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The right of Michael Parker to be identified as the Author of this Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.


Copyright © Michael Parker 2007


First published in Great Britain by Robert Hale Ltd.


All characters in this publication are fictitious and resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. Any person who does so may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.




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For my dear wife, Patricia,

for her patience and belief.






I would like to thank my nephew Matthew Parker for his

invaluable help in opening up the world of computers for me.

I would like to say that I have used Matthew’s undoubted

skills and interpreted them to suit my story, which of course

is a complete work of fiction. I apologise to Matthew

for any technical errors and claim them for myself.






Other titles by Michael Parker


Hell’s Gate

Shadow of the Wolf

The Devil’s Trinity

A Covert War

Roselli’s Gold (formerly The Third Secret)

A Covert War

The Boy from Berlin

Past Imperfect




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Breggie de Kok turned the Uzi machine pistol on to its side, clipped a magazine in place and cocked the weapon. She slipped her finger through the trigger guard and curled the other hand around the short stock of the barrel. Then she raised it slowly, caressed the cold steel and aimed the barrel at Joseph Schneider’s head. Her finger tightened around the trigger, squeezing it carefully. She moved the gun forward slowly until the snub nose was pressed gently against Schneider’s temple. He didn’t move but lay there motionless, his chest rising and falling in a steady rhythm as he breathed in and out slowly.

Breggie could feel her heart beating strongly deep in her chest. So strongly that she could feel it through her fingertips. She held this state of balance between her mind and the blunt hook of the trigger for several seconds. Then she relaxed and breathed out, released the trigger and moved the gun away. Picking up a ski mask she felt a delicious tremor course through her body. Breggie de Kok had now brought herself to a high state of adrenalin powered tension and was ready to kill.

“One of these days Breggie, my darling, you will make a mistake and forget the safety catch. Someone will die.”

This laconic appraisal of Breggie de Kok’s mind warping gamble came from the relaxed figure of Joseph Schneider. He lay close to her, stretched out on his back, his blond hair curling over the fingers of his free hand which he had cupped behind his neck. Across his waist was a Kalashnikov AKS 74, folding stock, assault rifle, cocked and locked.

Breggie leaned forward and placed a hand on his leg and squeezed it gently.

“You never flinched, my darling, so you must have known the safety catch would be on,” she said softly, feeling his strong thigh muscle. “And let’s not forget; we all have to die some time, Joseph my sweet.”

She took her hand away and leaned back against the trunk of a small tree. “And today might be that time.”

Breggie de Kok had come a long way from her birthplace and middle class upbringing in South Africa. She had been born in Johannesburg, the daughter of a high school teacher and a consultant engineer. And she was white. This conferred on her the riches and privileges that wrapped the white tribe in a sanitised barrier and separated them from the grinding poverty of the townships populated by those who had also had a claim on the right to be called South African; but they just happened to be black.

Breggie de Kok’s formative years had been idyllic. Her parents doted on her and she had no brothers or sisters to claim their share of attention. She had it all: a life of comfort, luxury, servants and virtually anything she wanted.

As a child she developed an eager and natural interest in animals, including all beleaguered and endangered species. As she grew older, Breggie wrote letters to other animal welfare support groups and bombarded government ministers with complaints about the treatment of such animals by the black people of South Africa. She overlooked the centuries of African culture and the native relationship with the animals. What Breggie didn’t understand then, and her parents did nothing to disabuse her of the idea, was that she was evolving into a racist, blaming everything on the black people. It seemed perfectly natural to her that blacks belonged where they were and were responsible for almost all the crime and cruelty that undermined the potential in South Africa.

Breggie took up many causes on her path to University, pinning her colours to the mast with youthful enthusiasm at first, but which eventually became adult determination. Some of the groups that Breggie joined often became involved in activities that could only be described as being just inside the law, but she found she enjoyed the action and adrenalin rush,

particularly when those activities involved physical confrontation.

