The release of ZERO HOUR celebrates Clive Cussler’s 40th year of exciting storytelling, and his plotting skills remain at the top of high-stakes adventure writing. The premise for his newest thriller (co-written with Graham Brown) is a machine that has harnessed and controlled a state of energy contained in all of nature and is unlimited in scope. Kurt Austin and his NUMA Special Assignments Team find themselves in a race against time with the brutal scientist who plans to unleash zero point energy with the destruction of a continent in mind.
Kurt Austin, as Director of Special Projects for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, attends a conference in Sydney, Australia, his expertise in underwater salvage a plus. Bored with dry speeches, Austin steps outside the Opera House, his excuse being a phone call from the NUMA office. There, he meets Hayley Anderson, an attendee who has broken a high-heeled shoe and looks for a solution. While making small talk, the two witness a bizarre happening across the Sydney Harbor. A powerboat cuts in front of a ferry, nearly causing an accident, and is pursued by a Eurocopter with armed gunmen shooting at the people inside. The out-of-control boat launches a run directly at the Opera House, where Austin and Hayley watch on the steps. The powerboat goes airborne and crashes on its side, wrecked and leaking fuel.
"The release of ZERO HOUR celebrates Clive Cussler’s 40th year of exciting storytelling, and his plotting skills remain at the top of high-stakes adventure writing."
Austin has called for emergency help but wastes no time in rushing the damaged craft to aid its victims. He pulls the passenger from the wreck and attempts to free the pilot, but cannot succeed before the helicopter sniper returns with a deadly kill shot. Before the sniper can fly back to finish off the passenger, Hayley cradles the man in her arms. Her effort is in