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Post by 936trt » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:06 pm

Gary was having difficulty believing that anyone from OED could be involved in bugging the Embassy.

" Are you absolutely sure about this Heather?"

Heather: " I am Gary. We have discussed this with the psych office because the staff targetted is a common factor in all the instances of infiltration of which we are aware, including the Overseas Building Operations department ,the American equivalent to our OED."

Gary: " I have to ask who was it ?"

Heather: " It was Osbourne's friend Gus.Even more unexpected as he has been with OED even longer than our Geordie friends."



Back at Uncle Percy's site the lads are trying to relax with a few drinks after the night's exertions.

Dennis: " I have to say this place is giving me the willies,it seems to be a magnet for violence , particularly directed at us !"

Neville: " Whenever there's the promise of something nice coming our way someone or something manages to bollocks it up."

Wyman: " I still don't see how these buggers can just take over the operation like this. It's just like the wild west."

Moxey: " Well don't expect help from the fuzz.I've tried them ,they just say they're undermanned."

Oz: " Ordinarily I would say let's just gan over there and kick the shit out if them , but they are all tooled up and we're not.Apart from Den like with his Saturday night special."

Dennis: " Bollocks Oz ,it's just as well isn't it?"

Barry: " Stop it you two, STOP IT, we've just had a really narrow escape, these buggers will be back probably with their mates and we're just sat here talking."

Moxey: " I've left a message with the local fuzz for what it's worth , and come daylight they'll probably send a car out. But right now I think it would be a good idea to get some reinforcements, maybe talk to Detlef or Chris, what do you reckon lads?"

Barry :" I'm with Moxey on this lads there's no telling how far these sods will go, and we have families to think about."

Neville: " So you think it's us personally they are after?"

Moxey: " You know Gerry ,well he told me they've been all over this area for weeks which means they know we're the ones farming the aloe and the heaps are on Chrissy's land .Yes I reckon it's personal."

Dennis: " I'll give our lad a bell .No point in letting the missus know just yet, and he might have a few ideas,he's pretty close with Chris these days. Has Tatiana still got Anna and your two staying over at your place Barry?"

Barry: " Yes but I haven't 'phoned her. I didn't see the point she'd only worry, however if these orientals could be a threat to our families we need to be taking protective measures."

Neville: " You're dead right Barry , us three have all got people at risk back on Cuba.I'd feel happier if there was someone keeping an eye out for my missus."

Dennis: " You're right but lets not panic just yet. Let's see what Detlef and Chris can do."

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Gus ? Bollocks !
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As Heather recounted the events after seeing Tarquin in the restaurant Gary realised the risks that she had taken and would still be taking . It made him feel a little foolish.

Heather:" I pretended I hadn't seen him when we met the following day. He had taken the bait and believed that Grainger and I were an item in more ways than one. I have a tape of the conversation." As she played back the recording she glanced at Gary and gave him the faintest smile." I offered to pour the coffee and switched on when I fished some sweeteners from my bag."

Tarquin: "Don't look so coy Heather I know what you are up to with Grainger."

Heather in a nervous voice:" What do you mean?"

Tarquin: " Your boyfriend is toast. So tell me what you know about REE?"

Heather: " Tarquin you are a prat. Piss off." There was the sound of smashing crockery followed by a double back hander.

Tarquin: " Don't talk to me like that again you silly bitch or I'll really hurt you.Now tell me what he's been doing."

Heather (stifling a sob):" He's been trying to get a better deal than the one Tishenko is offering."

Tarquin( laughing) :" I know ."

Heather : " If you know why are you asking me?"

Tarquin: " My people value loyalty and I need to know you are truthful.If you lie I will find out. Graingers enquiry found its way to us ,but we prefer to deal direct. So you can help me if you don't want to find yourself back in Havana."

Heather: " Seems like I have no option."

Tarquin: " Clever girl. Now I have arrangements to make for a meeting in Miami and I expect you to attend.We have recently acquired a shareholding in the outfit extracting the rare metals. However I understand our new investor is asking for a quicker return ,and while not impossible it requires some engineering on the site in Jamaica and this guy is willing to fund it.We then need to send a shipment to the customer who is very excited by the latest assay showing how more enriched this deposit is."

Heather: " What do you want me to do?"

Tarquin: "You can start by telling him what you just told me.Think of him as another Jeffrey Grainger.I can see how much you're going to enjoy that.I'm sure he will be as generous as Jeffrey. I'm told he prefers more mature ladies. Give me your numbers and I will let you know when and where we are to meet.Heather I have always admired your professionalism,so be assured this REE business is only part of the picture.You can be part of a potentially much more lucrative venture and it is right up your street with your knowledge of embassies and their procedures."

