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By Wilbur A. Smith

The Congo. located on the center of sub-Saharan Africa, it's a position the place males die for diamonds. for romance. And for the unholy excitement of others...

Bruce Curry is the chief of a mercenary band with the doubtful help of 3 officials. His project: to alleviate a diamond-mining city bring to a halt through the combating and retrieve a important consignment of diamonds. alongside the best way, he meets a gorgeous Belgian girl. Shermaine is a dream come real. however the remainder of Curry's trip is set to develop into a dwelling nightmare.

Ranged opposed to his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerrillas, and antagonistic tribes that infest the land. In a sinister surroundings of all-powerful evil, Curry fights to stick alive—and guard Shermaine, his one real love. yet to take action, he needs to face one other, even deadlier enemy: one among his personal men...

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She took his hand and led him again into the development. Her hand used to be cool and dry with lengthy tapered hands in his. Mike Haig and Father Ignatius have been leaning over the cradle that now stood subsequent to the desk on which lay the blanket-covered physique of the Baluba girl. the lady was once respiring softly, and the expression on her face used to be of deep peace. ‘Bruce, come and take a look. It’s a beauty,’ known as Haig. nonetheless conserving palms Bruce and Shermaine crossed to the cradle. ‘He’ll move all of 8 pounds,’ introduced Haig proudly. Bruce checked out the newborn; baby black infants are extra good-looking than ours – they've got no longer received that half-boiled glance. ‘Pity he’s now not a trout,’ murmured Bruce. ‘That will be a countrywide checklist. ’ Haig stared blankly at him for a moment, then he threw again his head and laughed; it used to be a very good sound. there has been a special caliber in Haig now, a brand new self assurance within the manner he held his head, a sense of completeness approximately him. ‘How approximately that drink I promised you, Mike? ’ Bruce verified him. ‘You have it for me, Bruce, I’ll duck this one. ’ He isn’t simply asserting it both, notion Bruce, as he checked out his face; he particularly doesn’t desire it now. ‘I’ll make it a double once we come again to city. ’ Bruce glanced at his watch. ‘It’s prior ten, we’d greater get going. ’ ‘I’ll need to remain until eventually she comes out from the anaesthetic,’ demurred Haig. ‘You can get back for me within the morning. ’ Bruce hesitated. ‘All correct then. Come on, Shermaine. ’ They drove again to Port Reprieve, sitting shut jointly within the intimate darkness of the auto. they didn't communicate until eventually when they had reached the causeway, then Shermaine acknowledged: ‘He is an efficient guy, your physician. he's like Paul. ’ ‘Who is Paul? ’ ‘Paul was once my husband. ’ ‘Oh. ’ Bruce used to be embarrassed. The point out of that identify snapped the silken thread of his temper. Shermaine went on, conversing softly and staring down the trail of the headlights. ‘Paul used to be of a similar age. the right age to have discovered figuring out – younger males are so merciless. ’ ‘You enjoyed him. ’ Bruce spoke flatly, attempting to preserve any hint of jealousy from his voice. ‘Love has many shapes,’ she replied. Then, ‘Yes, I had all started to like him. Very quickly i might have enjoyed him adequate to—’ She stopped. ‘To what? ’ Bruce’s voice had long gone tough as a wooden rasp. Now it begins, he idea, once more i'm susceptible. ‘We have been simply married 4 months earlier than he – sooner than the fever. ’ ‘So? ’ nonetheless harsh, his eyes at the highway forward. ‘I wish you to grasp whatever. i need to clarify all of it to you. you will need to. Will you wait and see with me whereas I inform you? ’ there has been a pleading in her voice that he couldn't withstand and his expression softened. ‘Shermaine, you don’t need to inform me. ’ ‘I needs to. i need you to understand. ’ She hesitated a second, and whilst she spoke back her voice had steadied. ‘I am an orphan, Bruce. either my Mama and Papa have been killed by way of the Germans, within the bombing. i used to be just a couple of months previous whilst it occurred, and that i don't take note them. i don't bear in mind something, now not one little factor approximately them; there isn't even a photo.

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