Second Strike by Mark Abernethy

By Mark Abernethy

An action-packed and gripping sequel to Golden Serpent that includes the indefatigable Mac confirms Mark Abernethy's prestige as a grasp mystery writer In the early hours of October thirteen, 2002, Australian undercover agent Alan McQueen is jolted wakeful by means of a cell call and advised to instantly head to Bali, the place greater than two hundred humans were killed in a chain of bomb blasts. Assigned to maintain a watch at the forensics groups operating the bomb website, Mac learns that, opposite to the offiical line, one of the bombs used to be a military-grade mini-nuke. As tensions upward thrust among governments, Mac joins an elite workforce of spies and squaddies searching the terrorists implicated within the bombings; a pursuit that takes them in the course of the wilds of Northern Sumatra, yet ends with them helplessly gazing the terrorists break out via airplane. 5 years later, Mac is again in Indonesia performing some tender espionage. but if bullets commence flying and previous terrorist foes reappear, Mac is drawn right into a lethal online game that basically did not end in 2002. He retains tune of the terrorists till he can now not forget about the proof that they have got one other, extra robust mini-nuke—and their subsequent goal is Australia.

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And then, ‘Mr Richard, please, sorry, sir. Mr Richard, please …’ It was Philip. Mac took a deep breath and winced as his sternum fl ared, making lights appear at the edges of his vision. 12 am local. ’ Moving to the bamboo wall, Mac peered out the side window. ’ Mac rasped. ‘Yes, I alone, Mr Richard. ’ Mac leaned against the front wall of the cottage, looked around the corner and cased the beach. It was deserted. He pulled on a pair of undies and put one foot through the windowless space and then the other.

Sosa wasn’t buying it. The Chinese had held back the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics till the eighth of August - two weeks after the date designated in the IOC’s contract. 08 gave the Chinese three ‘eights’, which augured most auspiciously in feng shui. Most Australians thought it was funny, but other nations in Asia hated that sort of Chinese arrogance. Mac swigged from a big bottle of Vittel and felt a sharp pain in his sternum. He had planned two days of R&R on a small island off Flores and then it was back to Manila to do a handover to his replacement before joining the Land of the Long Lunch for the next twelve months.

Mac back-pedalled to his navy escort, keeping his eyes on the feet at the head of the companionway. Pharaoh caught his breath while Maddo twisted and removed the padlock from the handle. Then the combat diver pulled a small plastic bag from his webbing and removed a wet rag that quickly fi lled the enclosed space with a smell of solvent. As Maddo pulled open the pantry door, Mac and Pharaoh aimed their guns into the dark. Inside, a well-dressed middle-aged Arabic man lay on a bench at hip-height, looking at them with an expression that fl ickered from relief to fear.

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