Crescent Dawn

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Penguin, Nov 16, 2010 - Fiction - 640 pages
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Deep sea explorer and NUMA director Dirk Pitt encounters the last direct descendants of the Ottoman dynasty as they prepair to incite a revolution in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

In a.d. 327, a Roman galley with an extraordinary cargo barely escapes a pirate attack. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions.

What ties them all together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team are about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire. From Washington to London to the treacherous shores of the Near East, dangerous men and desperate acts fill their path, and at the end of it, the most dangerous thing of all: the rumored existence of a mysterious “manifest,” lost long ago, which if discovered again could shed new light on early Christianity and just might change the history of the world as we know it.

Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, Crescent Dawn is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.

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Quick read.
Fast paced story. Love the way Clive Cussler always inserts himself deus ex machina.

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4 of 5 stars for the adventure novel Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler. As with many Cussler novels, an artifact from ancient times is the key to the story. The NUMA team is searching for the artifact in question and several other people become interested in an action-filled way. The reason for only 4 stars is that mid-way thru the artifact story we take a side-track to a different story line for the bulk of the book. Towards the end, we return to the artifact story and at the ending the stories get tied together in a modest way. So, I took off one star for the unnecessary distraction of the side-track. I do truly like all of Cussler's books; oh, Cussler makes a cameo in this novel. Yes, recommended! 

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About the author (2010)

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 

 
Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of six previous Dirk Pitt® adventures: Black WindTreasure of KhanArctic DriftCrescent DawnPoseidon’s Arrow,  Havana Storm, and Odessa Sea. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and has served as president of the NUMA® advisory board of trustees. Cussler lives in Arizona.

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