A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming...a series of unexplained sudden deaths in British Columbia...a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its closest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war...NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there's a connection here somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control.
If the nay-sayers had read the synopsis before buying, they probably wouldn't have complained. It's a good Clive Cussler novel, not meant to be great writing, but great story-telling. I'm enjoying it at about the half-way point. Complaining about the "environmental whacko" theme is like complaining that rain is wet. Duh? That's the theme of the story, well told. I almost didn't buy the novel based on the bad reviews, so maybe my comments will counter the folks who were surpised it was about "climate change" and Cussler incorporated some evil protagonists.
It's a fun read, if you like Cussler. And I do.
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Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....
It had about a half-dozen too many chapters. The ending did not live up to previous novels.
It could have, and should have, ended while the events made some sort of sense.
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St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for a shock. Born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant terrorist act: the seizure of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages: the woman Brian Flynn once loved, a former terrorist turned peace activist.
30 years ago, I would not have used the word "almost" in the review title. Nostalgia was a recurring theme throughout the novel, and I'm old enough to felt it as I listened to the 1981 novel. I liked it very much. If you can't remember when the Irish "troubles" were in the news, rather than what we read now, you may not like it. But it's a worthwhile read from a thoughtful author, and Scott Brick's accents are a bonus.
From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.
This was a pleasant surprise. The last Alex Cross audio book soured me on Patterson. Some novels seem even better in audio, such as Steven King's, but Patterson's much lost much of their appeal - at least to me.
This wasn't really an Alex Cross novel, but I sure enjoyed it! Well, actually "enjoy" isn't the right word, because it was about a very sad time in America: the deep south during the early 20th century. Well written; well voiced.
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On Jupiter's moon, Callisto, a mysterious Recovery Man kidnaps Rhonda Shindo after he terrorizes and then abandons her brilliant 13-year-old daughter, Talia. While authorities on Callisto search for Rhonda, her employers at the Aleyd Corporation try to gain custody of Talia. Somehow, Callisto authorities realize, she's part of the crime, even though she was left behind.
In a way, this novel "closed the circle" that began with the first of the series. I've enjoyed the series far more than expected.
Unlike other reviewers, wanting another episode, I think it might be better to end on this satisfying note. Other series that grabbed my interest during the first few novels, turned out to be very disappointing - and never ending wastes of time. I won't mention any series by name, but hints are in my wording. (Smile).
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This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.
Considering the author's NY Times resume, I was not surprised at the discussion of poor CIA performance under Ike. But when he slammed the Kennedy brothers in a later chapter, I got interested.
It's an even-handed destruction of the CIA, as we thought it existed. It rings true, to my dismay.
"Dilbert's World" exists - with real world problems as a result.
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