Breggie entered the University of Witwatersrand and majored in Politics and Economics. She gained her degree, indulged her aggressive opinions and threw herself at life.

In the ensuing four years, Breggie attached herself to the cause of the Whites and fought against the ANC, the African National Congress, believing that she would continue the perceived struggle and become a major, political figurehead. Such was her hatred of the black people, Breggie was more than just a willing volunteer and agitator, and went on many active ‘missions’ against them. But in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, Breggie realised that world politics and powerful politicians had rendered her cause useless, so she left her homeland and went to England.

It wasn’t long before she found her spiritual home and became involved in all manner of protests and demonstrations where she knew she would meet others of her persuasion. She attached herself to a growing animal rights group and found herself at her happiest when she was attacking animal centres, so called vivisectionists and anyone who the group considered a legitimate target.

But Breggie found her real calling when she killed her first, innocent victim; a doctor who unfortunately was at the scene of an attack one night when Breggie’s group raided a Beagle farm. He was gunned down and died of his injuries. It was Breggie who had shot him. The group were appalled at the dramatic and unseen turn of events, but such was Breggie’s strength and dominance within the group, there were others who rallied to her, elevating her to the role of leader.

Breggie revelled in her new role within the group, but her place as the most zealous among them brought its own dangers and the police finally arrested her. In court she could not be charged with the doctor’s murder, nor be held responsible for

his death, but she was sentenced to a year in prison and deportation back to South Africa.

When she returned to South Africa, Breggie stayed long enough to see her parents but within a week she turned up in Germany. South Africa was no longer the place where she wanted to be. With her blonde hair, good looks and fine figure, she was a magnet for all kinds of people. But it was her chequered past that attracted the most ruthless, and it wasn’t long before Breggie was bound up in another cause.

She looked once more at Joseph and pouted her lips. She was happy, this was where she belonged. This was her strength. Soon it would begin.


Immense wealth sat comfortably on the shoulders of Manfred Schiller like the well cut, expensive jacket he was wearing; wealth that had been accumulated by a high intellect, courage, shrewd investments, hard work, plotting, cheating and scrupulous planning. Wealth that reached stratospheric proportions as he looked down on other billionaires from the lofty plateau of his rightful place as the world’s richest man. Wealth that came from armaments, oil, communications, aerospace, commerce and banking. Schiller’s wealth was the kind that beckoned Presidents and Monarchs. It was wealth where others bent the knee and touched the forelock.

If a man’s wealth was a measure of his power, then Manfred Schiller was the most powerful individual in the world, and that power meant that although he was now eighty five years of age, no man, King, President or commoner dared keep Herr Schiller waiting.

On this occasion however, he was quite happy to wait. And, strangely for someone who was quite used to dealing with the most powerful people in the world, he was as nervous as a kitten.

Manfred Schiller had been waiting in the gleaming lobby of the Schiller Memorial Hospital’s private wing for over thirty

minutes now. He remained on his feet, refusing the offer of a chair. He was a tall, elegant man without the stoop that often accompanies old age. His hair, thin and white was swept straight back over his head. His features were sharp and chiselled, with a strong, aquiline nose. The good looks of his youth had long disappeared, but he was still a handsome man, and he could remain standing with even the youngest.

 The private annex to the Memorial hospital, built with Schiller’s money, had been named in honour of Schiller’s only son, Hans, known as Hansi, who had been killed in a flying accident six months earlier. Outside the annexe, beyond the glass doors, which were engraved with the Schiller crest of a Golden Eagle, a large crowd of
and well-wishers had gathered and were waiting patiently with other members of Schiller’s security staff.

All out-patient appointments to the private annex had been cancelled that day to allow complete privacy and security for Schiller’s group. Visitors to patients who were already in the private wards had been told to report to the reception desk in the main hospital complex, and from there they would be escorted through the main hospital to the private wing. The complete privacy afforded to this man by the hospital was unprecedented but not altogether unexpected.

