Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
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Dirk Pitt—“oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones”*—responds to a Mayday signal from a deserted ship and gets drawn towards a deadly Cold War secret in this thriller in Clive Cussler’s #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, is on the Black Sea, helping to locate a lost Ottoman shipwreck, when he responds to an urgent Mayday—“Under attack!”—from a nearby freighter. But when he and his colleague Al Giordino arrive, there is nobody there. Just dead bodies and a smell of sulfur in the air. As Pitt and Giordino explore, a blast from the stern scuttles the ship swiftly, almost taking them with it.
The more the two of them search for the secret of the death ship, the deeper they descend into an extraordinary series of discoveries. A desperate attempt in 1917 to preserve the wealth and power of the Romanov Empire. A Cold War bomber lost with a deadly cargo. A brilliant developer of advanced drone technology on an unknown mission. Modern-day nuclear smugglers, determined Ukrainian rebels, a beautiful anti-terrorism agent from Europol—all will combine to present Pitt with the most dangerous challenge of his career.
And not only Pitt. His two children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are exploring a mysterious shipwreck of their own, when they are catapulted into his orbit. The three of them are used to perilous situations—but this time, they may have found their match.
From Publishers Weekly
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Ok, but lazy effort...
Apparently Al can throw a diving weight 100 yards ... and guns have unlimited bullets ... well, you get the picture... it would take so little effort to weed out the trite dialogue and far-fetched nonsense without in any way detracting from the story or creating difficult plot points, yet Team Cussler doesn't bother... now I remember why I gave up on Cussler a few years back, despite having enjoyed his early books quite a bit.
Another hit for Clive
If purchasing an EBook, be careful. The last few pages of many of the chapters are missing. Like many of his books, it should be put on the big screen.
Not one of Cussler's best, and I have a read them all.