The Diamond Hunters

By Wilbur A. Smith

The Van Der Byl Diamond corporation, willed by means of its founder to his son Benedict, daughter Tracey and estranged foster-child Johnny Lance, seems to be a bequest now not of affection, yet of hatred. For it's couched in such phrases as to supply Benedict an software of destruction of his bitterest rival. 'Destroy Johnny' was once the previous man's implacable message to his son, and, obsessively jealous of his foster-brother, Benedict units out in ruthless pursuit of this goal.

In a determined bid to aid Johnny, Tracey acquires for him the concession within the diamond-rich seabed around the coral islands of Thunderbolt and Suicide off the savage South West African coast, and Johnny throws all his assets into the development of a vessel that would recuperate the stones from the sea flooring and service his fortune finally. yet Benedict, already taken with unlawful diamond-dealing as a sideline, seizes this opportunity to assault his rival and, with a community of accomplices and a few creative digital tampering, plots to siphon off the diamonds. Johnny won't simply be ruined through his liabilities, he'll even be a giggling stock.

However, Benedict's obsessive jealousy is his undoing. He can't withstand stripping his rival of his appealing yet bitchy spouse Ruby besides, and while he then discards her, she takes her revenge, precipitating a climax of homicide and destruction that consumes Benedict at last.

Narrated with Wilbur Smith's impossible to resist using thrust, this can be a story of brotherly hatred, redeemed in simple terms via the deepening love among Johnny and Tracey. it truly is set in London, Cape city, at the thunderous seas round the ocean diamond fields and results in a last disagreement among Johnny and Benedict within the blistering hyena-infested barren region.

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She used to be rolling as no send used to be ever intended to roll, striking over on the restrict of every swing, in order that the wheelhouse home windows appeared yet a number of toes from the crests of the golf green waves. She hung like that as if she intended by no means to come back upright back. Then sluggishly, reluctantly, she swung again, dashing up as she reached the perpendicular and the nice mass of dust and water in her hull shifted and slammed her over on her different facet, pinning her like that for everlasting seconds earlier than she may possibly fight upright back for the cycle to be repeated.

I had a dream, a poor dream. carry me, please. Don’t depart, don’t go away me. ” Her whisper used to be nonetheless thick and muffled with tears. He had long past into her mattress and held her till eventually she slept. each evening after that he had long gone to her room. It used to be blameless and entirely childlike, the twelve-year-old woman and the boy who was once her brother, actually if no longer in identify. They held one another within the mattress, and whispered and laughed secretly till sleep carried them either away. Then all at once the citadel used to be blasted by way of the intense electrical glare of the overhead gentle.

His expression used to be of light shock. the tale of this new tragedy was once written within the sandy backside of the gully. In a space of milling, burdened prints the 2 males had argued. Johnny may possibly bet that Hansie had desired to flip again for the coast. He should have recognized that the line lay past the mountains, 100 miles away. He desired to abandon the test, try out for the coast and Cartridge Bay. The argument ended whilst he became his again on Benedict, and back on his previous tracks. there has been a melancholy within the sand from which Benedict had picked up the rock and him.

Hugo snorted. “You’ve been stacking it away for years. ” Benedict allow the barrels of the shotgun swing in the direction of Hugo’s abdominal suggestively. “Go ahead,” Hugo grinned at him, screwing up his light albino eyes. “That’ll go away you to paddle this canoe—you are looking to try out it? You’d pile her up at the bar on the entrance—that’s how some distance you’d get. ” Benedict swung the barrels apart. “Fifty,” he agreed. “Right! ” Hugo spoke swiftly. “Let’s get the hell out of right here. ” Wild Goose used to be away from the land, and of the towering blinding dirt clouds.

Tracey’s voice used to be sharp with alarm. “She’ll pump water and gravel into herself at pressures that might tear away the entire internal bulkheads. ” “This one? ” Tracey patted the metal plate. “It’ll pop like a paper bag. God, you don't have any notion of the ability in these pumps. ” “No. ” Tracey shook her head. “He’s my brother. He won’t do it, Johnny. He couldn’t homicide us. ” “By the time he’s finished—” Johnny contradicted her grimly, “—Kingfisher should be mendacity in 2 hundred toes of water. Her hull can be packed so tightly with gravel that it'll be like a block of cement.

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