As true to the Cussler tradition of high adventure as any of his best. Another one from the NUMA Files; a gripping ride from one dire situation to the next.
An American space craft is high-jacked just after re-entry and goes off the radar somewhere near the Galapagos Islands. The Chinese, the Russians and the USA all scramble to find it and secure the craft and its cargo. Kurt Austin of NUMA and his team get on the trail of the underwater debris field with one narrow escape after the other only to find themselves with just enough clues to lead them to a lake in the mountains of Peru where the antagonists find themselves all dancing to the skilful fingers of a master puppeteer as he manipulates a disaster to the world far beyond anyone’s imagining.
By now, the ZUMA team are old friends and the reader joins them with a sense of belonging, part of the crew, to save the world. A thoroughly satisfying read with a plausible deadly plot that flows from cliff to precipice to freefall and a nerve-snapping finale.
A Penguin/Michael Joseph Imprint from Penguin Random House, South Africa for review by Book Postmortem. www.penguin.co.uk