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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure) af Clive…
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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure) (original 2010; udgave 2010)

af Clive Cussler (Forfatter)

Serier: Dirk Pitt (21)

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NUMA director Dirk Pitt searches for the connections among newly discovered Roman artifacts, the rise of a fundamentalist movement, and the existence of a mysterious long-lost "manifest," which, if discovered again, may change the history of the world.
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Titel:Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Forfattere:Clive Cussler (Forfatter)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2010), Edition: 1st, 560 pages
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Records recovered from the ancient port of Caesarea, Roman artifacts aboard a sunken Ottoman gallery off Turkey, and two murderous siblings looking to resurrect the Ottoman Empire. Crescent Dawn is the twenty-first book of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series and fourth with his son Dirk, finds the Pitt family in the eastern Mediterranean and Britain unknowing find evidence to an ancient mystery while coming across political terrorists and rogue archaeologists.

The plot begins first in 327 AD a Roman galley carrying cargo so important that a contingent of the Emperor Constantine’s own guard is aboard when it is attacked by pirates off Crete before jumping 1916 in which a British warship mysteriously explodes and sinks in the North Sea. In the present, important mosques in Egypt and Turkey are damaged by planted explosives that raise tensions amongst Muslims across the Middle East, but especially in secular Turkey where a popular fundamentalist Istanbul imam is convinced to jump into the upcoming Presidential election by Ozden Celik. Celik and his sister Maria are behind the mosque bombings are the heirs to the last Ottoman sultan and are attempting to resurrect their family’s place in the country while also grabbing up anything connected to the Ottoman family. While doing underwater explorations off Turkey and on the Israeli coasts respectfully, Dirk Pitt and Dirk Pitt, Jr., find historic discoveries but the elder Pitt’s gets him in the sights of the Celik’s due to its connection to Sulieman the Magnificent. Pitt and NUMA are instrumental in help prevent a massive terror attack in Istanbul by the Celik’s just days before the election and prevent the fundamentalist candidate from winning. Summer Pitt stumbles upon a manifest in England that dates to the time of Constantine and sheds new light on early Christianity through relics found by his mother Helena but finds herself followed and foiled by a rogue British archaeologist. It turns out all three Pitts have found things connected to the 4th century Roman gallery that is found in a cavern in Crete with numerous holy relics connected with Christ and the disciples.

This book continued the fantastic run of narratives since Dirk Cussler joined his father in writing the series, however this is the first that had some annoying plot holes. The biggest and most important for the narrative plot is how getting a fundamentalist Islamic candidate win the Presidential election of the secular republic of Turkey would lead to the Celiks once again coming to power, without really touching on this the Celiks are just psychopathic terrorist siblings of which Maria is the better character of the two. The secondary antagonist, Bannister Ridley, was a cleaver annoying—in a good way—character that added spice to the book. The Pitts being split up into individual stories before coming together at the end was smart decision because it allowed Dirk Jr. and Summer to grow as characters even though Pitt and Al Giordino continued to be the A-subplot.

Crescent Dawn continues the strong narrative installments since Dirk Cussler has joined his father in writing though a significant plot hole marred it slightly. Regardless of the usual clichés of the series, Clive Cussler’s signature franchise is going through its best stretch of books. ( )
  mattries37315 | Aug 29, 2021 |

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."


Oh my. A 'theological matter'. This will go well.


“Forgive us our sins in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” he heard the minister say solemnly. “These we take to the grave.”

The back side of a shovel appeared, followed by a clump of soggy dirt that fell and bounced off his chest. Another shovelful of dirt tumbled down, and then another.

His body was paralyzed and his voice frozen, but his mind still operated with reason. With crushing horror, he fully grasped that he was being buried alive.


Yup...

And that's just the prologue.

Deep down, Giordino knew there would be something more interesting than an outcropping of rocks at the bottom. He had too much history with Pitt to question his friend’s apparent sixth sense when it came to underwater mysteries.

It's kind of funny to hear it said out loud. He might as well say that it's because he's the protagonist. Heh.


Pitt crooked an arm around her waist and gave her a long kiss. “A tire problem on the plane delayed our departure. Have you been waiting long?”

“Less than an hour.” She crumpled her nose and licked her lips. “You taste salty.”

“Al and I found a shipwreck on the way to the airport.”

“I should have guessed,” she said, then gave him a scolding look. “I thought you told me flying and diving didn’t mix?”

“They don’t. But that puddle jumper I flew in on barely cleared a thousand feet, so I’m plenty safe.”


The sea may be Pitt's first love and mistress, but I do love seeing the relationship with Loren finally develop. She's a good character.

Also, they totally stole Cussler's care. Because of course they did.

All that being said, you may have noticed that I didn't really mention the plot at all... because there's really nothing to it beyond the blurb:

In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together?


That's about it. An interesting story. Doesn't feel as plausible as some, which is saying something. It's fine and at this point I'm going to finish these... ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
A psychotic brother and sister, descendants of Ottoman rulers, try to incite Muslim rage by blowing up mosques and stealing antiquites of Mohammed. Both Dirk Pitts and Summer Pitt stumble into their plans, averting several disasters, with Dirk Jr. losing a new girlfriend. Clive has done much, much better, but the book has lots of adventure as always. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Too many plot lines that skipped about too rapidly for my taste. I got to the point where I just didn't care what happened and quit reading about 100 pages from the end.

I do like adventure/suspense novels and I am a fan of the early Clive Cussler books. This one just didn't quite do it for me. ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
This is the 21st Dirk Pitt Adventure written by Clive Cussler and (in this case) his son Dirk. Since I was a wee tot, I've probably read about half of them. These books are a literary version of a bag of Doritos or Oreos. They're very tasty and enjoyable while you're consuming them, but lacking in substance when you're done.

This one was about a plot to create a new Ottoman empire that was uncovered by and can only be stopped by Dirk Pitt, the Director of NUMA (the National Underwater Marine Agency). I listened to this one on audio and only discovered that it was abridged after I was done. Even in a formula thriller, there's a lot that can be cut out. It did feel a little lite. Oh well, there's plenty more where that came from.

6/10 ( )
  mahsdad | Mar 24, 2017 |
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