THE <i>TITANIC</i> SECRET by Clive Cussler

THE TITANIC SECRET

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Cussler and Du Brul circle back to Cussler’s Raise the Titanic (1976) in the latest derring-do adventure featuring Isaac Bell (The Cutthroat, 2017).

Dirk Pitt of the National Underwater and Marine Agency bookends the tale with the prologue and epilogue, but the story belongs to Bell. In the present day, Pitt discovers the diary of the Van Dorn Detective Agency’s top investigator, “perhaps the greatest detective of his—or any—generation.” Pitt reads that in 1911, Bell was hired to find out whether nine men have faked their deaths in the Little Angel mine disaster in Colorado. Then he’s hired to help the miner Joshua Hayes Brewster smuggle a thousand pounds of the ore of “a rare element called byzanium” to the United States from Novaya Zemlya, the “hellhole” island in the Russian arctic where the miners really are. But not so fast—people are already trying to kill Bell before he leaves Colorado. Once safely across the pond, he hires an Icelandic whaling skipper who knows how to navigate the deadly ice floes to bring him to a desolate Russian mine and return everyone and the ore to Scotland and ultimately to America. On the island, Bell finds eight desperately ill men who appear “not unlike the dead” because the mineral is radioactive. But it’s worth more than $1 million per ounce and has unknown and possibly great potential. Meanwhile, that round trip is no day in a dinghy. Bell blows up icebergs to avoid being icebound, wards off a 10-foot-tall polar bear, parries attacks from a French vessel, and deals with fire, betrayal, and plenty of murder. He deals with one disaster after another with smarts, bravery, loyalty, honesty, and no small amount of luck. When it’s all over, he wants to return to his dear wife, Marion, in America, but business before pleasure. And yes, all of this connects to the Titanic in the title.

The fun begins with the prologue and doesn’t stop till the end. Too bad the heroes can never meet.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-7352-1726-3
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2019




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for LOKI
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for THE SECRETS WE KEPT
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for THE TESTAMENTS
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY CLIVE CUSSLER

FictionCELTIC EMPIRE  by Clive Cussler
by Clive Cussler
FictionSEA OF GREED  by Clive Cussler
by Clive Cussler
FictionSHADOW TYRANTS by Clive Cussler
by Clive Cussler

MORE BY JACK DU BRUL

FictionTHE LIGHTNING STONES by Jack Du Brul
by Jack Du Brul
FictionMIRAGE by Clive Cussler
by Clive Cussler
FictionHAVOC by Jack Du Brul
by Jack Du Brul

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

FictionGALE FORCE by Owen Laukkanen
by Owen Laukkanen
FictionMISSION CRITICAL  by Mark Greaney
by Mark Greaney
FictionTHE WHITENESS OF THE WHALE by David Poyer
by David Poyer