Thursday my cold got better. While “resting up,” I read pages 53-134 in Michael Crichton’s 1970 novel Grave Descend. In the book, our hero James McGregor and his buddy Roger Yeoman dive into the wreck of the Grave Descend to retrieve a safe and a sculpture. (With Yeoman, Crichton got into the ground floor of now cliched white-hero-with-a-black-friend storyline). Suffice to say, retrieving the items from the wreck isn’t easy and much adventure results.
The novel relies on plot twists, so it’s difficult to give a plot summary without spoiling the book. Suffice to say that Thursday’s selection involved many of the common “ingredients” of men’s adventure fiction – smuggling, kidnapping, Nazis, scuba diving, exotic locales (Jamaica), beautiful women, and constant double crossing.
At the end of all of that action, I’m still in the dark about some of what is happening. But the picture is a getting a big clearer. Grave Descend is a good book for fans of “action” novels – the pages turn with ease even if realism is in short supply. So far, I’m sticking to my 8 out of 10 rating.