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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 The opinions expressed in this book are not those of the author Pirst published 1954 by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd This edition published 1956 by Pan Books Ltd, Cavaye Place, London swio 9P0 23th printing 1979 All rights reserved ISBN 0 330 10573 6 Printed and bound in Great Britain by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) LW, Bungay, Suffolk Thisbookis sold subiect to the condition that it shailnot, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise ci I EARTH AND THE OVERLORDS THE volcano that had reared Taratua up from the Pacific depths had been sleeping now for half a million years. Yet in a little w It was quiet here beneath the palms, high up on the rocky spine of the island. The only sound from the Project was the occasi A mile beyond the reef, the James Forrestal had switched on her searchlights and was sweeping the dark waters. The sun ha The thought of Russia turned his mind, as it always did, to Konrad, and that morning in the cataclysmic spring of 1945. More t a parting that symbolized everything that had since happened to the world-the cleavage between East and West. For Konrad For thirty years he had assumed that Konrad was dead. It was only a week ago that Colonel Sandmeyer, of Technical Intellige Mr. Hoffmann, the Colonel had begun, in his best official manner, "I've just had some alarming information from Washington. I The Russians are nearly level with us. They've got some kind of atomic drive-it may even be more efficient than ours, and the Yes, thought Reinhold, I know. The race is on-and we may not win it. Do you know who's running their team? he had asked, not really expecting an answer. To his surprise, Colonel Sand-meyer h You knew a lot of these men at PeenemOnde, didn't you? said the Colonel. "That may give us some insight into their methods Konrad Schneider is the only one who matters, Reinhold had answered. "He was brilliant-the others are just competent engine He hadn't meant this as a criticism of Intelligence, but for a moment is seemed as if Sandmeyer was going to be offended. Th Democracy-Nuts! thought Reinhold, but knew better than to say it. One Konrad Schneider was worth a million names on an e The sun which had deserted Taratua was still high above Lake Baikal when Konrad Schneider and the Assistant Commissar f Why the long face? asked Grigorievitch suddenly. "You should be happy now. In another month we'll be on our way, and the Y You're an optimist, as usual, said Schneider. "Even though the motor works, it's not as easy as that. True, I can't see any seri Don't worry, laughed Grigorievitch. "They're the ones who are going to have the big surprise. Remember-they don't know a th Schneider wondered if that was true, but decided it was much safer to express no doubts. That might start Grigorievitch's min The guard saluted as he reentered the administration buildmg. There were nearly as many soldiers here, he thought grimly, a He was already at work on his final report when the sound of shouting voices disturbed hint. For a moment he sat motionless He was already at work on his final report when the sound of shouting voices disturbed hint....
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