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By Kenneth Oppel

A mythical ghost send. a big treasure. A death-defying experience.

Forty years in the past, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its carry. Now, observed by way of heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is set to get better the send and its treasures. yet 20,000 toes above the Earth's floor, pursued through those that have hunted the Hyperion due to the fact its disappearance, and surrounded by way of lethal high-altitude existence kinds, Matt and his partners quickly locate themselves struggling with not just for the Hyperion—but for his or her very lives.

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I’m fearful concerning the ladies. in the event that they begin wanting oxygen, we’ll run out. ” “They can proportion mine. I don’t desire it. ” I went again to Kate and Nadira and advised them i used to be going to make a hearth. i wished to be doing anything. I broke a few crate lids into kindling and organized them on a bit of sheet steel. contained in the a number of crates was once lots of shredded paper and packing sawdust. that may seize fireplace simply adequate. “You’re an excellent guy to have round in a shipwreck,” stated Nadira. “This isn’t a shipwreck,” Hal stated jovially, taking a blanket and settling down beside Kate. “We’re nonetheless skyworthy. All we have to do is hold hot. Now, a trick you study quick adequate on Everest is to stick shut and preserve physique warmth. He snuggled up beside Kate and waved for Nadira to come back nearer. She raised an eyebrow at him. “Trust me,” Hal stated, “this is typical hiking perform. We remain hot, we remain alive. ” Nadira selected to sit down beside Kate. Hal heaped extra blankets round them. Kate smiled and appeared to be having fun with herself. My pulse beat difficult and quickly in my ears. “Come on in, Cruse,” Hal stated. “The extra the merrier. ” “Where’s the butane torch? ” I requested. “Why? What’re you as much as? ” “Making a fireplace. ” Hal shook his head. “Not with the send pitching like this. a few embers spill and the hearth will get uncontrolled, we’re pretty much as good as sunk. besides, you won’t get a lot of a hearth moving into this skinny air. Smoke is all you’ll make. ” I hadn’t considered that. I felt a formal fool. “What we will be able to do,” acknowledged Hal, “is make a brew. ” “What’s that? ” Kate requested. “It’s what we name making water on Everest. cross discover a steel can now, and we’ll use the torch to soften a few ice for ingesting water. ” i began scouting round for a probable box, person who didn’t already carry a few vile-looking chemical sludge. Make a brew, I muttered resentfully to myself. That’s what we name it on Everest. in fact Hal might understand all approximately how you can live on at excessive altitude. He used to be excellent. He used to be additionally correct. we would have liked water. At those altitudes it was once really easy to get dehydrated. Sucking snow or ice simply wasn’t sufficient. past the massive home windows the solar nonetheless blazed, coming up and down because the send cavorted during the typhoon. close to the big telescope laptop, my eyes swept around the advanced regulate panel. i needed I knew what all these buttons and gauges intended. Hal will possibly not supply a toss, yet I definitely did. I had a sense that this was once the desktop Grunel have been labouring over whilst aloft. From the brass panel I brushed away a few frost—and observed a keyhole. I stared. “I imagine you'll want to see this! ” I referred to as out to the others. They threw off their blankets and joined me. The keyhole appeared remarkably just like the single within the doorways to the lifeless zoo and engineerium. “Well, isn’t this intriguing,” stated Hal, casting his eye over the machine’s cumbersome reduce areas. “Big adequate for a vault, do you're thinking that? ” “You imagine it’s jam-packed with cash? ” I requested, shocked. “Gold preferably,” remarked Nadira. She used to be already attaining into her hood to extract her key. “Can’t see hinges anywhere,” Hal commented, shining his mild everywhere in the regulate panel.

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