A search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands” propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert, a journey that pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.
Rumored to be the descendant of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century explorer and privateer, Nathan Drake is a modern-day fortune-hunter who operates in the rough, lawless world of treasure-seekers, antiquities smugglers, con men and thieves. While he shares the same taste for adventure as both his professional associates and his supposed ancestor, Nate is driven by more than the promise of the treasure itself. Regardless of his lineage, Drake is gifted with a remarkable historical imagination and an uncanny ability to unravel mysteries from only the barest clues. He really lives for the historical intrigue that his adventures bring, and for the thrill of the hunt.
Although he's smart and self-educated, Drake tends to hide his intellectual side when dealing with the rogues gallery of dangerous individuals who haunt the gray-market underworld of the illegal antiquities trade. In his dubious line of work, Drake finds himself confronting everything from guerillas to drug traffickers, modern-day pirates, rival salvage companies, and frequently the law — so he's had to learn how to handle himself in tight situations, whether it means guns, fists, charm, or the occasional hasty exit. In the end, Drake survives by his wits, tenacity and resourcefulness — and a dash of good old-fashioned luck.
When we first met Nate in he was on the trail of the legendary treasure of El Dorado — a trail that led to a mysterious island and a forgotten Spanish colony harboring an unimaginable secret. rejoins him a couple of years later, back in his natural setting of shady characters and dubious operations, and following the long-cold trail of the 13th century traveler Marco Polo. Alongside new companions and old friends, his search for Marco Polo's lost fleet and the secrets that it holds will lead him to an adventure as great — and as dangerous — as Nate has ever seen.
A consummate con man in a world of con men, Victor Sullivan — or Sully, as he's known to his friends — is Drake's partner, mentor and the closest thing he's got to a father figure. He's a seasoned adventurer, explorer and treasure hunter, and knows just about everyone connected to the illicit antiquities trade.
Garrulous and charming, Sully likes the good life, which has got him into big trouble and deep debt on more than one occasion. When he needed to make a fast buck to pay off some angry loan sharks, Sullivan was quick to join Nate on his expedition to find the legendary treasure of El Dorado — an expedition which didn't exactly finish as they'd planned.
There's a lot that Drake likes and admires about Sullivan, which makes them good partners — although Nate will probably never get used to the stink of that god-awful cigar...
In the couple of years since she was Drake's companion in adventure, accompanying him through the twists and turns of , Elena has graduated from tabloid reporter to a legitimate investigative journalist, and now tracks stories in some of the most dangerous and war-torn corners of the world.
Her relationship with Nate is, in a word, complicated. The bond that grew between them as they searched for the treasure of El Dorado led them to become more than just friends — but for one reason or another, it didn't work out.
She's as stubborn and tenacious as Drake is, and determined to such a degree that it is both her greatest virtue and her greatest fault. While some might see her as idealistic or naïve, she is realistic about what people are capable of, but still chooses to believe in them when others might have given up.
Nathan Drake's latest quest pits him and his partner Victor Sullivan against a more insidious adversary—and a more personal threat—than they've ever faced before. Katherine Marlowe is the coldly calculating leader of a secret order with roots stretching back over four hundred years, to the court of Queen Elizabeth I and the 16th-century intrigues of her spymasters and occult advisors.
A long-standing rivalry over Sir Francis Drake's ring—an artifact which they both contend is rightfully theirs, and which they both believe holds the key to an ancient mystery—propels Nathan Drake and Marlowe into a conflict that spans the globe and ultimately carries them into the mystical heart of the Arabian Desert.
Marlowe is a more cerebral enemy than Drake has confronted in the past, employing both psychological and physical tactics as part of her arsenal. She knows how to manipulate her opponents, and uses fear as a weapon.
Marlowe's highly-trained cadre of agents is more than just a crew of hired guns. Fiercely loyal adherents of the clandestine organization she heads, they employ special forces and covert ops training to confound their opponents. They're far more elusive and dangerous than the foes Drake and Sully are accustomed to battling.