He was still lying on his back, crammed into the tiny space with his knees tucked into his chest. Nor did he dream about Nikolei Drevin, the billionaire who had been behind it all. It didn’t matter which because he couldn’t make out what they were saying, and anyway, a moment later they were swept away down the dark river of his sleep. Because three weeks before, seven men had met in a room in London to discuss an operation that would make them many millions of dollars and would change the shape of the world. And the profits they’ll have made out of it will have gone straight into one of their other concerns, which you may not find so amusing. “About five percent of them are younger than you— and they’re traveling on their own. “And so now I suppose you’re thinking about sending Alex.” “We have no idea how our agents were uncovered,” Brooke went on. “Somehow this man—Yu—seems to know everything we’re doing. The trouble is, these gangs operate under a system known as guanxi. We need to get inside the snakehead in a way that is completely original and also above suspicion.” “A man and a boy,” Damon said. We’ve set him up as a refugee from Afghanistan planning to be smuggled into Australia. “In fact, we’d very much like to know who supplies Yu’s people with fake passports, export certificates, and the rest of it. Our agent was told to wait there until he was contacted.
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Then one had died of illness and two had been killed in the field. Alex still wasn’t sure what had just happened—how the SAS men had managed to get themselves into this mess. He allowed the noise of the engine and the cool night air to drift away, and seconds later he was sound asleep. His eyes were concealed behind designer sunglasses. “Please come in.” “We’re looking for the visa office,” Jack said.
The other nine had congratulated themselves on surviving so long with so few casualties. 5 ON THE ROCKS T W O D AY S L AT E R , A L E X had put his experiences at Swanbourne behind him. The other man was standing by the window with his arms folded.