Monday 15th January 1979
CHAPTER 1 - PROLOGUE
The cargo ship Athena sailed on the final leg of its journey from Libya to the Port of Livorno on the Italian coast.
A man walked silently along the middle of the ship. It was pitch black with only the lights of the bridge illuminating his surroundings and he heard the distant voices of the bridge overhead. He lowered quietly and carefully a rescue boat into the sea.
The boat powered up and it left quickly away from the ship and it was driven to a nearby beach. The saboteur watched calmly towards the windless sea with a pair of binoculars tracking the ships movements.
The Athena came parallel to where the saboteur was standing as a series of large orange lights filled the night sky. Moments later the thunder of multiple explosions ripped across the night sky and the Athena stopped as fires raged on the ship and it began to list to its port side. Black smoke began to billow from the middle of the ship as men jumped overboard eager to not be roasted alive.
Minutes later the creaking of metal could be heard coming from the direction of the Athena as it sank into the black mirky depths of the Mediterranean Sea.
The saboteur left on his black Honda motorbike into the Tuscan landscape with a menacing smile knowing that his deadly work was done.