Heather: " That sounds interesting Tarquin but I have to say I'm not comfortable with your plans for Grainger.I'm not one for physical violence."

Tarquin: " Don't worry about that.It's always taken care of by our Japanese friends ,they have specialists in that area.Did I tell you they are Yakusa?"

Heather: " No you didn't but I hear there methods are somewhat robust."

Tarquin ( Stifled laughing):" I was just thinking how Mr and Mrs Taylor are enjoying their new found status. I could have taken Mr Taylors accountant's advice and had the boys pay them a visit but I thought that was extreme .I preferred to send a few emails and the odd letter.How unfortunate the aloe farm is so near to the spoil heaps. Well well this has been very stimulating but now I must be going.Until we meet again.I will be in touch in the near future."

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Re: Aloe Goodbye

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mmm this is gettin ugly. :evil:
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The lads had made great inroads into the beer in Wyman's kitchen but Oz had discovered what Moxey said was an emergency stash in a 'fridge in the shelter.

Oz: " So what made you call it an emergency stash young'un ?"

Wyman: " Cos normally it wouldn't get touched unless there was an earthquake or something like that. By the way where did Barry go just now?"

Moxey: " He said he was just going to look at the state of the motor home. We all heard breaking glass so I guess he wants to check it out."

Dennis: " Well ya bugger I've just got a text from Detlef. He reckons they're going to pick us up in less than an hour. Chris is over here on business and thinks it's best we clear off as soon as possible."

Neville: " Anything about the womenfolk or kids?"

Dennis: " Yes they sent a car for Tatiana and the kids ,they are already at the airport. Chrissy and Dagmar left Havana for the ABC islands yesterday and as we speak Ofelia and Sofie are staying at the Hope residence ."

Moxey: "All present and correct then?"

Oz: " Except for Barry,he's a long time at the van , I'll go and check."

Moxey: " You can't say it's ever boring here can you, not like that job for Fraser ,Thornley Manor .Warm beer,miserable natives and bugger all to do."

Oz : " Except for Harry's place ,you know the country and western club?"

Neville: " Aye ,alright for you with a job in a non existent garage. For the rest of us it was a bloody boring nightmare."

Moxey: "Can you hear that,there's someone outside again. I never heard Barry coming back." They all ran back up the stairs and as they reached the outer door the sound of a helicopter deafened them .Someone was searching around from the front of the chopper with a very bright light .As it came down in the open space by the site Dennis noticed some tail lights disappearing in the direction of the spoil heaps. They saw a figure detach from the cabin and come running across in their direction.It was Chris.

Chris: " Is everyone here Wyman, we need to leave quickly ?"

Wyman: " I can't see Barry,he went to check out the motor home a few minutes ago,I'll see if he's there."

Chris: " Can you all get on board please. I've been told that a large party is heading this way and they are probably not friendly."

Wyman: " There's no sign of him, he's left that daft hat behind and the door to the motor home is wide open."

Dennis pointing in the direction of the aloe farm "I've just seen a jeep heading off that way at speed .Do you reckon someones grabbed him while he was in the van?"

Neville: " Bloody hell I can see a convoy coming this way lads."

Chris: " Right we're off, we'll come back for Barry after we get the children to safety."

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Post by Tracy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:29 pm

Oh dear me, Mrs Hope is on the whining train, again. Barry is kidnapped, again...
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As the lads are making their way into the helicopter Dennis puts a hand on Chris's shoulder.

" Hang on Chris we can't leave without Barry. Did you say his missus' is at the airport with the kids?"

Chris: " That's correct Dennis."

Dennis: " So they are not in immediate danger?"

Chris: "Not as far as I'm aware but the consensus was to take them somewhere more secure."

Dennis: " I take it this was at your meeting with Gary and the others,before Barry went awol?"

Chris had the beginnings of a smile." Indeed Dennis."

Dennis: "So there is no reason for us to clear off straight away?"

Chris:" Apart from the convoy Nev has just seen."

Dennis: " Can we not just go away from here for a few minutes and make a plan to get Barry back?"

Chris: " Ok ,everyone in . Sit down,here we go." Chris took off and flew south from the site landing just a few miles from the sea.

Chris: " I guess this will be far enough ." He got up from the pilots seat and lifted two Bergens from the luggage compartment." I take it none of you are armed?"

Oz: " No apart from Den ,he doesn't go anywhere without his trusty sidepiece."

