D É J À   V U

 

 

Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

 

 

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WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE - THEY JUST AS BAD

 

After all the dust settles, with all stakeholders battling for ownership of Cleopatra, and the Neo-Nazi replicating technology, the stakeholders give in to US claims that they have the best capability to conduct medical, biological, and psychological tests, and thus preserve the high tech biology, until a time when they have a better understanding of how to deal with it.

 

But, without the equipment that John confiscated from his Amazon raid, the current understanding of the technology eludes US, UK, NATO, scientists. The baffled bio-weapons divisions accept that the Nazis were light years ahead. The overzealous military interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, torture Klaus Kolreuter and Rudolf Kessler to death. The Baron Richthofen escapes, as does Franco Francisco who both go into hiding. 

 

John, Dan and Charley consider that the behaviour of governments involved, is no better than the Nazi dictators who had aspirations to create a master race, that the allies fought in WWII to keep the world safe from eugenics fanatics.

 

History repeats itself. The powers that be, secretly decide amongst themselves to entomb Cleopatra as a potentially dangerous and useful specimen. They intend to put her on ice, in a watery grave, a cryogenic tomb as a modern sarcophagus, until they might have the technology to create super-humans for themselves as weapons, and fully understand the technology involved.

 

John uses his new intelligence and code cracking nano-computer to hack the corridors of power, finding out to his horror that he is being duped, and what is in reality being planned for Cleopatra.

 

The CIA, UNESCO and MI6, know they have been hacked and are powerless to prevent it happening again. They want Nanocomm's super computer for their own New World Order, of sorts. A world based on consumerism, the subtleties of financial slavery and unfair taxation, over freely admitted slavery.

 

The CIA and US military place a Catch or Kill order out on John Storm.

 

Knowing their every move John plans a daring raid on the secure establishment who are holding Cleopatra prisoner, taking the fight to them at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He warns Jack Mason to stay out of his way, or John will come for him, capture and turn him over to the the International Criminal Court in the Hague, for human rights violations - along with his co-conspirators. Jack decides to reveal that his bosses are calling the shots, he is just a disposable pawn obeying orders. He names names, for which John is grateful, striking Jack off his list.

 

In January of 2018, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the camp at Guantánamo Bay open indefinitely. Thus condoning torture and imprisonment without trial, in open violation of all that is sacred in a democratic free society.

 

The Elizabeth Swann is kept on standby in stealth mode, conveniently anchored offshore. John storms the CIA's safe house, disabling the military personnel one after the other with nylon cable ties, without inflicting any terminal casualties. He has access to all of their security cameras. It is almost too easy.

 

He goes through the guards like a knife through butter in Rambo, 'First Blood,' fashion. They do all they can to kill him. John is not only superhuman in terms of strength and speed, but is also wearing the lightweight aramid-kevlar composite, bullet-proof armour, captured from the Nazis in Brazil. He is Captain America for real, with Batman's suit - so no need for a shield. As long as he is careful.

 

Cleopatra is found and rescued, then whisked offshore to the Swann, where the ship sails out of the Caribbean sea in stealth mode to find a remote island location where Cleopatra might be safe. She has been tortured, physically and mentally, but the lovers are once again united. For now.

 

True to form, the US military try to track the Elizabeth Swann, ready to take the ship out with a single missile. John is forced to use his supercomputer to plant a virus, with the grateful assistance of Dan Hawk.

 

"Dan, can we link the CyberCore to Hal?"

 

"I can try. Why?"

 

"Hope I'm wrong, but almost for sure they'll try to take us out."

 

"You can't be serious," said Dan, with a puzzled look on his face.

 

"These boys play rough where homeland security is involved, at presidential level."

 

Dan knows John is right. Feverishly, he links the CyberCore wristwatch to Hal. Their lives depend on it.

 

As the link goes live Hal chimes in, "Wow, what a rush."

 

John and Dan laugh. John knows exactly what Hal has just experienced. Dan can only guess from seeing John go cold turkey on their way back to the Mediterranean, and afterwards, where John became a walking dictionary, with feeds from anywhere he is thinking about.

