For generations treasure hunters have tried to unlock the
deadly puzzle known as the Water Pit: a labyrinth of shafts and tunnels that
honeycomb the heart of a small island off the coast of Maine. Reputed to be the
hiding place of pirate treasure, the Water Pit possesses an inexplicable
ability to kill those who venture into it, from professionals to innocent
But now one man has made a startling discovery: the Water
Pit is actually a carefully designed fortress, conceived for pirates by a renowned
seventeenth-century architect who hid his plans in code. Unlocking the code
will break the curse of the Water Pit. Or will it?
The most comprehensive, high-tech expedition ever assembled
has come to Maine and to Dr. Malin Hatch, owner of the island. While the
treasure hunters have their reasons for mounting this assault—$2 billion in
gold—Hatch has his own motives to join them. For Hatch, whose brother died on
Ragged Island thirty years before, the only escape from the curse is through
the black swirling waters and bloodstained chambers of the Pit.
With more computing power than a small university, the
recovery team slowly chips away at the mystery. But as the seekers try to
conquer the Pit men begin to die. And all the while the last, secret chamber of
the Pit waits to unleash the most lethal mystery of all.
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