By Clive Cussler
DIRK PITT’S FIRST, so much TERRIFYING ADVENTURE!
Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea specialist, is placed to the final word try out 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 prior to foreign 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 hands of summer season Moran, the main stunningly unique and hazardous girl ever to go into his existence. because the countdown heads towards catastrophe, Pitt has no selection yet to descend in the course of the shark-infested depths to an old sunken island, from which he may well by no means back emerge to determine the sunshine of day.
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Mr. Pitt’s document at the seabed upward push and the cooler water temperature round the mount, additionally has a tendency to aid our fault conception. chilly, deep-bottom water usually up-wells hundreds of thousands of toes to the outside from wide fractures alongside the seafloor, and this in flip explains the absence of coral; coral won't thrive in water temperatures of under seventy levels. ” Hunter stared thoughtfully a second on the charts earlier than conversing: “Since the folk who boarded the Martha Ann needed to come from someplace, might they've got come from the seamount itself? ” “I don’t understand,” York answered. “Nothing confirmed at the Martha Ann’s radar. That gets rid of one other send within the quarter. with the exception of the sunken wrecks, no different vessel used to be detected on sonar which gets rid of a submarine. That leaves offerings. They both got here from a synthetic underwater dwelling chamber, or from in the seamount itself. ” Td need to strike out the underwater chamber,” Pitt acknowledged. “We have been attacked by means of a strength of approximately 2 hundred males. it's going to take an important facility to deal with that quantity underwater. ” “Then we’re left with the seamount,” stated Hunter. Chrysler rested his chin on his arms and regarded around the desk at Pitt. “I think you stated, significant, that you simply smelled eucalyptus while the fog surrounded the send. ” “Yes, sir, that’s correct’* “Odd, such a lot odd,” Chrysler murmured. He became to Hunter. “As impressive because it might seem, Admiral, your recommendation of the seamount isn’t too farfetched at that. ” “How so? ” “Eucalyptus oil has been used for a couple of years in Australia for purifying the air in mines. it's also recognized to reduce the humidity inside of a closed quarter. the telephone buzzed; Hunter picked it up, asserting not anything, in simple terms listening. while he changed the receiver within the cradle, he wore a chuffed expression. “Drs. Lavella and Roblemann have been misplaced at sea on board a study vessel named the Explorer. It was once below constitution to a Pisces Metals corporation for an day trip to check deep-sea geology for a good mining operation. The Explorer used to be final obvious steaming north of Hawaii approximately. ,. ” “Thirty years ago,” Denver comprehensive. He appeared up from a sheaf of papers in his palms. “The Explorer was once the 1st send to vanish within the Vortex. ” “A dime to a doughnut, Frederick Moran went down at the similar ship,” acknowledged Pitt. “Most most likely the chief of the expedition,” Chrysler stated flatly. “The puzzle is taking shape,” York muttered. “Yes, by means of God, it figures. ” He leaned again in his chair and appeared up as though considering the ceiling. “Many of the islands the place Pacific natives lived have been honeycombed with caverns. They have been used basically for non secular purposes. Burial caves, temples, idol rooms, and such. Now if the Vortex seamount was once a volcano and disappeared in a shattering explosion, evidently not anything of the local civilization will be left. but when the island dropped underneath the outside because of a move of the Fullerton Fracture, the possibility is superb that the various caves survived. ” “What’s your aspect? ” Hunter requested impatiently.