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Chapter 11 of the book The Deadly Wind
Banner becomes a hero.
"The Fall" by Thomas Bowling



They walked higher and higher up the steep mountainside. As they walked along a particularly narrow path, one of the guards turned to Banner. “Be careful”. The look in his eyes said there was nothing he would like better than to scrap this American off the canyon floor. Banner decided he would be very careful.

As they came to a narrow area, the footing gave way beneath the holy man's daughter. 


Banner pushed her against the cliff wall. He knew he could be put to death for touching her, but these were extreme circumstances. One of the guards grabbed Banner's hand and reached for his sword. Before he was able to strike, His Holiness intervened and embraced Banner. “Do not harm this man. Allah sent him for this moment. I am certain of this. He shall be richly rewarded in the next life and I shall protect him in this life.”

 
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Everyone was in a good mood when they arrived at the village, His Holiness delivered his teaching. It was a long rambling discourse with no understandable point. It seemed to have no beginning and no end. Just a rising and falling of the old man's voice for emphasis. From time to time the orator trembled with emotion. At times it seemed that he was on the verge of collapsing. Many in the crowd fell to the ground and went into convulsions. Banner couldn't figure out what it was about. It didn't make any sense. Just a bunch of rambling without rhyme or reason, except for a lot of condemning of America and Israel, but it was delivered with such intensity that his followers went mad with excitement.

When The Voice finished, the people tore their robes. They screamed and cried. They fired their weapons in the air. It was a sight unlike any Banner had ever seen. Even the guards were crying, overcome with emotion. Surely, they had heard the same speech a hundred times before. Banner guessed good theater never loses its appeal. On the way back to the palace, some of the guards wept quietly still overcome with emotion. 
Banner was amazed at the level of devotion. He had attended many American political rallies but had never seen anything like the outpouring of feelings he witnessed when His Holiness spoke. And he achieved this without really saying anything of substance.

That evening, when Banner got back to his room, he decided to get down to work. He had been in Afghanistan for three days and still didn't know what his mission was. He opened the computer Batista had given him. He wondered what the promised surprise was. He began to take the machine apart. Inside, he found most of the parts needed to build a small gun. 

To be continued . . . 

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