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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Judas Valley, by Gerald Vance This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Judas Valley Author: Gerald Vance Release Date: June 7, 2008 [EBook #25713] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE JUDAS VALLEY *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Stephen Blundell, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net [Illustration: He had lost all sense of right or wrong. Justice and injustice were the same, and his only thought was, kill--kill--kill!] THE JUDAS VALLEY By GERALD VANCE _Why did everybody step off the ship in this strange valley and promptly drop dead? How could a well-equipped corps of tough spacemen become a field of rotting skeletons in this quiet world of peace and contentment? It was a mystery Peter and Sherri had to solve. If they could live long enough!_ Peter Wayne took the letter out of the machine, broke the seal, and examined it curiously. It was an official communication from the Interstellar Exploration Service. It read: FROM: Lieutenant General Martin Scarborough, I.E.S. TO: Captain Peter Wayne, Preliminary Survey Corps Report immediately to this office for assignment to I.E.S. _Lord Nelson_. Full briefing will be held at 2200 hours, 14 April 2103. By order of the Fleet Commandant. It was short, brief, and to the point. And it gave no information whatsoever. Peter Wayne shrugged resignedly, put the letter down on his bed, walked over to the phone, and dialed a number. A moment later, a girl's face appeared--blonde-haired, with high cheekbones, deep blue-green eyes, and an expression of the lips that intriguingly combined desirability and crisp military bearing. "Lieutenant James speaking," she said formally. Then, as Wayne's image appeared on her screen, she grinned. "Hi, Pete. What's up?" "Listen, Sherri," Wayne said quickly. "I'm going to have to cancel that date we had for tomorrow night. I just got my orders." The girl laughed. "I was just going to call _you_, I got a fac-sheet too. Looks
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