By C. M. Palov
Photographer Edie Miller witnesses a homicide and the robbery of an historic Hebrew relic. Fearing specialists are complicit, she turns to a historian for support. Neither realizes the breadth of the crime, its ties to a central authority conspiracy, or its connection to the main worthwhile relic in history-until they're either marked for execution.
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The marines had the Sea Knight, a heli that looked like a baby Chinook. Its insides could be filled with a rubber fuel bladder to make it a mobile filling station. If they could make it to the coast, why not position a couple for the Seahawks and Cobra gunships to fill up at en route? It was a good idea. I wondered how long it would take Standish to claim it as his own. 8 The three-quarter moon would be up soon. Gary and Davy came to relieve us. We exchanged weapons; Sam and I now both had an AK and three spare mags.
Each time I squeezed the trigger, rounds disappeared into the left of the feed tray, empty cases tumbled out underneath and disintegrated link was spat out from the right. The whole lot rattled as it bounced off my Reeboks into the footwell. Soon I wasn’t the only one firing. Empty cases from Standish’s AK bounced off my back. Then there was a whole lot more from the compound. The pickups stopped in their tracks. Frankenstein and Davy were just visible above the perimeter wall. Fuck knows what they were standing on, but they were getting the rounds down and that was all that mattered.
Pierre Mulele, a rebel leader, was lured back on the promise of amnesty, but was tortured and killed by Mobutu’s boys. While he was still alive his eyes were gouged out, his bollocks were ripped off, and his limbs were amputated one by one. You could see where our machete-wielding mates got their ideas from. Mobutu had nationalized foreign-owned firms and forced European investors out of the country. His favourite trick was to hand the management over to relatives and close associates; theirs was to plunder the companies’ assets until the pips squeaked.
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