An incalculable fortune in conflict minerals lies on the bed of a lost lake in the middle of the African jungle, where an active volcano stands tall and deadly, having already destroyed the only civilisation nearby. The volcano serves as a border between two warring central African nations. And an uncontrolled, murderous guerrilla army claims the territory for its own, using a combination of modern terrorist techniques and timeless black magic to keep strangers out.
Sayonara. The world’s largest liquid natural gas tanker. She represents a huge and risky investment for Heritage Mariner. The first vessel of this size to sail without a crew, she is programmed to dock automatically in Japan. Her cargo has the potential of 55 atom bombs, which will power the construction of the floating city of Kujukuri 35 miles west of Tokyo. But four days before docking, a group of pirates goes aboard, breaks into her secure areas, hacks her computers and takes control.
Horrified by the pollution in the Pacific, Richard Mariner and Nic Greenbaum finance an experiment – to throw a bottle into a Tokyo river and track it out into the ocean. Meanwhile, Richard’s wife and Nic’s daughter will race across the ocean captaining rival yachts fighting to reach the bottle first – unaware that they will be tested to the limit. To generate extra publicity, the bottle is filled with lottery tickets, any one of which could be worth $110 million.
Richard and Robin Mariner are amongst a select group of honoured guests at a reception in the Presidential Palace, in the recently refurbished capital of a powerful West Africa nation. They have been instrumental in helping the president take charge, which he is still fighting to drag into the 21st century.
A massive earthquake has hit the heart of China, causing the unthinkable to happen: The Three Gorges Dam has failed, and there are 55 trillion gallons of water heading downstream. Richard and Robin Mariner are aboard Poseidon, part way between Shanghai and Nanjing, when they hear the news. Logic dictates that they should run downstream to the safety of the ocean. But Richard has other plans.
Late summer in the Siberian Sea. Richard Mariner stands in the main control centre of Ice Station Zemlya, Russia’s massive new floating nuclear facility. As enormous seagoing tugs fight to position the ungainly monster, Richard is all too aware of dangerous – perhaps deadly – undercurrents. The multinational team helping the Russians to set up Zemlya are riven with disagreement, and there has been a relentless series of apparent accidents.
Summer 2011. Richard Mariner and his daughter, Mary, are visiting the Maritime Museum at Chatham when they get caught up in a terrorist attack. Among the survivors is a man who turns out to be one of the terrorists, Sayed Mohammed. Subsequently, Richard becomes involved with fitting out a new prison ship moored in the Thames estuary. This is part of a new government initiative which will see the ship filled with the most dangerous Islamic extremists in the country – one of whom is Sayed Mohammed.
Richard Mariner is aboard a new high-tech sailing vessel when he encounters the fire ship, never realizing it’s only the beginning of a deadly adventure. As Mariner sails through the Indian Ocean, he learns the prize tanker in his family’s fleet, Prometheus II, has been seized by terrorists in the Persian Gulf, and his father-in-law has been kidnapped in Bahrain. To wrest back what’s rightfully his he’ll have to race through treacherous waters and take on a group of terrorist pirates.
The fate of Prometheus rests in the hands of Richard Mariner, the tanker’s new captain. It is his responsibility to battle human treachery and the dangers of the open sea to bring Prometheus to safe harbor. From the Persian Gulf to the storm-tossed Atlantic, Mariner and his crew will struggle against the elements while trying to uncover the elusive—and cunning—enemy in their midst.
Richard and Robin Mariner are aboard Tai Fun, preparing to join their friends at the opening ceremony of the luxury Volcano Roads hotel on the Indonesian island of Pulau Baya, when they spot two bodies floating in the still Java Sea. The victims are marine police, and while one of them is beyond help, the other is clinging to life. As they rush the dying woman to shore, it seems that the eyes of the entire world are on the island.
Deep in the East China Sea, the remote deep-sea vessel Neptune edges through the blackness of the Ryukyu Trench. Richard and Robin Mariner are actually 5,000 metres above Neptune, in the vehicle control room of Poseidon, testing their company’s latest acquisition. Suddenly, a distress call comes in from a trapped submarine that is running out of air.
Benin Light shines out through the darkness as Richard Mariner, marine adventurer, approaches on board the supertanker Prometheus V. The lighthouse is the marker for Granville Harbour, wild and inaccessible on the western coast of Africa. After an unfriendly exchange with the harbour master, Richard decides it is time to sort it out.