Dirk Pitt a marine engineer for an obscure American government agency in Washington City, Numa ...okay I will reveal its official name ...ready : National Underwater and Marine Agency...you asked for it. However when Admiral James Sandecker, his loyal boss needs a favor, Mr. Pitt will do a little extracurricular activity on his off days. Sorry for the detour...A gigantic toxic Red Tide is endlessly expanding very rapidly in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa to be precise Nigeria, make that the Niger River killing the creatures who make oxygen in the seas, if not stopped, no more Dirk Pitt novels.
Please, if you have seen the movie but have not read the book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. This is not pulitzer material but it is a shit load of fun to read.
Skip the book, see the movie.
I saw the movie & then read the book. Cussler is definitely a writer to read rather than listen to as I realized with Atlantis Found (although that entire plot was a train wreck).
For a guy working for Numa, Dirk Pitt spends a lot of time in the desert. I watched the movie based on this book several times.
If all you have seen is the movie then you have missed the best part of the duo.
I know that movies never ever live up to the books they were based on, but this one takes the cake.
Statements like this got the feminist inside of me all sorts of angry... 'Like most women, Eva couldn't resist a take-charge man.' 'Like too many women who are drawn to aloof men who treat them indifferently, she could not help herself from falling in love with him.' 'Strangely, it was Pitt and not the woman who saw a magnificence in the parched and hostile landscape, despite the fact that it had almost killed him.' 'To a man, the Aussies climbed the steep bank to express their thanks and heartily shake Pitt and Giordino's hands.' What does that even mean? But then I read sentences like this and the human being inside of me started to really not like the author... His ears were two sizes too large for his head...' 'His companion was a woman who was built like a gravel truck whose bed was fully loaded. She was dressed in a dirty loose-fitting dress that stopped short of the knees, revealing legs that were as thick as telephone poles.' Ultimately, you're either Dirk Pitt and Eva Rojas or you're ugly. But then I read sentences like this and I found myself wanting to hide out of pure embarrassment for what was happening...
After that scene I pretty much had a negative attitude towards everything else that was to come. I'm overly exaggerating, no kid lost a ball, but their personalities/emotions/whatever did seem to jump all over the place throughout the book. Like Cussler was just showing off his knowledge and not caring if it was hindering the flow of the story. I'd read another or three of Cussler's books without any hesitation. (I watched the movie with Matthew-I-hate-wearing-shirts-McConaughey and Steve Zahn right after I finished the book and was actually entertained.
The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history.