The Khufra Run

By Jack Higgins

Freelance flyer Jack Nelson makes a residing peddling his abilities to the top bidder...and now he has an opportunity to drag off the heist of an entire life. There are thousands in sunken treasure for the taking in a go-for-broke caper tailored for Nelson—and all he has to do to gather the loot is pass though it.

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Thank God, Mr Nelson. Thank God. ’ Turk shoved a lighted cigarette into my mouth. I acknowledged weakly, ‘What occurred? ’ ‘Well the great Lord didn’t prevent, that’s needless to say. ’ ‘What then? You sliced via my hose. ’ ‘Sure I did. the single strategy to get you loose. ’ He picked up the helmet. ‘Most glossy helmets have a fee valve which closes instantly whilst the air offer is bring to an end. The exhaust valve does an identical leaving you with what air there's within the go well with. ’ ‘And how lengthy is that purported to final? ’ ‘At the intensity you have been, possibly 8 mins. brain you, that hire within the go well with elevated the chances a few, yet what the hell, you made it. ’ The cigarette tasted marvellous, so did the glass of rotgut brandy Sister Claire passed me. To my shock, Turk pulled on his aqualung and changed the straps. I acknowledged, ‘Now what? ’ ‘Got to work out the country of the industry, common. No time just like the current. ’ He went over the part. I sat there for a second or so longer, simply savouring being alive then I requested Sister Claire, who were soaring anxiously, to assist me out of that damned swimsuit. i used to be simply freed from it whilst Turk surfaced and clambered up the ladder. ‘How’s it glance? ’ I demanded. ‘Fine - the most front is apparent now. I acquired within without difficulty. ’ My abdominal went hole. I stated, ‘Did you notice what we got here for? ’ ‘You can wager on that. bins everywhere. a few of them damaged open. One hell of a large number, yet not anything we can’t deal with. ’ He hesitated and further in a low voice, ‘I additionally chanced on one other skeleton. ’ He held out his hand and that i observed that he was once preserving a tarnished silver chain with a non secular medal at the finish. ‘At moments like this I’m strictly a coward,’ he acknowledged. ‘It’s all yours, General,’ and he became and went over the aspect back. Sister Claire have been acutely aware, i believe, that she used to be the topic of our dialog. She saved on folding the diving go well with well but I realised that she used to be observing me covertly. below the situations, the way appeared the direct one so I easily walked as much as her and held out the medal. ‘Turk came across this under. He notion it will probably suggest whatever to you. ’ She tested it for a protracted second, then held it to her cheek, the eyes packed with tears. thanks, Mr Nelson. It belonged to my father. His purchaser saint. St Martin de Porres. ’ She grew to become and went lower than. someday later, Turk seemed beside the ladder back sporting a package deal wrapped in layers of heavy sacking. while I took it from him i used to be shocked to find how heavy it was once. He climbed up on deck, dripping water and driven up his masks. ‘Thought it appeared attention-grabbing. How is she? ’ I informed him, reached for his knife and sliced on the fastening at the package deal. there have been a number of layers of fabric, rigorously stitched jointly, all of which needed to be lower away earlier than the article they hid will be published. We sat there in silence for some time taking a look at it and at last, Turk gave a low whistle, ‘Now that, my good friend, is absolutely relatively anything. That’s the place all of it hangs out. Do you think that it will possibly make her think larger?

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