A CIA mission to evacuate the Dalai Lama instead takes relics from an important monastery but goes missing in the Himalayas, over 60 years later some of those relics appear on a plane in the Philippines right after a mineral survey ship causes a rogue wave with new technology that puts Taiwan in the crosshairs from squad of Chinese soldiers. The Devil’s Sea is the twenty-sixth installment of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, the first exclusively written by Dirk Cussler after co-authoring the last eight.
In his first solo outing Dirk Cussler brought a tight fun narrative of two subplots that had connections with antagonists but independent from one another that showed off Cussler’s knowledge of the established characters and a great quality in prose. The antagonists are Chinese soldiers and intelligence operatives hunting down the remains for an experimental hypersonic missile while the others are after extraterrestrial minerals from certain meteorites needed to solve thermal issues with the missiles, ironically important Tibetan relics are made from these meteorites that happen to help China’s cultural assimilation of Tibet. This connectivity of the antagonists but also their independence from one another allows the teams Dirk & Al and the Twins to have their own adventures that are engaging and fun.
The Devil’s Sea continued the vibe of the Dirk Pitt series over the last eight installments as Dirk Cussler took solo control of the series, if this is a signal of how the series will continue then I’ll continue read it.