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By Jack Higgins

A gunrunner’s hunt for a fortune in gold results in a life-and-death fight in Communist China

The vintage Jack Higgins thriller

Mark Hagen’s streak of undesirable success left him broke, despondent, and rarely in a position to eke out a residing smuggling weapons in Macao. yet issues start to search for while Hagen will get a lead on a bounty of gold, mendacity untouched on the backside of a lagoon within the marshes of southern China.

Unfortunately for Hagen, he’s no longer the one one after the sunken treasure, and the race to the gold quick escalates right into a bloody fight for survival at the treacherous waters of the South China Sea.

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Yet they have to be the following! ’ Hagen exploded. ‘Kossoff and the entire bloody bunch. Chang was once unsuitable. one way or the other they’ve fooled us. ’ Mason lifted a hand. ‘So Kossoff pulled a quick one. So Chang and his acquaintances have been fallacious for as soon as. ok! yet Rose is more secure with that fisherman than she is with us or I omit my bet. these men won't ever locate him until he wishes them to. ’ Hagen began to communicate and Mason acknowledged flatly, ‘We’ve received to take a seat tight and wait. ’ Hagen abruptly crumpled up within. He dropped the carbine at the desk and threw himself down on his bunk together with his face to the wall. a feeling of utter frustration crammed him, and because the pounding in his mind elevated he grew to become and buried his head within the pillow. Mercifully his brain had stood sufficient and he drifted right into a kingdom of semi-consciousness. It used to be a kingdom that lay half-way among waking and snoozing and he hung there, suspended, as if he have been again back within the waters of the lagoon, poised over the release, and his brain turned a clean and he considered not anything. It used to be as though he had woke up from a deep and fresh sleep. For a second he lay quietly at the bunk, now not stirring. He felt cozy and in control of himself back and his brain used to be razor sharp. From the opposite bunk got here the sound of Mason’s deep, even respiring and of O’Hara there has been no signal. A sizzling, brooding quiet hung over every little thing and but Hagen knew that whatever had disturbed him. He slipped from the bunk and woke up Mason quietly, clamping a quit his mouth. He picked up the carbine from the desk and went out on deck, Mason at his heels. O’Hara lay noisily snoring softly within the solar, his again opposed to the wheelhouse. Mason woke up him lightly and positioned a finger over his lips. The previous man’s eyes widened and moved slowly to Hagen after which in the direction of the reeds. there has been a legitimate of splashing and so they waited tensely, after which a canoe got here throughout the reeds and within the bow was once huddled a hunched-up determine. It was once Chang, and as he got here along they observed that his garments was once muddied and torn and there has been blood on his face. A flap of flesh hung from one cheek and flies gorged themselves at the congealing blood. They pulled him over the rail and diminished him lightly down at the deck and O’Hara introduced one of many bottles of rum and poured a few down his throat. Chang coughed violently and a bit existence lower back to his eyes. He had evidently got a bad beating and as Hagen tested him, worry moved in him. ultimately the fisherman controlled to talk and informed them his tale in brief, incoherent sentences. Hagen translated for the others, a sentence at a time. that they had arrived on the village with out incident. Chang had spotted the silence of the villagers, who operating at their nets. As they landed, a celebration of squaddies had rushed from the safeguard of the huts from the place that they had silently threatened the villagers. Chang had tried to place up a defence yet have been clubbed into the floor with rifle butts. while he regained realization he used to be mendacity in a single of the huts. there has been no safeguard at the door and he’d controlled to move slowly away to a spot the place he knew he could locate an previous canoe.

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