Pacific Vortex!: A Novel

By Clive Cussler

Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea professional, is positioned to the final word try as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex—a fog-shrouded region the place dozens of ships have vanished with out a hint. the newest sufferer is the amazing supersub Starbuck, bearing America’s deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable danger to nationwide security. Pitt’s activity is to discover it and salvage it ahead of overseas forces beat him to the prize or the ocean explodes in a nuclear blast—whichever comes first. Pitt’s challenge additionally leads him into the palms of summer season Moran, the main stunningly unique and hazardous lady ever to go into his existence. because the countdown heads towards catastrophe, Pitt has no selection yet to descend throughout the shark-infested depths to an historic sunken island, from which he may well by no means back emerge to determine the sunshine of day.

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What a loopy staff he’d run throughout within the final days, he suggestion despairingly. A devious-minded lady who attempted to ram a hypodermic needle into his again, an murderer with tobacco-stained the teeth, a bastard of an admiral, a lieutenant commander with a daft tattoo, and a bit commander who used to be it sounds as if the neatest of all of them. yet but, this team wasn’t capable of hang-out the dim reaches of his brain. That was once left for an additional personality of the drama, a personality who had but to step at the level; an incredible of a guy with golden eyes. What used to be his explanation for studying the misplaced island of Kanoli such a lot of years in the past? may well he have easily been a student attempting to unearth a misplaced civilization, or an occult delving into myths and legends? Or a person with even stranger ambitions in brain? What used to be there within the story of Kanoli that couldn’t be chanced on in part the drivel written concerning the misplaced continent of Mu, or within the overabundance of fiction facing Atlantis? The mysteries of the Pacific Vortex and the Bermuda Triangle have been genuine sufficient. There needed to be a logical way to the riddles mendacity approximately someplace, Pitt figured restlessly. A key that was once so noticeable that it used to be totally neglected. “Mr. Pitt? ” Pitt’s psychological gymnastics have been damaged by means of the younger guy in coveralls. Pitt smiled. “What am i able to do for you? ” The seaman was once approximately to salute. He seemed flustered at tips on how to act sooner than a civilian, rather one on a military send. “Commander Boland requests your presence at the bridge. ” “Thank you. I’m on my means. ” Pitt swung round and walked around the metal deck previous the tarp-covered hatches. underneath his toes the engines pounded away with a rhythmic beat because the send ploughed into the calm water, throwing a white salty mist over the railings and onto the superstructure, coating the paint with a glistening layer of dripping wetness. Pitt climbed the ladder that ended in the bridge. Boland used to be status in entrance of the helmsman, looking at via binoculars over the bow on the stark blue horizon. He dropped his glasses a second, wiping the smudges at the backside of his T-shirt. Then he back them to his eyes and back studied the monstrous vacancy forward. “What’s up? ” Pitt queried. He appeared throughout the window yet he may possibly see not anything. “Thought you’d wish to know,” Boland acknowledged, “we’ve simply entered the hot seek quarter. ” He set the glasses at the bulkhead shelf, touched a transmitter change, and spoke sharply in a staccato tone. “Lieutenant Harper, this is often the skipper. cease all engines. We’re heaving to. ” He checked out Pitt. “Now we visit paintings. ” Boland motioned him down a significant other stair that resulted in an alleyway underneath the bridge. when they had handed a number of cabin doorways, Boland hesitated at one and opened it “The center of the operation,” he introduced. “Our Flash Gordon Room. 4 hundreds digital gimmickry. Please realize the clinical marvels of the a hundred and first at paintings. ” He pointed to an extended financial institution of tools inside a wide compartment approximately 8 hundred sq. ft. “A panel to degree sound speed and strain, recording the parameters with time in electronic layout on magnetic tape.

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