Dennis: " Shut it Oz."

Chris: " Ok let's see what Kenny keeps in these."

Dennis: "Was Kenny expecting trouble?"

Chris:" Not really he's always likes prepared when we are in the field so to speak. Let's see, two nightscopes,they'll come in handy. Six automatic pistols plus spare clips, two Glocks, your favourite weapon I understand Oz? "

Neville: " Your favourite Oz, didn't know you were into guns?"

Oz looking a little embarassed. " Well Den's been showing me ." Chris continued ,handing a pistol to Wyman and a rifle to Moxey.

Chris: " I know you two are familiar with these."
He turned to Nev." I have it on good authority you are proficient with this type of thing?"

Neville: " How do you know so much about my proficiency with weapons?"

Chris: " I thought it would be remiss of me not to take an interest particularly after the attempts in our collective lives . I also know Gary had to approve your small arms training. Certainly the loss of Amanda made us all sit up and pay attention. I know that Oz can handle a Glock in the same way I know about you .Ofelia told Dagmar and she told Pru who in turn was told by Chrissy that Moxey had gone on a refresher course."

Neville: " Refresher course Moxey?"

Moxey: " Aye well Elena and me were in a gun club back in Australia and with all the recent hassle thought I should brush up a bit."

Dennis: " Dear me we could be the wild bunch."

Chris: " I don't need to remind you we may well have to use these and as Dennis knows there's a big difference between shooting at targets and shooting at people."

Oz: " I hear what you're saying Chris but we have all had a hassle because of Kadi and Raoul in the recent past,this is just a variation on the same theme. Mind we're not the Expendables but if Barry is in trouble we'll see him right." Chris was looking hard at Oz which had the expected effect."What's up Chris, don't you think we're up to it ,what's wrong ?

Chris: " I need to say this Oz and don't misunderstand me.If you had to shoot someone you know to save Barry would that be a problem?"

Oz: " What kind of question is that pal?" Den could see Oz getting wound up.

Dennis: " Chris can you get to the point , you must see why Oz could be annoyed."

Chris looked at his watch. "We will have to get a move on chaps but I need to tell you I had a meeting just before coming here with Gary and Heather."

Oz :" I thought she'd gone over to the other side."

Chris: " Yes you are not alone and that was what you were all to think. Anyway I will explain details later but one thing that came out of her undercover operation was someone in OED was involved in bugging the embassy offices." Oz is still looking impatiently at Chris. " I'm sorry Oz but Gus was caught red handed smuggling eavesdropping devices into the building."

Oz: " Are you absolutely certain about this Chris. Me and Gus go back a long way. I've known the lad for ages ?"

Moxey: " Bloody hell Chris ,we all know him .It's because of him we were convinced we should join OED after the Russian gig all those years ago ."

Neville: "Hells bells ,is it me or do we seem to keep on stumbling around into really horrible situations?"

Dennis: " Look lads all we know right now is the bad guys may have our Barry locked up and we are the rescue team.Let's concentrate on that ok Neville?"

Neville:" Aye Den ,I suppose you're right Barry's our priority as of now."

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Post by Tracy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:06 pm

Puts a whole new spin on being 'tooled up for the next job are ya Geordie ?'
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They flew due south following the road for a few minutes landing near the coast.

Moxey: " We can't be too far from Gerry's trailer ,I know it's parked just off this bit of the road.I bet he's got an idea what's going on at the camp,we should have a word."

Chris: " How far do you reckon Moxey?"

Moxey: " No need to ask Chris I can see him .He found us, he's just over there." They all looked where he was pointing and there was Geronimo ,arms crossed shaking his head. they all piled out of the helicopter.

Gerry: " You guys always make this much noise?"

Moxey: " Hi Gerry,ok?"

Gerry: " Problem Moxey?"

Moxey: " Yes.We think the orientals have got our mate Barry Taylor you know the guy with the aloe business."

Gerry: " Not good Moxey.They are not nice to each other, I've seen them, so with a stranger......"

Moxey: " Gerry if they have got him we must get him back. Can you tell us how far to their camp and how many stay there?"

Gerry: " Since they screwed the reactor I guess another twenty have come.It looks more like an army camp now.It takes me an hour in the truck. Pity ,if your chopper had stealth mode we'd be there in minutes." Gerry tried to grin ,it didn't work.

Wyman gave Chris a nod and walked back to the chopper.

Chris: " What's up bro'?"

Wyman : "I have to say this Chris.Leave off .I'm sure you think it's for the best but these guys are my mates.It's no good trying to keep us , or specifically me, away from any action. Barry is a friend and we must try our best to get him back.."

Chris was looking down at his feet." Is it that obvious?"

Wyman: " If I see it then the others will. It looks like you prioritise my safety .I know to you it's the family thing but these fellas are my family too.Did you think we would leave him behind?"

Chris: " Not really but knowing that Kenny and the others are on their way it seemed to make sense to get us out of immediate danger."

Wyman: " Ok bro' let's leave it for now .Why do you think they have taken Barry?" Just then they heard the radio crackling and it was Kenny asking where they were.

Kenny: " We just found the house burning and chased the bad guys across the aloes. We are parked just outside their camp.Over.

Chris : " That settles it no need for stealth.Kenny we regrouped when baddies came to the house.We think they have Barry .Repeat we think they have Barry Taylor. Be with you shortly. Out."

Gerry touched Moxey's arm." Moxey is there room for me?"

Moxey: " I'm sure there is but it's very risky Gerry."

Gerry: " Ok Moxey the big fella is with us ,he says it's ok."

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mmm very Black Hawk Down.
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Barry woke up with a sore head and realised it was only dark because of the blindfold. His hands were tied behind his back and he was upright in a chair. Well this is an improvement on Thailand except for the restraints he thought. A door opened somewhere close and he could hear an exchange between two of his captors, then silence.A different door opened, someone approached ,removed the blindfold and held a paper cup to his lips.He drank greedily until the cup was taken away. The bag was replaced over his head and he heard the door close. A telephone conversation ensued in the next room, the door opened again, his blindfold removed and his hands freed. He was handed a mobile 'phone by another oriental guy who indicated Barry should talk .

Barry: " Hello ,Barry Taylor. Who's this?" Barry could hear laughter and then a voice he immediately recognised ." Tarquin bloody Pearce." It was more of an involuntary reaction from Barry.

Tarquin: " Yes Barry ,we meet again.I hope your accommodation is to your satisfaction. Sit tight old boy I'll be with you before too long .We have such a lot to talk about."



Heather Lane had just got out of a taxi into a hot and humid South Miami Avenue. The sky was blue and it was a day that would ordinarily have held promise in spite of the traffic fumes until she remembered why she was here. Heather, distracted by the scenery during the journey had allowed her concentration to slip.However this, her first meeting with the new investor, had been arranged by Tarquin .Fortunately for her he would not be attending having been called away to Jamaica for some reason he did not share. As per instructions she reached a park entrance ,stopped and looked at her watch. She heard a vehicle pull up along side and the passenger door open. As Heather looked up she heard the driver say " Miss Lane, I'm to drive you to your meeting .Please get in." So far so good she thought exactly as Tarquin had explained . The driver spoke to her." My name is Dave and I will be taking you to the conference centre where lunch is arranged for you.Please sit back and make yourself comfortable there are drinks in the console by your seat."

Heather: " Where are we going Dave?"

Dave : " Just sit back and enjoy the ride Miss Lane."

Heather did just that and realised this guy was no amateur .He had executed half a dozen unneccessary turns in the first fifteen minutes and was clearly watching for someone tailing him. Heather knew that Kenny's operatives were just as skilled if not more so, and relaxed. They crossed a Causeway she recognised and thought they were heading for South Beach. Suddenly Dave accelerated, turned sharp left into an underground carpark and, locking the car behind him ,ran to a private elevator. The car doors sounded particularly heavy she thought so no signal from a tracker .The lift came back down and Dave reappeared with a slim dark girl .
As he opened the passenger door Dave introduced the girl." Miss Lane this is Naomi ,she will take you up to the conference centre.I expect to be of service again.Bye bye."

Naomi showed her perfect teeth as she guided Heather into the lift.She pressed the button marked Penthouse and stood politely to one side until they reached their destination.The door opened and Naomi escorted her along the corridor to a suite overlooking the sea. There was a table set for two outside.A man of average height with greying hair turned as they walked over .
Naomi: " Miss Lane this is our CEO Mr Fraser." Heather had seen photographs of Ali Fraser after the problems with the Hope family and it was obvious he had been to the best cosmetic surgeons .He took Heathers hand and said."Please call me Ali everyone does.I'm so very pleased to meet you Heather."

Heather: " I was told you are a very gallant gentleman but I was not ready to be swept off my feet Ali." Heather smiled and looked directly at him.Putting the lie to that last comment would do no harm ,she didn't want him to think she was too naive after all.

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Chris landed east of where Kenny's group were located in an aloe plantation within sight of the spoil heaps.


