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SHADOW WARRIOR (Book
FOR DEAD EYES ONLY by Dean Wesley Smith
For Dead Eyes Only ©1997 Apogee
Software, Ltd. - All Rights Reserved. Published by Pocket Books under
license from GT Interactive Software Corp. Based on the computer game
Shadow Warrior™ ©1997 3D Realms Entertainment -- All Rights
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THE DAY THE CONTINENTS MOVED
by Dr. K. D. Morgan
On the beaches of Southern California, the surfing
population discovered an entirely new, and very dangerous sport: Continental Wake Surfing.
With the American continent moving at such a high rate of speed toward Europe, huge forty
to fifty foot waves formed behind the continent like a wake behind a boat. One surfer
nicknamed "Tube" stayed on the same wave for twelve hours and six minutes before
falling and never being seen again. Many consider his ride a world's record that will
stand until the next time America heads toward Europe. However, there are Continental Wake
surfers in Australia who claim they rode even longer. It will be up to a national panel to
decide if Tube really holds the record or not.
Bullets pounded into the heavy, polished wood of the Sushi
bar with distinct, individual smacks, one right after another, as if someone was cutting
fish into small chunks. The smell of gun powder mixed with the smell of raw fish and
cooked tempura. Not a normal smell, and Lo Wang took a deep, long breath. He loved sushi
and high- velocity weapons. Mixing the two, until this afternoon, would have never crossed
him mind. He might have to try it again later.
Smack. Smack. Smack.
Bullets tore into the wood. Gray smoke floated in clouds
near the ceiling, mixed by the slow-moving fan. In one corner a woman sobbed. Beside him,
behind the Sushi bar, two businessmen in gray suits crouched, wide-eyed. Obviously
terrified. Sweat from the warm day and their terror dripped from their faces as if they
had both just ran blocks to catch a bus.
Wang laughed. Today they would have a story to tell their
office co-workers. And their grandchildren. The great Sushi bar shoot-out. He could just
imagine how the one who cowered the most, whose pants dripped wet with fear, would tell
the story as the hero. Ancient Japanese saying: Largest coward, biggest story.
Wang's stomach growled between the sound of another round
of bullets pounding into the face of the bar where he'd been sitting just moments before.
The only part of lunch he had received was the soup. Good soup, he would admit, but just
not enough food to fill his hunger before he was so rudely interrupted by the
dogs-who-call- themselves-men shooting up the fine Japanese restaurant.
His stomach rumbled again. Soup alone just wasn't going to
hold him for long.
Smack. Smack. Smack.
glanced around the area to see if he could locate anything to snack on, to
calm the annoying growling of his insides. A dirt-covered piece of salmon
lay on the floor. Nothing else was in sight behind the counter. Normally, he
wouldn't have minded a little dirt on his raw fish, but salmon always gave
him intense gas. And intense gas caused his housekeeper, Mrs. Minski,
unnecessary stress in opening windows of his apartment. She had been
complaining enough lately about always having to wash out the blood
splattered on his clothes. Eating salmon wouldn't help her mood.
Again his stomach rumbled. Ancient Japanese saying: No food
in sight, move sight.
He moved in front of the cowering businessmen and crouched
so he could get a look around the end of the Sushi bar. He hadn't paid any attention at
all to who had started the shooting. He had simply jumped over the bar, finishing his soup
as he went. He expected to see a bunch of gang kids from the New York streets. This
neighborhood had been riddled with gang problems lately. He normally would have known
better then to stop here. He could have just gone the few extra blocks into New York's
Chinatown. There, for certain, he would have been able to finish his lunch without the
sound of gunfire and the smells of gunpowder changing the taste of the Sushi.
He glanced around the end of the bar and his blood ran
cold, as if the thick heat of the summer afternoon had been swept away by an Arctic wind.
Two of the seven men facing him with guns wore the black
and green headband he'd become so familiar with. These were no regular street gang kids
tearing up a restaurant for personal gain or plain enjoyment.
These were Zilla's men. All seven of them.
men were always highly-trained, armed-to-the-teeth, assassins. And for years
now their only mission had been to kill him.
had double-crossed Lo Wang before, when Wang worked for Zilla's company as a
Shadow Warrior in Japan. Wang had almost been killed, but had managed to get
to the United States and recover while falling in love with high velocity
weapons. Once healed, Wang had sworn revenge.
Now Zilla had made a mistake. He'd sent assassins to kill
him again. In America.
who might know Zilla's location.
And, on top of that, they had disturbed his lunch.
Wang could have killed them all easily, but revenge is a
dish best served raw. And in a Sushi restaurant, that seemed appropriate. He moved back to
where the chef had knocked over a rack-full of large knives when he scrambled for the back
room. Three knives still had small bits of fish clinging to their edges. He picked the
pieces off and popped them into his mouth, letting their wonderful taste melt the edge off
More bullets pounded into the bar.
Smack. Smack. Smack.
He studied the knives. It would be a waste to use such fine
instruments on such meat as these assassins. He did have three guns on him, but in a
Japanese restaurant, knives just felt right to him. Granted, that would be a slight nod
back to his earlier, more traditional days as a Ninja, a Shadow Warrior in Japan. His old
teacher, Master Shoji, would be proud. Master Shoji always said that feeling right about
killing a man was more important than just killing him. Except, of course, if the man was
about to kill you. Then feelings no longer mattered.
Master Shoji always had had a lot of exceptions to his
Wang patted the guns slung over his back and tucked in his
belt, enjoying their hard feel. Not that a good missile launcher didn't suit him just
fine, like a baby in a mother's hands. But at this moment knives would be his choice. He
had decided. Besides, it had been a few days since he'd killed someone with a knife.
