An Isaac Bell adventure, #11.
If you shut down your recall of previous Dirk Pitt or Isaac Bell adventures and enjoy this as a pretended one-off, you will probably enjoy it more.
Visiting an excavation near New York to catch a glimpse of a century old submarine, Dirk Pitt risks his life to rescue the ancient machine as the excavation collapses and the river claims it. Due to this Pitt obtains a document which involves Victorian detective Isaac Bell’s tale of his investigation into the death of some Colorado miners who supposedly died after claim-jumping a silver mine which then caved in, back in 1911-12.
The trail leads to France, Russia and England, pitted with death and destruction the best Dirk Pitt would be proud of, pursued by nasty killers all the way.
For instance Isaac is more Dirk Pittish here as action man rather than detective. And while eliminating baddies and leaving their bodies all over the landscape may be believable in the US of A, it just won’t do in England, old chap. The fellow should have been locked up, what?
That said, I enjoyed it. Four stars, at least, but nothing much to do with the Titanic, except as a prequel to Raise The Titanic, a Dirk Pitt classic, which sails before Isaac can get on board… Which is just as well, I suppose.
Many thanks to Penguin Random House SA for this ARC from Penguin/Michael Joseph.