Chris: " Kenny are they still around, we saw no signs of life between here and the coast?"

Kenny: " They are holed up inside three portable buidings close to what's left of the reactor, and there are four maybe five, lookouts, everywhere but the western road in."

Detlef: " Hi Den ,everyone ok?"

Dennis: " Aye young'un ,we're wondering what we can bring to this party mind.Your guys seem to have enough firepower to start a war."

Kenny laughed. " It may look that way Dennis but Chris always says it's best to be prepared for anything. Before you ask we have only a vague idea where they might be holding Mr Taylor but in the last half hour we think Mr Big must have arrived .A chopper landed and a welcoming party came out and walked with him over there ." Kenny handed Den a night vision scope and pointed.He could just make out the building Kenny had indicated.

Dennis: " Well I can't see that it's guarded, do you think that's where Barry is held?"

Detlef: " The visitor was escorted there and hasn't come out .We have a couple of our guys watching each of the buildings on the chance of a sighting."

Chris: " I've just got a text from Gary. Our US colleagues tell him there is intel about the new investor your asset is meeting in Miami. His sponsor, for want of a better word, left for Jamaica a few hours ago. My guess is this recent arrival is Tarquin Pearce. Dennis, you can fill us in .Why has this Pearce guy interested in Barry? "

Dennis: " We all know there is no love lost between them. Pearce believes Barry to be responsible for him being taken hostage by the Hom back in Thailand years ago.The reality is different. I would guess that Gary will know more if they have been able to talk with Heather. The fact he is here doesn't look good for Barry though. I would guess he might have something nasty in mind, you know retribution? "

Oz: " Can I say guys we should be trying to get him out. Who knows what that bugger might be doing while we're blathering here?"

Neville: " I agree, isn't there something we can do, quickly?"

Moxey: " If there's no one in sight couldn't we just creep up and have a look through the window .At least we could make sure which hut he's in ?"

Kenny: " That was an option until we found electronic surveillance is set up around the three nearest cabins. We need to disable that before we could get near."

Detlef: " Perhaps a diversion would offer an opportunity for a look see?"

Dennis: " Good idea young'un. What's the plan?"

Chris: " Dennis how fast are you over a hundred metres?"

Dennis: " Bollocks ,I'll hold your coat Chris, if you fancy your chances."

Kenny: " Very funny but he has a point Den.We are better equiped for this kind of gig mate. Don't take it the wrong way.
I know the ideal place to set off the alarm ,and while their attention is at the opposite end of the site someone has a dekko over there. If he's there we extract him and withdraw.OK?"

Detlef: " Any ideas about Pearce .Do we waste him or take him back ?"

Chris : " I would guess our US friends will be in the queue to have a chat."

Oz: " So not a shoot-to-kill job ? "

Moxey: " As much as we might like to....."

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Post by Tracy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:04 pm

"At least we could make sure which hut he's in."
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When Dennis recounted the proceedings to Dagmar the following day he said that everything had happened so quickly there wasn't time to take it in. It started with an enormous explosion which subsequently burned out a 4x4 and a small lorry used on the site. Following a high pitched whistle, which was the signal to rush the cabin housing Barry, and as it turned out a very surprised Tarquin Pearce, Kenny's guys worked their way from the opposite end of the cabins dispatching only those offering resistance. It was over in less than ten minutes.
They had seven prisoners including Tarquin.
Chris piloted the lads back to Cuba and Kenny flew the other helicopter first to the JDF compound at Kingston airport, dropping off the six surviving Yakusa, and then taking Pearce for a friendly meeting with Chris' American friends at an undisclosed landing site.

Neville had time to check his mobile to find a missed message from Debbie. In a telephone conversation with Vicki she learned that during a recent visit to Kenny Ames he told Vicki that Ally was being chased by a Central African gentleman . Apparently this chap was anxious to know if his investment had borne fruit.Kenny was highly amused as the source of the intel was the same man who arranged Ally's boat trip from Tangiers all those years ago.Ally had continued to use him as a middle man for what he called his more sensitive financial transactions. He arranged for large investments to be made by Ally, using funds originally allocated as aid by the UN as well as international charities. However the press had recently published a list of acquisitions made by said gentleman in the last three years which included a second private jumbo,a fleet of German saloon cars, an island in the Caribbean and a share in several Hollywood movies. He said it was urgent that no shortfall was detected when the treasury was audited in a week or so.

Neville: " I guess we now know why Ally is keen for a quick return .He's taken this guys cash and events have overtaken him."

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Private Jumbo. Like the lads had in Thailand ?
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