Dirk Pitt returns, in the extraordinary new novel from the number-one New York Times-best-selling author.
In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious "manifest", lost long ago, which if discovered again...just may change the history of the world as we know it.
Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2010 Clive Cussler (P)2010 Penguin
I have been reading Clive Cussler novels for 30 years, and all of them have some unique charm. That being said, many started to sound a lot a like. Fans of Dirk Pitt will love Crescent Dawn. It shows Pitt a few new insights into Dirk and Al.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. I will always read Cussler novels, and some are better than others, but this one has a special place near the top of the list for me.
This was a good story with excitement, just enough romance and colorful characters and settings. As a bonus, I learned some history while being entertained. As always, Scott Brick does a wonderful narration.
Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation
and have always enjoyed his Dirk Pitt novels. He puts so much information about historical happenings, people, events, global and ocean knowledge. He is the James Bond of the ocean. Great characters, bigger than life, but you got to love them. Never get tired of his stories. Scott Brick completes the picture.
Story line was a bit more complex than usual, but a great read. The "Senior" Dirk Pitt is back as the lead character with his kids (Summer & Dirk Jr.) woven in nicely.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
A good book that seemed to have 3 seperate stories going until the end when Cussler meshes them all together. A wonderful book and well worth the listen
Travel is essential, snowboarding a need. I love speed: cars, motorcycles, boards. Food is more than a requirement; on the best days it's a supreme indulgence.
By the wrap up, yes. It took me a little while to get through it, though. While it was ultimately fun, it was as formulaic as most of the others. However, there were three story lines/characters, something different this time.
I kind of hated the trite,perdictable way the author resolved all the subplots he created. It's like we hit the prescribed number of pages and a 'they lived happily ever after' was thrown on the end.What is a shame is that there truly were many good scenes that were scary and exciting and fun to listen to. I loved the scenes around the hijacked water tanker (nothing of the story spoiled here). It's very James Bond-esque and good. Too bad the author did such a bad job of keeping his eye on where he needed the story to go in order to resolve the subplots into some sort of believeable ending.The ending was boarderline silly.
no. For all the reasons above.
The narrator 'read' the book and once you got over that he's not one that was going to put much into the emotion of what he was reading to you, it was ok.
Years ago I was a devoted reader of the Cussler Dirk Pitt books and that continued until I read Sahara in which our hero, Dirk, walked through the Sahara desert for (as I remember) 5 days with one canteen of water until he found help. I understand that, when I read a book like that, I need to suspend belief in a normal world, but 5 days through the Sahara with almost no water was too much for me and I stopped reading any more Cussler books. That is, until the Audible $4.95 sale. Given that I cannot resist such a sale, I again tried this Cussler book.
My first comment is that the book seemed considerably better than the earlier books. The plot was more nuanced, the characters more real and the story more involved. There were multiple subplots and everything tied together at the end. The introduction of Dirk's son and daughter helped both give the story more depth and provide for a more believable series of events.
The plot in this book revolves around the search for some important archeological artifacts with the different factions each trying to get their hands on first the describing documents and then the actual artificats themselves. As with most books of this type some events stretch credulity to (and beyond) reasonable limits, but it all ties together well in the end. One could wish that real world events turned out as reasonably as they do in this book.
In the end it is harmless enough and there are enough actual surprises to make this book a decent read. It is nothing spectacular as a thriller, but it is better than many. My main complaint, as before, is that Dirk is just too good and just too lucky to be believable. If I had been able to I would have given this book 3.5 stars but, since I can't and since 3 seems a little too low, I have given it 4 starts. Scott Brick, as usual, does a commendable job although I, for one, wish he had better material.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Scott Brick is perfect as narrator of the Cussler books. This one had three stories going but connected them together with great ease. Enjoyed the history and local color of the middle east. When reading a Cussler book I always keep an ear open of the appearance of Clive Cussler in the book and it this story he did show up. Sort of like watching the Alfred Hitchcock movies looking for a glimpse of Hitchcock in the crowd. The is a fast pace story with lots of action as one expects from a Cussler book.
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