Book Review - Lost City by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos
For a recreational reading break, I recently finished Lost City by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos. This is classic Cussler and is very entertaining...
A number of scientists that worked on a secret project have met their deaths in rather questionable ways. This thread is dropped for awhile until you get further into the book. Meanwhile, Kurt Austin helps out a woman researcher (beautiful, what else?) who is trying to find evidence of an ancient trade route at the bottom of a lake attached to a glacier. The researchers at the glacier also find a man entombed in the ice who appears to be about 100 years old, is wearing flying gear, and has a strange helmet. When reporters are permitted to see the find, one of them takes a box belonging to the frozen man and blows up part of the glacier in order to cover his tracks. Thus starts the series of cliff-hanger rescues and adventures that Austin and the researcher find themselves in. Castles with dungeons, arms-dealing families with long histories and murky pasts, and killer algae all combine into a novel that keeps moving at a rapid pace.
Is this Nobel prize literature? Not by a long shot. It's escapism and entertainment, nothing more. But it's good entertainment, and the book is hard to put down. Since this isn't Cussler's primary series with Dirk Pitt, I went into it without a high level of expectation. But I was pleasantly surprised. It's a fun read.