By Dennis Wheatley
'Before there has been James Bond, there has been Gregory Sallust.' Tina Rosenberg, Salon.com
The White Witch of the South Seas is the 11th in Dennis Wheatley's bestselling Gregory Sallust sequence that includes the debonair undercover agent Gregory Sallust, a forerunner to Ian Fleming's James Bond.
A spellbinding tale of event and intrigue advised within the precise Wheatley culture, that includes Gregory Sallust who, while vacationing Rio de Janeiro, turns into drawn into perilous motion. situation results in him turning into the buddy of a tender South Seas Rajah, Ratu James Omboluku, there to safe finance to get well treasure from a sunken send mendacity off the island he ideas; and he intends to exploit this treasure for the betterment of his people.
But others, led by way of the unscrupulous Pierre Lacost, also are making plans to recuperate the treasure, and it isn't lengthy ahead of Gregory, having an affair with the passionate Manon de Bois-Tracy, unearths himself surrounded through homicide, magic, blackmail, kidnapping and a few of the main ruthless thugs he has ever encountered.
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Yet my scare proved worthy it, because the view from the pinnacle is extraordinary. ’ Gregory sighed. ‘Why are we Europeans such fools as to spend our lives swarming like ants in hideous towns, once we may possibly dwell during this South Sea paradise? ’ With a grin James answered, ‘If just a 10th of you settled within the South Pacific very quickly issues right here will be simply as undesirable. Even with out that, our golden age of satisfied isolation is already over. raises in inhabitants, technology and modernisation are placing an finish to precise relaxation and easy pleasures. We, too, are doomed to develop into the sufferers of the rat race. ’ ‘Yet you propose to foster that unsatisfied kingdom of items. that's, if we get the Spanish gold. To mechanise your local industries, construct a canning manufacturing facility etc, is sure to take action. ’ ‘The gold! sure. My brain has been so fascinated by the result of my folly in Noumea that I had nearly forgotten approximately it. I worry, although, that through now both Lacost may have made off with it illegally or de Carvalho may have divers at paintings salvaging it. at the least, the latter holds the licence, so it is going to no longer be effortless to contest his rights. I shall, notwithstanding. The Maria Amalia went down lengthy earlier than the French grew to become the masters the following. within the identify of my ancestors who governed the following then, I suggest to assert it. ‘But you're correct, in fact, that the genuine welfare of my humans and my plans for them clash. but how am i able to stand by means of and watch them being exploited through the emerging tide of Indians? Modernisation will come right here in any case. no less than it is going to be greater for them if i will be able to reach controlling it on their behalf. ’ As they grew to become to go into the bure, an outdated, half-blind guy who looked to be sound asleep at the doorstep by surprise observed them, stood up and went down on his knees. James spoke to him and stated to Gregory, ‘This is Sukuna. He has been our doorkeeper for longer than any people can take into account. In his adolescence humans have been nonetheless consuming human flesh. i'm going to ship him for Kalabo, my head servant. we are going to have a tub whereas he has breakfast ready for us. ’ ‘By that i assume you suggest a bath? ’ ‘You hate them, don’t you? ’ James chuckled. ‘But your good fortune is in. You appear to have forgotten that i used to be knowledgeable within the British demeanour. I, too, like to chill out and lie soaking; so, whilst I succeeded my father I had 3 baths put in right here. ’ the inner of the bure was once similar to that of Manon’s, other than that it was once a lot better, the patterned designs of woven bamboo at the partitions extra complex, and that at the nice tapa-covered beams have been imposed complete rows of beneficial whale enamel and the white cowrie shells that, via culture, in basic terms Royalty is authorized to exploit for adornment. Kalabo got here in and made smiling obeisance. He used to be a tremendous guy, as tall as and lots more and plenty broader than his Ratu, with a pouffe of black hair that should have measured shut on eighteen inches backward and forward. James spoke quickly to him within the sing-song local tongue, then informed Gregory: ‘I have ordered him to ship 4 of my males to protect the Frenchmen and provides them meals. it is going to be rather pointless to take away them from the hangar, at the least until eventually our subsequent weekly plane is due in, and that may not be for the subsequent 3 days.