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Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
I am a big Clive Cussler fan and I especially enjoy the Kurt Austin adventures. Having said that, this book started off with the usual history lesson that, real or imagined, serves as the intro for what is to come. Usually, the Austin adventures slowly ramp up the suspense and action until it hits a satisfying climax. The books are typically well paced and the climax is usually in keeping with the book, leading up to that point.
Now, having said that, the pacing for this book was rather awkward. The action and suspense slowly ramp up and then, with multiple open story threads, there was a rushed deus ex machina finish. It’s as though, right in the middle of a good story, someone said “this book is getting to long. I want you to wrap it all up in the next 2-3 pages” after having the preceding 300+ pages set up a very good story. The climax just rolls in out of nowhere and, of course, resolves every possible loose ending in a pollyannaish fashion. As long as you’re okay with such an ending, then this book is a very satisfying read.
For those of us who enjoy the author’s more normally paced books, this book is a bit of a disappointment.
PS. Oddly enough, one of the most interesting parts of the book occurs after the conclusion of the story. It’s an interesting discussion of the real science behind the story. It was written in easy to understand language as opposed to scientific jargon. The science stuff is easily understood and quite fascinating. Well worth the read. Enjoy!