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By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

It's the maximum improve in American safety expertise in decades—an assault submarine able to impressive underwater speeds. there's just one challenge: A key section of the prototype is missing—and the fellow who built it's dead.

At an identical time, ships have all started vanishing mid-ocean, frequently by no means to be chanced on back, but if they're, occasionally our bodies are came across aboard…burned to a crisp. what's going? And what does it need to do with an Italian submarine that vanished in 1943? Or did it?

It is as much as NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his workforce, aided by means of a stunning NCIS agent and by way of Pitt’s youngsters, Dirk, Jr., and summer season, to move on a determined foreign chase to discover the reality. yet what they observe is a miles, a lot larger probability than even they imagined…

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Starting along with his conservative swimsuit and tie, each element of Bolcke’s visual appeal testified to his exacting nature. His silver hair used to be completely coiffed, his fingernails accurately trimmed, and his sneakers hugely polished. His place of work was once virtually spartan in décor, his computing device with out litter. Bolcke took off his glasses, leaned again in his chair, crossed his palms, and stared at Pablo via hawk-like brown eyes. Pablo took a seat around the table and waited for his supplier to talk. “So what went mistaken in Tijuana? ” Bolcke requested, the phrases tinged with a German accessory. “You comprehend that Heiland destroyed his personal boat in the course of our preliminary operation,” Pablo acknowledged. “This, after all, disenchanted our deliberate extraction. ahead of lets get a suitable restoration vessel there, the americans arrived and raised the attempt version. They have been from their civilian team NUMA, even though, so we had no difficulty getting the equipment from them at sea. yet in their males controlled to stick to us to shore in Mexico. And there has been additionally a feminine investigator concerned. ” “Yes, so I listen. ” Surprised at Bolcke’s remark, Pablo cleared his throat. “There used to be a site visitors incident within the streets of Tijuana as we have been making our technique to the airport. The gadget was once destroyed, and Juan used to be killed within the collision. I misplaced my guy Eduardo as we made our method out of the location. ” “Quite the blown opportunity,” Bolcke acknowledged, his eyes narrowing. “At least there seem to be no repercussions. ” “All the lads I paintings with are educated mercenaries from Colombia with synthetic identities and no felony files. there'll be no connection to you. ” “A great point, because the crew you despatched to Idaho was once additionally killed. ” Pablo stiffened in his chair. “Alteban and Rivera are lifeless? ” “Yes. They have been killed in a ‘traffic incident’ after departing Heiland’s cabin,” Bolcke stated, his expression stern. “The girl investigator, one Ann Bennett, and the Director of NUMA, whom you it seems that met in Tijuana, have been accountable. thankfully, i used to be capable of organize the restoration of the learn plans in Washington. ” Bolcke reached right into a table drawer, retrieved a thick envelope, and slid it around the table. “You shall get pleasure from an outstanding payday, my pal. your individual wages, plus these of your 4 useless comrades. ” “I can't settle for this,” Pablo stated as he reached over and grabbed the envelope. “No, I pay for the activity, now not the consequences. In gentle of the occasions, even if, i've got made up our minds to rescind the bonus I had meant to pay in your sturdy paintings on the Mountain go Mine. ” Pablo nodded, thankful to get his fingers at the envelope. “You have consistently been beneficiant. ” “I aren't so beneficiant should still there be to any extent further failings. I presume you're ready for the following task? ” He crossed his arms at the table as he gave Pablo a hard and fast stare. Pablo refrained from the gaze, as an alternative Bolcke’s fingers. That’s what gave the guy away, the palms. They have been thick, gnarled, and blemished via the solar. They weren’t the arms of a guy who had spent his existence in company boardrooms, as Bolcke looked to be.

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