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By Mike Dixon

A few issues are top left unopened, fairly once they comprise darkish secrets and techniques. David Paget must have considered that sooner than he agreed to gather a suitcase from Hong Kong and take it to Canberra. The contents belong to the far-off earlier and glance too previous to be threatening. yet appearances may be misleading. Like a genie from a bottle the prior rushes in and David is propelled on a mad flight during the vastness of Australia, pursued by way of employed killers. His buddies mount a rescue operation. To be triumphant, they have to delve into the earlier and discover the explanations for his plight.

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David rose and Tim was suddenly aware of his young friend‟s superior size. ‟ 38 „The maps aren‟t here. ‟ David pushed the contents of the parcel to one side. „I know exactly what they look like. Charlie read Tong Yee‟s journal. He spoke Chinese. He worked out where the gold was hidden. He marked out a search area. ‟ David buried his head in his hands. „I stuffed up. ‟ „Relax! ‟ David looked up tearfully. „We don‟t know what Tong Yee wrote in his journal. ‟ Tim placed a hand on David‟s shoulder.

I believe they‟re called bogong moths. If my memory serves me right, their caterpillars bore holes in trees. They‟re the witchetty grubs the Aboriginals eat. ‟ They talked about the moths, bush walking, Chinese writing and ancient Chinese weapons. David clearly enjoyed his company. ‟ David went to an icebox and returned with two cans. He pulled off the rings and handed one to Humphrey. ‟ Humphrey raised his can and figured it was time to stop chattering and ask questions. He took a sip and stared at the young man.

Tim‟s new dive assistant had reserved a room in a motel and craved his company. 44 They were a well-matched pair. Tim had been discharged from the army following an assault on an officer. Janet was under investigation for using excessive force when arresting a drug dealer. If Tim was to be believed, he‟d not assaulted the officer: he‟d merely taken retribution. According to Tim, the man kicked him out of a helicopter in full scuba gear. The water was not deep enough and he suffered a dislocated collarbone.

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