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By Matthew Reilly

Anarctica is the final unconquered continent, a murderous expanse of howling winds, blinding whiteouts and lethal crevasses. On one fringe of Antarctica is Wilkes Station. underneath Wilkes Station is the gate to hell itself...

A staff of U.S. divers, exploring 3 thousand toes underneath the ice shelf has vanished. Sending out an SOS, Wilkes attracts a swift deployment crew of Marines-and a person else...

First comes a bad firefight. Then comes a plunge right into a drowning pool packed with killer whales. subsequent comes the difficult half, as a handful of survivors commence an electrifying, red-hot, continuous conflict of survival around the continent and opposed to wave after wave of elite army assassins-who've all come for something: a mystery buried deep underneath the ice...

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Unexpectedly one among them looked as if it would escape of his circle and swing round. Schofield swallowed. He was once coming around for the kill. The killer grew to become in a sluggish, huge are till he was once pointing correct at Schofield. His physique used to be just a foot or so underneath the outside, and his excessive dorsal fin sliced simply in the course of the waves within the pool. He was once relocating at such strong pace that he created a rolling bow wave in entrance of his submerged black-and-white head. The bow wave raced around the water, on a collision path with Shane Schofield. Schofield regarded round himself. there has been nowhere to move this time, no weapon to take advantage of. Out of sheer desperation he pulled out his barren region Eagle pistol, raised it above the water. If it needed to come to this, he concept, then it needed to come to this. The killer charged towards him. after which all of sudden a black missilelike item plunged into the water correct in entrance of Schofield’s face, correct in among him and the killer whale. no matter what it was once, it used to be so glossy that it entered the water with slightly even a dash, and as soon as in, it zoomed clear of him at extra special pace. either killers observed it immediately and instantly misplaced curiosity in Schofield. Even the person who have been charging at him simply seconds ahead of unexpectedly altered its course and raced off in pursuit of this new quarry. Schofield used to be surprised. What had it been? It had seemed similar to a…a seal of a few variety. after which, miraculously, a Maghook dropped into the water correct in entrance of him. Schofield grabbed it earlier than it sank and instantly seemed upward. Up at the bridge he observed ebook Riley mendacity on his stomach, with one arm stretched out beneath the bridge. Schofield checked out the Maghook and all at once felt a brand new hire on existence come over him. simply then, a small pointed black head popped up out of the water correct in entrance of him and he fell backward in shock. It used to be Wendy. Kirsty’s little Antarctic fur seal. Her lovely pink collar glistened with wetness, and her gentle black eyes regarded correct into his. If it used to be attainable, Schofield may have sworn that the little seal used to be smiling—having a ball of a time swimming round within the pool, evading the fewer agile killer whales. Then he discovered. Wendy should have been the article that had dived into the pool in among him and the charging killer whale. unexpectedly Wendy’s head snapped left. She’d heard whatever, sensed anything. Then she gave what appeared like a last satisfied nod to Schofield ahead of she ducked again less than the water and sped off down the size of the pool. She swam speedy. rushing simply beneath the skin of the water like a tiny black torpedo. slicing left, ducking correct, after which disappearing abruptly as she dropped right into a steep vertical dive. No faster had she moved than 3 black dorsal fins seemed at the back of her and instantly gave chase, earlier than they themselves vanished underneath the skin in sizzling pursuit. Schofield took the chance and swam for the closest aspect. He used to be 3 toes from the deck while a surprising surge of water rocked him and he rolled within the water because the enormous physique of 1 of the killers swept prior him at a daunting pace.

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