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A U. S. agency operates an aviation unit from Honduras during the Contra Revolution in 1985. On its inaugural insurgent re-supply mission, a flyer – loadmaster designated a "kicker" - is swept from the C-123 Provider aircraft.
Lester Russell – the kicker - falls from the plane; the altitude so low left no time for his parachute to open. His bounced landing cushioned from the falling freight which swept him from the slow-moving airplane.
Lester's body mangled while unconscious is discovered by Sandinista citizen-soldiers, lead by a battle-hardened guerilla - Commander Pallais. They carry him from the field and arrive at a farm outside the Nicaraguan town of Jalapa.
Juanita Maria Perez – the farm resident – reluctantly allows the enemy airman into her home temporarily.
She is drawn further into this international historical thriller. Her son disappeared from her property, 'kidnapped' by unknown forces. Her mind wrought with fear over his survival and a mother's desire in returning him to her unharmed. A continual cascade of bodies transits her given life-estate: soldiers, state workers, and drug mules— the control of who passes, not for her to dictate.
A Cuban military advisor, Major Sanchez, comes to the farmhouse to take control of the event. The botched airdrop taking place in an area under his assistance.
The prisoner is shuttled from the farmhouse to the Japapa hospital, where Major Sanchez orders the downed flyer be transported to a military hospital in Managua, Nicaragua.
Sandinista ranking officers interrogate their prisoner - John Doe. Parallel and intersecting stories unfold with all primary characters in this slice of history, presented in a fictional adaptation.
Tom McKay, Constable Outreach manager, works against time and circumstance – exhausting all possibilities – to regain his asset.
Lester Russell regains consciousness. But, his freedom is in question.
Diplomatic partners thrust and parry for tactical control of the region.
War takes on many faces as political ideologues maneuver for dominance. All parties find themselves imprisoned in the ideologies they serve.
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"Author, and fellow Loadmaster, Jay Cadmus (C-141B, DC-8, B-747, B-767) has written a tense and moving thriller for his newest book. Set in Central America in the fall of 1985, Constable Outreach 35 encompasses international, local, and personal events and circumstances resulting from the capture of C-123 Loadmaster Lester Russell by the Sandinistas. Russell, a Vietnam veteran with a colorful resumé, including duty on Special Ops C-47s, works for Tom McKay, station chief of Constable Outreach, a multi-faceted, quasi-military, U.S. government air operation. Injured and incapacitated, Russell is placed in the care of Juanita Perez, widow of Sandinista hero Miguel Correa-Velazquez. The author weaves the story through the actions of various characters including American diplomats, Nicaraguan military officers, Cubans, and those pesky Soviet advisors. Mr. Cadmus has written this story in a unique style which brings urgency to the story and the feeling one is reading intel dispatches—but he also puts the reader inside the heads of characters in the plot, and sub-plots. Although a fiction piece, Constable Outreach 35 offers historical background in the process. But, will Juanita Perez, whose son went missing mysteriously, be a threat to Loadmaster Russell, or his care-giver?" Karl Hinkamp, Aviator-Historian
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