The US Navy’s latest and greatest nuclear submarine is out on its test voyage in the pacific ocean when the underwater terrain changes and the sea bed rises in places which are not on their charts. When the captain has a look out, he notices a mysterious fog patch in a place where, logically, there should not be one. The submarine changes course to investigate the mysterious bank of fog, but things start to go wrong. The sea bed rises faster than they expect and they find themselves stuck.
No trace was found of the submarine, and the Navy’s greatest technological vessel has been lost in what is called The Pacific Vortex.
Six months later, Dirk Pitt is relaxing on a beach when he notices something unusual in the water. Being experienced with the sea, he ventures out very carefully to get it, but doesn’t realise how bad things are. Once he finally struggles back to shore and opens the capsule he has a realisation of how important this object is and informs the Navy. It appears there is a sign of the submarine after all.
Enlisting the help of Dirk, the Navy start the search for their vessel, and look to unravel the mystery of the vortex. The search isn’t a straight forward one as there are others out there hunting the submarine, and some people trying to stop them finding it at all. With the danger which is brought to ships which enter the vortex looming over the search party, will they be able to find and recover the high-tech sub, and escape with their lives?
This is a great action/adventure story which kept me enthralled throughout. There are twists and turns within the plot line, some of which are easy to see, others aren’t. With different theories of what is at the center of the vortex floated round within the story, this novel keeps you thinking and wondering the whole time and, when you think you have it, it still pops up some surprises.
Okay, some of the plot is a little far fetched, but this is fiction so that shouldn’t detract from the overall book at all. It’s an interesting take on a mystery and conspiracy theory sub-genre, and is sure to be enjoyed by a lot of people.
This is the second published Dirk Pitt novel, but is the first in the series. If this is what the rest of the series is to be like, then I look forward to reading the rest, and encourage others to do the same. However, the other adventures have a lot to live up to after this one!