Mike Trott, author of The Protected
 

The Protected will be released in early 2019, until then I hope you enjoy a few excerpts.

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PROLOGUE

Alfred Herrhausen: A Wake-Up Call

 

On a brisk late autumn morning just outside Frankfurt, West Germany, bank executive Alfred Herrhausen started his day off just as he always did. After being picked up from home by his protective detail, his three-car security motorcade proceeded along its standard route through a beautifully manicured and wealthy suburban neighborhood, with Herrhausen himself in the rear right seat of a heavily armored Mercedes sedan. It was November 30, 1989. Herrhausen was 59 years old and had risen to become both the head of Deutsche Bank and a close friend and advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In addition to his work in banking, he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group, a small and secretive association consisting of European and American leaders that has been of great interest to many conspiracy theorists for over 50 years.

As Herrhausen’s motorcade approached the intersection less than 1,000 yards from his home – like it had done hundreds of times before – a blue and silver bicycle sat inconspicuously next to the parallel sidewalk railing. This bicycle had been seen periodically at this same spot – so much that it had become part of the landscape and had not drawn attention or concern.

However, on this day, a small satchel had been attached to a rack behind the seat of the bike. Unbeknownst to Herrhausen or his protective detail, a small group of determined individuals had put a plan into action months before what would be his last departure from his home. As the lead vehicle in his motorcade passed the bicycle, someone watching from a safe distance on a nearby hill initiated a remote infrared beam across the road.

Seconds later, Herrhausen’s armored vehicle broke the beam, detonating a bomb made of approximately 19 pounds of explosives. A copper cone-shaped plate approximately eight inches in diameter had been placed inside the satchel beside the bomb. As the explosives ignited, this plate was launched with the accuracy of a sniper’s bullet, tearing through the right rear door of the armored Mercedes at a speed of two kilometers per second. The copper plate penetrated the armored vehicle and nearly severed Herrhausen’s legs. Within minutes, he bled to death from his injuries.

At the very moment of this attack, I was just 21 miles away (near Darmstadt, Germany) along with Air Force OSI Special Agent Jack Smalley. As a young sergeant and security specialist in the U.S. Air Force, I was temporarily assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 7024 at Ramstein Air Base. A trained security driver at the time, I was a member of a protective service operation (PSO) and the primary driver of a Level B7 armored Mercedes.

 
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