I remember a time when a Clive Cussler book was unputdownable, exciting, and always enjoyable. Those times have moved on and instead what you have is a slow, average sort of a tale. Yes it still has Dirk Pitt but its lost the magic of the early books. Part of the problem is that Dirk Pitt now has a son and daughter, who detract from the main story and still have an air of ‘look what we just made up’ about them, their whole introduction being more than a little silly and unbelievable.
I can understand the idea behind Dirk Pitt with kids. After all, Clive Cussler is now writing books with his son, Dirk, and there is a kind of symmetry about it but it just doesn’t work if the kids suddenly appear. If they had been slowly introduced over time, this wouldn’t have been a problem but the whole surprise appearance at the end of a book a few novels ago was just a little too fantastic to be taken seriously.
Another part of the problem is that it feels like the main characters have aged and rather than out adventuring, should be wearing Depends and drinking prune juice. Rather than letting the legacy of Dirk Pitt fade into mediocrity, I hope that he will be retired and a new fresh faced exciting character will take over. The world of Dirk Pitt has been crafted and with NUMA all setup, all it needs is someone else to take over the torch to keep the flame of excitement alight.