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* BadassFamily: Fawkes wife and kids put up a decent fight when under attack by the AAR



* GrayAndGrayMorality: The battle between the Americans and British over the treaty (especially the gunfight at the end with sympathetic characters on both sides dying) can come down to this.



* ActionPolitician: Speaker of the Hosue Lorrimer shows some of this during the burning cruise ship crisis.



* TheCavalry: A nearly literal example at the end when Dirk storms the Bougainville ship with a regiment of civil war reenactors after being unable to find any other forces close enough.



* {{Determinator}}: After the first group of Federal agents trying to stop the tug with the vice president onboard get shot up and there radio is lost, one man hikes several miles to the nearest phone booth (with a severe injury, under the hot summer sun) to call the White House and report what's happening.



* PapaWolf: Sal is deterred to tear down the Bougainville's for killing his daughter.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lugovoy's ultimate fate is unknown.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lugovoy's ultimate fate is unknown. Neither is Moran's, although [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty it's easy to guess]].



* ClosestThingWeGot: When the pilots of the plane carrying the U.N. representatives is sabotaged, it is left to the chief flight attendant and a delegate who was a ''mechanic'' for a different kind of plane forty years ago to try and land it.



* GreaterScopeVillain: There are several other members of the Capesterre family out there, some of them more important than the ones who appear onscreen. At the end of the novel the government is preparing a commando "training" mission to "accidentally" storm their base.



* MookFaceTurn: The security forces at Massarde's mansion live in fear of him, take some unsuccessful steps to try and save victims of his death, and happily defect to Pitt's side at the end in exchange for a good cash bribe and the the assurances that Massarde won't be around to seek revenge.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The team of scientists who find Fairwhether and are taken to the mine with him never appear afterwards and its unknown if nay survived to escape.



* EveryManHasHisPrice: The local police commandant who is bribed with Matos has spent decades gathering a reputation as incorruptible in the face of the cartels, but that is simply because they've never offered him enough money to risk jeopardizing his lifestyle and the Molar's do.



* CosmopolitanCouncil: A couple of Chapters give us MrExposition characters who sit on a somewhat benevolent one of these, The Multilateral Council of Trade, a group of tycoon from across the world dedicated to forming a single global economy (and unlike most similar characters in Cussler books, not engaging in some evil conspiracy to accomplish that goal). They meet a couple times to talk about the effect Dorsett's plan will have on the global economy, and their own dream, and discuss some of the details about how he's going to achieve it, and appear at the end celebrating the failure of his plan and discussing how it won't come into effect with him dead.

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* CosmopolitanCouncil: A couple of Chapters give us MrExposition characters who sit on a somewhat benevolent one of these, The Multilateral Council of Trade, a group of tycoon from across the world dedicated to forming a single global economy (and unlike most similar characters in Cussler books, not engaging in some evil conspiracy to accomplish that goal).goal, [[OffstageVillainy although at least some of its members are involved in some ciriminal conspiracies to further their plans]]). They meet a couple times to talk about the effect Dorsett's plan will have on the global economy, and their own dream, and discuss some of the details about how he's going to achieve it, and appear at the end celebrating the failure of his plan and discussing how it won't come into effect with him dead.


* PurpleEyes: Loren Smith has them.

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* CosmopolitanCouncil: A couple of Chapters give us MrExposition characters who sit on a somewhat benevolent one of these, The Multilateral Council of Trade, a group of tycoon from across the world dedicated to forming a single global economy (and unlike most similar characters in Cussler books, not engaging in some evil conspiracy to accomplish that goal). They meet a couple times to talk about the effect Dorsett's plan will have on the global economy, and their own dream, and discuss some of the details about how he's going to achieve it, and appear at the end celebrating the failure of his plan and discussing how it won't come into effect with him dead.
* DwindlingParty: In the prologue, only ten of the over 200 crew and convicts of the Gladiatior survived to make it to the island, with two more drowning as they made it ashore, two being killed in fights over the women and one of those women dying in childbirth.


