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By Jack Higgins

Freelance flyer Jack Nelson makes a dwelling peddling his skills to the top bidder...and now he has an opportunity to tug off the heist of an entire life. There are thousands in sunken treasure for the taking in a go-for-broke caper tailored for Nelson—and all he has to do to gather the loot is pass though it.

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No, this is going as far back as expensive previous Vietnam. They threw me out on my ear, or didn’t I let you know? Medically undeserving for extra flying tasks. ’ ‘I’m sorry,’ she stated. after which that damned Scots Presbyterian moral sense broke via to the outside back. ‘No they didn’t,’ I stated. ‘The fact is that they provided me a table activity and that i grew to become it down. ’ ‘I see,’ she stated. ‘It needed to be flying or not anything? ’ ‘Something like that. probably Turk must have left me again there within the bush. ’ ‘I don’t understand,’ she stated. So I advised her the tale - pretty much as good a time-filler as any. whilst i used to be comprehensive she stated, ‘Men are such unfamiliar beings. The mad, gallant issues they'll do for every different. I see now why you're such reliable acquaintances. What did you do if you happen to left the carrier? Haven’t you ever been married? ’ And the following it was once, the previous rearing its gruesome head back, each festering sore I’d ever notion healed over able to erupt. And but … I acknowledged, ‘Oh, sure, i used to be married. to a woman with ash blonde hair referred to as Sigrid who I met in Germany whilst i used to be stationed over there with the R. A. F. ’ ‘What occurred? ’ ‘When i used to be published to Vietnam she was once residing in Sydney. I prepared for every thing to be installed her identify to make it less complicated for her if whatever occurred to me. the home, checking account - that kind of factor. I occurred to imagine quite a bit of her, you spot. ’ ‘Go on. ’ My mouth had long gone dry, so i attempted a few extra tea. ‘It’s quite extremely simple. She didn’t come to work out me in medical institution. eventually wrote to assert she’d met another person, a German engineer who’d been over on a freelance, and was once going again to Hamburg with him. ’ She placed a hand on my arm and acknowledged softly, ‘I’m very sorry, my good friend. ’ ‘But you haven’t heard the easiest bit,’ I informed her. ‘She wiped clean me out. bought the home, the automobile, cleared the checking account - screwed me into the floor and it used to be all criminal. Now you want to admit that’s relatively quite humorous’ I don’t recognize what she may have stated to that, don't know what was once on her brain simply because simply as she opened her mouth to talk, Turk screamed down there in his cabin. I placed the boat on automated pilot, shoved Sister Claire out of ways and went down the companionway at the run. His cabin door used to be locked so I kicked it tough and yelled, ‘Open this bloody door, Turk. ’ He screamed back and began to shout out in a type of frenzy. ‘Dear God, no! stay away from me! Don’t examine me like that! I didn’t comprehend! I didn’t recognize! ’ Sister Claire had arrived through then. She acknowledged speedy, ‘He’s going into delirium, Mr Nelson. He wishes his ordinary shot as speedy as attainable or he’ll be in genuine hassle. ’ I didn’t desire her to inform me that. I leaned again, raised my stable leg and stamped opposed to the door challenging splintering the wooden round the lock in order that it gave all of sudden, the door flying open. Turk lay at the bunk, eyes staring madly, plucking at himself. The tin field during which he stored his medications and hypodermic used to be at the aspect desk as though he’d positioned them there intentionally as a type of try. As he began to cross into convulsions I sat at the fringe of the bunk and held his hands whereas Sister Claire bought an injection prepared expertly.

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