Michael E McLean
Nov 2 · 9 min read

A search for strategic minerals in a hostile land enticed death to join the hunt. Was the quest worth it?

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Bullets buzzed through the air like angry hornets. Those that didn’t hit dirt ricocheted randomly from rock outcrops. Mark Grayson hunkered down behind a meager outcrop as the unmistakable barks of a dozen or more Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles were answered sporadically by bursts from his outnumbered escort’s automatic weapons. A few feet away, the…