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** He was aiming for both eyes (but misesed one due to being knocked down), and did it as a last act of defiance after Dorsett had unveiled his EvilPlan and the CruelAndUnusualDeath it entailed for them.
* IHaveYourWife: Or rather, I Have Your Sons. Dorsett uses this to control Maeve for the early portions of the story, although she takes this far less passively than most. Interestingly, unlike most examples of this trope he's bluffing, as Maeve's sons are the heirs to his diamond empire due to her sisters being childless, but he does a good job of bluffing.
* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Discussed when Pitt visits Perlmutter, who describes the various generations of Dorsett's and how most of them have been visionaries and philanthropists, until Arthur and his father, while Arthur's' daughter Maeve and her sons stand poised to break the negative current branch of Dorsett's.

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Pitt's obituary is in the epilogue - which ends with him emerging from the ocean.


* ThatManIsDead: Invoked by Pitt when [[spoiler: Kristi offers herself to him. Pitt makes it clear he has no issue withher once being man; what he hates is how she has gone from a "warm lover of humanity" to a cold woman willing to go along with multiple murders. "You say you never killed anyone yourself but that's not true. You murdered Krisjan."]]

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* ThatManIsDead: Invoked by Pitt when [[spoiler: Kristi offers herself to him. Pitt makes it clear he has no issue withher with her once being a man; what he hates is how she has gone from a "warm lover of humanity" to a cold woman willing to go along with multiple murders.murders and the coup of several countries. "You say you never killed anyone yourself but that's not true. You murdered Krisjan."]]


* ThatManIsDead: Invoked by Pitt when [[spoiler: Kristi offers herself to him. Pitt makes it clear he has no issue withher once being man; what he hates is how she has gone from a "warm lover of humanity" to a cold woman willing to go along with multiple murders. "You murdered Krisjan."]]

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* ThatManIsDead: Invoked by Pitt when [[spoiler: Kristi offers herself to him. Pitt makes it clear he has no issue withher once being man; what he hates is how she has gone from a "warm lover of humanity" to a cold woman willing to go along with multiple murders. "You say you never killed anyone yourself but that's not true. You murdered Krisjan."]]

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* ThatManIsDead: Invoked by Pitt when [[spoiler: Kristi offers herself to him. Pitt makes it clear he has no issue withher once being man; what he hates is how she has gone from a "warm lover of humanity" to a cold woman willing to go along with multiple murders. "You murdered Krisjan."]]


* ContrivedCoincidence: Lampshaded as Kristi reveals [[spoiler: her plan had been to fake her death as Kristjan, have a sex change operation then come out as Kristi and continue her work as a scientist.]] But "the totally unexpected and unforseen coincidence spelled disaster to the new life I had carefully planned": [[spoiler: of all the plastic surgeons in the world, Kristi just had to pick one who worked for Rondheim, who naturally told his boss the truth and gave Oskar the perfect blackmail to force Kristi to his side.]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Lampshaded as Kristi reveals [[spoiler: her plan had been to fake her death as Kristjan, Krisjan, have a sex change operation then come out as Kristi and continue her work as a scientist.]] But "the totally unexpected and unforseen coincidence spelled disaster to the new life I had carefully planned": [[spoiler: of all the plastic surgeons in the world, Kristi just had to pick one who worked for Rondheim, Hermit Limted, who naturally told his boss Rondheim the truth and gave Oskar the perfect blackmail to force Kristi to his side.]]



* DragonAscendant: It turns out that Oskar is plotting to pull a "hostile takeover" of Hermit Limited with a NSA operative understating that "his future intentions can hardly be classified as honorable and benevolent."



