Dreamland: A Novel of the UFO Cover-Upby Hilary Hemingway, Jeffry P. Lindsay, Jeffrey P. Lindsay
For the past eight years, Hemingway and her husband, Lindsay, have researched the UFO enigma. They sat in on abductees' hypnosis sessions, traveled to crop circles, and reviewed their findings with the Department of Defense. The startling result is this fictionalized account of very real and frightening events surrounding an Air Force base in the Nevada desert--"Dreamland." HC: Forge.
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A Novel of the UFO Cover-Up
By Hilary Hemingway, Jeffry P. Lindsay
Tom Doherty AssociatesCopyright © 1995 Hilary Hemingway and Jeffry P. Lindsay
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The Bible tells us Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came a-tumbling down.
— Colonel John Wesley Head of MJ-12
* * *
He moved through deep space without a sound. Around him, a ship; his viewpoint from the edge of the main room. Not the corner, since this ship seemed to be round and had no corners. Ahead of him, through a — window? Yes — he saw the velvet blackness of space. And he understood that he saw from the perspective of another.
Behind him he sensed calm, unhurried movement from the crew. His view rotated and he knew the ship was turning, although he felt no sensation of movement.
Now a planet swam into his field of vision and he picked out the familiar continents, oceans and islands: Earth. It grew steadily larger as the ship rushed downward at unimaginable speed.
A sudden alarm in the ship behind him: not a siren, not a bell; just the sure sense that something had gone very wrong. And then —
Colonel John Wesley forced his eyes open. The dreams were not new, but they were bad and often brought on by flying.
Even strapped securely into the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that hurried over the Maryland marsh, he found that the dreams could shake him.
He did not look like a man easily shaken: powerfully built, with white brush-cut hair and cold eyes, a veteran Cold Warrior.
He did not speak about the dreams, not ever. His thoughts were "classified." To others, they might seem symptoms of paranoid psychological dysfunction. Whatever they might be, he made certain that nothing ever showed on his face, especially when someone watched him, as someone did now.
Arthur Randall sat across from him, an overweight, red-haired National Security Agency operative.
"Colonel?" Randall began in his Louisiana twang, "just where the hell did you boys hide this base?" Randall smiled to show that he was not afraid, but Wesley could see the fear in his eyes. Fat bastard, Wesley thought.
The Colonel looked out at the vast marsh below. They would arrive at the complex in a few minutes. The pilot had already begun his bank to the west.
"It's supposed to be down there somewhere, isn't it?" Randall went on.
"We spent four billion to conceal it," Wesley told him. "I doubt you'll find it."
"Four billion? Jesus H. Christ." Randall pushed his head against the chopper's transparent canopy. But he saw nothing. Nothing the late-November frost hadn't already turned swampy brown. The only breaks in the sea of dead grass were small patches of gray rock and, here and there, a few larger islands.
Wesley's cold blue eyes turned back to his guest.
"Mr. Randall, you are the first outsider we've had to MJ-12. I'm not accustomed to giving tours."
"I understand." Randall nodded, his double chin jiggling.
"I think I should warn you — hold on."
"What's that?" Randall leaned closer, not sure he had heard right. Suddenly his shoulders smacked hard against the seat restraints. The black chopper dove. Down it went, down toward one of the islands in the most inaccessible portion of the marsh.
"Wesley —!" Randall sputtered, panicked.
Wesley just stared.
The pilot held course. Only seconds remained before impact.
"Oh shiiit!" Randall's voice screamed above the whine of the motor. Sweat streaked his face and terror filled his wide eyes. The Colonel turned to watch him and smiled.
At the last moment, when the helicopter was clearly about to crash, the island's surface wobbled in electronic waves —
— and the hologram of rocks, shrubs and marsh disappeared, revealing instead a large man-made cavern.
The chopper nosed up and settled down on a spotlessly clean landing pad inside.
"Oh, my God," Randall gulped. "What the hell —"
Wesley smiled thinly and pointed up. Randall looked out the window and saw the electronic waves flicker back across the cavern's ceiling. The green and brown lasers had a criss-cross pattern. The hologram of an island's surface had been restored.
The base was again invisible. To the eye it was a patch of swamp. To a spy satellite it would look like a quite ordinary geo-thermal hot spot.
"How the hell did you do that?"
"Another tech spin-off from SDI."
Wesley did not explain that the hologram was only one part of the security at MJ12's "Country Club." If someone or something penetrated the grid without clearance, it would be ash before it hit the floor. An N-9 Trident reactor kept the security grid criss-crossed with UH voltage. The structure had a higher protection rating than the Strategic Air Command bunkers.
The chopper's rotors wound to a stop and a double line of very tough-looking young soldiers ran out to the landing bay. They wore dark fatigues and, like their Colonel, a black beret with a triangular patch of crossed lighting bolts on a field of gold and blue.
