WHITE SMOKE, BLACK FIRE! c 1986, 2001

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White Smoke, Black Fire!

Prologue
Part I - The Unleashing
   FIRST CHAPTER
Episode One - The mysterious black figure strikes
Episode Two - Planting the explosives
Episode Three - Halloween hauntings
Episode Four - Background on main characters at The Crooked Spigot
Episode Five - The Bewitching Hour
Episode Six - Background on the global document One Eucharist
Episode Seven - Operatives prepare as the great procession begans on the Field of Abraham in Iraq

   SECOND CHAPTER
Episode One - Fruits of ecumenism: The ill-timing and terrible twist of "Amazing Grace"
Episode Two - Armageddon arrives in all its fatal fury on the Field of Abraham.
Episode Three - Two cardinals plot within the Vatican as Pat finds himself heading east into the beast's jaws
Episode Four - The world awakes to the horror as the press gather at Paul VI Hall in the Vatican to hear the inevitable.
Episode Five - Vatican head of Communications seeks to stop heretical decree released to the press by Cardinal Macelli
Episode Six - Pat jets toward the Field of Death as his editor is left to explain to publisher Edwin Blix
Episode Seven - Late morning in Dallas and Corrie tries desperately to get Vic Van Wess to tell her where Pat is.

   THIRD CHAPTER
Episode One - In a dungeon corridor just off the Papal Palace a loyal Swiss Guard comes to an astounding discovery.
Episode Two - Pat arrives in Iraq while the head of Vatican communication alerts a loyal cardinal of subterfuge within.
Episode Three - A clandestine meeting of the Legion of the Basilisk in the seedier side of Rome could have dire repercussions.
Episode Four - An old beggar is ready to sell what he knows - even his soul - for the next elixir to calm the demons within.

Part II - The Smoldering
   FOURTH CHAPTER
Episode One - Pat plods through the Field of Death, seeing first-hand the total devastation that had reduced everything to ashes.
Episode Two - Amid the debris Pat runs into Niki Andriopoulos; a chance meeting that will forever change the course of their lives.
Episode Three - As Vic puts the next issue to bed, two cardinals seethe in St. Peter's Basilica on the other side of midnight.
Episode Four - At the Field of Death the mysterious Niki Andriopoulos makes Pat Gallagher an offer he can't refuse.

   FIFTH CHAPTER
Episode One - The link that will forever tie Pat to the relentless cause against the nefarious Legion of the Basilisk.
Episode Two - Fasif contacts Helene Shenneker while Riage Benziger hauls his precious cargo toward safe haven
Episode Three - Pat meets his host at breakfast as more background is revealed about Fasif Khadid
Episode Four - Pat begins to learn about the terror of the Legion of the Basilisk and its biblical reptilian link.
Episode Five - As our story unfolds we learn of the intrigue and mystery of a global chess game between good and evil.
Episode Six - Fasif unveils how the Legion of the Basilisk penetrated the inner sanctum of the Holy See of Rome
Episode Seven - The example of a cigarette clearly illustrates how the Legion's cancer has permeated even the innocent
Episode Eight - Pat gets his marching orders for Rome from Fasif as Niki's true profession is revealed

   SIXTH CHAPTER
Episode One - Riage Benziger tends to a dehydrated Pope as Cardinal Macelli bluntly eliminates a long Holy See tradition
Episode Two - More subterfuge from Dallas to Rome by overconfident, insolent principal members of the Legion of the Basilisk
Episode Three - Pat arrives in Rome as the Basilisk grows more powerful, its stench ever more present in the Eternal City.
Episode Four - The venomous Basilisk slithers into Helene Sheneker's Tel Aviv home at night intent on destruction.
Episode Five - Explosions engulf Fasif's estate in smoke and fire. Fr. Andriopoulos' chagrin can do nothing but flee for his life.
Episode Six - Racing for his life, Niki chooses the vehicle of death to escape certain death. But where will it take him?

Part III - The Shadowing
   SEVENTH CHAPTER
Episode One - Upon landing in Rome, Niki is discovered by Dr. Makuta Ogidi in the hold of the C-130 transport with the caskets.
Episode Two - Pat discovers the fate of Fasif, Elias and Helena as Fr. Stephen and Macelli wait for the caskets to be released.
Episode Three - Macelli and Vendhem plot as Fr. Niki finds shelter in a simple flat on the other side of Rome provided by Dr. Ogidi.
Episode Four - The coffins are arranged in St. Peter's in preparation for the funeral as Fr. Niki goes undercover in Rome.
Episode Five - Pat rendezvous with Karel in St. Peter's Square, the beginning of a cloak and dagger tour through Rome.
Episode Six - Macelli receives a vile vial from Elena Grabe while Fr. Niki discovers the shocking intent of a small piece of plastic.
Episode Seven - Benziger makes plans to notify someone he can trust as Pat heads for an evening meeting with Karel.
Episode Eight - Pat can do nothing to save Fasif's daughter Karel as he realizes too late he has walked into the Legion's lair.

   EIGHTH CHAPTER
Episode One - Pat Gallagher recovers from a concussion and bruised ribs as he meets another of Niki's mysterious friends.
Episode Two - Dr. Makuta Ogidi divulges more on the Legion of the Basilisk as Pat and Fr. Niki can practically feel the hissing.
Episode Three - A new day dawns as tension begins to build both in fitful sleep and in the fears of what the Legion is planning.
Episode Four - Riage tends to the comatose pope while Pat relates his hellish nightmare of the Basilisk to Niki.
Episode Five - A weakened Benziger returns to the Vatican as Stephen experiences a haunting vision inside the Holy See.
Episode Six - Benziger betrayed; his only hope that someone on the side of right will find his S.O.S. scribbled on a towel.
Episode Seven - Pat, Niki, Stephen and Ogidi meet incognito at the Ristorante Romano in Rome as whispers wait in the shadows.



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