By Peter O'Donnell
This most up-to-date installment within the Modesty Blaise pulp-fiction sequence opens with Willie Garvin, Modesty's dependable lieutenant, rescuing a Hong Kong businessman from a purple chinese language prison. The thrills proceed whilst Willie is abducted by way of Sibyl Pray and held prisoner on the Hostel of Righteousness, the headquarters for delusional terrorist Dr. Thaddeus Pilgrim, at the Greek island of Kalivari. The plot thickens as Willie is brainwashed into believing that Modesty has been killed and that he needs to kill her murderer—a girl who seems precisely like Modesty. while Modesty reveals herself abducted and taken to Kalivari, she is compelled to struggle in lethal gladiatorial strive against opposed to Willie. Peppered with inventive twists of fortune, different and unique destinations, and a solid of fiendishly evil villains, this can be a vintage Modesty Blaise adventure.
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She wondered. And why would he be willing to work at Captain's Cove if he did believe in the old curse? Thinking of David, she glanced curiously in the direction of the garage as they came out of the pandanus grove, but no one was there now. A moment later they heard the hum of hedge trimmers and spied David trimming the hibiscus hedge. Page 40 A middle-aged man in gray work clothes was with him. When the man looked up and saw them, he paused in his work and smiled pleasantly. Malia introduced Henry Hohu to Sara and Sam, and the yardman, still smiling, touched the beak of his work cap in a gentlemanly manner.
Page 43 Auntie Tura had said the idol wasn't gonethat it came back to curse Captain's Cove. Did those warning letters mean that it would appear again as it had when Alex Jensen owned the guesthouse? Were they warning Aunt Kay that harm would come to her, too, if she stayed here? Sara shook herself crossly. Like Auntie Tura and David, she was letting her imagination run away with her. There were no such things as evil curses put on people by the old gods and their idols. The ancient Hawaiian gods were long dead.
Aloha," he said, giving them the usual island greeting. While Malia went to her cottage to change her clothes, Kale Paule led them to a large central work table and offered them fluffy little cakes which he called taro cakes. Sara bit into the pastry and rolled her eyes upward in ecstasy. Kale said laughingly, "He'ono a he'ono. " Sara nodded. " The pleasant chef beamed at her compliment and went on about his work Soon Malia appeared outside the door in jean shorts and a blouse. The twins thanked Kale for the delicious taro cakes and stepped out of the kitchen and into the bright sunlight.