It's the summer of '42. The world is at War and Japan's Imperial Army is moving across the island of New Guinea.
After their mission is attacked Justine is left with seven children to lead to safety through enemy lines. She leads them to a cave and goes back for her husband when she is taken captive. Upon her escape with the help of a friend, Virginia, she starts back for the children and runs into Lt. Tyler Merrick. She hopes he will help her. But he's drunk and doesn't believe there are children. He thinks Justine is the rogue spy he been sent to find.
Justine goes for the children and returns to an even angrier Lt. Merrick. He wants to tie her up. She hopes to win his trust. Because, if they can't stop fighting one another, they will never get off the island alive.
"Who are you?" he bellowed in a tongue foreign to most Americans. "Why are you here? Who is the Sandpiper?"
The roar echoed through the chambers of her brain like mounting thunder. She understood him clearly, but was not about to let slip that she knew Japanese. She valued her life. Or considering the malevolence in his eyes, what little there might be left of it.
Lowering her eyes in contrition, she feigned stupidity. Hazarding a peek every so often, she tried to watch him unnoticed.
His eyes narrowing, he cupped her neck and gruffly clutching her face, stuck his nose near hers and yelled the questions once more. "Who are you? Who is the Sandpiper? Why are you here?"
Evidently, he thought she understood him.
His fingers pressed her windpipe making it hard to swallow. A wicked grin tripped the corners of his lips. He grasped her neck tighter, and shook her none too lightly. "Who are you? Who is the Sandpiper? Why are you here?"
Feeling like she might break, she drew a long shuddering sigh. But she didn't look at him. She didn't answer. She offered a meager shrug instead. The tormentor responded with a deep, guttural growl. She glanced up in time to see his hand rear back. Before she could duck, before she could even flinch, his hand cracked hard against her lips, leaving her dazed and tasting blood and tears.
Award Winning author Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with Danny, her husband of thirty plus years. They are blessed to have three sons, and nine grandchildren. Tina started her first novel in elementary. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. She also loves to doodle and enjoys gardening.
It is her prayer that her stories, though fiction, will transport you to worlds beyond and touch your spirit and give you a closer insight to yourself and God.
In the Manor of the Ghost Touched By Mercy Black Rain Then There Was Grace, Black Rain, Christmas in Shades of Gray and the Shadow Series; When Shadows Fall, Shadowed Dreams, To Catch A Shadow and This Shadowed Land are available through Desert Breeze Publishing and major retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBD. Then There Was Gracetook First Place in the Epic Awards for Contemporary Fiction and Christmas in Shades of Gray was a finalist in the Epic Awards for Paranormal Fiction. Her newest release Betrayed - Trail of the Sandpiper Book #1 placed third in the Genesis in 2003.
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