Originally Posted by Quiller
Well yes of course. But my question was specifically addressed to the author. What is the ultimate goal of HIS particular story. Starting his tale with a heart-thumping active-shooting helicopter-downing nuclear-weapon snatch operation is all well and good... but his novel needs scope and purpose. What nuke to steal and whose to steal might well be goverened in his narrative by its ultimate use. I mean... rogue INTEL cells from any nation have to have a logical purpose to be believable. Planning a novel of this sort around "some sort of false flag op" isn't especially riveting. That op needs to have its own command presence to drive the story.
The big question still remains though. Why would a rogue CIA cell want to obtain a nuke via a running gun battle using heavy weapons and MANPADS to down security helicopters? Really? In England? That isn't particularly believable either. Stealing one from a third world Nuke member makes more sense. But I guess that's not quite as dramatic.
I'd suggested as much earlier in the thread. Running this op on mainland UK has "death warrant" written all over it.
CIA makes no sense at all as they could probably buy a working nuclear weapon on the open market (there are about 70 nuclear devices designed for tactical use, so called, "suitcase nukes" un-accounted for in the former USSR alone for instance)
Given that, I was trying to provide a helpful suggestion for the OP.