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ABOUT THE STORY
Trouble flared as soon as the Japanese surrendered on 15 August 1945. A tumultuous new page in the history of the former Dutch East Indies [DEI] was about to be irrevocably turned after almost 300 years of Dutch colonization. Experienced Intelligence officers John O’Neill and Allo Logan are assigned by the Australian government to assist the international efforts toward a peaceful resolution of the situation in the region; a combination of military, political, economic, psychological and civil actions. Dutch military police officer Pieter van Arkel is determined that the Dutch will return to the DEI.
On their mission they meet Colonel Ulya Ginting, a fanatically loyal supporter of Indonesian independence, and the mysterious German Elke Hanish. For those seeking change from the Dutch colonial ways, the timing was perfect; the circumstances were opportune. The people had tasted independence and there were enough ardent locals prepared to lead and support a national Revolution.
Fear, intrigue, disillusion, tension unsettle all of the characters, including John’s wife, Fanny. Finally John seeks peace from an unexpected source, and a life-time friendship develops between the three men with a windfall that only one of them can receive.