitter. "My friend, the Iraqis have

crossed our border."

"You're certain?"

"I do not lie, my friend. My father says you must leave at once.

You must try to reach Saudi Arabia."

Jon's stomach muscles tightened. "They won't let me in

without proper identification. Tell him I have done nothing wrong."

"My father says you overstayed your visitor's pass. His debt

for our friendship is paid. I begged him. It is no use. My father has

known you too long to think that you are just a visitor in our country."

Remorse filled his voice. "He found the ground transmitter in your

room."

"Tell him it's a shortwave radio for rock music."

He sensed Hamad smiling. "Do you think you have sheltered with us

these three months and not aroused my father's curiosity? My father

is a wise old man. He saw you slipping out of the house night after night."

"He must know I'm a restless sleeper."

"My friend, he has guessed that you are an intelligence agent, part

of America's increased surveillance against the Iraqis. He loathes

the danger that puts us in." He loathed himself. His adrenaline kicked

in with a futile attempt to defend himself. "But your father never

questioned me."

"Because I begged him to help you. But now he calls you a deceiver--an

infidel playing the part of an Arab."

"I have never lied to him."

"Nor have you told him the truth."

Hamad was right. For weeks Jon had carried his covert assignment in his

memory, his fear of discovery stuck like a burr in the back of his mind.

He did a rapid mental replay. He was to do intelligence reconnaissance:

monitor the threat of war and report back, ferret out Iraqi agents, recruit

and run sources within the country, form a Kuwaiti resistance group, and

send back operational status reports through the American embassy.

How much had Hamad's father suspected?

"Tell your father I'm sorry."

"Your apology comes too late."

Had he wasted his efforts? Trained the wrong man? "Has Mahmoud

guessed that I recruited you for the resistance movement?"

Melancholy crept into Hamad's voice along with the static. With Hamad,

loyalty died at a snail's pace. "I would shame him if he knew.

He would disown me. You must understand. As part of the ruling family,

my commitment is to them. The resistance belongs to those without royal

ties."

"You can't back down now, Hamad. The resistance needs you. Have

you told your father that a terrorist cell has a stronghold in Kuwait

City?"

Anger burned in Hamad's answer. "Many of those men have sworn

allegiance to the resistance movement."

"And you believe them?"

"They are my Arab brothers."

"Let me talk to your father. He treats me as a son."

"No, my friend, you can no longer pass as one of us."

The grit of the desert sand stung Jon's eyes. "Is this over

that heated discussion I had with him at mealtime?"

"You were wrong to tell him there would be a war."

"As if he didn't know." Jon switched the transmitter to

his other ear. "I just wanted to convince Mahmoud of the imminent

danger."

Hamad fought back with disdain. "He was right. You have such limited

knowledge of the Middle East. You and your book learning. What do you

know of us as a people?"

Earlier in the evening Jon had sat cross-legged on Mahmoud's carpet,

dining on Mahmoud's mutton boiled with onion and garlic and sampling

the spiced seafood. As they sipped biting black coffee, Jon had argued

about the possibility of an Iraqi attack on Saudi Arabia and the certainty

of one on Kuwait.

Without warning, Mahmoud's words had grown impetuous, vehement, his

usual pleasantries abandoned. "Iraq will not attack us. You do not

understand my people. Arab brother will never go against Arab brother."

But Arab brother had done the unthinkable.

Now Hamad's voice broke through the static again. "It will not

go well with us that we have harbored you, not with my father serving

as a cabinet minister."

Jon had depended on Mahmoud's position, depended even more on the

fact that Mahmoud was a distant relative of the ruling family. Mahmoud's

home was the perfect place to hide, to headquarter. "Hamad, please

destroy the equipment in my room."

His throaty whisper crackled over the line. "I cannot. My father

has already threatened to use it against you if we have to. Remember,

Jon, my father says you are no longer welcome. You must leave. You speak

our language well, but it will not take the Iraqis long to know who you

are--what you are."

And what will happen to you, Hamad, when your father or the Iraqis

find you are working with the resistance? Every muscle in Jon's

body ached. Without the tree bracing him, he would topple to the ground.

He had entered Kuwait with no escape route marked out for him. If caught,

there would be no official inquiry about his safety. But he had to get

word to Langley about the increased buildup along the oil fields and his

concern about terrorists infiltrating the resistance. Whatever happened

to him, he must get one final report through to the American embassy,

and from there to Langley.

"Hamad, I need the ground transmitter."

"If you come back, my father will treat you as the enemy. Be careful,

my friend--and may Allah go with you."

The transmitter went dead. His skin prickled. The silence was deafening,

the seconds endless before sheer bulldog courage set in. He waved his

knuckled fist into the desert darkness. "My survival is not dependent

on you, Hamad. But your survival is dependent on me."

