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Sep 27th, 2013 by Richard Lowry
Coming Soon – Code Name Scarlet – a novel by Richard S. Lowry

Would you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?


Code Name Scarlet is a twenty-first century suspense thriller that is pulled from the pages of your newspaper. It begins with the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and ends years later in Quetta, Pakistan. As the story progresses, the unrelated lives of men and women from around the world, move closer and closer together, until they all become part of an event that will change the course of history.

Major Ben Rydell, a young Marine infantry officer who lost both of his parents in the World Trade Center tragedy, finds the love of his life, Meredith Wilson, and is forced to leave her to command a strike force in Operation Scarlet. Lindsey Warner, a young, blonde CIA officer meets Lieutenant Commander Rich Graham, a Navy SEAL, at Kandahar Airfield and they too fall in love. Lindsey and Rich also become key players in Operation Scarlet.

Dr. Achmed Ali Bahan, a Pakistani bomb maker, devises an insidious bomb fuse that can be programmed to detonate anywhere in the world. He becomes involved in a grandiose plot to bring fire and destruction to the American infidel. He allies himself with Taliban and al Qaeda leadership and learns that the Pakistani ISI has given them a nuclear weapon.

As Dr. Bahan refines his plan to explode the nuclear weapon in the American homeland, Lindsey begins to hear rumors of a new al Qaeda plot. Meanwhile, the President of the United States asks the military to develop a plan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and Aymen al Zawahiri. CENTCOM brings the American military’s best and brightest leaders together to define Operation Scarlet. As the story develops, Operation Scarlet morphs into a plan to find and secure the rogue nuclear weapon.

The story climaxes with a large military operation in the southwestern mountains of Pakistan. As history has proven over and over again, no plan ever survives first contact. Lindsey and Rich are forced to improvise and must make life and death choices to complete the mission.

This is a story of love and war; heroism and cowardice; hollow victory and painful loss. It will make you think and it will make you cry.

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Sep 10th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
Never Forget

This is the first flag carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps

I will never forget the clear sunny morning of September 11th, 2001 and, I will never forget the cowardly attack that was perpetrated on America that day. 9/11 changed our lives forever. Americans lost their innocence on that day. I remember telling my sons that America would never be the same.

Nearly three thousand innocent Americans were killed in the 9/11 terror attacks and each family lost a mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter. None deserved their violent end in the terror of flames and crumbling concrete. We must never forget those we lost that day, including the hundreds of police, EMTs and firefighters who charged into Harm’s way to help others.

Our lives were indelibly changed yet over the years; many Americans have lost sight of why we went to war. We went to war to hunt down and bring to justice the fanatic terrorist leaders who ordered the 9/11 attacks. The hunt focused on Osama bin Laden and his reviled al Qaeda network.

In the process, America went after the radical fundamentalist government of Afghanistan who harbored bin Laden and his group, al Qaeda. The Taliban were quickly deposed and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had gone to Afghanistan to fight and kill Americans, was wounded while serving as one of bin Laden’s lieutenants.

Zarqawi managed to escape the American onslaught and ended up in a hospital in Baghdad, where he was nursed back to health. Once Abu Musab al-Zarqawi recovered, he slipped out of sight. I have been told by a former Army intelligence officer that he was then ordered by Osama to find a new location for al-Qaeda to train and plan. Bin Laden needed a new base of operations after the Americans had driven his followers out of Tarnak Farms in Afghanistan.

Zargawi found an ideal location on a small finger of land in the mountains of Northern Iraq. He founded his own terrorist organization, Ansar al-Islam, and built the largest terrorist training camp in the world. The facility was up and running in 2002 and it is believed that al-Qaeda was training its people in the newly established camp long before the 2003 invasion.

Everyone remembers the American invasion into Iraq from the south, but few know of the Special Forces Operation – Viking Hammer – in which Kurds and Americans attacked and cleared Zarqawi’s training facility, in March of 2003. Unfortunately, Zarqawi slipped away again. Few know that the American military chased al-Qaeda into Iraq. American forces then spent many years hunting down and eliminating al-Qaeda leaders throughout the country.

Unfortunately, most remember the Abu Ghraib scandal in which a handful of demented American soldiers abused some Iraqi prisoners. Most don’t remember that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi savagely beheaded Nick Berg in his next stronghold inside Fallujah.

Never forget, that we were attacked and never forget that we have been working all these years to bring 9/11’s perpetrators to justice. Fly your flag today, just like you did ten years ago. Show the world, friends and enemies alike, that we will never forget.

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