Rating: 3.5 out of 5
A good, fast-paced, adventure does generally not make for a literary classic. It is the same in this case, but it is definitely one hell of an adventure! Other than my main liking for Dirk Pitt’s adventures due to his field of work, Mr Cussler also writes a heady story.
Sometimes the various threads are a bit too loosely connected for a plausible connection to be made, and parts of this book felt like that for me as well. However, if it was chance which putt Mr Pitt and his children into destiny’s path this time round, it was a clever plot which made their enemies focus on the same aspects. I can appreciate this.
Another aspect of writing Mr Cussler has nailed down is the meandering method by which different places get explored. For a lot of this book, it felt to me as if Istanbul was alive and present — and the book definitely made me want to visit there a whole lot sooner than otherwise.