By Mike Dixon

A few issues are top left unopened, rather after they include darkish secrets and techniques. David Paget must have considered that earlier than he agreed to assemble a suitcase from Hong Kong and take it to Canberra. The contents belong to the far away previous and glance too outdated to be threatening. yet appearances might be misleading. Like a genie from a bottle the earlier rushes in and David is propelled on a mad flight throughout the vastness of Australia, pursued via employed killers. His associates mount a rescue operation. To be successful, they have to delve into the earlier and discover the explanations for his plight.

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The old man was dressed in a pinstriped suit and college tie that he reserved for special occasions and looked distinguished despite a slight stoop. He reached David‟s side and grasped his hand warmly. ‟ David was genuinely pleased. The old man was unwell when he left for overseas; now he looked much fitter. He turned towards the girl, who had retreated to the other side of the table. „This is Joan. ‟ Sir George put on his most engaging smile. ‟ The girl nodded. „That‟s admirable. No one should feel humbled by providing a service.

I‟m now a public servant. ‟ „Tim said you speak Chinese. ‟ „I speak some Cantonese as well as Mandarin,‟ Humphrey replied modestly. „A friend of mine has a diary written in Chinese by one of her ancestors. ‟ „I‟d be happy to oblige,‟ Humphrey smiled. ‟ „But you have gone beyond what is normally expected. I did make some very silly mistakes in the open water part of the course. ‟ David placed the bags in the Landcruiser. „That doesn‟t matter. The important thing is to train you to the required standard so you can dive safely …‟ David continued to talk as they walked towards the dive shop but Humphrey wasn‟t listening.

They reached the fifty-foot ledge and Humphrey looked around. It was like another world. 52 The optical prescription of his mask was designed for underwater and his vision was no longer blurred. Giant kingfish swam around. There were starfish, yellow sponges and an octopus in a cave. A seal came down and was joined by another. Humphrey wished he had a camera. It was so exciting. His daughter, Elizabeth, would be fascinated. The other members of the party had cameras. 90ft below, their lights were flashing.

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