Series: Dirk Pitt
Author: Clive Cussler
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: January 18, 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books
When mysterious black obsidian skulls and other artefacts of an exceedingly ancient culture begin to turn up in odd places, Pitt jumps in with both feet. It soon becomes dangerously apparent that a powerful, amoral group of fanatics calling itself the Fourth Empire wants the strange discoveries to remain underground. Pitt teams up with a beautiful red-haired expert in ancient languages to decipher the meaning of the artefacts. They were made 10 millennia ago in a then-temperate Antarctica by a seafaring civilization advanced enough to predict its own destruction by a comet impact. Now the Fourth Empire (whose literal and figurative progenitor comes as no surprise) is predicting a similar disaster in only a matter of months and preparing to take control of the Earth.
An ancient artifact is found in Colorado and lo-and-behold, Dirk Pitt appears to, yet again, save the day, and the archeologists buried deep underground due to a freak explosion.
Mysterious artifacts start popping up all over the globe, apparently carrying a message of global Armageddon.
And there is, lo-and-behold yet another shadowy organization that tries to accelerate said Armageddon.
Yet another masterful example of a predictable plot, repetitive descriptions and language. There was nothing even remotely pulling in this plot. Any slower and it would all have gone backwards.
It was extremely hard for me to finish the book and it made me wonder whether reading the phone-book might be more entertaining.