So, I've been seeing this book, Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler, on display at bookstores recently; a few weeks ago I checked it out of the public library and um...ended up reading a little of it...and mostly skimming through to find out about the shocking new location proposed for Troy...Well, well, well: England. Mycenae was in France. Ithaca was at Cadiz. Odysseus' adventures: in the Atlantic and Caribbean...Cussler depends on the recent Where Troy Once Stood, by Iman Wilkens--and also on the more ancient Theophile Cailleux ...
More outlandish theories are welcome in comments...and is there a website anywhere devoted to, er, shall we say, non-mainstream identifications of the site of Troy?
[CLARIFICATION: The theories don't have to be "more outlandish"--just outlandish, and more of them is what I'm after...]
[UPDATE 2/24/05: N. S. Gill at About.com points to an essay by Tom Slattery, hosted by About.com, speculating about the possible relation between smallpox, Troy, and the Exodus story...Not a different Troy location, but interesting in this context.]
Oh, and how was the book? Well, I like this review posted at Amazon:
I have read nearly 200 books, primarily novels in the past 3 years, including several Clive Cussler novels...this book is without a doubt the worst book I have ever read, period.
Do yourself a favor and literally run from this book. If you see a spare copy laying around somewhere...set it on fire.
First of all, the story line is ridiculous. Cussler is trying to put together evil villians, women who think they're ancient goddesses, Greek mythology, etc. and make some kind of plot/storyline out of it. It's horrible!
Secondly, the dialogue is even worse (if that's possible). It was SO bad I started highlighting the stupid phrases, things nobody would ever say in real life. I stopped reading the book when my highlighter went dry from all of the marks.
And lastly, I thought if Cussler spent another full page describing one of Pitt's stupid cars, or leapt from the story line into another 8 sentence description of some wine that's being drunk, I was gonna have to kill myself.