In Series Order
1 The Last Airship by Christopher Cartwright
This is a novel that reminds me a lot of Clive Cussler. It starts with an “historic” flight—the last airship trying to escape from Nazi Germany with two super wealthy Jewish families and a very high-ranking Nazi with something critical to the war effort in his briefcase—something he doesn’t want Hitler to have. The ship is damaged by machinegun fire as it lifts off and it crashes in the Alps not to be seen again for 75 years. Let me just say now that the crash and why the airship had remained hidden from the many people who searched for it, was absolutely outstanding—just brilliantly thought out by Cartwright.
The story is also a lot of fun. Cartwright has two characters—Sam and Tom—that just make great heroes. They are daring, smart, but still capable of being fooled in ways that didn’t upset me as utterly stupid. The action is fast and furious, and I was happily turning pages (actually listening, but you know what I mean) from beginning to end.
2 The Mahogany Ship by Christopher Cartwright
Cartwright continues to follow Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pit formula, linking an ancient mystery to a current problem. In this one he also throws in the Ancient Builders theory as well, and it is apparent that in future books we will continue to look for clues regarding these ancient builders. The plot is fast paced and a lot of fun, although I had to keep myself from examining things too closely lest my suspension of disbelief be broken. All in all, this was a fun novel.
3 Atlantis Stolen by Christopher Cartwright
This is the fifth Sam Reilly novel I have read and it is by far the weakest to this point. After an exciting opening in which a woman is kidnapped in a fairly bizarre and James Bond like way, the novel quickly devolves into a series of Indiana Jones like ancient booby traps (one of them reading exactly like the Leap of Faith in The Last Crusade) and no-way-out deadly situations which in fact do have a way out. Add to that that the villains were totally stereotypical and the big surprises were totally predictable and there just isn’t much to credit in this story. It’s simply a frantic rush from start to finish and that’s before you get to the totally disappointing ending. I just can’t believe that after all his ingenious solutions and escapes that Sam Reilly didn’t come up with a better option than to give the bad guy what he wanted. I mean—really? It’s one thing to set up another book in the series and another to give in to a genocidal maniac. I’m very disappointed.
4 Rogue Wave by Christopher Cartwright
I’ve always been interested in rogue waves. They rise without warning and often sink vessels caught in their paths. So when I noticed that there was a Sam Reilly novel with this title I had to take a look. There are two mysteries here (in addition to the Dirk Pitt like historical mystery). On the one hand, who killed Sam’s old friend when he refused to sign onto a deal which would make him rich in exchange for burying his discovery of a new environmentally friendly energy source that could replace fossil fuels. The other is, how the bad guys were able to use a rogue wave as the murder weapon.
This is a fun novel. There’s a little bit of science fiction technology involved, but mostly it’s a tense and exciting adventure on (and beneath) the high seas. As Sam and his team come closer to the truth, it becomes apparent that a global catastrophe is about to occur and that a powerful figure in the U.S. government is responsible for the danger. There’s a sea full of tension in this one.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Omega Deep by Christopher Cartwright
Christopher Cartwright really knows how to put the “thrill” in “thriller”. This novel opens with a bang as we watch the submarine of the title get into a most unusual problem six weeks before the rest of the novel begins. My pulse was pounding by the end of the epilogue and I really wish the author would have taken us a few pages further into the action—but then, if he had, there really wouldn’t have been a mystery for us to work through for the rest of the book.
That mystery comes in the form of two different underwater wrecks—an airplane and a cargo ship that we, the reader, quickly come to think have to be connected. Cartwright presents a mixture of technical problems accessing the wrecks, good old fashioned mystery, and sudden pulse-pounding action. It’s a lot of fun to read and things only get more exciting as our heroes, Sam and Tom, get interested in locating the submarine that we followed into danger in the epilogue.
A lot of this novel is putting pieces in place that will clearly be important to later books in the series, but that didn’t take away from the excitement as I listened to this book for the first time. (I have not read any other works by this author.) When they finally figure out what happened to the Omega Deep and go after it, you’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how everyone will survive. If you like a fast-paced, action-packed adventure, you ought to give Omega Deep a try.
I received this book from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.