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Monday, February 15, 2010

A New Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt fan

I am working on honing my reviewing skills, so here goes ...

Clive Cussler's Mediterranean Caper is the first Cussler book I picked up to read and I enjoyed it. This is not the first Dirk Pitt story, but it was the first published, I think. Dirk Pitt is a Major transferred from the Air Force to the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA). On paper he is the Surface Security Officer. In reality, when an oceanic research project has trouble, Pitt flies in, figures out the problem, fixes it and gets the project back on track.

In Mediterranean Caper, the First Attempt research vessel is in the Aegean Sea looking for a missing link fish. Some unusual accidents take place; Dirk Pitt swoops in for the rescue to run into an apparent ghost plane. While sorting out the problems with the research project and an explanation for the ghost plane, Pitt runs into a drug smuggling scheme, undercover agents, and a traitor. I am no expert when it comes to the Air Force or anything military for that matter, so I have no idea about plausibility. For me it was an exciting story filled with twists and turns.

The point of view did bounce around a bit, but I did not have trouble following it. Cussler does a good job of introducing characters, so I had no trouble keeping track of everybody. I will warn you that Dirk Pitt is very James Bond-esque. In fact the whole story has that feel, but since I'm a fan of James Bond, it works. All in all, a fun, entertaining read and I will be looking for another Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt adventure to read.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Great Book and an unintentional NYR

Well, I seem to be well on my way to reading at least one book per month--not a bad way to spend a year. I finished Mike Angley's Child Finder: Resurrection. Wow! The first installment of this trilogy was really good; and this one is even better. The excitement starts from the very first page and doesn't stop. This time the danger level is increased with a psychic serial killer who can shut out O'Donnell and spy on him and his family. The paranormal activity adds an element of fantasy, but the military angle makes it believable. This is a thrill ride that will keep you hanging on for dear life. I even cried a few times.

Mike Angley is an amazing new author. I have heard that the third installment in the Child Finder trilogy is mind-blowing. Hmm, can I handle it?

Did I mention that I WON Child Finder AND Child Finder: Resurrection? Go to http://www.childfinder.us/ OR http://www.mikeangley.com/ to find out how you too can win a SIGNED Mike Angley book.

Now onto Clive Cussler's Mediterranean Caper ...