I have just finished this rather gripping book from his Dirk Pitt series. Think James Bond meets Indiana Jones, espionage style plot lines.
Now usually this genre exacerbates me, I mean really, you sneeze on the bad guys flunkies and they drop down dead but the hero and his side kicks can be shot two or three times, be knocked out, beaten up, sleep deprived and still have the mental faculties to pull off that million to one chance shot that will save the world, but that aside it was interesting.
The story began with a stripped out cruiser about to set sail for the scrappers being overloaded with Chinese national treasures during the early 1940’s sinking during a ferocious storm with all hands, except two. It then switches to a Chinese business mogul liaising between the Chinese and American Governments strategically placing his people in key positions, or bribing others to keep informed and thus them i his pockets, even as high as the US President, while dabbling in several illegal trades the corner one being immigrants. His master plan is to divert the Mississippi River causing economic and geographic disaster, as well as political disaster for the Americans, but he is set to profit the most with his extensive port facilities. As Dirk and NUMA [National Underwater and Marine Agency] being investigating the various nefarious activities of this man’s global enterprises we travel the world with gadgets ‘Q’ would have gone all wobbly over.
Like all baddies they have a weakness, the mogul’s being the treasure of the lost ship, hoping to salvage the items for him own private collection rather than return the items to the Chinese nation.