Read Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 0 – Preface

-Preface-   The sub cruised silently under the azure waters, ripples of light reflecting off her dark hull, looking not unlike the blue and grey sharks that inhabited these seas. And like the sharks, the sub was wide-awake and alert. Captain Frank Little entered the bridge and took up his position in the centre of…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 01 – The Island

Chapter 1   -The Island-   Johnny heard her footsteps on the sand and looked up in pleasure. Jade walked towards him, a coconut cradled in one arm, the other swinging in rhythm to the swaying of her hips. He stared at them in wonder. It did funny things to his stomach and made him…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 02 – The Submarine

Chapter 2   -The Submarine-   Johnny struggled with all his might, but he was powerless. His attackers manhandled him into the inflatable, and the rest of the men jumped in as the engine surged to full power. He could feel the spray of the surf on his face as the little boat fought the…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 03 – The Reaction

Chapter 3   -The Reaction-   ‘Mister President, may I introduce Bill Cummins, CIA?’ Charles Whitworth, president of the United States of America, looked up at the large, bearded man in front of him. ‘Mister Cummins, I understand we have a situation here that cannot be resolved?’ he said without preamble. ‘Yes Sir, mister President.…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 04 – The Reunion

Chapter Four   -The Reunion-   ‘Jade, we need to decide what we’re going to do.’ She nodded, but said nothing. The ship had attended to Johnny’s injury, but since then he had become like a man possessed. ‘Cheryl warned me that this may happen, and the Captain of the sub as good as admitted…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 05 – The Tryst

Chapter Five   -The Tryst-   Scott and Cheryl disembarked the ferry and stood to one side, watching the horde of tourists gawping around them as they snapped pictures and soaked up the atmosphere of the most infamous prison in the world. The Dutch settlers had named it Robben Island after the Cape Fur seals…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 06 – The Discovery

Chapter Six   -The Discovery-   Graham Steele watched in silence as the couple made their way to their car. The sun had just set, and he checked his watch. 7:45 pm. They were several hours late. He had missed the ferry that had taken them to Robben Island, and had chosen a seat at…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 07 – The Threat

Chapter Seven   -The Threat-   Their newfound intimacy had some unexpected results. Johnny found himself comfortable in her presence on a level he could never have imagined. They laughed more often, stared into each eyes more often, and as the last vestiges of Jade’s veneration to him as a god melted away, he discovered…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 08 – The Aftermath

Chapter Eight   -The Aftermath-   Graham put his weight back onto his foot gingerly and winced in pain. Dried blood caked his combat fatigues, and he hadn’t had fresh water in three days. Now he looked through the foliage at the village in his path. Exhausted and in pain, he needed help, but he…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 09 – The Captive

Chapter Nine   -The Captive-   Graham’s hands were bound tightly behind his back, and his head drooped towards his lap as if asleep. Somebody prodded him roughly with the toe of a boot. ‘Wake up, Gringo!’ a voice sneered. Graham’s eyelids fluttered open, and the light hurt his eyes, causing him to squint. A…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 10 – The Hunter

Chapter Ten   -The Hunter-   The landscape below was tawny beige, bathed in sunlight. Like the flesh of a lion, it rippled and flexed as heat waves danced across its surface. Below, like a blue ribbon, the mighty Nile described its course, dictating its power through the land, and history, as kings and pharaohs,…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 11 – The Meeting

Chapter Eleven   -The Meeting-   Graham walked out of the aircraft, down the steps, and onto the sunlit airport apron. He was immediately surrounded my men in dark suits and dark glasses. ‘Colonel Steele?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Follow me please. Right this way.’ The cavalcade of black motor cars surged through the morning traffic, sirens blaring,…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 12 – The Edin

Chapter Twelve   -The Edin-   Iraq. A country as old as the sands she stands on. A country that predates living memory. A country associated with some of the most famous names in history; Adam, Noah, Abraham, Gilgamesh, Nebuchadnezzar, Saddam, Cheney and Bush. Ravaged by millennia of war and conflict, Iraq wears her scars…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 13 – The Battle

Chapter Thirteen   -The Battle-   Johnny flew the ship towards the city he saw below. He was unsure which city it was, but the bright lights were a beacon, and drew him like a moth to the flame. Jade had busied herself with some or other unfathomable feminine task downstairs, and Johnny sat alone…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 14 – The Pilot

Chapter Fourteen   -The Pilot-   Jenny opened her eyes and looked around. She lay in a room of startling white, in a warm bed far more comfortable than that which she was currently used to. She turned her head to the side. A tray of food lay on a table next to her bed,…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 15 – The Volunteer

Chapter Fifteen   -The Volunteer-   Graham stepped off the plane and looked around at his surroundings. The dun brown and beige of the desert camp brought on a wave of nostalgia. He had spent most of his adult life in places like this, and he felt at home. ‘Colonel Kilmere. Is he around here…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 16 – The Prodigal

Chapter Sixteen   -The Prodigal-   Mrs Annetjie Venter had just put the kettle on for her morning coffee when her smart phone chimed an incoming message. She glanced down and saw another condolence from a distant relative. Her eyes blurred as that all too familiar pain clenched her chest once again. The news of…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 17 – The Student

Chapter Seventeen   -The Student-   Scott saw the house on the left and double checked the address he’d scribbled down ‘This is it,’ he said. He parked the car and himself and Cheryl went up the drive to ring the doorbell. He recognised Jenny immediately from the pictures he’d seen on her Facebook page.…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 18 – The Intruder

Chapter Eighteen   -The Intruder-   Graham sat low in the seat of his car and observed the house. It was as neat and tidy as a pin. Flowerbeds bright and gay complimented the immaculate green lawns and sparkling white paint of the house. The monumental landscape of the region provided a dramatic backdrop that…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 19 – The Enforcer

Chapter Nineteen   -The Enforcer-   Scott and Cheryl chatted animatedly as they drove back home. They only lived about ten minutes away, and they were still excited as they opened the front door and walked in. Cheryl dropped her handbag on the kitchen counter and put the kettle on to make coffee. Scott went…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 20 – The Continent

Chapter Twenty   -The Continent-   Jade walked out of the ship and looked around in awe. This white world that assailed her was yet another marvel of this earth she inhabited, and she shook her head in wonder. ‘Johnny! Come look!’ Johnny followed her down the ramp and looked around. ‘It’s beautiful,’ he breathed.…

Read More

Andrew Noble – Johnny Roberts and the Gods of Eden – Chapter 21 – Epilogue

-Epilogue-   Scott put his arm around Jenny’s shoulder, and they turned away from the grave. She wept silently, and Scott himself battled to keep his tears in check. ‘Scott.’ He looked down at her. ‘That was beautiful,’ she whispered. He nodded wordlessly, and they walked in silence to the car. Cheryl’s funeral had been…

Read More