There isn’t a Clive Cussler novel I don’t like. Each one gets me sucked in and refuses to let me go until the book is completely read. What makes the action packed novel even better is the way Cussler incorporates history into each of his books. He didn’t disappoint me in Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Adventure).
Toward the end of World War II, a Japanese submarine reaches the shores of America ready to disperse biological warfare that had never been seen to that date. It is unable to unleash the Black Wind as an American naval ship plows into it sinking it to the bottom of the ocean. All remains quiet until mysterious Asian men begin a dance with the world to retrieve the deadly cargo and create something even more lethal. It is up to Dirk Pitt, Dirk Junior, and Sumer Pitt to save the day though each one is faced with losing their life more than once.
Black Wind was full of the usual intricate plots and subterfuge Cussler is well known for. Action, mystery, betrayal, and romance all can be found in this novel.
Having the children of Dirk Pitt involved in the story was fun. I really enjoyed it. It made a Dirk Pitt novel different than it had been before. Many have complained of this, but I saw it as an expansion of a line of novels that is heading into a new generation.
As I said before, the fact that Cussler incorporates history into the story makes it even more interesting. He takes historical facts and adds to them giving them a more sinister twist and explores more ‘what if’ scenarios. For me, after reading his books I want to explore the true history of what he brings in and learn more about it. That makes it a very successful ‘history’ book in my eyes.
It is full of technical jargon though the author explains most of it for those of you like me who can’t understand all of it including the science side of it. Those parts of the book do take me longer to read, but the majority of the time the information is critical to understanding the plot.
Want some adventure? Want some action? Like gun scenes? Love history? Like science? Then any Cussler book will be a good read for you. If World War II, specifically the Pacific Theatre, is what you are interested in, this is for sure a book you need to look into.
Note: This book was purchased with my own funds.