The troopers formed two facing lines and snapped to attention as the chopper's door swung open. The Colonel stepped out, followed by Arthur Randall.
"Ah, Colonel, your Black Berets." Randall said, recognizing them from his Intelligence dossier. He wiped the sweat from his forehead with a sleeve.
It was a thrill for Randall finally to be at the home base of the Majestic-12 Working Group. He couldn't wait to meet the engineers, intelligence officers and scientists who conducted the research and development of the "visitors" technology. In his seventeen years in Washington Intelligence he had heard only whispers about any of it. And now he was really here. Here, to find a way to stop Wesley.
The Black Berets saluted their Colonel as he passed through their ranks. Wesley felt a strong pride in these men. He had hand-picked each as a raw recruit. He had watched over them through training and made them the finest elite corps in the world. But then, they had to be, considering who and what they guarded.
"You got some real tough-looking boys, Colonel. Change their oil every ten thousand miles?" Randall loosed a short nervous laugh. Wesley paused a half beat, then continued his stride.
"Yep, hell of a fine operation. You know, NSA doesn't want to lose this base or Dreamland. Your work with, uh, them has been very valuable, nobody is saying otherwise. But I — Holy shit —" Randall broke off as they stepped around the chopper and the sheer size of the complex hit him.
It spread before them, a football field wide and seven stories deep, with seamlessly smooth walls — similar, Randall thought, to the Stealth's blend of liquid polymer, boron-carbide armored and stainless steel. We can't give this up. He stepped up his pace to catch up with the Colonel.
"That shit you pulled in Washington scaring the President? That's got everybody hopping mad. I mean, Jesus' tits, Colonel, this has been a black project for over forty years — look at where it's come. This is not the kind of decision you force from a President who's out in eight weeks. It needs to be reviewed, studied."
Wesley stopped and faced Randall. "We don't have time to dick around with politics, mister. We'll be damn lucky to stop them at all. I've been given eight weeks — eight weeks to build JOSHUA and use it. I don't care what the National Security Council, Department of Defense, or Central Intelligence says. I answer only to the President and for now I've got his support."
Randall's face frosted over. "Then hear this, Colonel. If you fail to engineer JOSHUA on schedule, I'll guarantee my report to the incoming administration will put a stop to this hostile approach — and to your career. Got it?" Randall had just barely finished his threat when the back side of Wesley's forearm hit him hard just below his double chin. He fell to his knees, his stubby fingers grasping at his crushed windpipe.
"Yes, Mr. Randall," Wesley said. "I got it."
Randall clutched his throat, unable to breathe.
But Wesley did not let him die of suffocation.
* * *
At the far end of the hangar, Major Michael Andros waited. He ran his fingers across the top of his blond hair. Tall and lean, he was classically handsome but unaware of it. His work had been far too important to permit him the distractions of a social life.
He had not heard what the heavy man had said to Wesley, but he knew the Colonel's temper. And he had seen Wesley's sharp jerking twist of the red head, followed by the thud of the lifeless body hitting the floor.
Andros held back his revulsion. His comfort came in knowing that the Colonel's days were numbered — if Andros could stay alive and if his plan worked.
"Sir!" Andros said coming to attention as Wesley approached him. "Welcome to the Country Club, Colonel."
Wesley returned his salute with a snap. "Thank you, Mike. Let's roll." They turned toward a chromium steel double door built into the cavern.
"How was Washington, sir?"
"I got what I needed and got rid of what I didn't. Is everybody here?"
"Yes, sir." Andros stepped up to the security pad in front of the door. It scanned them for fingerprints, body temperature and retinal patterns. The heavy doors slid back.
"Dr. Keller arrived about twenty minutes ago. The others came in last night. They're all waiting in the main conference room."
"Good." They stepped into a turbo lift that quickly descended two hundred meters into the earth before opening into a wide hallway.
There were no doors in the metallic and highly polished hallway. The two men strode side by side silently. Finally Andros turned to the Colonel.
"Sir, you're still thinking of this as a showdown —"
"Save it, Mike. I've had a bellyful in Washington, and I won't hear it here — not from you, not from anybody. We're going ahead with it."
They turned the corner. The new corridor, still polished, was lined with doors. A sign on the first door said:
"Sir, I know some form of detente is still possible. The benefits would be staggering — for both sides."
Colonel Wesley stopped.
"Benefits? We've had those bastards for over forty years, Mike, given them over forty years of the very best security and protection in the world — and what benefits have we gotten out of 'em?"
"Colonel, you know as well as I what they've given us. From amniocentesis all the way to Stealth technology —"
"That's not the point and you know it," snapped Wesley. "That stuff is peanuts compared to what they're sitting on. God damn it, Major." He pointed a finger at the genetics laboratory. "You think I don't know you're up to something in there? And don't give me any crap about genetic sampling — they didn't come here to play with babies — those aren't even real babies!"
