The Dark Crusader

By Alistair MacLean

A vintage story of espionage, mystery missions and unique destinations which out-Bonds Bond, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.

Eight task advertisements.
Eight jobs. 8 experts in smooth expertise required.

Eight scientists to fill them.
Applicants to be married, without teenagers, and ready to go back and forth. hugely persuasive salaries.

One felony mastermind.
Eight positions crammed. 8 scientists - and their better halves - disappear. Completely.

One undercover agent to forestall him.
Advertisment no.9. Sydney, Australia. gas expert required. seems like a task for John Bentall…

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I rolled over on my correct elbow, the main traditional factor on this planet if one heard humans arguing over one’s head. Fleck’s brown demanding face used to be set and grim. ‘Henry stumbled on all of them correct. ’ His voice was once husky with anger. ‘Eleven. useless. The rotten mendacity murderous satan. ’ He swore bitterly and went on: ‘God is aware I play tough, yet no longer that tough. He instructed me they have been prisoners, that i used to be to discover them unintentionally the next day and take them again to Fiji. ’ I acknowledged: ‘Do you think that there’s going to be any the following day for you, Fleck? Don’t you spot the armed sentry at the pier ready to determine you don’t make a holiday for it along with your send? Don’t you spot you’ll need to pass an identical manner because the relaxation. He can’t go away somebody in the back of who’ll speak. ’ ‘I understand. yet I’m o.k., this night besides, i will sleep on my schooner this night, a coaster from Fiji via the identify of Grasshopper, and manned through the main murderous workforce of Asiatics within the Pacific is coming right here at sunrise. I’ve received to pilot them in the course of the reefs. ’ For all his anger, Fleck was once taking part in his half good, gesticulating violently with each moment observe. ‘What’s the coaster for? ’ I requested. ‘Surely it’s visible? ’ It used to be Griffiths who responded. ‘A large vessel couldn’t procedure the pier, there’s in basic terms ten ft or so of water, and notwithstanding they can load the rocket directly to Fleck’s after deck he hasn’t something within the crane line sufficiently big to trans-ship it to a submarine. I’ll guess this coaster has a jumbo derrick, eh, Fleck? ’ ‘Yes, it has. Submarine? What – ? ’ ‘It can wait. ’ I interrupted. ‘Did Henry locate the radio? ’ ‘No. ’ Henry himself responded, lugubrious as ever. ‘They’ve blasted down the roof on the different finish of the tunnel and sealed it off. ’ And the next day, i presumed, they’ll shove us all inside of this finish of the tunnel and seal that off. perhaps LeClerc hadn’t been mendacity while he acknowledged he wouldn’t shoot us, hunger wasn’t as fast as taking pictures however it used to be simply as powerful. ‘Well, Fleck. ’ I stated, ‘how do you love it? You’ve acquired a daughter within the college of California in Santa Barbara, correct subsequent to 1 of the largest inter-continental ballistic missile bases on the earth, the Vanderberry Air strength Base, a leading aim for a hydrogen bomb. The Asiatics sweeping down in your followed nation of Australia. All these useless males – ’ ‘For God’s sake, close up! ’ he tousled. His fists have been tightly clenched and worry and desperation and anger fought in his face. ‘What do you need me to do? ’ I instructed him what i wished him to do. The solar touched the rim of the ocean, the guards got here for us and we have been marched away to the blockhouse. As we went in I regarded again and observed the floodlight going up outdoors the hangar. LeClerc and his males will be operating throughout the evening. allow them to paintings. If Fleck got here via, there has been an excellent probability the darkish Crusader could by no means succeed in its vacation spot. If Fleck got here via. bankruptcy 12 Saturday three a. m. –8 a. m. I aroused from sleep within the darkness of the evening. I’d been asleep 4 hours, perhaps six, I didn’t be aware of, all I knew used to be that I didn’t consider any higher for it: the warmth in that sealed ante-chamber of the blockhouse was once oppressive, the air was once stuffy and foul and the mattress-making businesses had little to worry from the brands of concrete.

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