Down In The Valley

An Arch Patton Adventure

Arch Patton, slightly aging CIA operative, finds himself embroiled in a secret mission, rekindling a relationship with an old “friend” Virginia and allying with members of the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement.

The action takes place on Ohau and Bellows Air Force Base, now a United States Marine Corps facility. Arch becomes conflicted with his “love life” and helping those in need.

What is the Military hiding on the old Bellows Air Station?

“He’d retired ten years ago   before coming to be lying alone in the mud.  Retired from being a field operations specialist.  A real spy.  A spy who had to get in and get out with almost no help, and accomplish missions which were too bizarre to be written into movie or television scripts.  Spying wasn’t a believable occupation.  Not in the culture of modern America.  So he portrayed himself as a retired professor, which he resembled much more than the public’s idea of a spy.”

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 2

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Short Story, Chapter 2 By J. Strauss     Kaneohe Marine Base on the Windward Side of Oahu is among the best kept and most squared-away of all Marine bases.  Nothing is out of place.  Absolutely nothing out of place.  Lawns are...

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 3

Arch completely understood Virginia’s need to toss him from the room and get on her cell phone. The active career he’d only recently retired from demanded he understand and leave immediately after the short dinner and even shorter get together in her room……

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 4

 Arch Patton Down in the Valley Chapter 4 by James Strauss   Arch fought the chair, sounds of pain emanating from deep down in his chest. His left arm finally came loose but a three-foot section of wood remained attached to his hand by the hard driven nails....

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 5

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY  Chapter  5 By J. Strauss   “What do you want?” the formerly dangerous man on the bed said, his voice imploring, extending his arms out before him with both palms turned upward in question. “You forgot to ask a few questions you...

Arch Patton, Down In the Valley, Chapter 6

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 6 By J. Strauss   “Where we goin’ boss?” Matisse yelled from the drivers seat, as Arch got into the old battered convertible. Matisse accelerated away so fast the huge single door on the passenger side slammed with the sound of...

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 9

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 9 By James Strauss   The Humvee proved to be empty, an enlisted Marine wearing no rank exiting the vehicle as Matisse and Arch got in. The heavy armored door slammed shut and the driver took off. There was nobody else in the...

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 15

   Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 15 By James Strauss   Matisse drove the Pontiac at breakneck speed. The traffic moving away from Haiku, back on Kam Highway, was spotty and moving faster than the speed limit, as well. "I don't think it's a good idea to stay...