By James Rollins
Carved right into a relocating island of ice two times the scale of the U.S., Ice Station Grendel has been deserted for greater than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the best minds of the previous Soviet Union, it was once designed to be inaccessible and almost invisible. yet an American undersea study vessel has inadvertently pulled too close--and whatever has been sighted relocating contained in the allegedly abandoned facility, anything whose survival defies each typical legislation. And now, as scientists, infantrymen, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's deadly vortex, the main severe measures attainable may be undertaken to guard its darkish mysteries--because the negative truths locked at the back of submerged partitions of ice and metal may well finish human lifestyles in the world.
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