In the heart of
Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river, its stone banks laid by the
Incas, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the
conquistadors. Legend has it that the twice-stolen treasure has been buried for
centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the black
waters of the River of Ruin.
It begins at a Paris
auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist
Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French
attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn’t the only one who wants
it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into
a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l’empire
de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.
Mercer realizes he has
uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world’s
balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the
government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer, with help from
beautiful US Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of French Foreign Legion
commandos, and a crusty eighty year old retired sea captain named Harry White,
can stop them.
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