CeJay - thank you! Akinola is in way over his head so, as usual, he'll just make it up as he goes along.
Sgt_G - thanks for reading. I am a bit surprised you think I write fast, considering there is a more than a year's gap between chapters 7 and 8.
Hopefully I can maintain momentum and get this beast finished. Sorry you're annoyed about the plot device thingy but thanks for the "great minds" compliment.
Chapter 10 is now under construction.