By Clive Cussler
A vintage, exciting Dirk Pitt event from a grasp of the genre!
Nearly 5 centuries in the past a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an historic Andean humans concealed a golden hoard more than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history—until now.
In 1998, within the Andes Mountains of Peru, Dirk Pitt dives into an historic sacrificial pool, saving American archaeologists from definite drowning. yet his death-defying rescue is simply the start, because it attracts the intrepid Pitt right into a vortex of darkness and possibility, corruption and betrayal. A sinister crime syndicate has traced the long-lost treasure—worth nearly 1000000000 dollars—from the Andes to the banks of a hidden underground river flowing underneath a Mexican wilderness. pushed through burning greed and a ruthless bloodlust, the syndicate is racing to grab the golden prize...and to terminate the only guy who can cease them.
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All twenty gladly signed on. Cuttill used to be status at the gun deck overseeing the touchdown operation simply after noon while the send started to vibrate as if an immense hand have been rocking it. all people instantly stared on the lengthy streamlike ensigns tied to the pinnacle of the masts. yet in basic terms the ends in their tails fluttered below a moderate whisper of wind. Then each eye grew to become to shore the place an exceptional cloud of airborne dirt and dust rose from the bottom of the Andes and seemed to be relocating towards the ocean. a daunting thundering sound elevated to deafening proportions besides an enormous convulsion of the earth. because the group gawked in surprised fascination, the hills east of the village appeared to upward thrust and fall like breakers rolling on a shallow shore. The dirt cloud descended at the village and swallowed it. Above the uproar got here the screams and cries of the villagers and the crashing sounds in their rock and adobe dust homes as they shook aside and crumbled into spoil. not one of the group had ever skilled an earthquake, and few have been even conscious of any such phenomenon. part the Protestant English and each one of many Catholic Spaniards at the galleon dropped to their knees and started praying fervently to God for deliverance. In mins the airborne dirt and dust cloud omitted the send and dispersed out to sea. all of them stared uncomprehendingly at what were a thriving village bustling with task. Now it was once not anything yet flattened ruins. Cries got here from these trapped less than the particles. A later estimate might exhibit that under fifty of the neighborhood population survived. The Spaniards on shore ran up and down the seashore in panic, shouting and begging to be introduced again to the send. accumulating his senses, Cuttill neglected the pleas, ran to the railing and scanned the encompassing sea. past exhibiting a gentle chop, the water seemed detached to the nightmare tragedy within the village. Generated by way of ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www. processtext. com/abclit. html all of sudden desirous to get away the cataclysm on shore, Cuttill all started shouting orders to get the galleon underway. The Spanish prisoners cooperated wholeheartedly, operating along the English to unfurl the sails and pull within the anchor. in the meantime, the survivors from the village crowded the seashore, imploring the galleon's workforce to come and aid them rescue their kinfolk from the shattered wreckage and hold them aboard the send to protection. The seamen grew to become deaf ears to the pleas, involved in basic terms with their very own renovation. abruptly, one other earthquake shook the land, observed via a fair extra thunderous roar. The terrain started to undulate as though a few monster have been shaking a huge carpet. This time the ocean slowly rolled again, stranding the Concepcion and exposing the ground of the ocean. The seamen, none of whom knew easy methods to swim, possessed an unnatural worry of what used to be lower than the water. Now they stared wonderingly on the sight of millions of fish flipping approximately like wingless birds amid the rocks and corals the place that they had been left excessive and dry through the chickening out sea. Sharks, squid, and a rainbow of tropical fish all mingled jointly of their demise throes.