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Scientist Alex McAuliff has been hired by Dunstone, Ltd. for $2 million to survey the geology of Jamaica's dark interior. But his reception to the island is far from warm. Someone wants him dead - but who?

When British Intelligence learns of Alex's mission they let him in on a little secret - the last survey team never made it home. And Alex is left with only one clue to survival, a single mysterious word: Halidon.

©1996 Robert Ludlum (P)1996 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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A nearly incomprehensible story of a research project in Jamaica where British intelligence, innocent academics, commercial interests, and a poorly-characterized primitive tribal cult intersect. Hijinks follow. Ludlum was clearly in his formative years with this one, but since it is only available in this abridged edition, it is hard to tell how much the abridging process disfigured the original story. One fatal flaw that is certainly Ludlum's is his insistence on referring to Jamaicans by their race. "The black man got into the car", "the two blacks followed Alex", etc. Thank goodness times have changed and we no longer teel compelled to use skin color as a handy label.

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