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By Alistair MacLean

A vintage story of espionage, mystery missions and unique destinations which out-Bonds Bond, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.

Eight task advertisements.
Eight jobs. 8 experts in smooth expertise required.

Eight scientists to fill them.
Applicants to be married, with out little ones, and ready to shuttle. hugely persuasive salaries.

One felony mastermind.
Eight positions stuffed. 8 scientists - and their better halves - disappear. Completely.

One undercover agent to prevent him.
Advertisment no.9. Sydney, Australia. gasoline expert required. appears like a role for John Bentall…

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