The Brigade excerpts, chapter I

by Harold Covington “I’ve Had Enough of What Ain’t Right!” “I’ll do it,” said Zack Hatfield. “Do what?” asked his friend Charlie Washburn. “Kill them,” said Hatfield. “I’m going to kill both of those bitches.” The two of them were sitting on plastic-upholstered armchairs in the musty living room of Zack’s cheap furnished apartment in…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter II

by Harold Covington “The Trouble Trio” “Like we’re not marked already?” snorted Washburn. “I think Lear knows damned well who did Liddy King and that plug-ugly dyke Proudfoot. He gave me a funny look when he talked to me about your night of gainful employment at the store. It’s common knowledge we’re Steve’s closest friends,…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter III

by Harold Covington “In Shadow” “It always helps to have allies and exterior sources of aid, true,” agreed Morehouse. “A lot of people across the world want to see the United States go down, and they’ll be willing to help once they observe that our men have the right stuff and we are seriously pinning…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter IV

by Harold Covington “Valentine’s Night” “This is going to be a doozy of an opening number for D Company, and we’ve got one week to work out all the details,” Hatfield told them all in a cheerful voice. “We’re going to try for two major takedowns within 24 hours, the second one flowing from the…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter V

by Harold Covington “Hunting The Hunters” On the morning of February 15th, Hatfield, Cat-Eyes Lockhart, Charlie Washburn, Tony Campisi, Len Ekstrom, and Lee Washburn met in a trailer out in the woods, which had used by their circle of friends as a hunting lodge in times past. “Does Marie know?” asked Hatfield. “She’s pretty sharp.…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter VI

by Harold Covington “The Mami and the Monkey” “You back on the pipe, Kick?” “No, I’m not back on the pipe!” Kristin “Kicky” McGee snapped back. “I’m clean as a whistle, and I been clean for six months now!” “Yeah, well, I guess I shouldn’t have called the cops on you. That wasn’t, like, playing…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter VII

by Harold Covington “Someone Who Knows Who They Are” “For almost a year now,” said Lainie Martínez, “there has been a full-blown armed insurrection against the United States going on here in the Northwest. Never mind the fact that those morons in Washington and our own bosses are too damned stupid to see it for…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter VIII

by Harold Covington “Running The Game” “There’s an old Norse saying: ‘Luck often enough will save a man, if his courage hold,’” Wingo replied. “McGee. That’s Irish, right?” “Well, the Irish never gave up for eight hundred years,” said Wingo. “I hope we can win a bit sooner than that,” said Kicky with a small…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter IX

by Harold Covington “Driving for the Boys” “Okay,” said Kicky. “Look, at the risk of sounding too curious, just when do I cease being an asset and become a Northwest Volunteer? Is it like the Mafia? Do I have to make my bones and swear a blood oath or something?” Jackson allowed himself a wintry…

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The Brigade excerpts, chapter X

by Harold Covington “Sharkbait” Kicky never knew ahead of time what she would be doing on a mission. The first few times out, there were no actual homicides committed. There were more punishment beatings of white liberals or people who had otherwise contrived to annoy the NVA [Northwest Volunteer Army], similar to the Lake Oswego…

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