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A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure.
Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion since its disappearance, and surrounded by deadly high-altitude life forms, Matt and his companions soon find themselves fighting not only for the Hyperion—but for their very lives.
blueprints, your lives might be in grave danger.” Hal said nothing for a moment. “I’d rather have the blueprints and take my chances.” “Me too,” said Nadira. I was glad to see she was looking so much better, and only hoped she did not loathe me forever for this terrible turn of events. “We’re alive,” Kate insisted. “We should be jolly grateful for that.” “I don’t think anyone’s brimming with jolliness right now,” I said. “And I can’t blame them. I’m really very sorry.” “Stop apologizing,”
and they’d be set alight. Even the snow leopard’s fur had not prevented my toes and fingers from burning with cold by the end of our three hours aboard Grunel’s ship. Just before we’d left, I’d convinced Hal to let me enter the captain’s cabin. On his roll-top desk I’d found the ship’s log, locked at the base of a small frozen waterfall. I’d managed to hack the journal free from the ice, and right now it was thawing in a roasting pan near the fire. That was Nadira’s idea. I just hoped the paper
happened to us aboard the Flotsam. “No. First the downdraft. The captain panicked and dumped all his ballast to try to save the ship. I bet if we look at her ballast boards we’ll see there’s not a drop left in the tanks. She was light as a feather, and then she got caught in the storm’s updraft and was rocketed into Skyberia.” “He could’ve valved hydrium,” Hal said. “He might not have had time.” “It’s a theory,” said Hal. “A good one,” added Dorje. “I think you’re right, Matt.” Dorje’s quiet
threw over Grunel? When Kate and I went in, it fell off and gave her a bit of a fright.” “It didn’t just fall off,” Kate objected. “My back was turned, and I heard a sound like someone ripping off the sheet. When I looked around, it was on the floor.” I felt my scalp prickle. “Things move aboard a ship,” Hal said. “Especially in storm conditions.” “He’ll be tap dancing next,” said Nadira. “Surely there’s somewhere else,” Kate insisted. “Preferably without dead people.” Had it been left up
and his men were looking around in bewilderment. “What the blazes was that?” someone said. “Where’d it come from?” another asked. There seemed to be a huge amount of confusion over the source of the noise. Pistols were drawn, some aimed at the catwalk, others at various points in the room. One fellow pointed straight at the coffin.”It came from over there.” “What’s a coffin doing here?” asked Rath angrily. “The sound came from there!” “Then go and open it if you’re so sure,” Rath said