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By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

It's the maximum boost in American protection expertise in decades—an assault submarine in a position to marvelous underwater speeds. there's just one challenge: A key section of the prototype is missing—and the guy who constructed it really is dead.

At a similar time, ships have began vanishing mid-ocean, frequently by no means to be discovered back, but if they're, occasionally our bodies are stumbled 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 group, aided through a stunning NCIS agent and through Pitt’s kids, Dirk, Jr., and summer time, to move on a determined overseas chase to discover the reality. yet what they become aware of is a far, a lot larger risk than even they imagined…

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Swerving left, Pitt slightly escaped a collision of his personal. because the van screeched around the cement mixer’s course, simply lacking its entrance bumper, a twig of bullet holes opened alongside the aspect panel and up the passenger door. in basic terms the final bullet did any harm, splintering the crate and nicking Giordino’s hand. Nerve reflex prompted him to liberate his grip, and the crate plunged to the pavement. Panicked, the cement mixer’s driving force slammed at the brakes. in brief clutching the fender, Juan slid off and less than the left entrance wheel. the other tire discovered the dropped crate, and the mixer bounced over either. the large automobile skidded to a halt, yet in basic terms after pulling down the continues to be of Juan and the crate lower than its twin rear wheels. surprised via the sight in his rearview reflect, the pickup’s driving force misplaced rein of his personal motor vehicle. He drifted correct and barreled right into a Chevy Cobalt parked on the cut down. The four-door pickup rode up onto the little car’s trunk prior to grinding to a halt. A bang stuffed the air because the pickup’s entrance tire reduce into the car’s shredded physique and burst. around the road, the software van went from careening previous the cement mixer to almost rear-ending an SUV. The part road used to be clogged with site visitors, and Pitt locked the brakes to slip to a halt. Crowds of individuals stuffed the sidewalks and road, blocking off the site visitors forward. Pitt spotted flashing lighting reflecting off the storefront home windows; the police vehicle was once imminent the scene. “I think,” Pitt stated, “this will be a great time to kiss our software van goodbye. ” Giordino shook his head. “And i used to be simply getting really hooked up to her. ” He discovered a roll of electric tape and commenced wrapping his bleeding hand. “You ok? ” Pitt requested, simply understanding his pal have been injured. “I can have to renounce two-fisted consuming for a spell, yet I’ll stay. ” They jumped out of the van and mixed into the gang that started to encompass the cement mixer. Ignoring Juan’s flattened physique, they moved to check the smashed field. there has been little to determine. A mangled collection of wires, circuit forums, and steel casings have been unfold lower than the truck like a disemboweled robotic. regardless of the field had contained, it was once way past any try and resurrect. They slid clear of the mixer as cops approached with their sidearms drawn. Pitt and Giordino labored their approach towards the pickup truck, utilizing the mass of onlookers to prevent detection. The crowds have been thicker at the sidewalk, in order that they joined the throng relocating along the mangled sedan and truck. With a feeling of dread, Pitt progressed and peered contained in the pickup. either correct doorways have been flung open, yet Ann and the opposite occupants have been nowhere to be obvious. 19 PABLO HAD WATCHED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE crate with disbelief. The demise of his fellow gunman registered as little greater than a nuisance, yet wasting the field made his face flip red. He vented his rage on Ann. “What have you learnt of the machine? ” He jabbed his pistol opposed to her. Ann gritted her tooth and stated not anything. “Pablo .

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