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'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail
The fourteenth incredible Dirk Pitt classic from multi-million-copy king of the adventure novel, Clive Cussler.
Tracking a notorious Chinese smuggler's activities leads Dirk Pitt from Washington State to Louisiana, where his quarry is constructing a huge shipping port in the middle of nowhere. Why has he chosen this unlikely location?
The trail then leads to the race to find the site of the mysterious sinking of the ship that Chiang Kai-shek filled with treasure when he fled China in 1949, including the legendary boxes containing the bones of Peking Man that had vanished at the beginning of World War I. As Pitt prepares for a final showdown, he is faced with the most formidable foe he has ever encountered...
'Clive Cussler is the guy I read' Tom Clancy
'The Adventure King' Daily Express
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Adventure and international intrigue mix explosively in Clive Cussler’s 14th Dirk Pitt thriller. When Dirk heads to the tranquil shores of Orion Lake seeking some R&R, trouble follows him. The marine engineer discovers a horrific secret at the bottom of the lake, stumbles on a human trafficking operation, and rescues a beautiful undercover agent—and that’s just the start of this wild ride. Cussler wastes no time launching his hero into another dangerous, globe-trotting mission that had us reading hungrily to get to the end.
Fresh from battling an evil diamond merchant in Shock Wave, Dirk Pitt, Cussler's perennial hero, and his sidekick, Al Giordino, are out to catch a Chinese shipping magnate who smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into countries around the world to be worked as indentured slaves. On a lake near Seattle, Pitt stumbles across Qin Shang's heavily guarded compound. Pitt is the special projects director for the National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA, the nonprofit organization Cussler founded in real life to explore underwater sites). Searching the lake with a robotic observation device, Pitt finds heaps of mass-executed Chinese bodies. He then rescues a dozen still-living captives, including beautiful Immigration and Naturalization Services agent Julia Lee. It's revealed that Qin Shang's hefty campaign contributions have led the White House to block INS action against the wealthy manipulator. NUMA and INS bosses join to set up a secret task force spearheaded by Pitt, Girodino and Lee and supported by an ex-CIA mercenary naval vessel to launch clandestine sorties against Qin Shang's strongholds. They narrowly squash a plot that would cause ecological and economic destruction from New Orleans to eastern Texas, but Qin Shang remains untouched--perhaps to surface in a sequel. Some readers will wince at the way Cussler heightens the drama by tapping into right-wing fears of a flood tide of nonwhite immigrants. Still, series fans will delight in the well-executed plot twists and revel in Cussler's portrayal of a shipwreck laden with tons of Chinese antiquities. 750,000 first printing; author tour.
A little slow at the beginning but picks up steam in the middle. I really enjoyed this book. Good price too.
Another good story in the series.
Well written, very true even in 2024. Now I have some answers.