By Clive Cussler
Vixen 03 lives
up to Clive Cusslerís estimable reputation. Itís intriguing and
fast-paced, with wonderful political subterfuge and treachery.
Bantam Books, 362 pp, 1978
Dirk Pitt makes a surprise discovery in
a Colorado lake Ė a World War II era airplane, complete with skeletons
and several gray canisters. These canisters contain a deadly bacteria
developed during World War II, for which there is no known cure. A tiny
droplet of this stuff would wipe out Manhattan and make it uninhabitable
for three hundred years.
Unfortunately, some other folks have
gotten to this plane before Pitt, and some of these canisters have ended
up with a rogue terrorist government. Their target for this gas?
Washington, DC. And only Pitt can stop them!
The plotís a bit far-fetched, but the
novel is so fun to read, you donít really notice.
This is my second Cussler book. The
first, Raise the Titanic, wasnít very good, I thought. But a
friend told me that Cusslerís books get better, so I finally broke down
and tried another. Luckily, my friend was right.