The Cussler franchise continues in this formula book. Like Patterson, Cussler has created a formula that sells books. He starts with a preposterous mystery and then shares the stage with the primary mystery. Eventually they are tied together. This story starts with an Italian submarine in WWII and then goes to modern espionage and commercial terrorism.
The story was almost a parody of the franchise success. There were too many escapades that forced a dramatic stretch of imagination as opposed to the acceptance of Dirk and Al's irrational invulnerability in past books.
I did enjoy the inclusion of Pitt's kids in the book but I would prefer a reference to Jr. or some other appellation that would clarify which Pitt was expressing himself in passages shared by siblings and parent.
Giving the Cussler franchise its due, they thoroughly wrap up their yarns and put all their crayons back in the box. I appreciate good closure.
The story is entertaining, there is a ton of preposterous action and a black on black villain. The formula works and provides a couple of hours of escapism.
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