By Steve Berry
As a baby, former Justice division agent Cotton Malone used to be informed that his father died in a submarine catastrophe within the North Atlantic. yet what he now learns stuns him: His father’s sub used to be a mystery nuclear vessel misplaced on a hugely categorized undertaking underneath the ice cabinets of Antarctica.
Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk also are made up our minds to determine what turned in their father, who died at the similar submarine–and they understand anything Malone doesn’t: encouraged via unusual clues came upon in Charlemagne’s tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica prior to the american citizens. Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in “the language of heaven,” conundrums posed through an old historian, and his father’s ill-fated voyage are all tied to a revelation of big end result for humankind. As Malone embarks on a deadly quest with the sisters, he'll ultimately confront the surprising fact of his father’s dying and the precise probability of his personal.
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It’s ok, Mr. Malone,” a feminine voice acknowledged. He peered round the doorway. a lady, tall and comely, with shoulder-length ash-blond hair, stood at the different aspect of the mattress. Her unlined face, gentle as a pat of butter, sheathed fine-boned positive aspects, sculpted to close perfection. He’d visible her earlier than. Dorothea Lindauer? No. now not relatively. “I’m Christl Falk,” she acknowledged. Stephanie sat within the window seat, Edwin Davis at the aisle beside her, because the Delta flight from Atlanta begun its ultimate technique into Jacksonville overseas Airport. under spanned the japanese reaches of the Okefenokee nationwide flora and fauna safe haven, the blackwater swamp’s plants clothed in a wintry brown veneer. She’d left Davis on my own together with his strategies in the course of the fifty-minute flight, yet adequate was once adequate. “Edwin, why don’t you inform me the reality? ” His head lay at the headrest, eyes closed. “I recognize. I didn’t have a brother on that sub. ” “Why’d you deceive Daniels? ” He raised up. “I needed to. ” “That’s unlike you. ” He confronted her. “Really? We infrequently be aware of one another. ” “Then why am I right here? ” “Because you’re sincere. Naïve as hell, occasionally. Bullheaded. yet regularly sincere. There’s anything to be acknowledged for that. ” She questioned approximately his cynicism. “The method is corrupt, Stephanie. all the way down to the middle. in every single place you switch, there’s poison in govt. ” She used to be baffled by means of the place this was once headed. “What have you learnt of Langford Ramsey? ” he requested. “I don’t like him. He thinks everyone seems to be an fool and that the intelligence enterprise couldn’t continue to exist with out him. ” “He’s served 9 years as head of naval intelligence. That’s extraordinary. yet every time he’s arise for rotation, they’ve allowed him to stick. ” “That an issue? ” “Damn correct it truly is. Ramsey has objectives. ” “You sound such as you understand him. ” “More than I ever desired to. ” “Edwin, stop,” Millicent acknowledged. He used to be keeping the telephone, punching the numbers for the neighborhood police. She slipped the handset from his clutch and laid it within the cradle. “Leave it be,” she acknowledged. He stared into her darkish eyes. Her attractive lengthy brown hair hung snarled. Her face appeared as tender as ever, yet stricken. In such a lot of methods they have been alike. shrewdpermanent, devoted, dependable. in simple terms in race have been they different—she a stunning instance of African genes, he the necessary white Anglo-Saxon Protestant. He’d been interested in her inside days of being assigned as Captain Langford Ramsey’s country division liaison, figuring out of NATO headquarters in Brussels. He lightly caressed the clean bruise on her thigh. “He struck you. ” He fought the following observe. “Again. ” “It’s his method. ” She used to be a lieutenant, born of a military family members, fourth new release, and Langford Ramsey’s aide for the prior years. Ramsey’s lover for a kind of. “Is he worthy it? ” he requested. She retreated from the telephone, clutching her bathrobe tight. She’d referred to as part an hour in the past and requested him to return to her condo. Ramsey had simply left. He didn’t understand why he continually got here whilst she known as. “He doesn’t suggest to do it,” she stated. “His mood will get the simplest of him. He doesn’t wish to be refused.