Read: Inca Gold

  • It is already two months since my last Clive Cussler novel. Given the backlog on my to-read-shelves I should read one Cussler novel per month so that I will get a new truck load of books as presents this December. Yet, there are so many other books. Luckily there are some weekends when I have more time to read than otherwise. Easter weekend is one of these relaxing reading weekends. It’s really nice to spend all day sitting in the garden enjoying the sun and reading an enthralling novel.

    Inca Gold is another of Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventures. And this time it’s a real treasure hunt as a second party is also searching for the old Inca’s Gold. As most times there is a little (accurate – at the time) political background information. I really was pleasantly surprised to find the Shining Path who are mentioned in the book also mentioned in this week’s Economist. So Cussler really does a little research for his tantalizing novels to inflict some knowledge on his readers.

    I guess by now I am already used to the sometimes rather brutal violence in Cussler’s novels. There are a few inevitable deaths. Though, this time I was not as repelled by them as when reading some of the earlier Cussler novels. Indeed, they felt kind of right.

    Since this novel was rather absorbing, more than Sahara I think, I wonder why they did not adapt this book for film instead of Sahara.

Read: Riptide

  • After having gotten a little disappointed by the last Pendergast novels of the author duo Preston and Child I started to read their non-Pendergast work. Give them a second chance so to speak. And indeed I felt reasonably well entertained. So now, about half a year and one relocation later I read the next book on the Preston and Child shelf (ok, it’s only part of a shelf, one of my to-read shelves). Riptide is more an adventure story than a science thriller. And therefore is already different from the other Preston and Child novels I have read so far. There is a little romance, just a little though. And there are a few violent deaths, yet you never feel like the gore is dripping from the pages. The story is well paced and, of course, all the mysteries have a scientific explanation. All in all the book is quite absorbing.

    Consequently, I mostly enjoyed reading it. However, one tiny little thing kept irritating me. The authors refer to their protagonist interchangeably by his first or his last name. There was no clear pattern. It was not like when they were talking about more personal or emotional things that they would switch to the first name or when they wanted to introduce more objectivity they would use his last name. No. Absolutely no pattern. I guess most people would not notice but as I said I felt a bit irritated. It seemed like the authors followed the ill-advised journalists’ / writers’ rule: Do not bore the reader by using the same word twice.