Book Review: Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

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Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, Netgalley, Pub 28 May, 2014, 441p

Overall Enjoyment Rating: 7 out of 10 golden stars.

When Kurt Austin is injured while rescuing the passengers and crew of a sinking yacht, he wakes up with conflicting memories of what he saw. Did he witness an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard?
For reasons he cannot explain – yet – Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection.
Determined to seek out the truth, his hunt for answers soon descends him into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrime, where he uncovers a pattern of suspicious accidents, vanishing scientists and a web of human trafficking.
Now, he must take on the sinister organization behind this conspiracy, facing off against them from Morocco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar.
But where this highly dangerous quest will ultimately take him, even he could not begin to guess . . . – Summary from Goodreads.com

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read a Clive Cussler novel, it is right up my alley – military/scientific action taking place predominantly at sea. I love all books that discuss the sea – I have always been bored by fighter jets, but intrigued by submarines and warships. And Ghost Ship certainly had nautical themes in spades. Despite not reading any of the previous books in this series, I could still relate to the characters, and mentions of backstory were small or simply inconsequential things that didn’t jump out to someone who hadn’t read any of the older books.

The plot is action packed, and far fetched (just how I like my military thrillers, thankyou.), and there was a sprinkling of humour and morality that just lifted the story. The plot was quite easy to follow, and even though the turns weren’t surprising, the journey was thorougly enjoyable.

The characters were a good ensemble cast, which is suprising as these books usually have one ‘hero’ character. It’s nice to see people working as a TEAM!. My personal favourite character of this novel was Duke – everytime he said something, I laughed out lout. Especially when things were in a bit of a crisis state.

I am unable to compare this book to any other Cussler novels, as previously mentioned, this is my first foray into his works, but it was enjoyable enough reading experience. Maybe when I have hunted out some of the older Cusslers I will be able to see how different this book is his, when compared to his standalone works.

 

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