Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA Files

By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

Whilst Kurt Austin, the chief of a brave nationwide Underwater & Marine business enterprise exploration group, rescues attractive 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 kingdom out of the southwestern usa and Mexico, Halcon's scheme hinges on Nina's fresh discovery concerning Christopher Columbus, and a helpful pre-Columbian antiquity buried within the battered continues to be of the sunken Italian luxurious liner Andrea Doria. basically Kurt Austin and his crack NUMA crew stand among Halcon and the Andrea Doria's silent metal hull -- and if their lethal undertaking fails, Halcon will journey to strength on a wave of loss of life and destruction.

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They waited patiently open air the dosed door like expectant fathers. earlier than lengthy the physician's mate, an enticing and trim younger girl who served because the ship's health practitioner, got here out into the passageway “Is she o.k.? ” the larger guy stated. The mate smiled. “That's one difficult woman” she stated, admiration in her voice. “I've positioned antiseptic on her cuts and bruises. She used to be virtually hypothermic, so I simply wish her to stick hot for now she will be able to have a cup of bouillon quickly. ” “Can we see her? ” “Sure. You men hold her entertained whereas I see if i will be able to around up a few outfits and sq. away a bunk in my cabin the place she will be able to get a few relaxation in privateness. ” “What's her identify? ” The mate raised an eyebrow. “You do not know? You gents needs to be spending an excessive amount of time underwater, specifically you, Zavala. i presumed you would be aware of her mobile quantity and what sort of plants and eating places she likes by means of now” Jose “Joe” Zavala's acceptance had him from Washington, which was once now not magnificent, due to the fact he had as soon as dated the physician's mate. consistently captivating with the women, he used to be a lot famous through many unmarried girls for his younger Ricardo Montalban beauty. A mild, nearly shy smile performed round his lips. “I needs to be slipping,” he acknowledged. “That'll be the day” She smirked and moved quickly swiftly off on her quest. Nina was once sitting on an exam desk whilst the 2 males stepped into the room. She used to be donning a dishevelled military sweatsuit, and a thick woolen blanket was once wrapped round her shoulders. even if her eyes have been redrimmed from saltwater immersion and her lengthy hair used to be raveled, colour had back to her face, and her lips had misplaced their bluish tinge. Her palms have been cupped round a ceramic espresso mug, having fun with its heat: She appeared up and observed the tall guy filling the entrance. along with his husky body and the distinction among his walnut dermis and near-white hair colour, he seemed like a Norse hero from a Wagnerian opera. but his voice was once really light whilst he spoke. “Hope we are not intruding,” he acknowledged tentatively. Nina brushed a protracted wavy strand out of her face. “Not in any respect. Come on in. ” He stepped inside of, by way of the dark-complexioned guy with a pleasant smile. “My identify is Kurt Austin, and this is often Joe Zavala. ” “I'm Nina Kirov” Nina well-known the Aquaman's eyes she had noticeable at the back of the face masks. They reminded her of the colour of a coral reef underneath soft water. “I imagine now we have already met. ” Austin grinned, happy on the attractiveness. “How are you feeling? ” “Not undesirable, thank you. i will be larger after a scorching bathe. ” She seemed round. “What send is that this? ” “The NUMA study vessel Nereus. ” “You're with the nationwide Underwater and Marine company? ” “That's correct. i am head of the NUMA specified Assignments workforce. Joe is the team's marine engineer. ” “I prefer to consider myself because the team's propulsionist,” Zavala stated. “Joe's being modest. he's the person who retains us relocating on, below and above the ocean. ” Zavala, actually, was once a certified in all kinds of propulsion. He may perhaps fix, alter, or repair any engine, be it steam, diesel, or electrical and no matter if it was once in an motor vehicle, send, or airplane.

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