By Wilbur A. Smith
The Van Der Byl Diamond corporation, willed via its founder to his son Benedict, daughter Tracey and estranged foster-child Johnny Lance, seems to be a bequest no longer of affection, yet of hatred. For it truly is 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 help 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 ground and service his fortune eventually. yet Benedict, already all in favour of 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 by way of his liabilities, he'll even be a giggling stock.
However, Benedict's obsessive jealousy is his undoing. He can't face up to stripping his rival of his attractive 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, it is a story of brotherly hatred, redeemed purely by means of the deepening love among Johnny and Tracey. it's set in London, Cape city, at the thunderous seas round the ocean diamond fields and results in a last war of words among Johnny and Benedict within the blistering hyena-infested wasteland.
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Hugo hit him a stinging open-handed blow around the cheek. “We agreed no killing—and you set us all immediate. ” Hugo’s recognition was once concentrated thoroughly on Benedict who had sponsored into the furthest nook of the wheelhouse. He massaged the darkish pink finger marks that stained his cheek. “You set scuttling fees in Kingfisher—didn’t you, you soiled son of a complain? God, I hate to imagine what you’ve performed with Lance and the woman. ” open air the typhoon was once nearing its climax. A rain squall swept down on Wild Goose—a yes signal that the wind needs to quickly drop. immediately Hugo switched at the rotating wipers to transparent the rain from the reveal, as he persisted to harangue Benedict. “I observed you attempting to homicide the Italian. Christ! What for? He’s considered one of us! Am I subsequent in your checklist? ” “He had the diamonds,” mumbled Benedict. “I used to be attempting to get them from him. ” And Hugo’s expression replaced; he grew to become clear of the wheel and stared at Benedict. “You haven’t obtained the diamonds? Is that what you’re asserting? ” His tone was once nearly damage. “I tried—he wouldn’t—” And Hugo left the wheel and was once around the wheelhouse like a white leopard. He grabbed front of Benedict’s coat, and screamed into his face. “You left the diamonds! You stick my head in a noose—and i am getting not anything out of it. ” He used to be trembling with rage and his light eyes bulged from their sockets. taking a look into these eyes Benedict learned his personal risk. within the time it had taken him to go away Kingfisher’s deck and succeed in the wheelhouse of the trawler he had made up our minds to permit Hugo imagine that Sergio nonetheless had the diamonds. Squeamish as Hugo approximately drowning Johnny and Tracey, regardless of his repeated calls for for “No killing,” Benedict knew intuitively that Hugo had no goal of splitting one million kilos’ worthy of diamonds with him. as soon as Hugo used to be sure that Benedict had the stones on board, Benedict knew there has been no likelihood that he may achieve South the United States alive. The crossing may well take weeks, the staff of the trawler have been in Hugo’s pay and dependable in simple terms to him. Benedict needs to sleep, and they might take him within the evening. nonetheless, in fact, Benedict had no goal of splitting one million kilos’ worthy of diamonds with Hugo Kramer. He allow his voice whine as he cringed in Hugo’s grip. “I attempted. Sergio had them. He wouldn’t—that’s why I shot him. ” Hugo drew again his hand to slap Benedict back. Benedict twisted just a little, and drove his knee into Hugo’s crutch, sending him excellent again around the wheelhouse, clutching himself among the legs and whimpering with the soreness. “Right, Kramer,” Benedict spoke softly. “That’s a bit lesson for you. Behave your self, and you’ll get your fifty grand at the different facet of the Atlantic. ” They stared at one another. Hugo Kramer susceptible and faded with soreness, Benedict status tall and conceited back. “Treat me lightly, Kramer. I’m your meal-ticket. bring it to mind. ” Hugo gaped at him. The positions had reversed so speedily. He pulled himself upright and his voice used to be thick with soreness, yet humble. “I’m sorry, Mr.