Well, it is basically summer and there is nothing better than just sitting back with a pure escapist adventure novel (and a cold beverage of course). When I move into this mode, I like to pick a book that is pretty much a sure thing and over the past couple of decades there have been few better options than a good old adventure yarn from prolific author Clive Cussler. Specifically, I have enjoyed his Dirk Pitt novels which chronicle the adventures of “Oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones” and always delivers pure entertainment if not great literature. I picked up the latest in the series, Odessa Sea and it is just as expected – pure summer fun.

About Odessa Sea – A Dirk Pitt Novel by Clive Cussler (and Dirk Cussler): “Dirk Pitt responds to a mysterious Mayday signal from a deserted ship that draws him toward a deadly Cold War secret in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, is on the Black Sea, helping to locate a lost Ottoman shipwreck, when he responds to an urgent Mayday – “Under attack!”—from a nearby freighter. But when he and his colleague Al Giordino arrive, there is nobody there. Just dead bodies and a smell of sulfur in the air. As Pitt and Giordino explore, a blast from the stern scuttles the ship swiftly, almost taking them with it. Filled with breathtaking suspense and remarkable imagination, Odessa Sea is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.”

Odessa Sea – A Dirk Pitt Novel by Clive Cussler (and Dirk Cussler) is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.