Book Review - Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
It's usually a time of anticipation when I get a new Clive Cussler novel. Even more so since it's been awhile since I had a good recreational read. I recently got Clive and Dirk Cussler's latest work, Black Wind from the library. And for the first time in quite awhile, I've actually had fun reading again.
Dirk Pitt (the father) hands over the reins of the story line to his son (Dirk Pitt "Jr?") and his daughter Summer. Dirk and Summer are called on to investigate a biological weapons find that dates back to the end of World War II and the Japanese military. The plan was to launch a biochemical attack against the United States from submarine-launched planes, but the subs are sunk before the attack can occur. But unbeknownst to the Pitts, they aren't the only group looking to recover the chemicals. A terrorist group with a definite agenda wants to complete the attack against the United States in order to help bring about their ultimate goals. And as with all Dirk Pitt novels (like father, like son), there are a number of life and death situations with miracle escapes and unexpected plot twists.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably biased towards giving this book a high rating. I've read far too much technical nonfiction material this year, and the few fiction titles I've had ended up being duds. Cussler, working with his son on this book, delivers another very good Dirk Pitt novel while introducing two new characters into leading positions (the son and daughter). While the interplay between the father and his good friend Giordino was sorely missed (but they both make an appearance here), I think Cussler's given himself some new material to play with. In reality, the difference between father and son are almost nonexistent. It's hard to remember that it's a different Dirk in the story. But really, it didn't make any difference to me. I enjoyed the read and I look forward to the next Cussler collaboration.