TEC: Chapter 41: A Double Bombing’s Waiting for You
Murphy’s cell phone began to play a musical tune.
Ten pages earlier…
It was one o’clock when Murphy heard his cell phone playing a musical tune.
Does nobody proof these? Seriously. Also, this is just a silly detail that tells us nothing about Murphy’s character. How about we find out what tune it is? Is it a hymn? His college fight song? A movie theme? SOMETHING that would tell us more about him than…he has a phone?
Pfft. Anyway, it is now the next morning. Murphy is driving out of LaGuardia, having dropped off Isis for her flight to D.C.
“I decided to drive back to Raleigh. I need some alone time to think.”
Does Phillips understand that it usually costs money to cancel a prepaid flight because you “need some alone time“? Doesn’t seem like it.
Also, think about what? Moar Arabs? The apparent incompetence of Mossad agents? The incompetence of Talon in killing him? The incompetence of himself in keeping track of the papers he was entrusted with by a dying man? The possibilities are endless!
But never mind all that! Levi has called Murphy to warn him about the whole George Washington Bridge thing. Apparently, an actually competent agent found a Moar Arab and got out of him that the attack will be today.
Oh, and there will be two bombs.
“Two bombs?” [asks Murphy]
He might well be surprised. Why two bombs? More importantly, why two bombs in the same place? Wouldn’t it be more efficiently terroristic to set two bombs in two different cities? Yanno, since you have two and all?
I guess two bombs in the same spot are just twice as scary as two bombs in two different spots. Which makes me wonder why Phillips didn’t have the Moar Arabs have TWENTY bombs. Because that would be WAY scarier than just one little bomb.
Levi asks Murphy for help.
“We need to do everything in our power to stop them.” [said Murphy]
Well, everything except involve any military or spy forces from the United States or Israel who could handle things in a professional manner. Levi found all this out between one and two o’clock a.m., remember. Assuming it’s now about nine a.m. when Murphy drops off Isis, it’s eight a.m. for Levi in Presidio. He’s had six to seven hours to get his plan into action.
I mean, geez, imagine James Bond or Jason Bourne or Aaron Cross or the gangs from Mission: Impossible or Leverage. They would have had this whole mess solved before sunrise. And again, there is no reason in the world why the proper authorities wouldn’t have been alerted hours ago.
But nope, it’s down to Murphy. And his only assignment for helping is to keep his eyes out for a particular type of U-Haul truck that they know is carrying the bombs.
We then cut to two security guards (semi-retired cops) at the George Washington Bridge. We actually get a page of their history, which I would consider a positive change in these books but for the fact that Norm and Jim are not differentiated from each other in any way at all.
Well, except that when Jim sees some rollerbladers, he gets a “hinky feeling about them,” because they’re Arabs, you see, and “he had never seen any Arabs skating before.”
Yanno, even leaving aside the obvious part of the racism, I find it bizarre that Jim apparently keeps a mental count of which people of which races skate near the bridge. Hmmm, two whites and three Hispanics today, four whites and one Asian yesterday…
As Murphy approaches the bridge, Levi calls with an update:
“The news media has gotten ahold of the possible bombing of the bridge. Someone from the FBI must have leaked it.”
Sure, Levi, because you and David have proven yourselves so competent, it couldn’t possibly have been someone from your team.
Also, the FBI knows??? Then why the hell is Murphy involved in any of this? Why is Levi wasting his time with an archeology professor when he could be helping the actual professionals deal with this? Idiot.
Oh, but never fear:
“The FBI, other police units, and the military are mobilizing just in case our suspicions are correct.”
They’ve had like SIX HOURS to mobilize. What is the deal here? SERIOUSLY.
Oh, and I guess security (by which I assume Levi means just Jim and Norm) are going to try to close down the bridge. An objective I imagine would have been easier to accomplish had they started SIX HOURS AGO.
Sorry. Just annoys me, is all.
Oh, and there’s a pregnant woman currently driving over the bridge. Just in case you might be worried that we wouldn’t have anyone to…worry about.