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By Kenneth Oppel

A mythical ghost send. an important treasure. A death-defying experience.

Forty years in the past, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its carry. Now, observed through heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is set to recuperate the send and its treasures. yet 20,000 ft above the Earth's floor, pursued via those that have hunted the Hyperion when you consider that its disappearance, and surrounded via lethal high-altitude existence varieties, Matt and his partners quickly locate themselves scuffling with not just for the Hyperion—but for his or her very lives.

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I’d desired to remain directly to be sure he used to be going to be okay; I’d even provided to aid with maintenance to the Flotsam, yet Captain Tritus made it transparent i used to be now not welcome. He instructed me to maintain my mouth close and despatched me packing. there has been not anything left to do yet set up my very own passage again to Paris. i needed Kate may hurry up. among her sessions and mine, it was once no effortless feat to determine one another. She’d arrived in the summertime, 3 months in the past, together with her frightful chaperone, to discover a spot to stay whereas learning on the college. I knew that leave out Simpkins didn't approve of our friendship. although i used to be now a pupil on the esteemed Airship Academy, she nonetheless remembered me as a cabin boy and didn't suppose I had any correct to be socializing with younger omit de Vries. We socialized besides, once or more or two times per week, often at Kate’s condominium, the place pass over Simpkins might take a seat in a nook of the room, pretending to learn. I questioned if she’d be coming to lunch. I was hoping now not. I had lots to inform Kate. I watched the elevator gears turning for it slow, after which swivelled round so i'll look at the guts of the eating place. I figured i used to be the youngest individual the following via approximately thirty years. i noticed the Lumière triplets, the 3 most renowned film-makers on this planet, arguing over the past chocolate éclair. At one other desk, a guy who appeared suspiciously just like the nice Farini was once enjoyable his lunch site visitors via balancing a bottle of champagne on his palm whereas pouring it right into a crystal flute poised on his pinkie. around the nice room a flamboyant girl bedecked in peacock feathers was once banging her fist at the desk and conversing loudly to a bunch of appalled, mustachioed gents. I famous her photo from the newspapers. She’d struck gold within the Yukon and together with her new fortune was once attempting to purchase the Eiffel Tower and feature it transported again to Canada, girder through girder. to this point, no good fortune. I checked out the ornate clock. Kate used to be now over part an hour overdue. A waiter with excessively oiled hair got here by way of and requested me if i used to be able to order. while I stated i used to be nonetheless looking ahead to my good friend, he gave me a truly doubtful glance and marched off. I observed him whisper whatever to the maître d’, and so they glanced balefully over at me. My cheeks burned. To distract myself, I gazed out the restaurant’s nice home windows. The Champ de Mars used to be a hectic airfield, and the sky used to be dotted with ballons-mouches, the small sightseeing airships that flew travelers over the spires and garrets of town. Winged ornithopters juddered around the drizzling October sky, observed by means of their insistent mosquitolike drone. a few of them got here rather as regards to the tower, as there have been docking trapezes for them underneath the second one platform. The Eiffel Tower’s very summit, even if, used to be reserved for the main unique airship liners, and as I watched, rapt, one floated in with stately grace to dock. “Perhaps monsieur is getting peckish now. ” With a jolt i noticed the waiter was once again at my elbow. He used to be smiling, yet I’d obvious happier faces on taxidermy.

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