Book Review: Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler’s Crescent Dawn

Posted March 20, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler’s Crescent Dawn

Crescent Dawn


Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

action & adventure, thriller that was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on November 16, 2010 and has 548 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include The Jungle, Kingdom, Devil's Gate, The Storm, The Tombs, Poseidon's Arrow, Zero Hour, The Mayan Secrets, Mirage, Ghost Ship, The Eye of Heaven, Piranha, The Emperor's Revenge, Pirate, Odessa Sea, Havana Storm, Nighthawk, The Romanov Ransom, Typhoon Fury

Twenty-first in the Dirk Pitt action-adventure thriller series, Crescent Dawn is the perfect title and combines Clive and Dirk’s styles with the addition of Dirk, Jr. and Summer Pitt’s styles to the NUMA team.

My Take

I’m not sure why I felt a bit let down. Even though there is just as much action…really!…it felt like less, although it could simply have been that we had three different theatres of [good guy] action occurring.

In this very topical story, the action centers around a greedy brother and sister, direct descendants of the last Ottoman sultan of Turkey, eager to reclaim their birthright who use terrorism to bolster public approval of their handpicked fundamental Muslim candidate for Turkish president. Unfortunately, they don’t limit themselves to Christian and Jewish targets as they feel they’ll get “more bang for their buck” by primarily targeting Muslim holy sites.

The three areas in which our heroes get pulled in include: the finding of an Ottoman wreck outside Istanbul; the discovery of scrolls logging activities at an ancient Roman port in Israel; and, the escalating uncovering of the cover-up of Lord Kitchener’s death when the HMS Hampshire was blown up in World War I.

Yes, Cussler does exaggerate his characters…it’s what makes them so much fun! I look forward to what antique car Dirk will acquire as well as what new techno gadget Giordino dreams up in the course of their adventures.

I do like the Bullet on the cover. It’s not how I had pictured it but I want one!