Peg's Reviews > Crescent Dawn
Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt, #21)
Jan 21, 2011
I haven't read too much that Cussler has written, but I have enjoyed the few I've read. I was encouraged to read this one, mainly because the beginning of the book is set in Istanbul and it was very interesting to follow that action through the sites and sounds of that city. The plot proceeds to envelope mysterious stuff going on with a "manifest", a plot to destroy sacred areas of Jerusalem, and a sunken ship from the Ottoman era found off the Turkish coast with Roman relics aboard. All of this sounds intriguing, and I guess it is. The problem in my eyes, was the lack of compelling dialogue and description. I rarely become disinterested enough to flip through the last quarter of the novel, but this is what I did. I have found that once a successful author (in this case Clive Cussler) takes on co-authors, the quality of the work often seems to diminish. In this case, the book has both Clive and his son Dirk Cussler as authors. My guess is that Dirk did most of the writing and his apparently isn't the writer his father is.
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