I don't think this story was as good as Cussler's others. As much as I like Dirk Pitt, I just didn't get a connection with him this time. Maybe it was just too violent though violence doesn't usually set me off. Also, Cussler's portrayal of women is just terrible. Without checking the publication date, I would have said this was written in the 70s (2004 to be exact!). Cussler dumps a little bit of everything into this one, homophobia, racism, degrading woman, heck even a transsexual. Honestly this wasn't a book I would recommend to anyone.