By Clive Cussler
A foundered Victorian send searching for the fabled Northwest Passage holds a mystery in its icy grave . . .
When Dirk Pitt of NUMA is nearly blown to items in a lab explosion, he suspects sabotage. The lab in query belongs to a scientist hoping to take advantage of a unprecedented mineral to wrestle greenhouse gases - yet who would need to spoil our one probability to avoid wasting the planet?
But there are those that will do whatever to regulate one of these worthwhile prize. Pitt's investigations take him to the Arctic looking for a clue to the origins of this invaluable mineral. There, he and NUMA colleague Al Giordino needs to conflict for survival opposed to the adverse parts and an evil megalomaniac who's approximately to plunge the North American continent into warfare . . .
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Good, good,” said Charlie. ” “. . a row of attics that ran the length of the third floor of the house . ” “Not attics, Max. Staff accommodation,” murmured Charlie. “Excellent. ” “. . I think there were half a dozen bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Oh, and a grass tennis court and outbuildings, barns and things like that. ” “I can see it now. Sounds to me like a stately home. General state of repair and decoration? ” Max shook his head. “No? Well, they’ve probably been keeping him busy in the Cotswolds.
He scribbled out a check, tore it from the book, and passed it across to Max. “There. ” Max looked down at Charlie’s scrawl and blinked. “Charlie, I can’t possibly . ” “Don’t be bloody stupid. If you sell the house, you can pay me back. And if you keep the house, we can turn it into some kind of mortgage. You can’t afford not to give it a go. This is the chance of a lifetime, old son. ” Max continued to protest and Charlie continued to insist as one Calvados led to another. Unnoticed by them as they talked, the restaurant had become empty and quiet.
Amis felt a glow of satisfaction as Max pushed back his chair. Lunch had gone according to plan; in fact, it couldn’t have gone better. He’d received a detailed, up-to-date brief on the deal, and, since Max had resigned, there wouldn’t be any severance to pay. Perfect. “Suit yourself,” he said. “Your decision. ” Max stood up, but Amis hadn’t finished with him. “Aren’t you forgetting something, my friend? ” He held out his hand. ” Max took the keys from his pocket and hesitated for a moment before dropping them carefully into Amis’s half-eaten crème brûlée.
Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt, Book 20) by Clive Cussler