Double Back by Mark Abernethy

By Mark Abernethy

Alan McQueen, aka Mac, the intrepid hero of Golden Serpent and moment Strike, is a difficult, true-blue, and inventive Aussie. An intelligence agent, Mac spends loads of his time doing undercover paintings in south east Asia. Double again sees Mac placing his lifestyles at the line struggling with risky forces who will cease at not anything to sink the independence flow in East Timor. battling the nice struggle, Mac discovers a plot to exploit a perilous ethno-bomb which kills in basic terms local East Timorese—who do not proportion the ethnicity of so much Indonesians. Can Mac safe the ethno-bomb prior to it truly is too overdue?

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Stopping inches in front of Mac, Berger flicked his eyes upwards in a silent command. Stowing the Steyr across his shoulder blades Mac grabbed the railing of the truck’s built-in ladder and climbed the three-storey vehicle onto the spill apron of the dump tray, then stealthed across it until he was looking down into the windows of the men’s quarters. The sound of helos thwacked and throbbed in the dawn stillness as Mac took a pair of fold-up Leicas from his breast pocket and focused them on the windows below.

The crisis in East Timor and the wider ramifications of the Australia–Indonesia relationship had created a panicked demand for intelligence product from departments such as Prime Minister & Cabinet, Foreign Affairs, Trade, Defence, Treasury, Customs and the Australian Federal Police. East Timor was a tiny province with a Portuguese colonial history, but it occupied an island between Flores and northern Australia, and if its ballot for independence from Indonesia disintegrated into a slaughter of civilians, then Australia had to decide not only how to respond, but whether it would agree with Jakarta’s wishes or insist on a universal concept of human rights.

Yes, Mr Jeffries,’ said the Filipino. ‘Two and quarter hour to Jakarta with government charter flight. ’ Jakarta was the wrong direction and Mac mulled on it all the way into Halim air base on the outskirts of the vast capital of Indonesia. For the past eight months he’d been working covertly out of Lombok as Don Jeffries, consultant to foreign logging and mining companies, making sure they were greasing the right palms. One of the big problems with trying to exploit the natural resources of places like Borneo, West Papua and Sulawesi was inadvertently channelling your kickback to the wrong person, the other governor, the chief of police rather than the minister for policing.

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