Published quite a while ago, 2005, this story is still worth the read (listen). The only problem I have is that Cussler has included both Dirk Pitts, Senior and Junior. Sometimes, he simply indicates ‘Dirk’. Usually, this isn’t a problem, but I had to spin back the audiobook a few times to decide which Dirk. Like father, like son, they are both type A-macho dudes.

As in all Cussler books, you’ll find the character of  Clive himself a fun little tradition. He always includes himself as a character, however insignificant.

The bad guys, having obtained a virulent pathogen that they enhance, have a predictable objective. In Dirk Pitt(s) fashion, the evil-doers also meet a predictable brick wall …  all is well in the end. An enjoyable, undersea – NUMA adventure. If you’re a fan of Clive Cussler – Dirk Pitt books, you’ll know a main character is the NUMA director, Sandecker. In this story, he has advanced to a high-level political position. I won’t give away any spoilers, but this hadn’t occurred to me … nice touch.

This audiobook is approximately sixteen hours long and read, with his expected ‘magic’, by Scott Brick. Recommended, of course.



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