A DIRK PITT NOVEL – An entertaining adventure packed full of action and our well-known heroes: Dirk Pitt, and all his NUMA team, plus his son and daughter, Summer and Dirk Pitt Jnr. all behaving heroically and surviving, of course. Well, mostly, anyway. Yes, I enjoyed it, more than some.
Adventure? Absolutely! And it rockets around the globe from ancient Egypt to modern Egypt, Scotland and Ireland, by every conceivable mode of transport, with the baddies never far behind, and sometimes ahead.
But, thriller? Not really. To me thrillers entail a real uncertainty as to the survival of folk the reader has gotten reasonably fond of, the demise of whom would be somewhere between sad and heartbreaking… No chance of that here, but I do love the weave of historical links, stolen artefacts and hieroglyphic clues which are the hallmark of a Cussler adventure. Add a dash of deadly disease, purposeful industrial pollution and some maniacs manipulating menacing macho men, and we have nonstop excitement.
Maybe unintentionally, but a case can be made for this plot to be a war of the sexes in a sort of misogynistic way, given the objectives of the baddies. I can’t expand on that without introducing spoilers, but, come to think of it, the tale will be less popular with the ladies that male readers, I fear.
Herewith an honest review. Thank you for the ARC, for this Penguin/Michael Joseph imprint; PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa.