Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is out to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex — a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is the awesome superb Starbuck, America’s deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. Pitt’s job is to find it, salvage it, before the sea explodes. In a furious race against time, Pitt’s mission swirls him into a battle with underwater assassins-and traps him in the arms of Summer Moran, the most stunningly exotic and dangerous toward disaster, Clive Cussler plummets his hero onto an ancient sunken island-the astonishing setting for the explosive climax of Pacific Vortex!
OK, this is more my style – a sunken sub in a zone of the Pacific that is akin to the Devil’s Triangle in the Atlantic. How could that not be fun? What could possibly be causing this? The difference between the two aquatic dead zones is the fact that the Pacific Vortex never affected planes – only ships. Ah, yes, an important clue.
The book is 179 pages – I thought it started off slowly and I find it hard to believe Dirk could have fallen for Summer when I think he encounters her two times throughout the whole book – the last time in the “explosive climax”. Once he smells her perfume but she doesn’t make an appearance.
However, who am I to judge love?
Pretty quick read and while I found the ending a tad bit farfetched rather than explosive – that is just me. I love sea mysteries. The writing is gripping most of the time with only a few times where it lags but not enough to lose my attention.
I give the book an A.