What can I say? Clive Cussler is Clive Cussler and Dirk is following in Dad's footsteps. Which is good, because we'll have these stories for another generation at least. I love an adventure and these guys are at the top of the form. Read it.
Another enjoyable Cussler novel! Although some of the events were quite far-fetched and more than coincidental (i.e. Dirk and Summer just happened to discover the wreck of the Chinese ship in Hawaii at the same time Pitt was involved in related events in Mongolia), this was still all that a Cussler book should be -- full of action, interesting ideas, and fun. And I did learn a few things from this book about the Mongol empire, Genghis and Kublai Khan, and the geography of Siberia and Mongolia. I especially found interesting the facts about Lake Baikal. It is the largest (by volume) fresh water lake in the world and contains over 1/5 of the world's fresh liquid surface water!
For those who have read others of the Dirk Pitt series, you already know that Dirk has the knack to jump in where he shouldn't and to come through all scrapes with a miraculous outcome. That doesn't mean he isn't a likeable character. On the contrary, all of the regular characters are busy tying tiny threads of familiarity to us, and we feel like insiders.
The book includes a series of pre-stories to set up the adventure. We begin in Japan in the 12th century, then Hawaii, China, Mongolia, Siberia. Once Dirk appears, 65 pages in, he seldom leaves the story as he saves the day time and again.
This is a feel good book that twines some real history into a contemporary story with many twists and turns; some predictable and some not. It is an easy read, but runs 550 pages. Enjoy this book as you would a meal of your favorite comfort foods.
Good Book. 4 stars. Cussler books are always goood.
This is a beautiful gift copy.
Centuries ago, Genghis Khan's empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are legend, his tomb a forgotten mystery -- until now. -- When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team an Russia's Lake Baikal, it appears a simple act of nature. However, when the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel is nearly sunk, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert deals for the Chinese while wreaking havoc on global oil markets by utilizing a secret technology. The Mongolian dreams of restoring Genghis Khan's empire -- and holds a dark secret that just might give him the wealth and power to turn his dream into a global nightmare . . .
It is what it is - an old fashioned adventure story with a terrific hero and great action.
In this, the 19th Dirk Pitt novel, our hero is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team on Russia's Lake Baikal in what seems to be a simple act of nature. However, when the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel is nearly sunk, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert deals for the Chinese while wreaking havor on global oil markets by utilizing a secret technology. The Mongolian dreams of restoring Genghis Khan's empire - and holds a dark secret that just might give him the wealth and power to turn his dream into a global nightmare.