Jon's one hope lay in slipping through the enemy lines and reaching

the embassy in case its communication lines were still open--in case

one more diplomatic pouch could make it out. He struck out, darting through

the night on silent sandals. As he neared the city, the pain in his feet

hindered his progress. Iraqi helicopters swooped down like birds of prey

through the darkness, bringing in their loads of Special Forces. He heard

the distant explosions. The rumble of tanks. The sound of vehicles approaching.

A row of cars came into view, fleeing from the city with their headlights

off.

Suddenly the nerves at the back of his neck tingled. He was not alone.

A short distance away, someone shared the shadows with him. He fumbled

for his binoculars, cursing the darkness and his fears. Sudden streaks

of light illuminated the sky around him as a lone chopper skimmed the

treetops. An Iraqi soldier fired from the chopper. Death rained down on

the long row of cars. A vehicle careened off the highway, its gas tank

erupting in flames.

In the blaze that followed, Jon saw the man who shared the darkness with

him signaling the pilot. An Iraqi perhaps. An enemy, but a man like himself--a

foreign agent on Kuwaiti soil. The blades whirred as the chopper lowered.

If the Iraqis took Jon hostage, Islamic law would label him an infidel

in Arab dress. He'd be tortured. Executed.

Jon ran, stumbling in his sandals. As he fled, he loosened the wide band

from his watch and lifted the tiny transmitter to his mouth. "Hamad.

Hama--"

The strafing exploded around him. Searing pain tore through his leg then

through his shoulder. He pitched forward; his wristwatch slipped from

his fingers into the sand.

Moments later he came out of his stupor as rough hands tossed him on his

back. His wounded leg twisted beneath him. Jon screamed as the bone snapped,

tearing through the skin. Blood spurted.

An angry face loomed above him. Confused, Jon choked out the words. "You!

Not you. I thought--"

"Yes, me." The hands probed, searched. "Where is it, Jon?"

"I thought you were an Iraqi."

His bloody shoulder throbbed. He'd never known such pain, such fear.

He had no strength to fight back. Last week's bout of dysentery had

weakened him. His intestines rumbled and cramped. He knew he would spew

his guts, or his bowels would explode. Retching, fighting off the unbearable

pain, he stared up into the face of the man hovering over him. "What

are you doing?"

Deft fingers snatched the papers and camera from beneath Jon's robe.

"You won't need these any longer."

"I've got to get that report through to Langley."

"You're a fool, Jon. You should have left Kuwait while you had

the chance. You were told to leave before your cover was blown."

His words were as scorching as the pain. "You gave your location

away using that transmitter."

Hamad, don't call back. Don't signal back.

"Come on. I need the whole report. Don't waste time. Don't

make things worse."

Jon remembered the third man on their team. "Rick--where's

Rick?"

"He left. But you had to stay and play the hero."

Jon retched again. The sand in his mouth was wet with the acrid taste

of blood, the bile of his innards spilling out. He heard the click of

the transmitter, muffled by the sand. Stop transmitting, Hamad. Stop

trying to reach me.

He screamed as he stirred the sand with his good foot. Burying the transmitter

was one safety measure he could offer Hamad and his family. That, and

dying as an unknown Arab.

He looked at his betrayer. "Please. Please help me."

"You have come to begging, my friend. You, the boy who had everything.

My orders are to leave you behind, Jon."

"Your orders? Whose orders? I don't understand--we

came in together. We--"

"You volunteered for this mission."

"All three of us did--"

The man kicked Jon's leg, sending excruciating jolts through his

body. "Did you think I could let your reports go through? You wanted

to convince Washington that a terrorist cell has infiltrated the resistance

movement. You fool. Couldn't you let well enough alone?"

He roughly toed Jon's leg again. "You don't get it, do

you? You were never intended to leave Kuwait. You wouldn't have gotten

far anyway. You're bleeding. Your leg is shattered--I can see

that even in the darkness."

Fighting against the blinding agony, Jon slid his hand down his thigh

and felt the jagged fragments of bone. He felt his friend's betrayal

even more. "You sold out--"

"I didn't plan it this way, Jon. But I have my orders. There's

only transportation out of here for one of us. The crown prince and his

father are already en route to Saudi Arabia. They will be safe. That should

please you." He stood and gave a mocking farewell salute. "For

three months you hid and lived like a Kuwaiti. Now die like one of them."


Jon took inventory as he grew faint: Mouth dry.

Throat tight. Thirst unquenchable. Breathing difficult. Pulse irregular.

He feared dying. Dreaded the eternity of the damned. He forced his eyes

open. Sucked in another breath. His body was clammy with sweat and blood.

What if blackness and emptiness lay ahead? What if his father's God

did exist?