The reason for the gathering of the
and changed arrangements for private clients of the hospital, the security for the obvious trappings of serious power in the hands of one man, and for his willingness to wait patiently in the lobby was a one week old, infant boy: Manfred Schiller’s grandson.


Breggie de Kok loved telling Joseph that it was time to die. It was one of her silly expressions she used when everything had been planned down to the last detail and there was little chance of any of them dying for their cause. As was the case with all terrorists, their cowardly acts ensured almost certain survival for themselves. There were some risks but the dice was always loaded in their favour. And as was often the case, there were some serious backers financing the group.

Breggie and Joseph were concealed in a slightly elevated position among a copse of pine trees just a metre or so above the road. They were wearing camouflage fatigues, which meant they were practically invisible to any casual observer; certainly to anyone who would not expect them to be there. They had a clear sight of the private road that climbed up the hillside and through the trees to the residence of Manfred Schiller. To their right, about twenty metres or so from them was their American comrade in arms, Karl Trucco.

Trucco was sitting with his back to the road, leaning against a tree. He was quite still, but his mind was working methodically, carefully. He knew what he had to do; what was expected of him. They had rehearsed it all so very carefully so that nothing would go wrong and it would all be over in less than a sixty seconds.

He let his hand fall to his side until it touched the cold metal of his weapon. Like Schneider, he had an AKS-74 rifle with him, but his was fitted with a Zeiss scope. It had been zeroed at a range of 50 metres. Karl was a crack shot. He needed to be because nothing would happen until he had taken out the lead driver.


Manfred Schiller wasn’t alone in the hospital lobby. With him was a small group of people: the Director of the hospital, Klaus Beidecke who was the foremost gynaecologist in the country, Doctor Schumann and Schiller’s private secretary, Michael Strauss. The young receptionist, closeted behind her desk could almost feel the power emanating from the wealthiest man in the entire world and whose presence at the hospital ranked even more importantly than a visit from the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 Doctor Schumann and Herr Beidecke were talking quietly together, their conversation almost a deferential hush. Strauss, on the other hand looked quite relaxed while he made monosyllabic comments to Schiller. Occasionally the old man would acknowledge him with a faint smile or a nod of the head, but always his eyes were glued to the internal glass doors at the far end of the lobby, looking for movement.

“Here they come,” Strauss said to him suddenly, tipping his head to one side. He could see the group through the glass doors. Schiller’s eyesight was not particularly good, so he was not aware of them until the doors slid open almost without a sound.

He stepped forward as his daughter-in-law Joanna, Hansi Schiller’s beautiful young widow, accompanied by her obstetrician and her personal nurse appeared at the doors. Joanna was carrying her week old baby son; the reason for Schiller’s agreeable acquiescence to be kept waiting. Something he was not used to but quite happy about. Also with Joanna were the baby’s nanny, Helga and other members of the hospital nursing staff.

Schiller held his hands forward. A warm, parental countenance softened the features of his face as he walked across the lobby to the small group. Joanna was beaming, her eyes not leaving the infant for more than a few seconds. She looked up at Schiller and the expression on her face was the same as any proud mother who was leaving the maternity ward with her brand new baby boy.

Beside Joanna, Helga beamed. She was the young, eighteen year old family friend who had agreed to defer her University place to spend a year as Nanny to the baby. She had been a great comfort to Joanna since the tragic death of her husband, and was almost like a young sister to her.

Schiller smiled at Joanna. “I am so proud of you.” He kissed her gently on the cheek which she proffered, then he looked at the baby.

 “He’s lovely.” A small, almost wistful trace of sadness clouded his features for a moment. “I wish Hansi could have been here to see him. He would have been so proud.”

The reference to his dead son tempered that moment with a deep sense of loss for them both. But it was immediately replaced with their happiness that here at last was Hansi’s infant son.

Schiller turned to the obstetrician and shook him warmly by the hand, thanking him for everything his staff had done. Then he thanked each attendant nurse and finally put his arm protectively around Joanna’s shoulder.

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