By Clive Cussler
A vintage, exciting Dirk Pitt event from a grasp of the genre!
Nearly 5 centuries in the past a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an historical Andean humans concealed a golden hoard more than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history—until now.
In 1998, within the Andes Mountains of Peru, Dirk Pitt dives into an historic sacrificial pool, saving American archaeologists from definite drowning. yet his death-defying rescue is simply the start, because it attracts the intrepid Pitt right into a vortex of darkness and chance, corruption and betrayal. A sinister crime syndicate has traced the long-lost treasure—worth nearly one thousand million dollars—from the Andes to the banks of a hidden underground river flowing underneath a Mexican wasteland. pushed through burning greed and a ruthless bloodlust, the syndicate is racing to grab the golden prize...and to terminate the only guy who can cease them.
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Virtually as many artifacts are stolen from our museums as from the unique tombs. " "Don't you have got tight safety to guard your country's useful gadgets? " requested Rodgers. "Of direction, yet specialist artwork thieves are very clever. they generally swap a real artifact with a skillfully performed forgery. Months, occasionally years, can pass through prior to the crime is stumbled on. " "Only 3 weeks ago," stated Shannon, "the nationwide history Museum in Guatemala pronounced the robbery of pre-Columbian Mayan paintings items with an anticipated price of 8 million cash. The thieves have been dressed as guards and carried off the treasures in the course of viewing hours as though they have been easily relocating them from one wing to a different. not anyone concept to query them. " "My favorite," stated Ortiz with no smiling, "was the robbery of forty-five twelfth-century Shang dynasty consuming vessels from a museum in Bejjing. The thieves rigorously disassembled the glass circumstances and rearranged the remainder items to create the appearance that not anything used to be lacking. 3 months handed earlier than the curator spotted the items have been lacking and discovered they would been stolen. " Gunn held up his glasses and checked for smudges. "I had no inspiration artwork robbery was once any such frequent crime. " Ortiz nodded. "In Peru, significant artwork and antiquity collections are stolen as frequently as banks are robbed. what's much more tragic is that the thieves are becoming bolder. they've got no hesitation in kidnapping a collector for ransom. The ransom is, in fact, his artwork gadgets. in lots of situations, they only homicide a collector ahead of looting his residence. " "You have been fortunate just a fraction of the artwork treasures have been plundered from the town of the lifeless prior to the looters have been stopped," stated Pitt. Generated by way of ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www. processtext. com/abclit. html "Lucky certainly. yet tragically the alternative goods have already made their approach overseas. " "A ask yourself town wasn't came upon via the huaqueros lengthy sooner than now," acknowledged Shannon, intentionally averting any eye touch with Pitt. "Pueblo de los Muertos sits during this remoted valley 90 kilometers from the closest village," spoke back Ortiz. "Traveling in here's a significant ordeal, particularly by means of foot. The local inhabitants had no cause to fight seven or 8 days via a jungle to look for whatever they suggestion existed in basic terms in legends from their dim prior. whilst Hiram Bingham stumbled on Machu Picchu on a mountaintop the neighborhood population had by no means ventured there. And notwithstanding it will no longer deter a hardened huaquero, descendants of the Chachapoya nonetheless think that every one ruins around the mountains within the nice forests to the east are secure by way of a demon god just like the one we stumbled on this afternoon. they're deathly afraid to move close to them. " Shannon nodded. "Many nonetheless swear that any one who reveals and enters town of the useless might be grew to become to stone. " "Ah yes," Giordino murmured, "the previous `cursed be you who disturb my bones' regimen. " "Since none folks feels any stiffening of the joints," stated Ortiz jovially, "I needs to think the evil spirits that widespread the ruins have misplaced their spell.