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24: Trial by Fire is a 24 novel by Dayton Ward, and the third published by Forge Books.

From the publisherEdit

Before London... Before CTU... Before the clock started ticking...

1994. Tateos Gadjoyan, an Armenian arms merchant, has been a target of the Central Intelligence Agency for years. Efforts to thwart his selling of American military weapons to terrorists and other enemies of the United States have been unsuccessful. All other attempts to bring down his organization have failed, but after months of careful planning, two undercover agents have infiltrated Gadjoyan's inner circle. Soon, they will have sufficient evidence to seize the arms dealer and remove a clear and present danger to the United States.

The final blow for the CIA's case is unfolding on the small Japanese island of Okinawa, where Gadjoyan's representatives are concluding a deal with Miroji Jimura, an arms dealer who witnessed firsthand the bloody battle fought fifty years earlier between the forces of Japan and the United States. Jimura's hatred of Americans is absolute, and he's only too happy to profit from the sale of their own weapons to be used against them.

When a rival of Jimura's sabotages the arms deal, one of the CIA's undercover assets is killed in the crossfire, threatening the case against Gadjoyan and revealing another, far greater menace to American security. The only thing standing against this new, immediate danger is a single, junior CIA agent named Jack Bauer.

Now forced to act alone on his first undercover assignment, Bauer must rely on skills acquired as a Special Forces operator and a cop for LAPD just to survive. Working without backup, Bauer has no choice but to face this urgent threat head on, but the stakes are high and time is already running out....

Timeline Edit

Trial by Fire begins and ends at 4:00am in 1994, approximately six years before Operation Nightfall and eight years before Day 1. Chronologically, it is the earliest work in the 24 timeline. Born in 1966, Jack Bauer is 27 or 28 years old at the time of the novel, while Kim Bauer is mentioned to be eight years old.

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Trial by Fire
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