Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt, No. 14)

By Clive Cussler

AN UNDERWATER GRAVEYARD within the PACIFIC NORTHWEST...A MYSTERIOUS SEAPORT within the LOUISIANA BAYOUS...A DIABOLICAL PLOT TO damage the United States!

whilst NUMA agent DIRK PITTĀ® rescues a stunning secret agent in a bold underwater operation at Orion Lake, simply north of Seattle, he confronts a sinister community run by way of Qin Shang, a ruthless smuggler who sells chinese language immigrants into slavery. Shang's crusade contributions have received him a set of robust U.S. politicians, yet Pitt isn't a guy to be subverted by means of politics. As he strikes to probe Shang's mystifying seaport within the Louisiana bayous, his research includes him in an adrenaline-pumped race up the Mississippi River and a determined sprint to get well sunken chinese language treasures misplaced part a century earlier than. And in Qin Shang, Pitt faces ones of his so much ambitious foes -- a madman bent on killing hundreds of thousands of blameless civilians with a catastrophic surge of mass destruction.

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