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Clive Cussler
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Deep Six
softback
480 pages
Having never read a Clive Cussler novel I thought I'd give Dirk Pitt a go. Deep Six is one of the older novels, written in the 1980s. The novel concerns itself with the machinations of the Bougainville Shipping corporation. This Korean based company has used hijacking, bribery and murder to grow to its influential status and has become involved in a plot, with the Soviet Union, to kidnap and brainwash the President of the United States.

Into this steps our hero, Dirk Pitt, of the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) who loses a friend to one of Bougainville's old crimes. While investigating this crime, he stumbles across the Presidential kidnapping plot.

Like most of the Pitt novels, this one motors along at breakneck speed as we are introduced to a surprisingly large cast of characters and spend our time moving between US government figures trying to hide knowledge of the kidnapping plot, Soviet agents aiding and trying to block the success of the kidnapping/brainwashing scheme, a private investigator seeking revenge, and a host of myriad characters. The novel nevers spends long at any one location and there is a refreshing lack of multi-dimensionality. The good guys are always good. They are willing to risk their lives for the cause of truth and justice. The bad guys are uniformly bad with no redeeming qualities.

There are, admittedly, gaps in some of the logic and you have to decide to go along for the ride at the beginning of the novel if you hope to enjoy it. However, the novel never strays into fantasy and though it may seem improbable, it never seems unbelieveable.

There are no extraneous scenes here, everything happens for a purpose. Simply put, it is a fun adventure. Great for those times when you just want to turn your brain off and live in the moment.

Recommended
7/10
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Clive Cussler
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Blue gold
paperback
378 pages
Written in collaboration with Paul Kemprecos, as part of the NUMA series, this is a Kurt Austin story. I am not as fond of Austin as I am of Dirk Pitt, but there you go, perhaps he is in semi-retirement by now, he's had a bit of a hard life, has Dirk, you know.

Once again, a megalomaniac is trying to do grievous harm to the world in some strange and convoluted way, that no one has yet figured out.

This story starts out with a powerboat race which goes a bit pear shaped, Austin, all blond hair and flashing eyes gets all bent out of shape when he loses the race because of a pod of dead whales. (i.e. someone has killed the whales, and they need to be punished...)

The investigation into the deaths of the whales takes Kurt south of the border and into warm water, while his friends are up the Amazon investigating something completely unrelated and then find themselves held captive on behalf of the white goddess, a rather unpleasant tribe of natives who worship a woman and the wreckage of a jet powered aeroplane.

With the usual high powered stunts and electrical trickery that we expect from a Clive Cussler novel, this one does not disappoint, but how many more heroes can we have with strange coloured eyes and dramatic lines in dire situations?

And one more thing - there is not a single woman in any of Clive Cussler's books who is normal, they are all supermodels with exotic hair, (whatever happened to "brown" as a hair colour - or is it an advertisement for L'Oreal?), genius IQ's, and a swift line in weaponry and karate kicks, or is this just an American thing?

Just a little too far over the top, and predictable, to be recommended
5/10
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