The Spanish Gambit

By Stephen Hunter

From Stephen Hunter, whose first novels confirmed him as a grasp of the espionage mystery, comes a richly unique, spellbinding story of overseas intrigue set opposed to the cataclysm of the Spanish Civil warfare.

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A person yelled to him. convinced, bravo," shouted Flon-y again, feeling excited and cynical straight away. He'd spent crude weeks tramping approximately within the dust with broomsticks with those boys-the rifles have been in basic terms issued recently-and but he felt part of it. What a jolly convey! What a spiffy send-up! It was once like '14, wasn't it, each person off on a bloody campaign. Pip, pip, do one's top, and all that. on the backside of the Ramblas, the parade wheeled to the left in an never-ending torrent less than the watchful, cool eye of Christopher Columbus on the best of his pedestal, and headed alongside the large street on the lip of the port till it arrived on the station, a grand Spanish development, all monument and stem urpose and majestic vainness. inside of its sooty portals, in spite of the fact that, the Spanish expertise for disorganization reasserted itself aggressively after the relative precision of the parade. Flony chanced on himself stalled less than an unlimited double-vaulted ceiling crammed up with steam and noise. part the lighting fixtures within the huge cavern have been off and searchlights prowled approximately, illuminating emerging columns of steam theatrically. It was once a close to insurrection. unexpectedly, the queue started to stream. Florry complex to the teach after which the move broke down back, leaving behind him within the throng correct on the portal of the auto. He stood, one boot up at the step, his heavy rifle over his shoulder, his package on his again and a water bottle at his belt, like a 1914 victory poster. He felt absurd. couldn't the Spaniards do something successfully? It looked as if it would take eternally. stable Christ, how can they wish to win a conflict and end a revolution in the event that they can't even refill a teach in an orderly type? "Robert! Oh, Robert. Thank God! " Her hair was once pulled again significantly less than a black beret and she or he nonetheless wore the sexless mono and plimsoles, yet her eyes had that particular, sleepy grace, and whilst she smiled as she fought her means throughout the infantrymen to him, he felt a burst of delight scalding as steam and proposal he'd faint. but he additionally felt himself pulled up brief and breathless with anger. Sylvia, off to observe her little hero do his bit. "Hello, Sylvia," he acknowledged, uncertain what else to claim, owning no opinion as to what might ensue subsequent. "I needed to see you. I hated how you simply went off. " He was once shocked on the anger he felt. "God, Sylvia, is that this scene relatively precious? " i Vdmanos, ingl@s! " a sergeant yelled from the automobile. He was once maintaining up the road. He stepped out to enable the others dossier by way of. "I need to go," he stated gruffly. "They're on the brink of exit. " "Robert, I needed to see you one final time. " "What nonsense! You have been the person who driven me away. You have been the one that sought after a few room. You have been the one that needed to have studies. You paid your debt, Sylvia. Flony had his enjoyable, bloody strong from it used to be, too. You owe me not anything. " "I owe you everything," she acknowledged. "I wish you to grasp how a lot I recognize you for this. Like Julian, you will write background instead of approximately it. " "What garbage! you have been analyzing too many posters. Nothing's occurred up there in months.

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