By Clive Cussler

 
A RIVETING, DEATH-DEFYING DIRK PITT ADVENTURE!
 
1954: Vixen 03 is down. The airplane, certain for the Pacific sporting thirty-six Doomsday Bombs—canisters armed with quick-death germs of unimaginable potency—vanishes. Vixen has in truth crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado.

1988: Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. yet lethal canisters are lacking. They’re within the fingers of a terrorist team. Their deadly challenge: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to nation come. simply Dirk can cease them.

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Myrna might simply take a seat there and grip Lucifer. The lack of blood used to be sapping her strength and blurring her imaginative and prescient. She gazed vacantly on the guy status over her. during the turning out to be fog she may possibly see him position the top of the rifle an inch from her brow. “Forgive me,” he acknowledged. “Why? ” she requested vaguely. “Why did you do that poor factor? ” The chilly darkish eyes held no resolution. For Myrna, the bougainvillea blossoms outdoors at the veranda exploded in a blaze of fuchsia after which blinked into blackness. Somala walked one of the lifeless, staring numbly on the faces endlessly frozen in surprise and confusion. The raiders had ruthlessly killed approximately all of the employees and their households within the compound. not more than a handful may have escaped into the bush. The feed within the barn and the gear housed within the shed were set on fireplace, and flames have been already flickering orange palms from the upstairs window of the Fawkes condo. How unusual, Somala suggestion. The raiders policed the battleground and retrieved their very own useless as quietly as ghosts. The pursuits were effective and planned. there has been no trace of panic on the far-off sound of the upcoming helicopter devices of the South African Defence Forces. The raiders easily melted into the encircling brush as stealthily as they got here. Somala back to the baobab tree for his apparatus and started trotting towards the township. His purely techniques have been all for rounding up the lads of his part and reporting again to their camp around the Mozambique border. He didn't glance again on the useless strewn in regards to the shape. He didn't see the collection vultures. Nor did he pay attention the shot from the gun whose bullet tore into the flesh of his again. The force from Pembroke again to Umkono was once a complete clean to Patrick Fawkes. His palms became the wheel and his ft labored the pedals in stiff mechanical pursuits. His eyes have been unblinking and glazed as he assaulted the steep grades and on blind intuition hurled the four-wheel-drive round the hairpin curves. He have been in a small chemist's store, deciding to buy Jenny's bathtub oil, whilst a sergeant from the Pembroke constabulary tracked him down and stammered out a sketchy define of the tragedy. before everything Fawkes refused to think it. in simple terms after he reached Shawn Francis, the Irish-born constable of Umkono, over the Bushmaster's cellular radio did he come to simply accept the worst. “You'd larger come domestic, Patrick,” Francis's strained voice crackled over the speaker. The constable spared Fawkes the main points, and Fawkes didn't call for them. The solar was once nonetheless excessive whilst Fawkes got here within reach of his farm. Little remained of the home. merely the hearth and a piece of the veranda nonetheless stood. the remaining was once not more than a pile of cinders. around the backyard, rubber tires at the tractors smoldered on their metal rims and emitted thick black smoke. The farm employees nonetheless lay the place they might fallen within the compound. Vultures have been deciding upon on the carcasses of his prize livestock. Shawn Francis and several other Defence strength squaddies have been huddled round 3 types mendacity below blankets while Fawkes braked to a cease within the backyard.

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