This was one of the adventures of Dirk Pitt that make a combination of intrigue and adventure ala Indiana Jones and James Bond combined. Before Dan Brown had written fictional conspiracy of his stories, this was already pulled of in a milder manner. The Alexandrian Library has a catalogue of lost science discoveries and philosophies of the known world that will make anyone who may take hold of it the wealth and power not known to the present world. It may also took custody of the hidden truths that may also destroy our current way of life and understanding. Dirk Pitt's nemesis is a madman who leads a cult in South America and a terrorist organization similar to Al Qaeda. This is one of the action-packed Dirk Pitt adventures that I like. This is the 9th Dirk Pitt adventure published.