HELIOS Corporation, the nation's wealthiest and most powerful oil and energy conglomerate has done something technologically amazing to continue its strangle hold on the oil market. Its engineers have built a vessel that can reach the 1.8 trillion barrels of oil and unlimited natural gas reserves discovered at the base of the Marianas Trench, more than six miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
The deep-sea mining submarine "Goliath" is a monstrous juggernaut; armed with rock-slicing blades and saws, stone pulverizing drills, grappling hooks, and an armor-plated, crush-resistant hull. Over 300-feet long, it is a remote-controlled undersea tank able to withstand the steel-crushing pressure of the trench. With Goliath, mining the oil in this unreachable area of Earth will galvanize HELIOS as the sole owners of the nation's future energy supply. But little does anyone know, it's just phase one of an even more sinister plan for the corporation's goal of global oil dominance.
But during one of the sub's experimental dives, something goes horribly wrong and now Goliath no longer responds to the technicians who decide its every move. It's now out of HELIOS' control, sailing on its automated, pre-programmed systems; but even more disastrous -- it's disappeared in the trench after leaving a trail of sunken ships and dead bodies in its wake.
The Defense Department must now seek the help of Dr. Joe Salas, the preeminent oceanographer and environmentalist whose internationally acclaimed Dolphin submersibles operate routinely in the trench. Goliath is now a mindless killing machine and has already destroyed ten ships—sawing, drilling and slicing them with horrifying precision. Navy commanders, scientists and Salas' staff must work together to go down into the abyss to locate Goliath and find a way to disable it before it destroys the entire U.S. Pacific Fleet!
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Published May 8, 2013
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction.