By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
It's the maximum increase in American safety expertise in decades—an assault submarine able to impressive underwater speeds. there's just one challenge: A key component of the prototype is missing—and the guy who constructed it truly is dead.
At an identical time, ships have begun vanishing mid-ocean, frequently by no means to be chanced on back, but if they're, occasionally our bodies are chanced on 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 via Pitt’s little ones, Dirk, Jr., and summer time, to move on a determined foreign chase to discover the reality. yet what they notice is a far, a lot better hazard than even they imagined…
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Pitt and Giordino sprinted directly to the motor vehicle and leaped into front seats. The keys have been dangling from the ignition. prior to the electricians knew what used to be occurring, Pitt had the engine begun and used to be laying rubber. “¡Alto! ¡Alto! ” shouted one of many males as he dropped a screwdriver and gave chase. His accomplice stared for a second, then retrieved his mobile phone and made a frantic name. Pitt stuck a holiday within the site visitors and quick outdistanced the pursuer. a few instruments and twine bounced out the again of the van till Pitt stormed over a velocity bump and the rear doorways slammed close. “Those boys are going to have a few explaining to do within the morning,” Giordino acknowledged. “You don’t imagine their manager will think that their truck was once stolen through a couple of mad gringos? ” “Perhaps. yet i feel we must always be a bit mild, all of the same,” he stated, patting the dashboard. Pitt in a timely fashion hit a deep rut, jarring either males out in their seats. they'd overlooked the four-door pickup, so Pitt drove something yet lightly. He saved the pedal glued to the ground, bursting round a number of slower automobiles at the slender street. He braked challenging to prevent outstanding a girl, who had darted around the street with a couple of caged chickens, then narrowly refrained from a pack of stray canines on the fringe of city. The road meandered up a hill, abandoning either site visitors and roadside businesses—and additionally any lighting fixtures. Passing a rusty Volkswagen Beetle, Pitt stuck sight of the truck a part mile forward. The application van’s small engine howled in protest as he stored the accelerator floored, whereas the small tires lapped up the asphalt. the line curved sharply, and Pitt screeched throughout the flip, spraying a cloud of airborne dirt and dust on a blue ward off Charger parked at the shoulder. The Charger’s headlights immediately popped on, and it eased onto the line. “You nonetheless feeling sorry for these software males? ” Pitt acknowledged. “A wee bit. Why do you ask? ” “I imagine they went and referred to as the Federales on us. ” “How are you aware? ” Pitt glanced within the rearview reflect as flashing lighting fixtures exploded at the Charger’s roof. “Because they’re correct at the back of us. ” 17 THE CHARGER’S ROOF-MOUNTED gentle BAR BATHED the parched hillsides in alternating rays of blue and crimson. a brief distance forward, the pickup truck’s driving force clenched the steerage wheel while he observed the lighting fixtures at the back of him. “Pablo! It’s the police. They have been ready on the final bend. ” Sitting within the truck’s rear seat, Pablo glanced over his shoulder on the lighting fixtures, then checked out the speedometer. “You weren't rushing? ” “No greater than a kilometer or over the restrict, I swear. ” Pablo confirmed no symptoms of outrage on his bullish face. “Lose them ahead of we get with regards to the airport,” he stated with no emotion. “If useful, we’ll ditch our guns. And the lady. ” Ann tensed, pondering in the event that they might kill her first. Sitting among Pablo and the bearded guy named Juan, she didn’t understand which guy to worry extra. Shrinking from Pablo, she became towards her different defend. With a black eye and dried blood on his cheek, Juan sat with a pistol opposed to her ribs and a snarl etched on his face.
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