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Author Robert Mitchell

The hijacking of the Ocean Pearl should have been carried out without the shedding of blood, without the death and destruction which they had experienced in Afghanistan, in East Timor, in Iraq, and in other places which would sometimes haunt them in the depths of night. But once begun, once the Pearl had been taken, death and destruction followed as it had done in those other places. It had been [...]

Jaipur, India. A runaway field-gun crashes into an archway in the Amber Fort during the last years of Queen Victoria's reign, revealing a cache of jewels hidden centuries earlier by the Rajput Raja of Amber. Corporal Robertson and three of his comrades quickly spirit a quantity of the precious stones away from their hiding place. A century later, the corporal's great-grandson, James, a retired [...]

David Dunlop has left his wife of twenty-nine years. Life had become dull, so he moved into a small apartment with a young woman from the office. But that arrangement has become dull as well. He draws up a chair before the dying fire and relives the women in his life, how they had excited him, how they had stirred the fire in his chest. He remembers Annie, the girl whose hand he almost got to [...]

THE AXE, ALFREDO & Other Stories
The Axe: The desolate Australian outback is not a place to become stranded without water. Is it the stone axe which leads the desperate man to think he has been saved? Or is it all in his mind and is death creeping up silently? Alfredo: Is it possible to place a curse on a violin, a curse which will hunt down the members of one family? The Bed: A marriage needs a bed. It needs more than just a [...]

In 1942 Allied aircraft attack a Japanese ship sailing out from Tianjin, China. The wounded ship, carrying a small part of the 6,000 tons of gold looted by Japanese forces from Nanking, limps into Qinhuangdao on the east coast of China. A small military detachment transports the gold to a long-forgotten ancient hillside tomb, forcing Chinese peasants to carry the gold deep inside the mountain. [...]

EMAILS FROM CHINA [Two Aussie Teachers Far From Home]
These are the emails we sent home to Australia from the two schools in China at which we taught. They were mostly written only hours after the experiences and emotions which they describe. They were written to friends from whom nothing was held back. They describe the schools, the teachers, the students, places we visited, and the experiences which took over the greater part of our lives during [...]

The Katerina Icon
Could it really lead them to icons which once belonged to Catherine the Great, ruler of all of Russia two and a half centuries ago? The ancient Cossack swears that an icon given to him by his grandfather contains a code which will point to the secret hiding place of priceless icons which were looted from the imperial palace by Bolsheviks during the early years of the Russian Revolution. He gives [...]

The tomb of the Chinese general had remained hidden beneath the pale yellow clay of Shanxi Province for fifteen hundred years, untouched until a twelve-year-old boy fell through the roof. Concealing the damage he had made, Benny tells no-one. Fifteen years later, now living in Australia, he tells his friend Charlie of the terror he felt when he had crashed down among the grave goods. Charlie [...]

Dark Eye of the Jaguar
They knew nothing of the curse when they found the jewel; a large dark Columbian emerald embedded in the centre of a gold bishop's cross. The cross had been hidden within a secret compartment in the antique mahogany writing box they had purchased at the Dirt Market in Beijing. The compartment had remained sealed since the days of the Boxer Rebellion, well over a hundred years ago. And with the [...]

"Marijuana!" he cried out as soon as the others had moved away. "We move fifty tonnes of marijuana from Australia to Singapore!" I sat up with a jolt. I should have leapt from the chair and kept moving and never looked back. They were just ten words, but those ten words had sealed my fate. Greed had got the better of me, greed and the excitement of the challenge. But it wasn't until the waves had [...]

The Khilioi
For almost ten thousand years the Khilioi have lived in their city beneath the remote Australian desert, undisturbed and unknown. They cause a small aircraft flying overhead to lose power. It lands nearby. The Deka, the lords of the Khilioi, rescue the pilot and his girlfriend and take them to their city, a city they will never be allowed to leave, not even after their purpose has been served - [...]

The Emperor's Jade
The dragon seal of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, will be the most valuable ancient artefact to come from the Middle Kingdom, if they find it. For over two thousand years the secret hiding place of the jade seal has been just that - a secret. But the accidental destruction of a small antique porcelain pillow reveals the secret, and leads the young Australian teacher and his Scottish [...]

The Stone Dog
20th September 1917 - Wakaya, Fiji. The Count Felix von Luckner, Master of the German raider Seeadler, lowers a sealed iron chest into the waters of a small unnamed bay under cover of darkness. 17th December 1971 - Cairns, Australia. The chance mention of von Luckner's name revives memories of boyhood tales of the secrets of that far-off night, and of the iron chest watched over by the stone dog. [...]

THE CRYING STONES [The Lucinda Legacy]
Diamonds, eight million dollars' worth. It was the pearl lugger Lucinda which led the fathers of the sons to the sparkling stones. It was the lugger which bequeathed the legacy of that fateful day in March 1942 to those sons. But are the crying stones still waiting in their secret place, the secret place where one of the fathers hid them to keep them safe? Do the stones still weep for the dead [...]

Are the iron chests, chests filled with Golden Eagles - gold coins issued by the United States of America in the 1930's and coveted the world over for their rarity - still on board the USS President Coolidge as she lies in her watery grave off the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu? Or were they removed soon after she sank in October 1942? Three people set sail from Townville, Australia, to seek [...]

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