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Inca Gold: 09/11/06

Inca Gold

I've mentioned before how much I enjoy the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler. I had read a few as a kid during family camping trips and then I lost track of the series as I went away to college, got married and got on with my adult life. BookCrossing reintroduced me to the series and I've been trying to read my way through it as I come across the books and find time to read them.

The series is a nice combination of high seas adventure, treasure hunting and espionage. Inca Gold focuses more on the treasure hunting aspect than the others I've recently read (Mediterranean Caper, Cyclops and Sahara) and that made the book all the more enjoyable. It is sometimes hard to believe the some of situations that NUMA participates in. This story though was entertaining enough I didn't mind suspending belief to see Pitt, Gunn, et al get into and out of trouble.

Here is my BookCrossing Review

I read this book while in the hospital for the birth of my daughter. It was the perfect escape from the pain and sleepless nights and later for a long night of sitting by her isolet while she received treatment for jaundice.

Inca Gold is one of the more recent Dirk Pitt novels and has the humor of these later ones. In this one there is more emphasis on treasure hunting than on espionage which makes for a ripping yarn. While rescuing some divers, Pitt and his colleagues come face to face with an international ring of art thieves and a clue to a massive Inca treasure. While the methods described in finding the treasure, and the treasure itself, are sometimes preposterous, everything somehow works together to make an entertaining adventure story.

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