This review actually covers two recently published action adventure tales, which would make ideal reading for next month’s half term holidays, or indeed for whiling away a cold winter’s evening.
Both titles feature authors whose names have effectively become franchises. Clive Cussler is in his eighties now and his books are written in collaboration with his son these days – presumably he will one day take over authorship of the series, in the same way that Felix Francis took over the Dick Francis titles after the death of his father. The Dirk Pitt character has been around since the mid seventies, and if you’ve read any of the numerous preceding books you’ll know exactly what to expect – page turning fast paced action, without being too challenging, and that’s exactly what Odessa Sea delivers in spades.
The second title is another contribution by Mark Greaney to the Jack Ryan series, using characters created by the late Tom Clancy. Again, this is an action adventure story, but with more of a hi-tech edge than the Cussler novel. If you like lots of shooting and action, but sprinkled with technical details about the latest weaponry, surveillance techniques, computers etc then » Continue Reading.