Ace and the S.O.S–Star Security team had successfully finished casino assignments in Las Vegas, Argentina, Macau and Bucharest. But the Bucharest assignment had caused a parting of ways between his group and Deutsche Bank – their primary client. Deutsche Bank Director Urs Raber was a nephew of the Sicilian Mafia boss Bernardo Capizzi. The rift was due to the fact that S.O.S. took possession of mafia assets and records in a hidden vault under the Bucharest Casino.
Don Bernardo Capizzi was killed in Palermo after breaking his agreement with Ace about the assets. Capizzi’s position as boss was taken over by his number two man Paolo Botecello. Paolo was captured and interrogated under drugs by S.O.S and gave up a ton of mafia information. Ace used the assets and information to strike a deal with the U.S. Vice President Vance Reynolds and remove his group from the clutches of the mafia.
Their first assignment was to take out the top Sicilian Mafia Cupola leaders in Palermo. Plus a simultaneous assignment was to rescue Saudi Prince Faisal bin Mutaib who had been kidnapped in Monaco. Mutaib was grandson to King Abdulah ibn Saud who had asked for U.S. assistance.
Ace’s partner Wolf Echo-Hawk Garcia would lead the Palermo team while Ace was in charge of the rescue of Prince Mutaib in Monaco. Everything was happening fast but S.O.S. was used to it.
Their missions in Sicily and Monaco had long tentacles which led Ace and his group back to Hong Kong and Macau. Once again Ace found himself facing triads and drug lords who ruled the Golden Triangle as well as Chinese politicians and bureaucrats. His cousin Nicholas Yung Cho Murphy lived in Taiwan and Nick was the primary asset that would help Ace through this tough assignment.
Attacking a syndicate of powerful triads might be considered suicidal. But Ace and his guys considered risking life and limb fun and their motto was ‘If it’s not fun we won’t do it.’
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