By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
While Kurt Austin, the chief of a brave nationwide Underwater & Marine enterprise exploration crew, rescues appealing marine archaeologist Nina Kirov off the coast of Morocco, he turns into the following aim of Texas industrialist Don Halcon. A madman bent on carving a brand new state out of the southwestern usa and Mexico, Halcon's scheme hinges on Nina's fresh discovery regarding Christopher Columbus, and a precious pre-Columbian antiquity buried within the battered is still of the sunken Italian luxurious liner Andrea Doria. in basic terms Kurt Austin and his crack NUMA workforce stand among Halcon and the Andrea Doria's silent metal hull -- and if their lethal undertaking fails, Halcon will experience to energy on a wave of dying and destruction.
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