Dark Vector opening line: Jun Chu stood on the deck of a three-masted junk given the auspicious name Silken Dragon.
Yan has been coerced into completing her ex-husbands’ mission. She wanted nothing to do with the criminal life he led, but now she has no choice. Her mother and child are being held as hostages in exchange for her co-operation. She has to decide whether to work with the NUMA crew or against them. Working against them means the possibility of freedom for her family, and herself. But working with them means upholding the values she holds dear.
A pirate’s hoard. A Vanished Ship.
A global catastrophe beckons …
1808, South China Sea.
The infamous Chinese Pirate Queen Ching Shih was as powerful as she was feared, When a rogue captain in her fleet dares defy her wishes, devastation awaits – and a ship full of plundered treasure sinks to the depths of history.
Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala have spent months on the trail of this legendary hoard. But their search is interrupted by a present-day threat – a freighter carrying eight of the most advanced computers ever produced has disappeared in the Western Pacific. In the hands of the enemies of the West, these could be the Information Age’s most dangerous weapons.
Plunged into the middle of a cyber-war, Kurt and Joe’s only allies are a group of pirates who operate under their own crude laws. But with hackers to one side and pirates to the other, and the world’s digital information at stake, the NUMA crew soon finds that knowing who to trust could be their most daunting mission yet …
Firstly, the possibility that a sunken treasure from 1808 really exists, makes for an interesting read. NUMA once again are involved in saving the United States of America. And for thwarting a cyber-war is always a good thing. I enjoy these Clive Cussler books, even more so now that I know NUMA really exists.
About the author:
Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt®, in 1973. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history, searching for lost ships of historic significance. Cussler is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five best-selling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA. Cussler’s books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. Clive Cussler passed away in 2020.
Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.
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