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Searching, he looked up at the ceiling – the sprinkler system. He assumed it was equipped with some type of foam suppressant and not water, which would ruin the electronics. “Water,” he said out loud and looked around. On a nearby wall, he located a fire hose within a wall-mounted cabinet. He limped over, opened…

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The room on the other side was cavernous, the size of a basketball court, and entirely occupied by neat rows of servers, which were stowed in chest-high racks, each rack containing ten server blades. All connecting wires and cables ran uniformly from the machines and into designated holes located in the floor. Above, an intricate…

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Contrary to the report the police department received from a passing motorist, Penn had not crashed through the gate of the Hydra Insurance Technology Resources, a single story bunker of a building. Instead he had circumvented the gate by driving over a low berm and a decorative row of bushes outlining small parking area. The…

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The stolen vehicle alert was issued for the pizza delivery car exactly two minutes after Penn pulled from Chestnut Ridge. The bulletin, which included Penn’s address, initiated an automated notification to all concerned and affiliated officers, two of which were putting the finishing touches on their cataloguing of the bag and its contents for evidence…

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Penn passed the pizza deliveryman on the landing and mentioned that his roommate had money for the pies before wishing the man a good day and flying down the steps. The subcompact pizzeria hatchback, complete with plastic rooftop light, was parked across one-and-a-half handicap spaces at the base of the stairs. Fortunately for Penn, the…

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“What are you thinking?” “Assuming it’s valid and I can get in, I’m thinking about taking a chainsaw to their servers,” said Penn as he disrobed. Bayer appeared unimpressed. “They’re going to catch you, you know that, don’t you? Maybe not today, but at some point, somewhere, they will catch up to you. Trust me…

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CHAPTER THIRTY He stepped from an emergency exit on the backside of Hydra’s building and jogged through an urban forest to a quiet secondary road a few hundred yards away. The exercise coupled with the warm air and his clothes stirred a hearty perspiration that, mixed with the starch of his dress shirt, chaffed the…