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Shock Wave by Clive Cussler
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May 23, 11

Read from May 20 to 23, 2011

This is the most Bond-esque of Cussler novels I've read thus far. There's the usual swooping in to save the lady but this one has the completely evil sort of antagonist. He's so mean that he kills one of his enemies by forcing diamonds down the guy's throat and mailing the head, with diamonds still coming out of the mouth, to the cronies of the bad guys enemies. And his enemies aren't nice people either. Dorsett is the bad guy and his plan is to ruin the diamond market so his control of colored gems will bring him billions. He has 3 daughters, sort of, 2 of whom work with him and the third. Why, of course, she is saved by Dirk Pitt who ends up falling for her and helping her to rescue her sons from her father who has kidnapped him. The shock wave in the title comes from Doresett's mining techniques which create an "acoustic plague" when hitting the right materials. When the acoustics from his 4 mines in Chile, Canada, Russia, and New Zealand converge, the sound is enough to cause mass death. At least Pitt isn't the one to save things at the last minute. It is just his idea that helps save things. He's busy saving the girl. This book is the source of the totem pole and the odd raft that show up in Pitt's hangar.
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