TSoA: Chapter 45: Guess Who?
Hey, remember the other members of the team?
While Murphy, Fearless, and the Nerd are at the ark and Isis is at Camp 2, our remaining players (Vern, Token Turk, the Dick, and Larry the Photo Guy) are…flying around.
We actually cut backwards in time here, to the guys as they are heading back to town. As they get to a gorge, Larry the Photo Guy asks Vern to land the chopper so he can get some pictures of it flying against the backdrop of Mount Ararat.
And as Vern messes about in the sky, flying the Huey this way and that at Larry’s direction…
Larry presses a BIG RED BUTTON and sends the Huey, along with Vern, Token Turk, and the Dick, into a gorge in a giant ball of flame.
And I know at least one of my loyal readers feels VINDICATED right now.
Now, as to reader predictions, there were several with regard to Vern Teh Pilot—that he would survive by virtue of being a character with a pregnant wife, or that he would be martyred by virtue of being a character with a pregnant wife.
AND VERN SURVIVES!!!
His “sixth sense of a combat veteran” had allowed him to ditch the Huey a split second before the explosion, leaving the Dick and Token Turk to be roasted.
So, as Larry the Photo Guy hikes down the mountain and talks to his handlers (note: it is not clear whether Larry was hired by the CIA, the Seven (they’ll stop at nothing), or somebody else), Vern chills in a snowbank (HAHAHAHA GET IT???) and thinks about his time in Vietnam.
Vern was in VIETNAM???
But…butbutbut…in Chapter 17, Murphy and Vern reminisced about being in Kuwait together, which makes a helluva lot more sense if we’re talking about two guys in their late 30s to early 40s.
But now, Vern, with a toddler son and pregnant wife is remembering his days in Vietnam?
How the hell old is Vern supposed to be?
Hey, LaHaye and Phillips? My dad was in the Vietnam Lottery. In 2004 (the year this book came out), he was 52 years old. Not that there is anything wrong with having kids later in life, OR being friends with someone 15 years older or younger than yourself, but can we try for a little consistency here? Kthxbai.
So, here are our standings:
Murphy: Railing KO, still on the ark
Isis: Very chilly, at Camp 2
Fearless Gum-Popping Leader: Working for CIA bad guys, martial arted by Talon, DEAD
Señor SEAL: Climbing rope cut by Fearless, DEAD
The Nerd: Neck snapped by Fearless, DEAD
Token Turk: On helicopter when Larry the Photo Guy exploded it, DEAD
The Dick: On helicopter when Larry the Photo Guy exploded it, DEAD
Larry the Photo Guy: Working for undisclosed bad guys, heading down Ararat
Vern: Survived the helicopter crash, having ‘Nam flashbacks in a snowbank
Talon: On his way to bury the ark in an avalanche