The Diamond Dealer®©
"The night was illuminated by the full moon, shining at the
zenith of the Equator.
A small commercial aircraft, with eighty
passengers onboard, was crossing the turbulent sky.
Upward and downward
wind currents provoked frequent altitude variations that prevented the
hostess from serving passengers their meal.
The deep forest cover
was encompassed by the light of the moon and could be barely seen from the
window of the plane.
For the entire length of the flight, the
rainforest was the only image that appeared to the weary eyes of the passengers,
gaining their emotions with its wild nature, unexplored by men: for almost three
hours not a single dwelling could be seen, neither a road nor a sign of human
Chapter 1: A Strange Fog in the
Chapter 2: Shadows in the Jungle
Chapter 3: Gold
Chapter 4: The Right
Chapter 5: The River of
Chapter 6: The Café of
Chapter 7: Escape from
Chapter 8: An
Chapter 9: The Road to Rio
Chapter 10: The Bandits of the
Chapter 11: The Brazilian
Chapter 12: The Casino of
Chapter 13: The Prison of Buenos
Chapter 14: The Destiny of Marcos
The book narrates the adventures of an American merchant who
travels to the Amazon rainforest looking for rough diamonds, after learning of
the discovery of the world’s largest diamond repository.
When he arrives in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondonia, a
remote State in the middle of Brazil, he contacts the local gold diggers and
travels with them to collect diamonds from the river banks of the Rio
The area is inhabited by the Indian tribe Cinta
Larga and the rivalry between them and the gold diggers put at risk the
After buying the diamonds from the gold diggers, the merchant
hires a Brazilian guy asking him to carry them to Uruguay, a country that didn’t
ratify the U.N. Resolution 56/263 and that does not require the Kimberly
Certification to carry rough diamonds. His purpose is to have them cut there and
then ship them to the United States, where an Italian-American mobster, who had
previously hired him to do the job, is waiting to pick them up.
While crossing Brazil by Pullman, the protagonist meets an
American woman and her girlfriend; the latter happens to be a thief and steals
the diamonds, inducing the merchant to follow her to a dangerous neighborhood of
Rio where a group of bandits kill her.
The Brazilian guy traveling with him finds a way to recover
the diamonds and continue the trip. The protagonist arrives in Uruguay where he
has arranged to have his diamonds cut, but he finds that his
contact was arrested. This event force him to travel to Argentina.
While in Uruguay, the protagonist risks to loose his precious merchandise to a
loan shark while betting in a local casino. Once he arrives in Argentina, the
Brazilian guy is arrested and the diamonds he is transporting are seized; the
protagonist is able to free him and retake possession of the goods.
He then contracts a goldsmith to cut the diamonds and mount
them in a necklace, which he uses to carry them to the United States.
In New York he goes to deliver them to the mobster who hired
him but he finds him dead in his apartment. So he goes to the Diamond Dealers
Club looking for a buyer but he is not allowed to enter because his membership
card had expired.
In the same building he runs into the jewelry store where he
had previously worked and offers the merchandise to the owner who makes a
irrisory offer for the gems.
When he starts believing that his adventure was a failure,
while walking in Rockefeller Center, he bumps into the American girl he had met
In that moment he realizes she is more important than the
monetary value of the stones: he asks her to marry him and offers the diamond
necklace to her.
Although the story and the characters are fictitious, the
book is based on real events: in the year 2000 a diamond field has been
discovered in the Territory of Rondonia and many experts believe that the
Roosevelt River hides the world’s largest diamond repository.
The area is occupied by the Indian tribe Cinta Larga
that fights with the Brazilian gold seekers. The new “gold rush” has also
attracted many Europeans and American dealers to the jungle, and they are
venturing in those malaria infested areas trying to carry the diamonds to their
About the Author
The author is an adventurer who spent years traveling the
In the summer 2006, he lived for several months in the
Brazilian Amazon to observe the illegal diamond smuggling that took place in the
jungle. From this experience he wrote: "The Diamond Dealer", a novel that
narrates the story of a merchant who travels to Brazil to purchase rough
diamonds from the local gold diggers and crosses South America to have them cut
in Argentina and then carry them to New York.
A few months later the author moved to Australia to visit the
places that inspired his second book: "The Diamond Dealer in Australia". The
second book is the continuation of the adventures of the protagonist of the
The author is currently residing in Florida.
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The Diamond Dealer in Australia®©
Chapter 1: A New Venture
Chapter 2: Australian Breeze
Chapter 3: The Mountain
Chapter 4: The Desert
Chapter 5: The
Road to Darwin
Chapter 6: Modern Pirates
Chapter 7: The Pearl of the East
Chapter 8: The Diamond Dealer in Hong Kong
Chapter 8: A Chinese Tale
The Diamond Dealer is leaving again, this time in company of
his wife Erika, towards the Land Down Under.
The purpose of his trip is to
purchase rough diamonds from a Aborigean tribe that is rumored to have
discovered diamonds in its territory, close to the Ayers Rock, in Western
The couple discovers the contrast between the friendly
environment of Sydney and the inhospitable desert lands of Western Australia.
When they are in a Aborigean Reservation, they meet a guy they heard about
during their first trip to Brazil (see "The Diamond Dealer, Chapter 3"), who
helps them to find what they were looking for and the three proceed towards the
first harbor, the city of Darwin, in the Northern Territories.
They board a
merchant ship and hide while the vessel crosses the Indian Ocean directed to
India, where they are planning to have their diamond cut and
However, in the Strait of Malacca, near Singapore, the ship is
assaulted by a gang of pirates, who take control of it.
The protagonist is
discovered by the pirates, but a unexpected typhoon changes the direction of the
boat, pushing it towards the Chinese coast of Shanghai, the Pearl of the East.
There, both the pirates and the protagonist is arrested by Chinese
A corrupt official, working for the Hong Kong mafia,
discovers the diamonds and take the Diamond Dealer to Hong Kong, where a local
gangster is awaiting him to seize the precious merchandise.
After a fierce
struggle, the Diamond Dealer is able to escape, and he retakes possession of the