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Hal and Roger Hunt are visiting New Guinea, one of the wildest islands in the world. But their adventure becomes deadly when the brothers discover that man-eating crocodiles and deadly snakes aren't the only things after their blood. They are pursued by an old enemy, who is out for revenge.
fare. Kaggs lost no time getting through the gate and out to the plane. Aboard the plane and comfortably seated by a window, Kaggs glanced out to see the taxi driver at the gate arguing with the guard who steadfastly refused to let him through without a ticket. The angry driver caught sight of Kaggs and raised a clenched fist. Kaggs smiled sweetly and waved. The plane took off and flew north between the Australian coast and the Great Barrier Reef. It passed over the supply ship that was
ripples. They seemed to be wondering whether it was alive. Was it some monster from the sea? ‘They act as if they had never laid eyes on any people like us,’ Hal said. ‘Probably they never have,’ said Captain Ted. ‘Hundreds of rivers come down from these mountains to the sea. Most of them have not been explored.’ ‘You’ve never been up this river before?’ ‘Never. Wouldn’t be here now if it hadn’t been for the storm. It’s a bad place to be. Frankly, I don’t know how we’re going to get out of
feet. The trouser-leg that had stopped the loss of blood was unwound from Hal’s back and the wound was sterilized and properly bandaged. When Pug was able to speak, it was not himself that he was worried about but Hal. ‘How you feel?’ ‘A little weak in the knees. But it could have been worse.’ ‘Worse, yes. The man who shot you wanted it to be worse. He wanted to kill you.’ ‘I can’t imagine who it could have been,’ Hal said. ‘One of our own men?’ ‘Nobody in our village would do that to you.’
shower projected two middle tail-feathers like long wires, each one ending in an emerald flag. ‘Takes my breath away,’ Hal said. ‘Lucky you had Pavo along. I suppose he got this for you.’ Pavo shook his head and pointed at Roger. Hal stared at his young brother with new appreciation. ‘You really did this yourself? I didn’t know you had it in you. How in the world did you catch it?’ Roger grinned but said only, ‘I’ll show you another crow.’ When he brought in the Ribbon-Tail, Hal sat bolt
the boys had captured one of these fabulous birds, possibly more than one. A bird of paradise smuggled into Australia would be worth thousands of dollars, depending on the number of its plumes. And Kaggs, snooping about, had seen the boys capture one of the famous New Guinea crocodiles, also a small one which would bring even more money than the big one because it would live longer. And he had seen them capture the fabulous Komodo dragon. They must have other things as well, all money makers.