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Author Robert Mitchell

It was Stretch who suggested they should steal a small launch and sail it from Brisbane to Cairns. It was Jazza who told them that the idea wasn't stupid; it was the size of the boat they were thinking of stealing that was stupid. They were all bored, some in low-paying jobs, others unemployed, none of them with much of a future. And so the subject was tossed around until the small group of [...]

Corporal Robertson served in the British Army in India during the last years of Queen Victoria's reign. A runaway field-gun which had crashed into a pillar at the Amber Fort in Jaipur revealed a cache of jewels hidden hundreds of years previously by Man Singh, the Rajput Raja of Amber. The corporal and three of his comrades quickly removed a quantity of rubies from the pillar and hid them at [...]

David Dunlop is fifty-five years of age. He has left his wife of twenty-nine years and now sits before a dying fire in the dismal flat he has leased as a love nest to share with a young woman from the office. Why did he leave his wife? There was no valid reason. He had merely felt that his sex life had lost its energy, its fire, and the thrill which had been there with all those women in his [...]

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? Will the curse be terminated with the destruction of the [...]

It is early 1944. Allied aircraft attack a Japanese ship sailing from Tianjin, China, bound for the Philippines. The 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 Japanese military detachment transports the gold to an ancient unfinished tomb buried under a landslide. There, at bayonet point, [...]

EMAILS FROM CHINA [Two Aussie Teachers Far From Home]
These are the emails which we sent home to Australia from the two schools in China at which we were teachers. They were written as our lives progressed from day to day. Our thoughts were written down as we then felt them, not a year or more later when memories had dimmed. They were written days and sometimes only hours after the experiences and emotions which they describe. They were written to [...]

The Katerina Icon
The ancient Cossack gives his treasured possession to two Australians who rescued him from an icy death. The old man swears that this early 20th Century icon contains a code pointing to the secret hiding place of priceless icons looted from the imperial palace by Bolsheviks during the early years of the Russian Revolution. Now, almost a century later, these rescuers, two lifelong friends, must [...]

For fifteen hundred years the tomb of a general buried during the Three Kingdoms dynasty has remained hidden beneath the pale yellow clay of Shanxi Province; guarding the secret to the mysterious tomb of the first great emperor of China - Qin Shi Huang. Two young Melbourne University tutors believe they can break into the general's tomb, believe they can loot the tomb of its ancient artefacts, [...]

Dark Eye of the Jaguar
An antique mahogany campaign writing box is purchased from an old man at the Dirt Market in Beijing. A gold bishop's cross is found inside a secret compartment, long hidden since the last days of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. At the centre of the cross is a large Columbian emerald, said to be cursed. In another secret compartment there is an un nished letter telling of a brass chest containing [...]

"Marijuana!" he burst out as soon as the others had moved away. "We move fifty tonnes of marijuana out of Australia!" I sat up with a jolt. "Good God, Nick!" I gasped. "Fifty tonnes! There's not that much in the whole bloody country." "I can get it," he replied quietly. "Where do we move it to?" I asked. "Singapore." "How?" He leaned back into the armchair, smiling like the Cheshire cat from [...]

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

The Emperor's Jade
For over two thousand years the secret hiding place of the jade dragon seal of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, has been just that - a secret. But the accidental destruction of a small ancient porcelain pillow reveals that secret, and leads the young Australian teacher and his Scottish friend away from their peaceful college at Nandaihe on the shore of the Bo Sea, drawing them up into [...]

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. The Lucinda, the pearl lugger that led the fathers of the sons to the sparkling stones. The lugger which bequeathed the legacy of that fateful day in March 1942 to those sons. A legacy kept hidden until ... But are they still waiting in their secret place? Do they still wail for the dead and those soon to be dead? The sons of the fathers, urged on by that [...]

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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