By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
A helpful treasure recovered. a strong empire resurrected. Dirk Pitt is at the stream.
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Beitzen tracked the cruiser throughout the periscope, ready patiently whereas the workforce round him held their breaths. He watched till the massive floor send seemed at once in entrance of them. Beitzen parted his lips to provide the hearth command while a shiny flash unexpectedly stuffed his eyepiece. A moment later, a muffled explosion rocked throughout the sub’s metal bulkheads. Beitzen stared dumbfounded throughout the periscope as flames and smoke burst from the cruiser, lighting fixtures the evening sky with a blaze of persimmon pink. the large warship shuddered and shook, after which her bow burrowed lower than the waves. the strict fast rose up, hung suspended in midair for a number of moments, then chased the bow down towards the seafloor. In below ten mins, the tremendous cruiser disappeared thoroughly from sight. “Voss . . . you're definite there are not any mines during this quadrant? ” he requested hoarsely. “Yes, sir,” the officer answered, double-checking a chart of mine-field destinations. “She’s gone,” he ultimately muttered to the fearful staff looking forward to his orders. “Close bow caps and stand down. ” because the dissatisfied team resumed their tasks, the captain clung to the periscope, staring blankly in the course of the eyepiece. A handful of survivors had escaped in lifeboats, yet there has been not anything he might do to assist them within the turbulent waters. looking at the empty black sea prior to him, he struggled to discover a solution. but none of it made experience. Warships simply didn’t blow up via themselves. It was once a protracted whereas earlier than Beitzen pried himself clear of the periscope and staggered quietly to his cabin. Fated to die later within the struggle, he could by no means research the reality of why the Hampshire had blown up. yet in his final days, the younger Kapitän by no means shook the picture from his brain of the cruiser’s final mins, whilst the large warship probably died with out reason. half I OTTOMAN DREAM 1 JULY 2012 CAIRO, EGYPT THE NOONDAY sunlight BURNED in the course of the DENSE LAYER of airborne dirt and dust and pollution that hung over the traditional urban like a dirty blanket. With the temperature good over the century mark, few humans lingered concerning the sizzling stones that paved the principal courtroom of al-Azhar Mosque. located in japanese Cairo a few miles from the Nile, al-Azhar stood as one of many city’s so much old buildings. initially built within the yr 970 A. D. through Fatimid conquerors, the mosque was once rebuilt and improved during the centuries, eventually reaching prestige as Islam’s 5th most vital mosque. complicated stone carvings, towering minarets, and onion-domed spires vied for the eye’s consciousness, reflecting 1000 years of artistry. Amid its fortress-like stone partitions, the center piece of the complicated used to be a large oblong courtroom surrounded through emerging arcades on each aspect. within the color of an arcade portico, a mild guy in dishevelled trousers and a loose-fitting blouse cleaned a couple of tinted glasses, then surveyed the courtyard. within the warmth of the day, just a small variety of youths have been approximately, learning the structure or strolling in silent meditation. They have been scholars from the adjoining al-Azhar collage, a preeminent establishment for Islamic studying within the heart East.