Strategic Materials, the lifeblood of a protracted war. Winston Churchill called oil, ‘the blood of victory.’ Many other substances are equally important and when it comes to metals the island of New Caledonia is the source of several of these.


It is also frighteningly close to the East Indies and the Philippine Islands … territory held by the Japanese.

Steve Cowan is waiting for a refit of his plane that will allow him to fly home to the United States when he catches wind of a plot … his old nemesis Besi John Mataga has the hijack of a convoy of ore carriers and the theft of a classified shipping list in mind. Both will be brokered to a Japanese agent but first the list must be stolen from the Oland Point home of the local Port Captain and his sister, a refugee and one time movie star, Isola Mayne.

Before John Mataga can be counted out he must be run to ground and the only information Cowan has is the mustering point for one of the ships and the Japanese; Neangambo island in Nehue Bay.


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