Dirk Pitt is oceanographys answer to Indiana Jones, praises the Associated Press. Exotic locations, ruthless villains and many narrow escapesCusslers fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.And now the Cusslers bring us Pitts most dangerous adventure of all.It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decadesan attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nations naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missingand the man who developed it is dead.At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard . . . burned to a crisp.What is going on? And what does it have to do with an Italian submarine that itself disappeared in 1943, lost at sea? Or was she?It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team, aided by a beautiful NCIS agent and by Pitts children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth, from Washington to Mexico, Idaho to Panama.
The fifth Dirk Pitt novel from bestseller Cussler and son Dirk (after 2010's Crescent Dawn) features expanded roles for Pitt's two grown kids. Both Summer and Dirk Jr. help their dad try to corral ruthless Austrian entrepreneur Edward Bolcke, who runs a slavery compound in Central America where kidnapped sailors are forced into servitude to assist in his many criminal enterprises. In particular, Bolcke has managed to steal a crucial component of the U.S. Navy's latest submarine technology-and he has found a way to hijack the world's supply of rare earth minerals. The three Pitts, along with longstanding sidekick Al Giordino, use their usual mix of brains and brawn to see that justice is served. While some readers may have a problem with sluggish action sequences and a surfeit of story lines, ardent followers of the Pitt clan and their nautical escapades will appreciate the family dynamics and camaraderie. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 06, 2012
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