Falling out of practice was never a wise idea in his line of work.
Smack. Smack. Smack.
Wang ignored the bullets tearing up the bar at his back.
Carefully he held each knife with one finger, making note of its weight and balance
position. Shortly he had a dozen knives held lightly in his fingers.
Another round of machine-gun fire pounded into the bar and
cut apart the hanging cloth above the cutting table, dropping dust and cloth down onto the
already soiled hunk of salmon. One of the business men started to move, but Wang snapped
him back into his crouched position with a simple tap on the shoulder.
With a finger wagging at the man, he said, "No. No.
No." It was as if he was scolding a misbehaving child. There was no point in letting
the businessman be killed. He would someday have grandchildren who needed a story. And a
hero. And the businessman needed to be alive to tell the story of the great Japanese
restaurant shoot-out. Wang stood and turned to face the gunmen, knives in both hands.
"Who want some Wang?"
Faster than the human eye could follow Wang threw, one
knife at a time, at the startled men with guns.
Each knife struck a target, exactly where he had aimed.
Six assassins jerked backwards. Expressions of surprise
covered their faces. Each had a knife buried to the hilt in his throat.
Lo Wang had noted often that a man who thinks he is
invincible is always surprised when he is killed. Those six men looked very, very
With only one assassin left, Wang took two knives, and with
a flick-flick, pinned both the man's arms tightly to the wall behind him.
The man's AK-47 dropped to the floor, useless. Wang's
throws had exactly cut all the muscles in both arms, leaving the man helpless and pinned
like a butterfly in a child's science project.
With an easy bound, Wang jumped back over the now ruined
Sushi bar and his empty soup bowl, and walked casually up to the assassin, spinning two
knives in one hand like a cheerleader would spin a baton.
The assassin appeared to be of the same type that Zilla had
sent to kill Wang numbers of times before in Japan. Young, not more than twenty, with
cold, beady eyes, and hair cut so close it all stood straight up like some stiff brush. To
Wang, sending such youth always seemed to be such a waste. It would have just been easier
for Zilla to kill them himself. But it did give Wang practice. But practicing during lunch
was not his idea of the best time.
The assassin's gaze was focused completely on the knives
spinning in Wang's right hand. He seemed to ignore the blood flowing from his arms down
the wall at his sides. Wang never ignored bleeding, especially if he was the one doing the
bleeding. But it seemed Zilla had trained his men otherwise. Not a healthy training, in
With the knives spinning in a blur in front of the man's
face, Wang said, "I hope you are paying attention."
The man nodded, too quickly.
"Zilla? His location, please?"
The gunman's expression changed from one of wanting to
please to blank. He shook his head slowly, side to side. His eyes were filled with fear,
but his lips were glued together by courage. A very deadly, and stupid combination.
Wang, without seeming to slow the spinning knives, snipped
off a small piece of the assassin's nose and caught it in his left hand, holding it up for
the assassin to see. "Looks like chicken," Lo Wang said, turning the hunk of
nose around in front of the man. "Chicken a favorite of mine." Wang smiled, spun
the hunk of nose around slowly in his fingers, licking his lips, then tossed the nose over
his shoulder so that it landed near the business men behind the bar. They could keep it as
a souvenir of their lunch. Maybe even dip it in plastic, mount it on a nice plaque, and
hang in over the fireplace. Then when telling the story to their grandchildren they could
point to the hunk of nose with pride.
The assassin's eyes were almost bulging out of his head.
Blood poured from his nose and down the front of his face, spurting slightly at the beat
of his heart. Wang moved the still-spinning knives closer to the assassin's face, then
began to lower them slowly.
"Zilla?" Wang said, staring into the assassin's
eyes while smiling and lowering the spinning knives toward the man's belt. "Or do I
find a piece that look like pork?" Somehow the assassin's eyes got even bigger, then
through the blood he sputtered,
"I don't know where Zilla is. But Tanaka does."
Wang backed the spinning knives away slightly and the man
signed, which came out almost like a gargle because of all the blood.
"Tanaka?" Wang asked. "He have another
The problem with the name Tanaka was that it was so common
in Japan. Much like Smith or Jones in the United States. Without another name the
information would be almost useless.
The assassin again shook his head, spraying blood in all
directions. "Only Tanaka."
nodded, discouraged. He could tell the instant a man began to speak the
truth. This man was doing so. Of that, there was no doubt. But at least Wang
now had one lead to Zilla's location. Now all he had to do was find a first
name. Wang turned and started away. "I will let you live," he
said, loud enough for the assassin to hear.
Then, without turning around, Wang flicked both knives
underhand and backwards at the assassin.
The knives cut off both ears of the assassin and pinned the
man's head between the knives.
Wang laughed to himself. "Assuming someone can stop
Wang knew that would not be possible. But the assassin
deserved a slow, lingering death. He had broken down and given away his boss. There was no
honor in such cowardly action. Better to die with lips sealed then live with hole in
honor. Wang moved back to the Sushi bar and leaned over to look at the two businessmen who
stared at the nose on the floor in front of them. "You can finish lunch now,"
Wang said. "Speak well of me to grandchildren."
The businessmen both nodded, but didn't stand.
turned and headed for the front door and the busy New York City streets.
This time he would go the extra two blocks to China Town before stopping for
lunch. And meat first. No soup Just in case he was interrupted again by
another group of assassins who wanted a piece of Wang.
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