Clive Cussler the UK NO. 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR introduces yet another action-packed adventure to the gripping NUMA Files series . . .
When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, NUMA operatives Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine.
Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don't-that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero.
As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.
From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . will they get caught in a race that no one can win?
Kurt Austin of the National Underwater and Marine Agency has to track down an unmanned experimental aircraft, the Nighthawk, in bestseller Cussler's exciting 14th NUMA Files novel (after 2015's The Pharaoh's Secret, also coauthored with Brown). The Nighthawk went off course and disappeared as it was returning from a three-year mission in orbit. Kurt and his NUMA team, aided by the NSA's Emma Townsend, have seven days to "find and shut off a ticking bomb that could shake the very foundations of the Earth." It soon becomes apparent that there's more at stake concerning the secret aircraft than Emma is admitting. Also chasing the Nighthawk are Russian and Chinese forces, in particular a deadly Chinese operative, Daiyu, who works for the Ministry of State Security. Meanwhile, Kurt must deal with double and triple crosses from his supposed friends. Tension builds as our heroes race to save the planet.