Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

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 yes drowning. yet his death-defying rescue is simply 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 wilderness. pushed by way 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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