Calypso Down

CamCat. (A Chris Black Adventure, Bk. 4). Mar. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780744307443. $27.99. THRILLER
The fourth Chris Black adventure (following Dead Men’s Silence) has the marine biologist hero and his loyal friend Mac Johnson consulting on a short-term saturation dive in the Florida Keys, aboard the undersea laboratory Calypso I. While the mission is about scientific exploration, it has also become the subject of a swirling social media controversy, due to the project’s international backing. This controversy has turned the mission into a target. As attacks pile up outside, and sabotage ratchets up inside, Chris and Mac must step up again to save those on the team, both above and below the water. As with Ian Fleming and his spy hero Bond, Lindholm’s own career as a marine scientist brings some verisimilitude to the novel, especially the portions about diving and undersea science. One needn’t have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one.
VERDICT Fans of James Bond and the MacGyver TV series will adore this fast-paced, undersea thriller featuring a dynamic duo-type relationship.
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