By Clive Cussler
A vintage, exciting Dirk Pitt experience 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 old 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 old sacrificial pool, saving American archaeologists from definite drowning. yet his death-defying rescue is barely the start, because it attracts the intrepid Pitt right into a vortex of darkness and probability, corruption and betrayal. A sinister crime syndicate has traced the long-lost treasure—worth virtually a thousand million dollars—from the Andes to the banks of a hidden underground river flowing underneath a Mexican wasteland. pushed by means of burning greed and a ruthless bloodlust, the syndicate is racing to grab the golden prize...and to terminate the single guy who can cease them.
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Requested Gunn. "No gadgets that may be conclusively confirmed as synthetic in Europe haven't begun to be stumbled on. " "The skeptics have a robust case within the loss of pottery lathes or wheeled vehicles," Gunn additional. "True," agreed Ortiz. "The Mayans did undertake the wheel for kid's toys yet by no means for functional use. no longer staggering when you think about they'd no beasts 'of burden until eventually the Spanish brought the pony and oxen. " "But you are going to imagine they can have stumbled on a objective for the wheel, say for hauling building Generated via ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www. processtext. com/abclit. html materials," Gunn endured. "History tells us that the chinese language built the wheelbarrow 600 years sooner than it came upon its solution to Europe," Ortiz countered. Pitt downed the final of his brandy. "It does not look attainable a sophisticated civilization existed in this kind of distant quarter with no a few type of outdoors effect. " "The humans dwelling within the mountains this day, descendants of the Chachapoyas, lots of them nonetheless fair-skinned with blue and eco-friendly eyes, communicate of a godlike guy who seemed between their ancestors from the japanese sea many centuries in the past. He taught them development ideas, the technology of the celebrities, and the methods of faith. " "He should have forgotten to coach them find out how to write," quipped Giordino. "Another nail within the coffin of pre-Columbian contact," stated Gunn. "This holy guy had thick white hair and a flowing beard," Ortiz persevered. "He used to be super tall, wore a protracted white gown, and preached goodness and charity towards all. the remainder of the tale is just too just about that of Jesus to be taken literally-- the natives should have brought occasions from Christ's lifestyles into the traditional tale when they have been switched over to Christianity. He traveled the land, therapeutic the ill, making the blind see back, operating all types of miracles. He even walked on water. the folks raised temples to him and carved his likeness in wooden and stone. None of those snap shots, i would upload, has ever been discovered. nearly verbatim, an identical fantasy has come down during the a while from the early Mexican cultures within the kind of Quetzalcoatl, the traditional god of outdated Mexico. " "Do you think any a part of the legend? " requested Pitt. Ortiz shook his head. "Not until eventually I excavate whatever giant that i will be able to certainly authenticate. We may well, although, have a few solutions fairly quickly. one among your universities within the usa is at the moment working DNA exams on Chachapoyan continues to be faraway from tombs. If winning, they are going to be capable of be sure even if the Chachapoyas got here from Europe or advanced independently. " "What approximately Huascar's treasure? " stated Pitt, bringing the dialog again on target. "A discovery that may stun the world," Ortiz replied. "I'd wish to imagine the hoard nonetheless exists in a few forgotten collapse Mexico. " Then he exhaled a cloud of cigar smoke and stared on the night stars. "The chain will be a superb discovery. yet for an archaeologist, the good unearths will be the large strong gold solar disk and the royal golden mummies that vanished besides the chain.