* WellIntentionedExtremist: F James Kelly is arguably this trope as he believes that the plan to [[spoiler:take over Latin America with a mining cartel]] fulfills an ideal.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: F James Kelly is arguably this trope as he believes that the plan to [[spoiler:take over Latin America with a mining cartel]] fulfills an ideal. Sadly, his Dragon doesn't agree.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Lampshaded as Kristi reveals [[spoiler: her plan had been to fake her death as Kristjan, have a sex change operation then come out as Kristi and continue her work as a scientist.]] But "the totally unexpected and unforseen coincidence spelled disaster to the new life I had carefully planned": [[spoiler: of all the plastic surgeons in the world, Kristi just had to pick one who worked for Rondheim, who naturally told his boss the truth and gave Oskar the perfect blackmail to force Kristi to his side.]]


* SpottingTheThread: The first clue that put Pitt onto how [[spolier: Von Till is actually Erich Heibert? That a man who boasted of being a pilot in World War I would have a model of a submarine displayed in his study.]]

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* SpottingTheThread: The first clue that put Pitt onto how [[spolier: [[spoiler: Von Till is actually Erich Heibert? That a man who boasted of being a pilot in World War I would have a model of a submarine displayed in his study.]]

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* SpottingTheThread: The first clue that put Pitt onto how [[spolier: Von Till is actually Erich Heibert? That a man who boasted of being a pilot in World War I would have a model of a submarine displayed in his study.]]


* ArgentinaIsNaziLand: A plot point.



* AmazonBrigade: The bad guys (or girls) of the book.
* BigBad: Epona Eliade [[spoiler:a.k.a. Specter.]]

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* AmazonBrigade: The bad guys (or girls) of the book.
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* BigBad: Epona Eliade Specter [[spoiler:a.k.a. Specter.Epona Eliade.]]



* PaperThinDisguise: Both Pitt and Giordino deduce Percy Rathbone is actually someone in a latex mask, though not because his face looks wrong or anything, but because his hands's skin looks different from his face's. They also perceive that his voice sounds slightly like through a voice deformer. However, it can be said the disguise actually fulfilled its mission to some degree, because if the wearer was [[spoiler:a woman]] as later implied, it impeded them from realize it.

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* PaperThinDisguise: Both Pitt and Giordino deduce Percy Rathbone is actually someone in a latex mask, though not because his face looks wrong or anything, but because his hands's skin looks different from his face's. They also perceive that his voice sounds slightly like through a voice deformer. However, it can be said the disguise actually fulfilled its mission to some degree, because if the wearer was [[spoiler:a woman]] as it was later implied, it impeded them they didn't realize.
* ShoutOut: Epona Eliade's surname probably comes
from realize it.comparative religion expert Mircea Eliade.
* StrawFeminist: The villains of the book, mixed with with straw ecofeminism and straw Wicca-esque neo-paganism.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Pitt ''is'' this. No matter how brilliant a villain's plans may be, all it takes is for Pitt to enter the picture to foul them all up.

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** ''Night Probe!'' ends with a treaty revealing that the U.S. basically bought Canada back in 1914 and the idea the countries will merge. Later books never mention a "United States of Canada" as it's still referred to as an independent nation.


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** ''Treasure'' states that in 1988, the U.S. finally adapted to the metric system. Later books indicate they've gone right back to the decimal system.

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* TheReveal: In one of the last chapters, it't revealed that [[spoiler: Savreux and the President have been working together for years on the idea of uniting the U.S. and Canada. The Treaty just worked into their plans perfectly.]]


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* SuppressedHistory: The crux of the story is Pitt discovering the existence of the North American Treaty which reveals that in 1914, to pay for World War I, King George V and Prime Minister H.H. Asquith sold Canada to the United States for a billion dollars. However, the British copy of the Treaty was lost in the ''Empress of Ireland'' sinking while the American copy disappeared along with the train it was on. As for the Canadian copy, by that point, the Cabinet had become outraged at their biggest commonwealth being sold behind their backs and thus it was destroyed and the entire thing buried for fears of the American people demanding their "property" back.

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