The Dark Side of the Island

By Jack Higgins

After a harrowing betrayal, a soldier fights for redemption
within the darkest days of global warfare II, Captain Hugh Lomax used to be Greece’s final desire to force the Nazis from the island of Kyros. His bold venture, and its great good fortune, must have ensured Lomax a hero’s welcome while he back to Kyros years later. as a substitute, he discovers that his allies at the island were accomplished and the survivors manipulated to think that he had betrayed them.

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

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Most likely a automobile had attempted to pass the bridge and he had realised that whatever should have long past mistaken. “Is there sufficient? ” Lomax demanded. Boyd shrugged. “Depends how stable the rules are. during this weather, the mortar in those outdated constructions is mostly beautiful rotten. ” He associated the wires to a small, battery-operated detonating field and nodded. “You get the truck relocating. once I listen the engine, I’ll set this factor for thirty seconds. ” Lomax moved open air speedy. The lifeless sentry nonetheless crouched at the ground of the cab, flies crawling over his face. Lomax dragged him out and clambered at the back of the wheel. The engine roared into existence and as he moved into equipment, Boyd ran out of the doorway and swung up beside him. Lomax grew to become so tightly that the off-side wheels lifted. As they speeded up around the backyard, a person fired a Schmeisser from one of many top storeys, the bullets kicking fountains of dirt into the air ten yards to the left after which they have been during the gates. The explosion, whilst it got here, used to be great and within the riding replicate Lomax observed an outstanding cloud mushroom above the partitions, the tower emerging from its centre. For a couple of moments it remained directly and real after which it appeared to lurch to 1 facet. It began to fall in gradual movement, accumulating momentum because it disappeared into the airborne dirt and dust and smoke. Boyd were leaning out of the window and he became with a smile and wiped blood from his face with the again of his hand. “I don’t brain telling you i used to be frightened there for a second or . ” “I nonetheless am,” Lomax informed him. “The we’re at the different part of the mountain, the higher I’ll love it. ” He took the truck down during the ravine in a cloud of airborne dirt and dust and braked sharply as they got here out into the open. A German troop-carrier had simply rounded the shoulder of the mountain a number of hundred yards lower than and used to be relocating in the direction of them. there have been in basic terms seconds within which to behave and he gave Boyd a shove in the direction of the opposite door. “Get out of it,” he shouted. Boyd didn’t argue. He jumped to the floor and Lomax took the truck ahead in a burst of pace. A second later, he opened the door and jumped. The Germans appeared blind to their threat until eventually the final second after which their motive force swung the wheel of the troop service so sharply that the motor vehicle heeled over into the trench because the empty truck rolled earlier. Fifty yards extra on, it went over the sting of the line and disappeared from view as one other troop-carrier got here around the shoulder of the mountain. As Lomax climbed out of the trench and began around the highway, a dozen infantrymen ran in the direction of him. He dropped to 1 knee and loosed off an extended burst that despatched them diving for defense after which endured around the highway and commenced to scramble up the slope. in the back of him, the grey-clad figures fanned out as he labored his approach up diagonally, protecting to the guard of the boulders. He paused as soon as and a bullet kicked up airborne dirt and dust uncomfortably shut and he ducked and saved on relocating. They have been shut now, very shut. He slipped, wasting his footing, and slid again numerous paces at the steep slope and heard a cry of triumph in the back of him that was once instantly by means of an explosion.

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