By Jon Evans
Veronica Kelly got here to Africa to begin her existence over. nonetheless reeling from her divorce, she is thankful while a good-looking stranger invitations her to affix a travel to go to gorillas in Uganda's wild Impenetrable woodland. a visit that is going desperately unsuitable whilst their workforce is captured by means of brutal gunmen.
Then one vacationer is executed.
And then another.
This is not any random kidnapping: their abduction is barely the 1st flow in a dangerous strategic video game. A video game within which Veronica's ex-husband is one way or the other involved.
Now she needs to embark on a wild trip throughout Africa, to unveil a malignant conspiracy prior to it consumes complete international locations - and hundreds of thousands of lives...
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Mine's rather gradual. " "Yeah. there isn't any fiber hyperlink to east Africa but, everything's via satellite tv for pc, it is a soreness within the ass, excessive latency. yet this laptop has a DSL connection to the hub, and i have given my own information the top precedence on their satellite tv for pc hyperlink. Making this actually the quickest net connection in Uganda. " He is going to Dogpile. com and kinds within the geographical coordinates of that mysterious payment close to Semiliki. Dogpile delegates the request to all the world's significant se's, and assembles the collective effects right into a unmarried checklist. the 1st access is entitled UNHCR Semiliki. "UNHCR? " Jacob asks, puzzled. "I comprehend that one. " Veronica leans ahead, . "United countries excessive fee for Refugees. It needs to be a refugee camp. did not Susan say the camp she labored at was once in Semiliki? " "Did she? yet that isn't Susan's quantity. " Jacob doublechecks. "No. She's now not on Mango. this can be one other cell. another person at that camp. " "Someone else. " Veronica considers. "Maybe Susan is aware who. might be Derek did not invite her to Bwindi simply because she's blonde and beautiful. might be she was once a lead. " "Huh. " Jacob leans again instinctively to imagine, winces because the strain motives the 5 whip wounds on his again to flare up, and hunches ahead back. He closes his eyes and attempts to rearrange all of the proof swimming in his brain, organize them into a few logical series. "OK. So Derek used to be investigating a smuggling ring and rumours they have been hooked up to terrorists. He invitations you and Susan to Bwindi simply because he desired to make neighbors and sound you out, Susan simply because she labored on the camp, you due to Danton. " "Where else? " Veronica asks. "Where have been his different calls? the place in Kampala? " Jacob switches again to the map filled with balloons, and zooms in at the Google highway map of higher Kampala. There are markers virtually all over the urban, either purple and orange, yet a couple of dense clusters stand out. "This is here," Jacob says, indicating a bit cluster at the east part of the town. "Calls to my mobile. this is often Derek's house, through the Sheraton. " A dense clump of crimson close to the guts of city. "And this is his workplace. " A thick cloud of purple and orange to the north. "Those orange markers in his place of work, that different quantity, that needs to be Prester. " "What approximately this? " Veronica asks, pointing at a pile of orange markers a bit south of downtown, among the Sheraton and the taxi park. "No proposal. they are all of the comparable quantity. no longer Prester, now not the Semiliki quantity, another individual. " He tests again opposed to the uncooked facts. "He began calling that quantity 3 months in the past, and he is been calling them ever considering that, a pair instances per week. What do you're thinking that potential? " "I have no idea. None of this makes any feel to me. " She seems at him. "Why are you exhibiting me all this? " He hesitates. "I concept you would be . " "I am, i assume. yet why now not take it to Prester or the united states Embassy or anything? Or did you already? " "No. we will not do this. " She blinks. "Why now not? " "Think approximately it. Derek was once organize by means of anyone he was once operating for.