By Alistair MacLean

The story of homicide and revenge set on a distant oil rig, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.
SEAWITCH the large oil-rig is the hub of a very good empire, the satisfaction of its billionaire proprietor, Lord worthy, predatory and ruthless, has clawed his method to nice wealth. Now, he cares for less than issues - Seawitch and his high-spirited daughters. One guy understands this: John Cronkite, trouble-shooter for the world's most sensible oilmen and Worth's ex-victim, is spoiling for revenge. in a single terrifying week, Worth's global explodes.

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His reduction used to be take place. ‘Well that might appear to disguise that. ’ ‘It covers such a lot of it,’ Benson acknowledged. ‘But now not all. one other very disagreeable and possibly terrifying crime happened this afternoon. I heard of it in simple terms an hour in the past, and it'll be the most well liked subject within the country this night. I purely desire to God that even supposing we have been under no circumstances accountable for it, we won’t be implicated in it. a spot referred to as the “Netley Rowan Armoury” used to be damaged into this afternoon. It’s imagined to be simply one other armoury insofar because the public is worried and so, frequently, it's. yet it’s additionally a TNW armoury: “TNW” suggest “tactical nuclear weapons”. of them have been stolen within the break-in, and seem to have vanished with no hint. ’ ‘God above! ’ The expression and tone of the fellow from Honduras competently mirrored the surprised emotions of everywhere in the desk. ‘Cronkite? ’ ‘My existence on it. No evidence, evidently, yet who the hell else? ’ Corral acknowledged: ‘No disrespect to Mr Borosoff the following, yet couldn’t the Russians, say, were looking a prototype? ’ Benson appeared as weary as his voice sounded. ‘The Russian have already got God is familiar with what percentage of these issues. It’s public wisdom that they've millions of them deployed alongside the border among the Warsaw Pact nations and Nato, a lot of them, it's suspected, extra refined than ours. The Russians want our TNWs the way in which they want bows and arrows. ’ Borosoff, regardless of the anxiousness he shared with the others, accepted himself the ghost of a grin of complacency. ‘Cronkite. The man’s operating wild. ’ Mr A acknowledged: ‘You imagine he’s so completely crazed as to exploit a nuclear equipment opposed to the Seawitch? ’ ‘I don't profess to appreciate the workings of an evidently diseased mind,’ Benson stated. ‘He’s able to whatever. ’ Patinos stated: ‘What’s this weapon like? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of. I phoned the Pentagon, a really senior legit there, yet even even supposing he’s an outdated good friend of mine he refused to free up hugely categorised details. All i do know is that it may be used as a land-based time-bomb–I consider that incorporates the ocean as well–or as an plane bomb. we will be able to disregard the second one use. it will probably purely be utilized in a restricted variety of supersonic fighter-bombers, in an effort to already, i guess, be less than the heaviest defense shield ever, which might strike me as a superfluous precaution as there's no probability that Cronkite, in spite of his evidently wide selection of contacts, may be aware of an individual who might fly a kind of planes. ’ ‘So what occurs? ’ ‘I imagine we’d higher seek advice an astrologer on that one. All i do know is that Cronkite has long gone stark raving mad. ’ Cronkite, aboard the Georgia, may have inspiration an identical of them. He had a role to do and he used to be doing it to the simplest of his skill. Had he identified of the prospective withdrawal of the warships that had sailed from Cuba and Venezuela he don't have been overduly involved. He had had a few imprecise concept that they may were beneficial to him as a canopy and a smokescreen. Cronkite’s vendetta opposed to Lord worthy was once a hugely own and very vindictive one, and he sought after nobody except himself to manage the coup de grâce.

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