He had thrust faith aside in his anger at God--umbrage at the God

who had allowed his father's humiliating downfall. But hadn't

Dad called his dismissal from Paris Father-filtered?

Now Jon had stared into the face of his own betrayer--and realized

it was the face of his father's betrayer as well. The truth fanned

out from Paris, circled the globe, and ended at Winterfest Estates.

Minutes passed with the drone of more planes overhead. Jon dragged himself

in an agonizing crawl to the next tree, his breathing compromised. He

had no strength left to push himself to a sitting position. With every

move, his leg bled more. He rested. Drifted. Fought his way back to write

his fiancée's name in the sand with his finger--that pretty

girl with the faint splash of freckles across her cheeks. He would never

caress her again. Never make

her completely his own. He had called her from Paris three months ago

to propose. No kiss to seal the commitment. No ring to sparkle on her

finger. He had asked her to tell his folks...to tell them...

What was it he had wanted her to tell them? Jon blinked against the encroaching

blackness, but it did no good. The blackness won.

When he came to, his homesickness was as overpowering as his nausea. The

grinding roar of the helicopter was gone. His betrayer had left him as

he would an Arab, dying in the desert sands. As Jon lay sprawled in a

shallow depression, time lost all meaning. Through the predawn clouds,

the moon had spread a gossamer whiteness over the desert sand. Now the

chill of the night was giving way to the first rays of daybreak. He tried

to focus his eyes and saw a gushing pool of water cascading over the sand

dunes. The mirage bubbled. Sparkled. He stretched his hands toward it--and

the pool evaporated.

In his confusion, the illusion turned the hills into snow-covered slopes--the

beloved Colorado mountains where he sometimes skied in the winter, where

he hiked in the spring. He sensed the old exhilaration of standing at

the mountaintop, felt the utter freedom of taking the slope on skis. He

reached again, his fingers weightless.

But his mountain disappeared. Gone. Like his strength.

Something wet and sticky trickled from his mouth and over his bristled

chin. He tasted it. Blood. It took a long time to die. Agonizing minutes.

The sands of Kuwait were splattered with his blood. He hadn't known

how dark his blood could make the sand. A muddy brown, like the ocean

waves washing a sandy beach, pooling into a child's bucket. His bucket.

No. Adrienne's.

The beautiful, bratty kid sister with her light, skipping steps on the

stairs at Winterfest. He wanted to tell her the land would be all hers

now, but the dusty lump in his throat choked him. He should have warned

her about Paris--should have taken her into his confidence about their

father's betrayer.

He tried to move, but the stabbing pain in his leg drove him to the edge

of madness. He would never ski again. Could I have imagined the betrayer

as I imagined the mountain?

He forced his eyes open and watched the desert sands turn into the blazing

shades of autumn. He was climbing. Climbing higher. He struggled to turn

over, to lift his head, the effort monumental. In the distance, his beloved

mountain turned to reality--a skyline of mosques and domes and minarets,

an ultramodern city where the new and the old existed side by side.

Kuwait--a place without alpine trails or snow-covered mountains. A

city--a country--under siege. He imagined the familiar wailing

that called the faithful, oil-rich Kuwaitis to prayer.

His thoughts drifted. His leg no longer throbbed. He felt nothing.

He awakened sometime later and knew that within hours he would die with

the sweltering Arabian sun beating down on him. Again blurred images of

his family and the pretty face of the woman he planned to marry gripped

him.

Behind him he heard muffled steps on the sand. A stray camel? A goat?

An Iraqi soldier creeping up on him?

Please, God. Not my betrayer.

In his uncertainty, he called out for help. Cried for his sister, his

girl, his mom. "Adrienne...Kristy...Mom..." His speech

slurred. "Hamad?--Allah!"

No, not Allah.

A prayer formed on his lips to the God of his boyhood. He fought to stay

alert, but the pictures of those he loved--and those he feared--faded

into nothingness as a canopy of darkness closed over him.



Continues...


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    TRAITORS AND HEROES

    The author opens and sifts the hearts of her characters, gripped by compromise and access to sensitive top secrets, through choices, motivations, and stubborn wills. Straight out of today's news of deadly intrigue games, the phantom tentacles of betrayal, and redemption. Competent, smooth storytelling.

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    Posted August 20, 2003

    Get this book!

    In Betrayal in Paris, Adrienne Winters returns to Paris to find the truth behind her tainted family name. She finds not only the truth, but also herself. I highly recommend this tale of deception and lies with an underlying message of the Christian faith and it's importance in our life here on earth.

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    Posted August 11, 2003

    Sept 11/War story Hooks You!

    This book was excellent. From the opening pages about a fictional story from Sept 11, to the final pages, I couldn't put it down. Definitely worth the read!

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