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Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler
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Mar 20, 2011

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bookshelves: action, archeology, suspense
Read in March, 2011

Twenty-first in the Dirk Pitt action-adventure series, Crescent Dawn is the perfect title and combines Clive and Dirk’s styles with the addition of Dirk, Jr. and Summer Pitt’s to the NUMA team. I’m not sure why I felt a bit let down. Even though there is just as much action…really!...it felt like less although it could simply have been that we had three different theatres of [good guy] action occurring.

In this very topical story, the action centers around a greedy brother and sister, direct descendants of the last Ottoman sultan of Turkey, eager to reclaim their birthright who use terrorism to bolster public approval of their handpicked fundamental Muslim candidate for Turkish president. Unfortunately, they don’t limit themselves to Christian and Jewish targets as they feel they’ll get “more bang for their buck” by primarily targeting Muslim holy sites.

The three areas in which our heroes get pulled in include: the finding of an Ottoman wreck outside Istanbul; the discovery of scrolls logging activities at an ancient Roman port in Israel; and, the escalating uncovering of the cover-up of Lord Kitchener’s death when the HMS Hampshire was blown up in World War I.

Yes, Cussler does exaggerate his characters…it’s what makes them so much fun! I look forward to what antique car Dirk will acquire as well as what new techno gadget Giordino dreams up in the course of their adventures.

I do like the Bullet on the cover. It’s not how I had pictured it but I want one!

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