CRESCENT DAWN by Clive and Dirk Cussler [Review]

Crescent Dawn

Clive Cussler is one of those writers that I have been reading since forever. Or it seems that way. There have been Cussler books on shelves at my parent’s house for as long as I can remember, and the new Dirk Pitt has been a birthday gift for my mother for years. So, too, it was this year with the latest Dirk Pitt adventure, CRESCENT DAWN, co-authored with his son Dirk. As always, we welcomed Pitt and company with open arms. This year, that proved to be something of a mistake.

Don’t get me wrong, Crescent Dawn is pure Cussler, and Dirk Pitt and the gang from the National Underwater and Marine Agency shine in the adventure as always. This time they are chasing terrorists across the globe. The bad guys in this one, Ozden Aktan Celik and his sister, Maria, are plotting to blow up major Muslim sites and blame the U.S. government, specifically the CIA. Of course, there’s more to it than a simple terrorist plot, the Celik’s are after lost artifacts that could change the balance of power.

The Cusslers’ hardcore fans will like this outing, it has everything they’ve come to expect in a Dirk Pitt novel, land battles, diving, danger, diving, sea battles, and explosions. I am a fan, but I have to admit the last few novels have been a little wearing. This one felt really long, and I found myself peeking ahead to the chapter endings for exciting cliffhangers or other goodies, or if it was just more of the same. Maybe it’s just that I’ve read the terrorist want to blow up sacred sites so many times I kind of want to blow up that whole plot line? Or maybe it’s just that the Cusslers and Pitt have lost a little of what once held me spellbound.

Crescent Dawn is really only for the Cussler fans out there, and even a few of them will be disappointed. If what you want is a little time with Dirk and gang, this is great, but if you want something awesome like Sahara or Shockwave, you might want to reread one of those. All-in-all, Crescent Dawn is just okay.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Putman Adult | Pages: 560 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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