Friday, June 12, 2009

Arctic Drift

Clive and Dirk Cussler - 515 pps.

Not yet gone are the days of cheap action fiction that you can buy in airports, subways, and other kiosks around the world. Today you see new people trying to either bank on the success of The Davinci Code or the success of CSI. You do not see characters like Jack Reacher from the Lee Child books or Dirk Pitt written from Clive Cussler being woven into these action fictions anymore. Chivalrous, intelligent, and remnant from the days of knights, these characters tend to stick with you through the thick and thin the more you read them.

Interestingly enough, I first started reading about the adventures of Dirk Pitt and NUMA long ago with the first book of the series, The Mediterranean Caper written back in the hey day of the 1970's. Since then , Cussler has written dozens of books with Dirk Pitt and his sidekick Al Giordino saving the day, including the joint work of Cussler and his son Dirk Cussler in Artic Drift.

As other readers of the series know, when Dirk Cussler began to assist in the writing of the last three books, there was in the introduction of Pitt's long lost children Dirk and Summer. (If you are confused bout the all the Dirks, let me sum up. Dirk Cussler (Author), Dirk Pitt Sr (referred to as"Pitt" and Dirk Pitt Junior (referred to as "Dirk"), Hopefully that helps) Basically in my opinion, the write in of these two new characters that we were supposed to start loving from the get go was a shock and to this day I find myself skimming over the Dirk and Summer scenes to find out what Pitt has been up to.

Sadly I guess this is what is supposed to happen as Pitt has aged appropriately since the first novel in the 70s. I really hope that Pitt doesn't become a "Hey lets get Dad's help since he is too old to partake in our adventures" character but the way these stories are going I can't imagine it happening in any other way except maybe Pitt dying in a blaze of glory in a sword fight with a super villain after saving the world and being the hero he is to me. Now yes, that will never happen, but hey, I can wish can't I?

Overall if you are a fan of the series I would recommend this book. If you are starting out in the adventures of Pitt, then I suggest that you start with the earlier novels and read your way through them. Without having read Pitt's early adventures, I don't think I could fully appreciate the subtle humor and references to previous novels and how deep the Pitt character actually is. This novel continues the great line of stories being written by Clive Cussler and on a personal note continued the development of Dirk Pitt as I know him on the page.

PS. Heathcliff if you touch this post I will destroy you. Whore.

-Maj. MajorMajorMajor