In the early eighties, I couldn’t get enough of thrillers by the likes of Desmond Bagley and Alistair MacLean. Now they feel a little dated. This book was actually published posthumously despite being one of the first which Bagley wrote. It is okay, but not as good as his best (like “Flyaway“). I’m not sure the meaning of the title “Night of Error”.
Our hero is Mike, an oceanographer, whose brother died in mysterious circumstances on a remote Pacific atoll. Mike decides to investigate with a team of ex commandos and a wealthy businessman keen to exploit some manganese nodules rich in cobalt, which seem linked to the death. The entourage set sail and pass through the Panama canal to the vast Pacific Ocean, a hazardous expedition made more so by ruthless South American rivals.
The exotic locales of Tahiti and Tonga are welcome on a dreary metro ride, but there isn’t a lot of description of the locales. I did learn far more about manganese nodules, which form on the ocean bed, than I ever wanted to know.
As the cover suggests there is a volcanic eruption, too.
My rating 3 out of 5