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An underwater graveyard in the Pacific Northwest... A mysterious seaport in the bayous of Louisiana... A diabolical plot to destroy America!
Unknown waters, 1948. The Princess Dou Wan, a sea-weary cruise ship covertly seized by Chiang Kai-shek, slams into a devastating storm that tears the hull apart and sends it and a mysterious cargo down into the depths, lost to all searchers for more than fifty years.
Pacific Northwest, 2000. Dirk Pitt® rescues a beautiful undercover immigration agent from Qin Shang, an insatiably greedy smuggler whose vast fortune is made selling Chinese immigrants into slavery around the globe. Shang's campaign contributions have bought him a collection of powerful U.S. politicians, but Pitt finds the secret behind Shang's vast and mystifying seaport in the Louisiana bayou to be shockingly sinister. From an adrenaline-pumped race against time and tide up the Mississippi River to a desperate dash to recover Chinese treasures, Dirk Pitt faces one of his most formidable foes -- a madman bent on killing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children with a catastrophic surge of mass destruction.
Requiem for a Princess
December 10, 1948 Unknown Waters
THE WAVES TURNED VICIOUS and worsened with every rush of wind. The calm weather of the
morning transformed from Dr. Jekyll into a vehement Mr. Hyde by late evening. Whitecaps on
the crests of towering waves were lashed into sheets of spray. The violent water and black
clouds merged under the onslaught of a driving snowstorm. It was impossible to tell where
water ended and sky began. As the passenger liner Princess Dou Wan fought through waves
that rose like mountains before spilling over the ship, the men on board were unaware of
the imminent disaster that was only minutes away.
The crazed waters were driven by northeast and northwest gales that simultaneously caused ferocious currents to smash against the ship from two sides. Winds soon reached a hundred miles an hour with waves that crested at thirty feet or more. Caught in the maelstrom, the Princess...
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