By Kenneth Oppel
A mythical ghost send. a massive treasure. A death-defying event.
Forty years in the past, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its carry. Now, followed 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 ft above the Earth's floor, pursued by means of those that have hunted the Hyperion considering that its disappearance, and surrounded through lethal high-altitude lifestyles varieties, Matt and his partners quickly locate themselves combating not just for the Hyperion—but for his or her very lives.
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I had sufficient of the braggart in me to wish to provoke Nadira, yet i couldn't lie, and that i used to be nervous my story would possibly not look very excellent in any case. “So how did it take place? ” she requested. Her questions had an urgency that appeared past easy interest. “Well, he’d simply shot our pal Bruce Lunardi, and he got here after me together with his pistol. ” “You should still inform them approximately how we removed the opposite pirates first,” Kate stated. “It’s Szpirglas i would like to listen to about,” Nadira stated firmly. “He chased me as much as the axial catwalk, and that i controlled to clog up his gun by way of heaving a bucket of patching glue at him. yet he nonetheless had a knife, and the glance in his eye used to be no longer charitable. ” Slater gave a snort. The others have been gazing me. I felt the heartbeat of the tale pounding in my temples. “I climbed out the aft crow’s nest onto the ship’s again, and began heading for the ahead hatch. i used to be midway throughout while the cloud cat lunged out and blocked my means. ” “Cloud cat? ” she requested. “You by no means examine them? ” Kate stated with only a contact of indignation. “A new species of flying mammal over the Pacificus that I—I suggest, Matt and I—discovered? considered one of them obtained aboard the Aurora. ” “I may have heard approximately this,” Nadira stated, yet i may inform she wasn’t very . “Go on,” she instructed me. “Well, I dared now not move any toward the cloud cat. So, I became, and there has been Szpirglas, popping out of the opposite hatch. A murderous carnivore on one facet, an excellent extra villainous pirate at the different. ” I paused, rather having fun with myself now. “You had no weapon? ” Hal requested. “Nothing. ” “Why didn’t you rappel down the aspect? ” Nadira requested. “There have been no traces convenient. Szpirglas got here nearer, his knife flashing. I had nowhere to move. He seized me and hurled me off the send and that i went flying. ” “You fell, you mean,” Nadira acknowledged. “Flying, falling, it was once challenging to inform, yet I crashed at the ship’s tail fin. i used to be part useless by means of then, flat out on my abdominal, clinging for expensive lifestyles to the elevator flap. And Szpirglas got here down after me. to complete me off. ” Nadira waited. Her eyes had none of Kate’s appreciative brightness. Her gaze unsettled me, it used to be so rationale. “He got here down and kicked at my hands, attempting to holiday my grip. ” “That’s ugly,” acknowledged Hal. “But then I gave him a superb kick and controlled to journey him up, and he all started sliding off the fin. ” I paused, wishing i'll cease the tale there, with a successful, quick-witted blow. yet Kate already knew that wasn’t the top. “Szpirglas regained his grip, even though, and got here again to me, and that i observed his eyes and knew he was once approximately to damage my cranium together with his steeltoed boot. Then anything brushed his shoulder. there has been a complete flock of cloud cats passing over the Aurora, and considered one of them knocked him off stability. that point he really did fall. ” “He simply fell,” Nadira stated. I nodded. “So rather, you didn’t kill him in any respect. ” “I survived him, that’s all. i used to be fortunate. ” “It was once very cowardly of him,” acknowledged Nadira, “to assault a boy like that. ” I didn’t like her touching on me as a boy, yet her eyes had misplaced their fierceness now.