 

Dan plants a virus to disable NORAD's firing and targeting systems, "that should give them something to think about."

 

Hal was already the most advanced AI money could buy, but with Nanocomm he was turbocharged to the ying-yang. 

 

True to form, the US fire a missile at the Elizabeth Swann.

 

"Incoming," said Hal, and directs the airborne threat back to a deserted section of the US military base, where the detonation all but levels the installation.

 

John made an urgent call to Jack Mason. "Jack, what the in hell is going on. Did you know they were going to freeze Cleopatra?"

 

"John, it's not me, our chief seems to have lost the plot. You are the fall guy, and I'm for the chop for helping you. They want you dead."

 

'Dead men tell no tales,' thought John to himself. "Okay Jack. Be cool."

 

Jack is cut off. He knows John is about to do something radical.

 

John hacks into NORAD, appearing on the screens at Peterson Air Force Base, at Colorado Springs. "Gentlemen, if you try that again, you'll be the next target."

 

The station base feigns ignorance. "Don't give me that, we're tracking two Raptors coming from the north."

 

Off mike John lets off steam. "Jeeze," John looks to Dan. "I'm a pacifist. This cannot be happening."

 

Back on mike, "we're waiting." The two Raptor drones sent out to attack again were rapidly recalled, changing course to head back to base. "Confirmed returning to base." Hal thanked US Defense Command. "Thank you for complying." They base does not respond.

 

At USAF Peterson, the top brass wondered how the crew of the Swann would know their Raptors were turned back. They are forced to call the President to advise that their security network is breached. 

 

"Mr President, this is Lieutenant General Taft, calling to advise of an abortive attempt to sink a civilian ship in the Caribbean."

 

"Pardon. Could you repeat that please Lieutenant Taft? Very slowly please"

 

"Mr President, we fired a missile at a ship called the Elizabeth Swann, believed to be involved in a covert operation to undermine our national security."

 

"Then how did you miss, and how is it that I was not asked to authorize?"

 

"Well, er, um."

 

"This is not an 'um' issue Lieutenant. Speak plainly please."

 

"Er, well Mr President, a vigilante broke into Guantánamo Bay and took a detainee."

 

"Who is the detainee and why is that camp still there?"

 

"I don't know sir. I'm told the detainee is a dangerous human clone, a potential military weapon, who was being debriefed."

 

That made no sense. The President took the unprecedented step, deciding to hail the Elizabeth Swann in person.

 

"Patch me into that feed General Taft. Who is this guy again?" 

 

"His name is John Storm, and he's on the Elizabeth Swann," responded the Lieutenant General.

 

"President Lincoln Truman calling the Elizabeth Swann. Come in Elizabeth Swann."

 

Hal took the call. "Thank you President Truman. Patching you through." "John, the US President wants a chat."

 

"Really?"

 

"Yes captain, really." John and Dan looked at the recovering Cleopatra.

 

"This may take some explaining," quipped Dan.

 

"John Storm, Mr President. Is this about your missile?"

 

"Hello Mr Storm. Please tell me what you want from us?"

 

"Mr President, we don't want anything from your country, but to be left alone.

 

"Copy that. But who were you taking from Guantánamo Bay?"

 

John and Dan are puzzled. Why would they keep this stuff from the Commander in Chief?

 

"Sir, if you are not in the loop, we are grateful for your intervention. We rescued a woman from extremists in Egypt, then she was kidnapped by your military or CIA, or both - we think. To be tortured and possibly frozen."

 

"Uh, huh. Who is this woman, and why is she such a security risk?"

 

"Sir, you may find this hard to swallow, but we believe she is a clone, er, descendent, of Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt."

 

"Right. Did you just say clone?"

 

"That I did sir."

 

"Have you any proof of that?"

 

"Funny you should ask. Yes, we seized a cache of cloning equipment from a former Neo-Nazi laboratory near Manaus. Sir, we've seen a man running at over 30 miles per hour, and I fought him. He is an enhanced clone. Now I'm infected somehow, and am three or four times stronger than I was, and he was beating me. We saved the woman from an occult ceremony, and we know the sect had recovered a mummy from near Alexandria." John blurted that out.

