Celtic Empire

And so it ends. I think I enjoyed the book more and rated it more highly knowing it was the last of the series, although I guess Dirk Cussler could easily continue it, given that he’s been the co-author on these books for years now. But for now, it’s over and it’s time for me to move on to other books.

Plotwise, there are a lot of threads that feel familiar, but there are only so many different ancient civilizations you can dig up treasures for–and I’m pretty sure Cussler hit them all. This time around, an ancient Egyptian princess apparently made it to Celtic Ireland somehow. A mummy is stolen, bioengineered bacteria try to take over the world, someone is taking militant feminism to an extreme, and wacky (destructive) highjinks ensue.

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Havana Storm

“When power is up for grabs,” Pitt said, “the first casualty is often liberty.”

Oof.

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Poseidon's Arrow

Well. I listened to it. It had something to do with a big conspiracy to control rare earth metals and a lost submarine. … That’s really about all that stuck in my head.

It’s got a lot of solid crazy action: in particular there’s a battle in the Panama Canal, which is pretty awesome. But I’m really getting burnt out on this series. But I’m so close to finishing it… I think I’ll still go for it, but I’m looking forward to it less than I had.


Crescent Dawn

The deliveryman smiled as he eyed the thick stack of currency. “I wonder if the Germans would pay this much to sink a ship and murder a general,” he said. “You wouldn’t happen to be working for the Kaiser, now, would you?”

The minister firmly shook his head. “No, this is a theological matter. Had you been able to locate the document, this would not have been necessary.”

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Arctic Drift

“You heard what the man said,” Giordino replied. “We’re going to Anchorage. Anchorage, Alaska,” he repeated lovingly. “South of the Arctic Circle. Did ever a place sound so warm and inviting?” he asked with a contented grin.

We’ve done ice before1). We’ve done mines before[^mine]. We’ve done oil before[^oil]. We’ve even done global warming before[^warming]. At some point, these books have really started to blend together. Almost done though, so at this point I’ll see them through.

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Treasure of Khan

If a satellite in space ever mapped the myriad of lone tracks and trails across Mongolia, it would resemble a plate of spaghetti dropped on the floor.

Haven’t we done this before? With the desert and Khans?

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Black Wind

After 18 of these, they’re starting to sound awfully familiar. Basically, combine a bit of the Japanese influence from Dragon and a bit of the mysterious deaths on islands from Shock Wave and you have Black Wind. Doesn’t make it bad by any stretch of the imagination… just samey.

I think the crazies part of listening to this book was doing so while on lockdown from COVID-19. It’s not quite as bad as a weaponized smallpox by a long shot, but Cussler’s descriptions of the world shutting down, health facilities and morgues being overloaded was disturbingly prescient. Given that he passed in February, before the full extent of what was coming had really hit the United States, I wonder if he could have imagination it coming to life.

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Trojan Odyssey

He smiled to himself at remembering what a reporter wrote about him, in one of the few times his feats had gained distinction. There is a touch of Dirk Pitt in every man whose soul yearns for adventure. And because he is Dirk Pitt, he yearns more than most.

So. Homer’s Odyssey was real. But they weren’t Greeks but rather Celts and they weren’t in the Mediterranean but rather in the Americas? Sure. The baddies are a cult of Celtic Druid superwomen, all hot as heck kickass redheads? Sure. The evil plot is to dig a giant tunnel to redirect the Atlantic Current and freeze Europe?

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Valhalla Rising

Well that’s one heck of an opening. A ship on fire! Trying to fit thousands on a ship normally crewed by dozens! Mysterious baddies! Action on the high seas! One of the things I like most about these series.

Get through all that and… rescue in a submarine! More adventure! And a rescue by Clive Cussler! He gives them a bit more direct help than sometimes, but it works. Plus you get a line like this:

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