By Clive Cussler

1954: Vixen 03 is down. The airplane, certain for the Pacific wearing thirty-six Doomsday Bombs—canisters armed with quick-death germs of incredible potency—vanishes. Vixen has actually 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 arms of a terrorist staff. Their deadly project: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to country come. in basic terms Dirk can cease them.

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Hi there. ” “Nice day for exercise,” acknowledged Maxine, scrutinizing Pitt excessive of • her publication. j “The cool breeze helps,” stated Pitt. i The friendliness used to be there of their faces, yet so was once the backcountry wariness of strangers who trespassed, particularly strangers who wore the glance of town. Lee wiped his fingers on a greasy rag and approached Pitt. “Can I assist you with somethin'? ” “You can if you are Lee and Maxine Raferty. ” That introduced Maxine out of her chair. “We're the Rafertys. ” “My identify is Dirk Pitt. i am a visitor of Loren Smith, down the line. ” The uneasy expressions have been changed with vast smiles. “Little Loren Smith. Of course,” Maxine acknowledged, beaming. “We're all beautiful happy with her round those elements, what along with her representing us in Washington and all. ” “I notion possibly chances are you'll supply me a few details in regards to the zone. ” “Be completely satisfied to,” spoke back Lee. “Don't stand there like a tree,” Maxine acknowledged to her husband. “Get the guy whatever to drink. He appears to be like thirsty. ” “Sure, how a couple of beer? ” “Sounds good,” Pitt acknowledged, smiling. Maxine opened front door and hustled Pitt via. “You'll remain for lunch. ” It used to be extra a command than a request and Pitt had no out yet to shrug in acquiescence. the lounge of the home had a high-beamed ceiling with a bed room loft. The decor was once a pricey conglomeration of paintings deco furniture. Pitt felt as if he had stepped again into the 19 thirties. Lee scurried into the kitchen and speedy again with opened beers. Pitt could not aid noticing there have been no labels at the bottles. “Hope you love domestic brew,” stated Lee. “Took me 4 years to get simply the fitting mix among too candy and too sour. Runs approximately 8 percentage alcohol through quantity. ” Pitt savored the flavor. It was once diversified from what he anticipated. If he hadn't detected a moderate hint of yeast, he may have said the style healthy for advertisement sale. Maxine set the desk and waved for them to come back round. She set out a wide bowl of potato salad, a pot of baked beans, and a platter of thinly sliced rounds of meat. Lee changed the swiftly emptied beer bottles with clean ones and began passing the plates. The potato salad used to be hearty with simply the correct amount of tartness. The baked beans have been thick with honey. Pitt didn't realize the beef or its flavor, yet stumbled on it scrumptious. even if he had eaten with Loren in simple terms an hour ahead of, the aroma of the home-cooked meal encouraged him to place it away like a farmhand. “You fogeys lived the following lengthy? ” Pitt requested among mouthfuls. “We used to holiday within the Sawatch way back to the past due fifties,” acknowledged Lee. “Moved the following after I retired from the military. i used to be a deep-water diver. acquired a foul case of the bends and took an early discharge. let's have a look at, that should have been in the summertime of seventy-one. ” “Seventy,” Maxine acknowledged, correcting him. Lee Raferty winked at Pitt. “Max by no means forgets something. ” “Know of any wrecked airplane, say inside of a ten-mile radius? ” “I do not keep in mind any. ” Lee checked out his spouse.

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