The Vermillion Dragon

The Vermillion Dragon

by Ray Johnson

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Three Vermillion Dragon soldiers are waiting for Sondra Larkin when she returns to her apartment. She lives near the UCLA campus and is returning from a study group in the student union. The men grab her and a breathing mask placed over her face, then everything fades to a murky black.

Her parents are independently wealthy, living on a sprawling twenty acre estate in Santa Barbara, California. Ransom seems the obvious reason for the kidnapping, yet after three days, nothing is heard from the kidnappers. Sondra's father is long-time contributor to the campaigns of the President. He seeks the President's help because he feels the FBI is not accomplishing anything meaningful.

Because of the father's influence, the Deputy Director assigns Rick Jefferies, his best off-books agent at Langley, to the case. Interagency problems will surface with a vengeance if the FBI discovers that someone from another agency is working an obvious kidnapping. Both agencies are extremely territorial.

The Vermillion Dragon, a Vietnamese crime syndicate, had contracted to deliver a blonde virgin to the head of the Durango Cartel. The Durango Cartel is attempting to expand into the territory of its powerful neighbors: the Sinaloa Cartel led by El Chapo, to the west and the Zacatecas Cartel, led by El Tigre to the east.

Sondra is transported on a container ship to Mazatlan and then accompanied by a Vermillion Dragon captain to Durango.

Rick and Kim, his partner with a checkered past, along with the help of a backup agent and a shooter, battle their way into Durango Cartel territory. Mexico's merciless streets push them to their limits as the lives of Sondra and many others hang in the balance. They must fight off cartel soldiers, corrupt Mexican Police and Vermillion Dragon assassins, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. They are constantly outnumbered and outgunned.

In terms of lives lost, the rescue attempt is extremely expensive; with few people left standing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161172100
Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing
Publication date: 02/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 583,157
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

Born in Fullerton California. Graduated from Fullerton Union High School. Attended California Baptist College for two years before entering the military. At California Baptist College I was captain of the basketball team. Received a commission from the US Army while stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Served as an Army Officer with a commission in armor. Assigned to the Third Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment, stationed at St. Stewart, Georgia. While stationed at Ft. Stewart I was captain of the Third Army basketball team. Upon leaving the army, served in Law Enforcement as a deputy in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Attended Fresno State University, graduating with a BA in English and then did graduate work in History. My 4.0 GPA allowed me to be a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Society, national chapter. My first novel, The In Vitro Madonna, was published in Europe. Most recently served as the Director of a non-profit agency in Fresno, California. The mission of the non-profit organization was to find employment for people with developmental disabilities.

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