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review 2017-04-30 21:35
OTT, but Uber Cool!
Iceberg - Clive Cussler

There was a time when Dirk Pitt was one of my favourite fictional heroes and Clive Cussler the master at placing his creation in the most intriguing of plot-lines. Who can forget, "Raise the Titanic" (1976), which brought the world's attention to the 'National Underwater & Marine Agency' (NUMA), led by the phlegmatic Admiral Sandecker and his resourceful, but unruly director of operations. The echoes of James Bond are unmistakable, yet the brand of Dirk Pitt novels has also been synonymous with raucous adventure, just without the accompanying blockbuster movie franchise (a couple of spin-off movies have not remotely done justice to the original Cussler books). Not that comparative failure at the box office should diminish the written word, wherein the author has retained a solid readership.In fact, "Iceberg" (1975) preceded Mr Cussler's seminal novel and clearly Dirk Pitt and his crew received further polish, but the familiar format is established here.

 

Based on an unlikely, though plausibly fascinating premise, Cussler nurtures the reader's curiosity, suspends incredulity and weaves a spectacular tale of against-the-odds triumph of good over evil. The Bond-esque one-liners, the steely-eyed propensity for violence, Pitt's gritty good looks and predictable womanizing gives a rather dated feel to the macho hero. Still, the OTT, unreal nature of the characters and the plot are perhaps just necessary components of the genre's worship of unadulterated escapism. Whatever the flaws, it's a fast-moving yarn that in the past might have been described as 'swashbuckling' and the protagonists get the appropriate comeuppance!

 

Sadly the thrill I experienced following Dirk Pitt as a teenage reader, isn't so vivid today, but perhaps, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, emotional grip is very much in the mind of the reader. Unlike DP, I have got older!

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review 2014-01-12 15:40
The Mediterranean Caper: The First Dirk Pitt Novel, A 40th Anniversary Edition - Clive Cussler

This was the first published book in the best-selling Dirk Pitt series. Lots of adventure, romance, and evildoers to overcome though perhaps a bit dated. Listened the audio version reliably read by Michael Prichard.

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review 2011-02-03 00:00
Black Wind (Dirk Pitt, #18) - Clive Cussler,Dirk Cussler **Spoiler alert** An excellent adventure stemming from the twist at the end of Valhalla rising. The characterization of Pitt's child and their interactions with on another were incredible to read.
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review 2010-07-08 00:00
Arctic Drift - Clive Cussler,Dirk Cussler Let me just say I've paid no attention to Cussler. Boy, are there a lot of books. The PandaBatWolf picked this out of a selection of books at the library because it looked so nice and cold and we're in the middle of a heat wave and draught, so, okay.
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review 2007-01-01 00:00
Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler
Atlantis Found (A Dirk Pitt Novel) - Clive Cussler

An ancient artifact is found in Colorado and lo-and-behold, Dirk Pitt appears to, yet again, save the day, and the archaeologists buried deep underground due to a freak explosion.

Mysterious artifacts start popping up all over the globe, apparently carrying a message of global Armageddon.

And there is, lo-and-behold yet another shadowy organization that tries to accelerate said Armageddon.


Yet another masterful example of a predictable plot, repetitive descriptions and language. There was nothing even remotely pulling in this plot. Any slower and it would all have gone backwards.

It was extremely hard for me to finish the book and it made me wander whether reading the phone-book might be more entertaining.

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