Book Review: Pirate by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell

Title: Pirate

Author: Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Genres: Adventure

Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored

Every reader has their literary crack, that one author they turn to for reliably mindless entertainment. For my wife, it’s James Patterson. For me, it’s Clive Cussler. Yes, his books are formulaic and clichéd, and there’s little real science or archeology to them anymore, but the books are a ton of fun, an easy read to breeze through in a couple of sittings.

Pirate is my first adventure with Sam and Remi Fargo since The Tombs (and my first with Robin Burcell as co-author), but it was precisely what I was craving. There’s a missing royal treasure, a cypher wheel MacGuffin for decoding the hidden map, a couple of easily-looted shipwrecks, rich bad guys with guns, a visit to Oak Island, abandoned castles, and even some digging into the Robin Hood myth.

Everything happens at a breakneck pace, with an 800-year old mystery solved far too easily, and more eye-rolling at coincidences than I’m accustomed to, but it still provided the entertaining diversion I craved. Sam and Remi are such a great couple, a unique husband-wife team of adventurers, and are quickly surpassing Dirk Pitt himself on my shelves. Keep ’em coming!

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

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