By Kenneth Oppel
A mythical ghost send. a big treasure. A death-defying experience.
Forty years in the past, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its carry. Now, followed via heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is set to get well the send and its treasures. yet 20,000 ft above the Earth's floor, pursued by way of those that have hunted the Hyperion because its disappearance, and surrounded via lethal high-altitude existence varieties, Matt and his partners quickly locate themselves battling not just for the Hyperion—but for his or her very lives.
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