 

"Are you saying the woman is a clone from a mummy!"

 

"Hard to believe, sure. Sounds crazy even, but all verifiable." There was a long pause.

 

"Damn right. It sounds impossible, implausible at best. How did you avoid the missile?

 

"Oh dear," said Dan.

 

"Er, well, Mr President, you won't like the sound of this. But we also recovered a very powerful computer that can hack your military machines and take control of your air strikes. We were only defending ourselves, Sir. Or, we'd not be having this conversation. But we are friendlies, and some faction of your secret service seems to want the technology for themselves, unless you gave the kill order, Mr President? "

 

"I most certainly did not." The President was hastily reading the result of a search on John Storm, seeing the media report of him scaling The Shard in London. He allowed himself a wry smile.

 

"We didn't believe that for a moment. Then sir, Mr President, you may have a rogue element in the mix, or may have been infiltrated by Russian or Chinese spies. Or some such permutation."

 

"Mr Storm, John, I'm just reading about your exploits. You seem to check out. Far fetched though your story may be. I'm willing to take at least some of it on good faith."

 

"Thank you Mr President."

 

"But, with the proviso that you won't attack US soil with our own missiles. Is that clear John, Mr Storm?"

 

"Goes without saying. But please will you do me something in return?"

 

"Shoot."

 

"Sir, with respect, something is not right in your camp. Please, take a moment to investigate. For your own protection. You don't have to worry about us. Our agenda is echoed in your own policies, Sir. We are brothers in arms."

 

"I can't promise anything. I have a duty as President of the United States, to take precautions. Let's agree to leave it there for now. Stay safe, we may need you."

 

"Understood Mr President."

 

"To be clear, when I say 'we' may need you, I mean I may need you. And that is between us."

 

"Understood Mr President. My crewmate just heard that. He is more solid that I am Sir."

 

 

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He and John agree, to cooperate, as far as he can officially as the President of the United States of America. John refuses to allow the US access to the CyberCore nano-computer, despite being offered $Billions of dollars. President Linc Truman agrees to call off the dogs, and offer John more assurances.

 

UNESCO arrange for the CIA to agree to return the stolen mummy of the Egyptian Queen, to Cairo. Where their Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities graciously accept the find of the century. They agree to place Cleopatra VII's mummy on display for a wowed public, oblivious to the espionage machinations behind the scenes. There are extraordinary levels of security at the Museum of Antiquities and a great fanfare attaching to the opening ceremony, the increase in protections arising from the theft of Cleopatra from her resting place in Aboukir Bay, and the ever present threat of another secret society deciding to reincarnate the dead. What is dead should stay dead, in the afterlife. That includes dinosaurs.

 

But there was no mention of John Storm, Dan Hawk or the Elizabeth Swann, as being the heroes who saved the day. There was no mention of Cleopatra being replicated - alive and well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect.

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Until a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria.

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN -

CHAPTER 9.   THE AMAZON

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures.

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace.

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAP - Charley is taken prisoner 

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice.

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence and implanted memories.

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - Storm speeds to Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered.

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation.

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds secret Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators.

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant.

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - The military detain Cleopatra to appease stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught.

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned:  FINALE FOR NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC BRIEF - SUGGESTED LAYOUTS/ FORMAT

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP - Overwhelmed by grief, Cleopatra poisons herself with a cobra bite in her mausoleum

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS - Franco Francisco accepts offer of employment from Roberta Ferrara

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE - Klaus von Kolreuter perfects a method of gene manipulation

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries, until shift in the tectonic plates trigger tremor off the coast of Alexandria

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN - Marjorie Boyle videos exceptionally fast athlete, Sam Hollis investigates

CHAPTER 9.   AMAZON QUEEN - Elizabeth Swann navigating river and docking at Manaus

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD - London's secure DNA database is stolen

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAPPED - Charley is taken prisoner, John, Dan and CIA rescue her

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence, implanted memories

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - To Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - Military detain Cleopatra for stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned

 

 

 

 

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