Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Review: Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler

Title: Trojan Odyssey
Series: Dirk Pitt
Author: Clive Cussler
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 20, 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0141016949
ISBN-13: 9780141016948

In the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known-twenty-three-year-old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake. Both have inherited his love of the sea: the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist; the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer. And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetime.

There is a brown tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. The twins are working in a NUMA underwater enclosure, trying to determine its origin, when two startling things happen: Summer discovers an artifact, something strange and beautiful and ancient; and the worst storm in years boils up out of the sky, heading straight not only for them but also for a luxurious floating resort hotel square in its path.

The peril for everybody concerned is incalculable, and, desperately, Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA crew rush to the rescue, but what they find in the storm's wake makes the furies of nature pale in comparison. For there is an all-too-human evil at work in that part of the world, and the brown tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon, its work will be complete-and the world will be a very different place.

Though if Summer's discovery is to be believed, the world is already a very different place...

My rating:

A giant, prestigious, floating hotel finds itself in the path of a hurricane. The only salvation for the guests is Dirk Pitt.

Of course, NUMA saves the day (once again), but in the storm's wake there are clues to an ancient mystery with shocking implications.

I picked up this book solely thanks to the movie Sahara, and before I knew the movie and the book were like night and day.

Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed. The descriptions were flat, the characters one-dimensional at best, and the action was lacking.

A grandmaster of disappointment!


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