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Chapter 114
There was a palpable pause on the other side, followed by a fake laugh .

"Umm, I'm no longer in the business, you know . I'm also on probation, so your words . . . . That Laurence guy will probably come to have a chat with me in a bit, too . "
Hearing Robert's downtrodden voice, Jiang Chen stopped and almost couldn't restrain his laughter .
The guy must not be having the best time right now . By probationary period, he probably meant that the FBI was monitoring his phone after telling him to his face, "I'm watching you right now . "
[Showing off despite your current state, and you even said that you would have me covered when I head to Los Angeles . ]
He smiled but inwardly cursed . Jiang Chen shook his head and got ready to end the call .
"Okay, looks like you can't do this deal then . I'm going to hang up . "
"No, no, no, wait—"
The call disconnected, but his cell phone rang shortly after .
He picked up, mocking, "You switched numbers?"
"Hehe, other than the fact that the phone bill is a bit more expensive, this number is pretty convenient . Ahem, what business do you have?"
"I heard you say you're a producer now, but from your tone of voice, it seems you haven't had the best time?" Jiang Chen asked jokingly .
He remembered that the gold deal had been worth around 500 million USD . With a 9% commission, minus the loan and other costs, he should have at least 10 million or more .
Ran out of money already? It was in USD, too .

"Urg, ahem, it takes longer for a movie to return the investment, you know . " Robert forced a laugh .
"Did you spend all that money on tail over there in Hollywood?" Jiang Chen chuckled .
[This pervert . There are definitely better ways to spend the money . ]
But as that thought crossed his mind, his expression turned sour . He felt those same words applied to him as well .
"Ahem, let's talk about business . " Robert awkwardly laughed from the other side of the call .
Jiang Chen didn't continue to make fun of him as he adopted a more serious tone .
"You've always worked in sensitive areas, so you must be close to mercenaries?"
"Oh? Do you want to hire mercenaries? But in China—"
"Not in China," Jiang Chen interrupted . "I need your help hiring a group of people to train bodyguards for me . "
[Bodyguards?] Robert paused for a moment .
"In that case, Blackwater International is not bad . "
"Not Blackwater . " Jiang Chen refused right away . "You said before, they're too close to the FBI . " He finally managed to leave a circle of influence; there was no way he was entering another one .
"Hehe, I knew it—you must be thinking of some bad things . " Robert ridiculing voice passed through the phone . He continued, "All of the mercenaries in the U . S . are all somewhat associated with the White House . If you want to find people who only recognize money, you'll have to go to Africa, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe . "
"Then let's do that . Make a trip with me to Eastern Europe," Jiang Chen said .

"Not possible . If I go there, before the plane even fully lands, I'll probably get deported . Speaking of which, are you not in the gold business anymore?" Robert forced a smile .
"Gold is not grown out of the ground . Don't you want to do something big?" Jiang Chen abruptly laughed .
The other side of the phone went silent .
Jiang Chen didn't rush him . He knew Robert was debating with himself, but in the end, he would agree .
Without taking risks, could he still be called a businessman? He was a risk-taker down to his bones .
"Okay, you convinced me . But my instincts tell me that you may be crazy this time . I don't understand . You've been doing pretty well over there and successfully transitioned your business . Why—"
"I have my own troubles, Robert, just like how you have your own," Jiang Chen said meaningfully .
" . . . All right, I understand . Now that you say it, it does make sense . Once sh*t touches your hand, you can never wash it off, hehe . "
Despite stepping out of the business after Iraq, trouble seemed to always follow Robert . He spent most of the money, and though the producer title was pretty nifty, ultimately, it boiled down to money . With money, directors were more than happy to make friends with you .
And without it, who gave a fu*k about you?
He did invest quite heavily, but he had no idea how much profit would come out of it . In the movie industry, he was a completely outsider .
"Then let's talk about your pay first . Twenty million USD—"
Jiang Chen paused, then began laughing . "Are you not going to ask me what the deal is? If I told you to go bomb a place, would you do it?"
With a sheepish laugh, Robert touched his nose and said, "Ahem, my friend, I trust you won't do things like that to me . If I did receive your money to plant explosives somewhere, you'd be in trouble, too . "
Jiang Chen didn't deny it .
"Back to the topic . First, mercenaries . I don't care how, but I need ten people with experience . "
The other side lapsed into silence .
"I'll get Nick to go to Ukraine—I have some connections with General Markanov . Although I won't be there in person, a recommendation letter should be enough . This guy really loves money . "
"I'll make a trip myself, so get Nick to wait for me . Would it be acceptable to pay with gold?"
"Of course, they only recognize gold and USD there . "
"Secondly, refugees . Europe has many refugees, right? I'll take some of their burdens for them . Help me think because I need around one hundred people . "
"Sh*t, what are you trying to—"
"I remember you said yes," Jiang Chen said casually .
After deliberating, Robert let out a sigh of defeat .
"Okay . Let me think, where do you want these people to get off the boat?"
"Africa . "
"Okay, I think I get what you mean . Do you want to start your own mercenaries? Or for the people behind you—"
"Ahem, I don't think you should know too much, am I right?" Jiang Chen interrupted with a smile .
[Mercenaries? You are underestimating me . ]
"My fault . " Robert forcefully chuckled . Suddenly, he remembered the last time in Iraq, Jiang Chen had brought out a drone and a heat-sensor grenade . The organization behind him was likely something he shouldn't know too much about . "Mhmm, capture a trafficking shop in the Mediterranean Sea, and get off at Libya . Then go on land to Nigeria?"
"Is Nigeria chaotic enough?"
This was the question Jiang Chen was most concerned about .
"Somewhat . It's poor enough there . A few hundred thousand USD is enough to buy a plot of land from the chiefs and have them keep their eyes closed to whatever you do there . " Robert laughed .
Africa was a haven for mercenaries .
Poverty provided them with a source of troops, and the chaos allowed them to pass freely between borders with weapons . Although he didn't know why Jiang Chen refused to recruit cheap people from there, Robert knew by now not to ask any more .
"Great, then transporting them will be up to you . I'll take care of the other things . "
"Is that all?"
"No, one more point . " Jiang Chen smiled mischievously . "I heard you're a producer in Hollywood?"
"Ugh? Yes, I remember that you know . " Robert was uncertain of the meaning behind his words .
"Play the bad guy for me . Your pay check will be twenty million, in gold . "
Jiang Chen laughed malevolently .

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