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By Clive Cussler

AN UNDERWATER GRAVEYARD within the PACIFIC NORTHWEST...A MYSTERIOUS SEAPORT within the LOUISIANA BAYOUS...A DIABOLICAL PLOT TO smash the United States!

whilst NUMA agent DIRK PITT® rescues a stunning secret agent in a bold underwater operation at Orion Lake, simply north of Seattle, he confronts a sinister community run via Qin Shang, a ruthless smuggler who sells chinese language immigrants into slavery. Shang's crusade contributions have acquired him a suite of robust U.S. politicians, yet Pitt isn't a guy to be subverted via politics. As he strikes to probe Shang's mystifying seaport within the Louisiana bayous, his research comprises him in an adrenaline-pumped race up the Mississippi River and a determined sprint to get better sunken chinese language treasures misplaced part a century earlier than. And in Qin Shang, Pitt faces ones of his such a lot ambitious foes -- a madman bent on killing hundreds of thousands of blameless civilians with a catastrophic surge of mass destruction.

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A decade after she left the shipyard, she had develop into an anachronism. advertisement airplanes have been already turning into pageant to the famed greyhounds of the ocean. by way of 1969, emerging working expenses and the public's wish to achieve their vacation spot within the shortest time attainable by way of air, spelled the tip for America's maximum ocean liner. She used to be retired and laid up for thirty years at Norfolk, Virginia, ahead of finally discovering her technique to China. Generated via ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www. processtext. com/abclit. html Borrowing a couple of binoculars, Pitt studied the large send from the bridge of the Oregon. Her hull used to be nonetheless painted black, her superstructure white, her nice, exceptional funnels pink, white and blue. She seemed as great because the day she broke the transatlantic checklist. He used to be questioned to work out her ablaze with mild. The sounds of job echoed around the water. It wondered him that Qin Shang's shipyard crews have been engaged on her round the clock with none try at secrecy. Then, interestingly, all sounds and task without warning stopped. The pilot nodded at Cabrillo, who rang the traditional telegraph to forestall ENGINES. Unknown to the pilot, the telegraph was once nonfunctional and Cabrillo muttered orders via a hand held radio. The vibration died, and the Oregon went as quiet as a tomb as she slowly moved ahead below her personal momentum. Then the command got here for sluggish astern, presently via all cease. Cabrillo gave the order to enable pass the anchor. The chain rattled, and it fell with a touch into the water. Then he shook arms with the pilot after signing the standard affidavits and logging the mooring. He waited till the pilot was once on board the pilot boat earlier than motioning to Pitt and Giordino. "Come sign up for me within the chartroom and we will pass over tomorrow's application. " "Why wait one other twenty-four hours? " requested Giordino. Cabrillo shook his head. "Tomorrow after darkish is quickly adequate. We nonetheless have customs officers due aboard. No experience in alerting suspicions. " Pitt acknowledged, "I imagine we now have a breakdown in communications. " Cabrillo checked out him. "You see an issue? " "We need to move in the course of sunlight. we don't have any visibility at evening. " "Can't you utilize underwater lighting fixtures? " "In black water any vibrant gentle sticks out like a beacon. we might be came across ten seconds when we switched on our floods. " "We'll be inconspicous whilst we are lower than the keel," Giordino further. "It's whilst we are examining the hull at the aspects lower than the waterline that we are susceptible to detection from above. " "What in regards to the darkness because of the shadow of the hull? " requested Cabrillo. "What if underwater visibility is awful? What then? " "We'd need to depend on man made lighting fixtures, however it will be imperceptible to somebody staring over the part of the dock with sunlight over their head. " Generated through ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www. processtext. com/abclit. html Cabrillo nodded. "I comprehend your obstacle. Romantic event novels say it is darkest ahead of sunrise. we are going to drop you and your submersible over the facet and tow you inside spitting distance of the U.S., placing you on station ahead of sunup.

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