By Clive Cussler
DIRK PITT’S FIRST, such a lot TERRIFYING ADVENTURE!
Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea professional, is placed to the final word try out as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex—a fog-shrouded sector the place dozens of ships have vanished with out a hint. the newest sufferer is the impressive supersub Starbuck, bearing America’s deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable hazard to nationwide safeguard. Pitt’s activity is to discover it and salvage it earlier than 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 time Moran, the main stunningly unique and hazardous girl ever to go into his lifestyles. because the countdown heads towards catastrophe, Pitt has no selection yet to descend throughout the shark-infested depths to an historical sunken island, from which he may possibly by no means back emerge to determine the sunshine of day.
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Prepared at the count number of 3. ” “Make it fast, you sadist,” Boland stated, his eyes choked with discomfort. Pitt elevated his grip and stated: “One. ” He positioned Ms foot on Boland’s chest. “Two. ” Pitt positioned his muscle tissue into play and yanked demanding. The blood-red spear slid unfastened from Boland’s shoulder. Boland lurched ahead and groaned. Then he fell again opposed to the bulkhead and stared up at Pitt via glazed eyes. “You son of a bitch,” he mumbled. “You didn’t say 3. ” Then his eyes rolled upward and he handed into unconsciousness. Pitt forged the dripping spear over the facet and collected Boland’s limp physique, hoisting it over his shoulder. He crouched low and ran as quickly because the weight of his load and his stiffening leg may enable, utilizing the shipment hatches and loading derricks as hide. two times he needed to freeze while he heard vague sounds coming from the fog. Weakly, dizzily, he driven himself on, with the information that 11 males might die if he didn’t get the helicopter off the Martha Ann’s deck. finally, his breath coming in fiery pants, he tottered onto the sting of the flight pad. “Pitt coming through,” he gasped as loud as his tortured lungs may enable. The powerful palms of Lieutenant Harper lifted Boland from Pitt’s shoulder and carried the subconscious commander to the helicopter. Pitt pulled the Mauser from his belt and pointed the muzzle towards the bows, firing until the final shell casing accomplished its arc and dropped to the deck. Then he climbed into the cockpit and threw himself within the pilot’s seat, sure that he had beat the percentages. Pitt didn’t trouble to clasp his defense belt; he eased the throttle from idle, manuevering the helicopter carefully upward because the rotor blades elevated their buzzing and the touchdown skids lifted slowly from the flight pad. The copter rose numerous ft into the fog earlier than Pitt dipped it ahead and abandoned the Martha Ann. as soon as away from the send, Pitt saved his eyes at the flip AND financial institution indicator till the little ball held regular in the heart of its dial. Where’s the sky? he shouted in his brain. the place? the place? unexpectedly it was once there. The helicopter shot into the night moonlight. the thrashing rotor blades rose larger as Pitt won altitude, and lazily, like a homing gooney chicken, the lumbering craft leveled its aluminum beak and commenced chasing its mooncast shadow towards the far away eco-friendly arms of Hawaii. Henry Fujima used to be the final of a demise breed, a fourth iteration Japanese-Hawaiian, whose father, his father ahead of him, and his father prior to him, had all been fishermen. For 40 years in the course of strong climate, Henry doggedly pursued the elusive tuna in his hand-built sampan. The sampan fleets that Hawaii had recognized for thus decades, have been long gone now. expanding festival from the overseas fisheries and from abnormal catches, had taken their toll of the fleet until eventually simply Henry was once left to solid his solitary bamboo pole over the higher dermis of the good Pacific. He stood at the rear platform of his stable little craft, his naked ft planted stiffly opposed to the wooden, stained througji the years from the oil of millions of lifeless fish.