"Actually, sir —"
"And even if everything else was exactly the way they want us to believe it is — did you really think we'd let them go?"
Wesley stared hard at the Major and then spun away into the walnut-paneled conference room.
There were twelve chairs around the black marble table. Nine of the chairs were filled by middle-aged occupants leafing through their notes or chatting quietly as they waited for the Colonel. A tenth man stood at the far side of the room, drawing a cup of coffee from an urn into a black porcelain mug.
All ten looked up as Wesley and Andros entered. Wesley took the seat at the head of the table.
"Let's get started, shall we?"
Major Andros slid in at the table's far end.
"You all know what we're up against. The decision to go ahead has not been easy. We need now to decide what is the fastest and best way to build JOSHUA. Dr. Keller, your report?"
Wesley looked four seats down to a bearded man who took a battered meerschaum pipe from the pocket of his Harris tweed and stuffed the bowl with Borkum Riff tobacco.
"Well, Colonel, we've spent a great deal of time with the new data over in Tech Section. Ran it through VR mock-ups, numerical analysis, the works." Keller paused, smoke trickling from the corner of his mouth.
"The thing is, there seems to be one key piece missing. Best guess is, they have intentionally withheld their technology on this project."
"Of course they have. Wouldn't you, if you knew it would be used against you?" Andros interrupted.
"Major, how would they know we are planning to use it against them?" a Navy Vice-Admiral jumped in.
"Look, we have had an understanding that has been in force for forty years and we've all done well by it. If there's data missing now from one of their designs, then that's a message. They must know this kind of technology could be used against them."
"And that is the best damned reason I've heard yet for building JOSHUA!" stormed Wesley. "We've tried kinetic-energy cannon, Starstreak high-velocity missiles, chemical-energy warheads. Nothing even worries them as long as they're behind that damn retaining wall. Only our directed-energy weapons — our subsonics, microwaves and particle beams — have even made them blink!"
"Perhaps," said one of the academic-looking women, "your reading on JOSHUA is all wrong. They could intend us to fill in this missing piece ourselves."
"Or," said Keller, "they have some rather extraordinary means to get it built without our knowledge."
The Vice-Admiral slammed his hands on the tabletop to get everyone's attention. "What if JOSHUA ended up being some sort of weapon for them? Under the guise of teaching and helping us, we build a device that enables them to gain control. We already know about their experiments in biochemistry to create a hybrid life-form. This might be all they need to stick around and recolonize."
"Exactly," Wesley said. "I've thought about that. Every piece of technology they've given us has in some way benefited them. And unless we build JOSHUA I don't see that we have any defense. There's just too much at stake now."
"Sir," Andros said, "don't you think there's a lot at stake for them, too? It's been over forty years. They just want to go home —"
"And regroup to flatten us!" the Vice-Admiral fired back.
"No." Andros shook his head. "If we could just trust that they —"
"Trust?" snorted Colonel Wesley. "Mister, I've spent my life staring down the barrel of a gun and if I've learned one thing, it's this: Trust comes only when you have just as much ability to wipe out the other guy as he has to wipe you out. That's what JOSHUA gives us. It's our insurance, and without it they have us over a barrel!"
"And so we build JOSHUA, and what do they build that's bigger, better, even more threatening? Where does it all stop, Colonel?"
"It stops when we're on top, Major! Now God damn it, Mike, pick a side here! With your own kind! Those bastards are barricaded behind their retaining wall and we don't know what they're up to, or even what they're capable of! The only thing we know is they don't like DEW weapons and JOSHUA is just that!"
Wesley looked around the table. No one else seemed to side with the Major. "All right then, we go ahead as planned." No one disagreed.
"With the committee's permission, I would like to farm JOSHUA out to Aerocorp in New Mexico. Priority track one."
There were nods, shrugs, around the table, except for Major Andros. Wesley noted his look of alarm. I thought so. So it's New Mexico after all. New Mexico and the babies ... Genetic sampling my ass, Major.
"Good," said Wesley, "I'll head out there to set it up." His eyes locked on to Andros. This time, Major — I'm going to hunt you down and skin you, like the animal you are.
Andros met Wesley's stare with his own. But he didn't dare hold it too long. He looked away, hiding his triumph.
The plan was working.CHAPTER 2
Trust comes only when you have just as much ability to wipe out the other guy as he has to wipe you out. That's what JOSHUA gives us.
— Colonel John Wesley Head of MJ-12
* * *
The city of Los Alamos, New Mexico, has a high proportion of scientists. A lot of them do defense work. Like most defense work, it offers good pay and benefits to some of the nation's better minds.
Stanley Katz certainly qualified. So did his wife, Anne, as far as IQ went. But her specialty was not defense-related. Stan seemed happy enough as a civilian engineer at Aerocorp, a large defense contractor. Anne, an astronomer, worked out of the defense loop. Still, she liked it here. She had found an excellent and satisfying career in a small observatory in the hills outside town.
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