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Vale club takes up wide-ranging Cussler adventure tale

“Celtic Empire: A Dirk Pitt Novel,” by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, will be discussed by the Vale book Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.

The meeting will be at the home of Carol Spears, 683 Cottage St. S.

The novel is the 25th book in the popular adventure series from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. 

In this story, NUMA director Dirk Pitt becomes embroiled in an international mystery, one that leads him across the world. He travels to Scotland, searching for answers about the spread of an unknown disease and a shadowy bio-remediation company. Meanwhile, his son and daughter make discoveries in an Egyptian tomb, drawing killers to their trail.

Seemingly unrelated events come together in a showdown in Ireland.

The book was published in 2018, and Clive Cussler died in 2020. His son, Dirk, and other authors have continued to write the series. In addition to being a novelist, Cussler was an underwater explorer and founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, a nonprofit research institute with the same name as the fictional agency that employs Dirk Pitt in the novels.

The book club’s next selection – “The four Winds,” by Kristin Hanna – will be discussed March 2.

For information about the club, call Lucy Hutchens, 208-739-6954, or Marge Mitchell, 208-739-6777.

Note: Review information excerpted from Kirkus Reviews, Wikipedia and Bookreporter online.