By W.E.B. Griffin
October 1942. At a mystery rendezvous aspect off the coast of impartial Argentina, a small service provider send provides offers to Nazi submarines and raiders. The OSS is deternined to sabotage the operation whatsoever worthy. yet one of many key saboteurs they have enlisted--a younger U.S Marine--must struggle his personal inner most conflict among accountability and honor. simply because he used to be selected for a reason--to achieve belief and aid of his personal flesh and blood. a robust Argentinian known as "el Coronel." the daddy he by no means knew...
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The Fieselers and the Piper may well good have simply dropped into the Estancia San Pedro y San Pablo for a cup of espresso and a pleasant chat with our previous comrade-in-arms Jorge Guillermo Frade. yet it’s much more likely that I’ve come across a gathering of the Grupo de Oficiales Unidos. So what to do now? flip round and return to Buenos Aires, hoping that nobody has spotted an respectable military automobile flip round on the subject of the home? There are gauchos within the fields. It’s totally attainable that they're published as guards or lookouts, and they despatched one in all their quantity galloping around the pampa to the home to file a military motor vehicle at the highway. slicing around the pampa, they could get to the home lengthy prior to I do. Innocence, i feel, is the easiest face to place in this. If I have been putting the Grupo de Oficiales Unidos lower than surveillance, i'd infrequently appear in uniform in a military Mercedes. A burly guy in a brown go well with stepped off the shaded verandah as Martín’s motive force used to be establishing the door for him. there has been anything approximately him—his bearing, his immaculate shave—that made Martín suspect he had spent a wide element of his lifestyles within the military, and doubtless within the Cavalry. That needs to be el Coronel’s chauffeur and bodyguard, Martín made up our minds. Suboficial Mayor—Sergeant Major—Rodríguez retired with el Coronel Frade from the Husares de Pueyrredón. “Buenas tardes, mi Coronel,” the guy acknowledged. “I wish to see el Coronel Frade,” Martín introduced. “Does el Coronel anticipate you, mi Coronel? ” no doubt approximately it. The gauchos alerted them to my arrival, and this fellow is Suboficial significant Rodríguez, Retired. “No, he doesn't. ” “If you may be so style to attend, mi Coronel, i'll see if el Coronel is at domestic. ” “Gracias. ” mins later, the retired soldier used to be again. “If you can be so style as to return with me, mi Coronel. ” El Coronel Jorge Guillermo Frade, donning driving breeches, boots, and an open-collared blouse, used to be looking forward to him contained in the condominium, in a wide room with a major hearth framed with carved and gilded wood columns that seemed as though they belonged in a museum. the ground used to be approximately lined with Persian carpeting, underneath which a red-tiled ground should be obvious. “I am Coronel Frade,” he stated, delivering his hand. “Welcome to Estancia San Pedro y San Pablo. could I provide you with a cup of espresso? whatever improved? ” Martín saluted ahead of taking the hand. “I am Martín. At your carrier, mi Coronel. No, thanks, Señor. ” “How may well I assist you, Coronel Martín? ” Martín took his credentials from his pocket and prolonged them to Frade. “How did a good cavalryman develop into attached with the BIS? ” Frade requested. “It is a protracted and painful tale, mi Coronel,” Martín stated, smiling. “I am at your carrier, and that of inner defense, Coronel. ” “This is a fragile topic, mi Coronel,” Martín stated. “Absent extra urgent tasks, el Almirante de Montoya could have dealt with this himself. ” “Why don’t we get to the purpose, Coronel? ” Frade stated, greater than a touch of impatience in his voice. “I have a few pictures, mi Coronel,” Martín stated, attaining into his briefcase for the envelope containing a dozen from the greater than fifty pictures Habanzo had laid on his table the day prior to.