Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sacred Stone... by Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo

This is the second Cussler's book I've read. It's adventure filled, gripping and entertaining. And the good guys win in the end.

The Corporation headed by Juan Cabrillo goes on a chase for a nuclear bomb and a radioactive meteorite enshrined by Eric the Red in 1000 A.D. Exposed to it, one dies a horrible death. An archeologist unearth it in our present day. Unknown to him, his sponsor was Hickman, a billionaire filled with hatred for the Muslims after his son was killed in Afghanistan. He would later swap it for the Hajarul Aswad in the Kaabah. Some theorize that the Black Stone is a meteorite. Anyway, the radioactive meteorite and the Black Stone, hence the title of the novel, I supposed.

In the meantime, on the other side of the world, the Al-Khalifa and his Muslim group was trying to destroy London with a nuclear bomb. Cabrillo and his crew from The Oregon (their ship) chased the terrorists to London where they managed to stop the detonation. Suspense was kept as they chased the young Yemeni boy who was going to die a martyr's death by detonating the device; even as Elton John carried on with his concert to usher in the New Year!

With one down, Cabrillo and co chased down Hickman to the Middle East. He attempted to use the meteorite to kill the Muslims during the Haj pilgrimage. The authors bring us to Mecca, The Dome of the Rock in Israel and some fancy outmanoeuvring of the bad guys. The plot is absorbing and riveting; the kind of novel which makes you want to complete as soon as you can.

Been picking up on my reading of late not because I have a lot of free time. The eyes seem to be quite okay with the words and I need some distractions as well to fill up my 'free' time. An idle mind is very likely to be the devil's playground so they say.

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