Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, OregonFiles, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His most recent New York Timesbestselling novels are The Race, … see full wiki
Decent read for a few hours of Cussler-like escapism...
Mar 17, 2013
I got a bit burned out on Clive Cussler novels a while back, and I didn't try to keep up with all the "Clive Cussler with..." variations. It seemed like the same story repeated in different ways, and I needed a change. I recently saw Poseidon's Arrow by Clive Cussler and his son Dirk Cussler at the library, and I decided to dip my toe back in. It was a good decision. Poseidon's Arrow is the typical "action never stops" type of Cussler novel that I've come to expect, and I was in the right frame of mind for it.
The general plot line involves the testing of a new stealth submarine for the US Navy that would be light-years ahead of any other vessel afloat. As per normal, keeping those plans out of the hands of foreign governments is critical, and everyone wants to score the huge payday that stealing the plans would bring. On top of that, the propulsion system runs on rare earth minerals that are in short supply. Cornering the market on those elements not only brings a huge financial payout, but the ability to control the economies of the entire world. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino are called up to investigate deaths and disappearances while trying to keep the same from happening to them.
For a few hours of mind candy, this was a decent read. Think of it as one of those cliff-hanger Saturday movies, where the heroes are always at risk of dying, and they always find a unique way to pull off a miracle to survive and thwart the bad guys. If that's what you're in the mood for, Poseidon's Adventure works well. It's not the classic Dirk Pitt adventure, but it's worth reading.