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Book Review: Clive Cussler – Treasure

Posted by HelenEdith on August 26, 2007

I hadn’t read a Clive Cussler thriller for years, but Stephen recently brought a stack of them home from the charity shop when I said that I liked Clive Cussler.

I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino and the rest of them, and found this book a good read, despite it’s futuristic early 1990s setting now being well in the past.

The premise of the book is that the treasures from the library at Alexandria were spirited away prior to the library’s destruction, but those who did the spiriting away didn’t make it back to their part of the World to let anybody know.

When Roman coins start turning up where no Romans were ever supposed to have been, Dirk Pitt, who is conveniently handy, gets interested and pulls in resources from NUMA to try and locate the hidden treasures. As the US government are interested in the ancient maps of mineral deposits which may be stored with the treasure, they are behind Dirk’s use of NUMA resources.

Meanwhile, there’s a second thread to the story, which concerns a terrorist plot to crash a plane full of UN delegates. Very conveniently, the crash happens quite close to the Roman coins, where Dirk already happens to be, so Dirk gets well involved in the skullduggery which ensues from the air crash.

Dirk manages to come out on top of both problems, and although the book was 600 pages long, I think I got through it rather faster than the preceding book I read, which was only about a third the length.

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