This is something like the seventh Clive Cussler book I have read and it was pretty much the same as all the others. I enjoy the simple fun of these books. This time, I felt that the number of times death is escaped and the sheer number of witty remarks immediately following one of these near death experiences was a bit much. Knowing that the good guys always win and the bad guys are classic bad guys doesn't do anything to hurt the brain candy. It would be cool if Cussler mixed it up a bit with a bit of an actual cliff hanger every now and again. In summary - you know what you are getting in a Dirk Pitt novel.