Asian Saga 05 - Noble House by James Clavell

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3. "Still falling," he said. " Dunross squinted at the windows. Now the rain streaks were almost horizontal. " "Yes, but now she'll be hove to somewhere off the Philippines. Captain Moffatt's too canny to get caught," Struan said. "I don't agree. Moffatt likes hitting schedules. This typhoon's unscheduled. " Dunross sipped his wine thoughtfully. " Phillip Chen heard the undercurrent of fury. " "We've our new computer aboard and two million pounds worth of jet engines. " Dunross glanced at Alastair Struan.

It's privately owned. " Armstrong asked, knowing he was. " "Mr. " he asked, knowing he was not. "A guest. " "Oh? Well, his plane's just landed. Why don't you come with me? We'll bypass all the red tape for you. " Armstrong led the way through a side door in the Customs barrier. Uniformed police looked up, saluting him instantly and watched John Chen thoughtfully, recognizing him at once. "This Lincoln Bartlett," Armstrong continued with pretended geniality, "doesn't mean anything to me. " "Not unless you were in business," John Chen said, then rushed on nervously, "He's nicknamed 'Raided because of his successful raids and takeovers of other companies, most times much bigger than himself.

Who needs to vote, he thought, and stared back at one of the men, trying to feel brave, but still feeling naked under the man's gaze. " One of the officers was holding up a phone. " He watched Armstrong walk back to take the call and he wondered what it would be like to be a policeman with so much opportunity for so much graft, and, for the millionth time, what it would be like to be all British or all Chinese, and not a Eurasian despised by both. He watched Armstrong listening intently, then heard him say above the hubbub, "No, just stall.

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