The ninth gripping thriller in the world famous Dirk Pitt series, where the adventurer finds himself in a deadly battle against the darkest forces of international terrorism.
On behalf of a grateful nation I wish to thank you for this astonishing gift...' The President of the United States had reason to be grateful.
Dirk Pitt had unearthed the greatest storehouse of knowledge in the ancient world: the Alexandria Library.
The trail began in a lonely fjord in Greenland. It ended on the banks of the Rio Grande. In between Pitt had frustrated an assassination, rescued a hijacked liner, survived a deadly gun battle and halted an invasion.
A gripping, action-packed story by a master of the craft.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/09/2005
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007205592
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Review by yosarian
This is only the second Clive Cussler book I’ve ever read and to be honest I didn’t really enjoy the first one but a friend recommended this one and I thought I would give it a go …. I certainly thought it was better.It is another Dirk Pitt story, the bucaneering and wise-cracking protagonist of a series of adventure packed thrillers and this book was certainly action-packed! Together with his wise cracking, comic sidekick Al Giordino they travel from Greenland to the tip of the Southern Americas foiling various plans to; stop Middle Eastern terrorists gaining control of the Egyptian government, to kill the leader of the UN, a world wide criminal families plans to gain control of Mexico and storm the borders to America and also discover the lost treasures (the ‘treasure’ of the title) from the library of Alexandria … and all in time to get back to wine and dine the alluring female scientist helping them … *phew*!The story is fast paced with a lot happening to each character all around the world in a very short period of time which does make it rather an addictive page turner but ultimately by the end I thought the story was flagging, there just seemed to be too much going on, there were a lot of ideas and I think it might have been better to have concentrated on just one or two. I enjoyed the search for the lost treasure and also the idea of a criminal family trying to mastermind their way to positions of power and ultimately control of various countries but combine them together with various assisantion plots, a stolen ship full of kidnapped government officials and some cardboard characters (there seemed no time to introduce or describe the characters fully) and towards the end I was struggling a bit to finish it.