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 Chinese history and Marco Polo and ends with a hunt for a modern techno villain.
Juan Cabrillo and the Corporation are back. Blacker than Black Water, the Corporation handles work that the American government wants done but wants to disavow. In addition the Corporation takes on private contracts for "the good guys" who need intelligent muscle. Their is light reference to Numa and Dirk Pitt.
The story includes the requisite Cussler touches of historic incidents, jungle temples, super computers and guns and more guns.
Du Brul is an author of note with his own protagonist, Philip Mercer, who makes a cameo appearance in this story.
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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