TEC: Chapter 39: Levi’s Turn
Levi hangs up with Murphy, and then realizes that OOPSIE DAISY he forgot something:
The letters “RDD” on the dollar bill.
“Oh, David! We got so caught up in the bridge scenario that we didn’t pursue it. ‘RDD.’ I wonder if they’re a person’s initials?”
“I only I had somebody on speed dial that I could call right back with this question!”
David pretty quickly shoots down the initials idea, since “Lenni Lenape” wasn’t a person, so obviously these letters couldn’t be a name, either. Because that’s how it works.
But in less than half a page, Levi hits upon the obviously-correct answer (because the book tells us so): RDD stands for radiological dispersion device–a dirty bomb.
And now that Murphy has presumably rolled over and fallen back to sleep, it’s Levi’s turn to show off his vast knowledge of Wikipedia to an underling. And he can do that because…
“Levi, I’ve been with Mossad for years and I still don’t understand how a dirty bomb is different from a regular nuclear weapon.”
Well, David, you’ve also been with Mossad for years but couldn’t even fool one man in a small grocery store for thirty seconds. So…that actually explains a lot.
Though really, it is pretty stupid for two spies to sit around in a cantina and explain Wikipedia basics of bombs to each other. Yet another reason why keeping Isis in the dark was a bad idea–when it comes to warcraft, she’s a perfect fish-out-of-water character for Levi to explain bombs to.
But first, Levi explains what a nuclear weapon is to this trained Mossad agent:
“A thermonuclear device, like an atom bomb, does tremendous damage. When it explodes it destroys buildings, equipment, and people with a massive fireball…”
Shucks, I’m sure David never had occasion to learn that in Mossad school!
Then Levi spends half a page explaining neutron bombs.
At this point, David actually gets a bit impatient because Levi is NOT ANSWERING HIS DAMN QUESTION ABOUT DIRTY BOMBS.
“Well, I have to lay a foundation so that you’ll understand.”
Oh, sorry, your pointless Wikitalk is boring the shit out of me.
“One more caveat before I jump to the dirty bomb. Have you heard about ‘red mercury’?”
That’s that stuff that sent Spock to the alternate dimension, right?
“…red mercury is a more efficient and cheaper way to make a neutron bomb. It doubles the nuclear yield, with a great reduction in the weight.”
Yanno, I rag on Wikipedia, because it’s clearly the authors’ only source for research, but Wikipedia taught me something today.
RED MERCURY IS FAKE!!!
It amuses me that Phillips is using this whole stupid chapter to expound on something that doesn’t exist.
Actually, that’s a pretty good summary of the Babylon Rising series as a whole!
FINALLY, gorammit, Levi gets around to explaining dirty bombs. If you care, read Wikipedia. I can guarantee you that David did:
“So dirty bombs are more like weapons of mass disruption than mass destruction,” David concluded.
How witty of you, David!
“If you ask me, that’s what the terrorists are going to use–a dirty bomb!” Abrams said seriously.
I’m glad Phillips informed us that Levi is speaking seriously, because otherwise, I would have assumed he was joking, possibly while wearing a big red clown nose.