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A Good Clive Cussler - "Dirk Pitt" Novel
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
"Treasure" is a very good, if typical, Clive Cussler, "Dirk Pitt" action novel. It is built around a very different version of history than we believe we know about. It leads to consequences in today's world. There are usually multiple contemporary plot lines that eventually converge. I think that some aspects of these novels may appeal somewhat more to males than females. If one has never read a Clive Cussler novel before, one may find this novel fairly entertaining.
I have been reading the "Dirk Pitt" series in the order in which they were published. This is the ninth. I read one very few months so that the exercise does not grow stale. Each story stands on its own, however there are recurrent characters and references to prior stories that might appear quizzical if one has not read the prior stories. But that does not really take away from the action. Also as time goes on, I sense that Mister Cussler is becoming a more skilled novelist.
More and more, as I keep reading the novels, there is a formula and a certain amount of predictability. Some of the episodes remind me of an "Indiana Jones" action sequence. I really appreciate the fact that there is very little vulgar language within these novels. On the other hand, I feel there is a bit of stereotyping, most noticeably to me, of females.
My children are all adults now. I am somewhat conservative by nature. There is no way I would have allowed my adolescent son to read this novel or other "Dirk Pitt" novels without serious parental guidance. There is even one "Dirk Pitt" novel, "The Mediterranean Caper" if memory serves me correctly, wherein Dirk Pitt strikes a grieving woman because he feels she has grieved long enough. If that had continued I had committed myself to stopping the reading of these novels. In all fairness, I believe both Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt have evolved since then as author and character.
In summary, this is a good, but not great novel. It seems to follow the formula of other novels in this series. I am glad that I read it. Eventually I do intend to read the next "Dirk Pitt" novel "Dragon", but I think I need a break... Thank You.