Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt #21)
Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 Stars)
Crescent Dawn is a thriller by the famous father & son team of Clive and Dirk Cussler. The book is refreshingly much longer and more complicated than many of the Cussler adventures, featuring multiple storylines weaved together. It’s nice to see something with a little more meat than some thrillers out there.
The story takes place mostly in and around Turkey and Israel and features an Islamist (extremist) plot to turn Turkey into a strict, religious state. There are also multiple shipwrecks leading to a monumental discovery that some fear threatens the very foundation of Christianity. Thankfully, NUMA is there to save the day, with Dirk Sr leading the charge and his children, Summer and Dirk Jr an able cavalry.
I think it’s really cool that the books have had their characters age and progress the way they have. Handsome hero Pitt actually married one of the girls he hooked up with and now we’re seeing his children take the reins of their own investigations and acts of heroism. There aren’t many books out there featuring a family like that. Awesome.
The story draws attention to the very real issue of religious extremism and how it threatens our collective happiness. Whatever the agenda, turning to violence to achieve one’s ends is not a good methodology. Neither is lying to and manipulating people.
[Spoiler] There was a moment when characters began to become romantically involved and I just knew, from the moment things headed that directions, that one particular character was a ‘red shirt’. You just know, because of the pattern of many thrillers, that this character was going to die. I suppose that’s meant to give another character depth because of the loss and we want characters to experience tragedy so that we can live it without really living it ourselves. And so that some of us can relate. That said, the romantic in me hates it when tragedy like that strikes. And, unfortunately, it was a little too predictable.
(I wonder if it would also have more power if the love interest spanned more than a single story before either developing or having someone killed off. Maybe doing it in a single novel is too abrupt?)
Overall, the book is a solid read, well plotted, with plenty of action and a couple of thought-provoking issues. Fans of Dirk Pitt will definitely enjoy it. 🙂