By Jack Higgins

After a harrowing betrayal, a soldier fights for redemption
within the darkest days of global struggle II, Captain Hugh Lomax used to be Greece’s final wish to force the Nazis from the island of Kyros. His bold project, and its excellent luck, must have ensured Lomax a hero’s welcome while he again to Kyros years later. as a substitute, he discovers that his allies at the island were carried out and the survivors manipulated to think that he had betrayed them.

Lomax is set to earn again the belief of the folk of Kyros. yet first he needs to discover the reality in the back of the murderous conspirators—before they could kill him.

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As he straightened, the barn door opened and Katina emerged. “I was once up within the loft awaiting you,” she acknowledged. “I’d began to imagine you have been by no means coming. ” He sensed instantly that whatever was once flawed and moved nearer, peering down at her. “Where’s Boyd? ” there has been a moment’s silence sooner than she stated slowly, “In the 1st stall. I couldn’t get him any longer. ” anything in her voice informed him what he may locate, yet he moved inside of speedy, taking his electrical torch from his pocket. Boyd lay on his again within the straw, his sightless eyes partly retracted, the arms that have been folded well throughout his breast, already chilly and stiff. “He was once very well until eventually we reached the pinnacle of the hill,” Katina acknowledged in a lifeless voice. “And then he had a hæmorrhage. I’ve by no means visible quite a bit blood. It took me approximately an hour to get him down right here. ” She began to cry and he dropped the Winchester and pulled her into his fingers. Her mild physique used to be racked with sobs and he held her shut and lightly stroked her hair. After some time, she looked as if it would have keep an eye on of herself and moved away. “I’m sorry. I’m behaving like a baby. you need to be setting out to the bay. You haven’t received a lot time. ” He was once drained, extra drained than he were in 4 lengthy years and not anything appeared to topic to any extent further. He took out a cigarette, lit it and blew out the smoke with a sigh and excessive up at the hillside the transparent bell-like cry of a hound sounded at the evening air. She gripped his arm fast and he acknowledged, “I idea I’d misplaced them in a water-course a mile again. it kind of feels i used to be wrong. ” “There’s nonetheless time,” she acknowledged urgently. He shook his head. “For you, Katina, yet now not for me. I’ll attempt to lead them away. the instant the taking pictures begins slip out during the olive grove and paintings your long ago over the mountain. I’ll depart you the Winchester. It involves items so that you might be in a position to cover it simply. ” “I won’t depart you,” she stated. He gripped her palms tightly. “Father John was once correct approximately me. struggling with and working, leaving other folks to stand the implications. It’s time I took a few of the blame myself. ” “But what function will it serve? ” she acknowledged desperately. “I don’t know,” he stated. “It might help the folks of Kyros, it may well now not. It’ll be worthy it if it purely is helping you. ” She used to be crying back, her head opposed to his chest. He tilted her chin, kissed her at the mouth as soon as after which driven her lightly away. With a short jerk he snapped the gold chain round his neck and dropped it and the coin into her hand. “I won’t be wanting this back. ” He pulled Boyd right into a sitting place, stooped and tilted him over one shoulder. The physique used to be strangely gentle and while he moved outdoor, the chilly rain stung his face, giving him a brand new power. The canines have been very shut now and as he crossed the backyard and moved alongside the song, they came around the crest of the hill above his head. He broke right into a shambling run and after some time became off the music and moved around the barren hillside. He paused on best of a small upward push, laid Boyd conscientiously down and became, unslinging his desktop gun.

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