By Dennis Wheatley
Atlantis: for hundreds of years the magic of that identify has haunted man's mind's eye. Now, an immense excursion is being ready. Its vacation spot: the ultimate resting position of the traditional gold-encrusted urban – one mile underneath the outside of the ocean. For the beautiful Camilla and her band of adventurers the times to return are choked with possibility. forward lies the silence of the unknown Deeps – and a nightmare of terror and betrayal.
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