TEoD: Chapters 62 and 63: Moar Subs
So I made a mistake in the last installment: apparently the subs that Murphy saw were just some subs that the friendly Mossad agent mentioned that just happened to be at that dock. But they’re not the sub the Mossad actually procured for Murphy. That sub is waiting for him in Varna.
Okay, so if it’s at Varna, and Varna is the best jumping-off point for this expedition, why did the Mossad put Murphy up in a hotel in Istanbul? Why not just get him to Varna ASAP? And why did Murphy waste his time with walks and naps when he could have been getting to Varna?
Another mystery for the ages. But hey, if that had happened, Murphy wouldn’t have seen Talon, and gotten to beat the snot out of the Moar Arabs.
So, despite his fears that Talon will steal one of the subs he was clearly casing, Murphy just charters a short flight to Varna, and gets a crash course in mini-subs and metal detectors.
Then Murphy just sets out, all alone, with a few whole hours of training, and spends TEN HOURS (and five pages) searching the ocean for the backpack with the plates. He sees some cool fish and some sunken ships and even some sharks, and I am making it more exciting in writing it than it is to read about it. Oh, and he takes another nap, too.
And then he finds the backpack. But gasp, choke, cliffhanger…Talon might be hanging around!