Deep Six is a quite entertaining novel with a strong resemblance with Night Probe, the author’s previous one.
Despite the fact the plot is substantially different we can feel, almost perceive, a kind of unique bond between the two novels. This most peculiar link, which is a kind of new thing in Clive Cussler’s books, is evident especially in the environment behind and around the main characters. This environment, even if geographically speaking it’s completely different (the first adventure develops on the USA border with Canada, while the second take place in foreign countries and international water during the Cold War in the 80’s), despite this, this environment has similarities maybe almost unperceivable to the big part of the readers but still strong to many of them.
Indeed both books seems to have this kind of weird, but really appealing, lack of energy, just like there had been a leak of strength in the whole world described by the author. This cunning sensation is spread over the whole novels and has strong influence above the mood of the main characters, their gestures and particularly in the way they carry themselves. Everyone both in Night Probe and in Deep Six is detached, almost disenchanted, just like they keep doing what they do because they know they have to but really do not believe into it. The heroic gesture become routine and routine become tiredness and tiredness is the first step into the path of hopelessness.
This is what is all about in this two books, but why?
What’s behind this strange bond? What is this ethereal sensation which affect every single aspect of the character behaviour? Such a dizzy feeling that most of the time we will ask ourselves is this a matter of fact or it’s just me today?
Probably, once again, the answer is the Cold War, definitely well portrayed by the author but probably subconsciously affecting his writing style. Anyway the old quote that every cloud has a silver lining here still holds true as this strange sensation, this different writing style, add to the two novels a fascinating, romantic, most entertaining, appeal no further noticeable in the author’s recent books.
So both books has environment similarities but unfortunately it’s just not all about the environment: while Night Probe has an almost perfect plot and it’s considered (even by the author himself) one of the best Dirk Pitt’s novel, Deep Six doesn’t reach the same perfection.
In Deep Six there’s a lack of realism concerning some imaginary facts about the War, a lack of authenticity in Pitt’s heroism and when you cannot achieve an absolute concrete credibility in this kind of book even an “enchanted” environment won’t help you out with the critics.
Yes, of course, really an entertaining book but just like a comic is.
In conclusion despite that peculiar atmosphere Deep Six is the kind of book that will always stand in the shadow of the former one.