9th March 2020
Working as a cabinet-maker in rural Oregon, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone – the CIA Black Ops programme – in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site.
Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops programme trained him to be a nearly invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life, which is why he was determined to get out. Everything changes when he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site rural Oregon.
Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him – lightning reflexes and a cold conscience – in order to discover who the would-be killers are, and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, someone inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.
Coinciding with the much-anticipated return of the Treadstone series – released by Amazon in January 2020 in the UK – and with the 40th anniversary of the first Bourne book, The Treadstone Resurrection is the latest instalment of the franchise. Picking up the baton from Robert Ludlum, Joshua Hood is an author and former Airborne Division fighter, whose real-world experience and combat training makes him the perfect writer for The Treadstone Resurrection.
The Treadstone Resurrection – Extract from Chapter 1
“Have a seat, Captain Hayes.”
He lowered himself into the chair and listened to the echo of the helicopters coming up the valley. It was his third tour to the ’Stan and Hayes could recognize the helos by the sound. This was a Chinook; he could tell by the thump thump of the rotors.
Can’t be resupply, they were just here, he thought. It’s too dangerous to send random helicopters into the valley.
“I’m sending you to Bagram,” Patten said, guessing his thoughts.
“For what reason, sir?”
The colonel spit a line of tobacco into the stained foam cup on his desk and leaned back in his chair. “The men are starting to talk.”
“That’s what soldiers do.”
“The boss is worried, Adam. We all are. They are sending someone from the States, some kind of doctor who is going to check you out.”
“A psych eval, are you serious?”
“Look, I don’t like this any more than you do, but this came from the top. Just get on the bird and go answer the man’s questions. Think of it like a break. This guy will get you squared away and you’ll be back on the wall tomorrow.”
It was a lie, but Hayes didn’t know it at the time.
After the shower, he toweled off and dressed in a pair of worn Carhartts and a fleece button- own over a black T‑shirt. He stomped his feet into a pair of worn Ariat Ropers, tucked the holstered Springfield into his pants, and walked to the kitchen.
Breakfast was a pair of fried eggs, two pieces of wheat toast, and what was left of the steak he’d grilled for dinner last night. By the time he finished eating and carried his coffee out to the deck, most of the fishing boats were out on the water and first light was spreading across the horizon like a fresh bruise.
Treadstone was a double-edged sword, one he thought would allow him to make a difference. He didn’t mind the pain that came with the behavior modification and the genetic reprogramming. Hayes could handle that— e could handle anything they threw at him.
It was what happened after that he couldn’t handle. Which was why he was in Washington, and his wife, Annabelle, and their two- ear-old son, Jack, were living halfway across the country.
Adam . . . promise you won’t try to find us.
The sound of the shop phone snapped him from the memory, and Hayes tossed the dregs of his coffee off the side of the deck and followed the sound to the red barn at the rear of the cabin.
Who the hell is calling this early? he wondered, punching his code into the lock. By the time he got the door open and flipped on the lights, the machine had picked up.
“You’ve reached Sterling Construction, please leave your message at the beep.”
“Adam, it’s Sally Colvin, I need you to call me—” Hayes snatched the phone off the cradle and killed the recording with a jab of his finger.
“Sally, I’m here,” he said.
“Adam, hey, I . . .”
Sally Colvin was the realtor he’d hired to sell the Smith house, the project that had kept Hayes sane during his eighteen-month self-imposed exile.
It was also his nest egg. His last chance to show Annabelle that he could build just as well as he could destroy. And the money from the sale was going to allow him to stop fixing other people’s houses and work on repairing his broken marriage.
There was something in her voice that struck a chord. What is it? Hayes wondered before asking aloud, “Sally, is everything okay?”
“Yeah, uh . . . I . . . I’ve got a motivated buyer who is interested in the house.”
Again, the hesitation in her voice.
“That’s great, right?”
“Well, I told him it was move‑in ready,” she said.
“I don’t see why that’s a problem,” Hayes said, not understanding the panic in her voice. “All we have left to do is the flooring in the kitchen.”
“Because he just called from the air. He is flying in today at noon.”
Great, he thought, eyes dropping to his suitcase on the floor, the ticket to Florida peeking out of the side pocket.
With thanks to @Annina_ at @midaspr
Robert Ludlum (1927 – 2001) was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages in 50 countries. Among his best-sellers were The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971), The Osterman Weekend (1972), The Matarese Circle (1979). He is most famous for the Jason Bourne series – The Bourne Identity (1980), The Bourne Supremacy (1986) and The Bourne Ultimatum (1990). The series was adapted for TV in 1988, for a film featuring Matt Damon in the lead role in 2002, and for a brand-new TV production from the writer behind Heroes and Chicago Hope in January 2020.
Joshua Hood is the author of Warning Order and Clear by Fire. He graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2007 to 2008, Hood served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan for which he was decorated for valour in Operation Furious Pursuit. On his return to civilian life he became a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal. Currently he works as the Director of Veteran Outreach for the American Warrior Initiative.