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Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt Adventure) [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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29 Jan 1996 Dirk Pitt Adventure
The world's greatest hero is back! The internationally bestselling author of Inca Gold returns with his hero Dirk Pitt, who confronts the most intriguing and sinister villain yet--a billionaire diamond king with three beautiful Amazon daughters--in a conflict waged above and below the sea for the survival of the world.


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  • Hardcover: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; American ed edition (29 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068480297X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684802978
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).

Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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"Dirk Pitt is back, and as suave and daring as ever....A page-turning read." -- "Christian Science Monitor" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Clive Cussler is as active an adventurer as his fictional heroes which adds a thrilling authenticity to his writing. He is an avid collector of classic cars and has 75 examples of hand-built coachwork. He lives in Colorado with his wife and 3 children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Dirk Pitt Novel 27 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As an addicted fan of Dirk Pitt novels, I rate this book relative to what I like about the Dirk Pitt books. First, I find Pitt to be a thoroughly enjoyable hero. Second, I like the tying together of a historical perspective with a current theme. Third, Clive Cussler has a good imagination, and he often makes me think about things that I would never have otherwise considered. Fourth, I find my heart pounding and my palms sweaty as I sit up late at night to finish the latest novel.
By all these standards, Shock Wave is a definite 5 star novel. Arthur Dorsett and his daughters make for interesting opponents for Pitt. They will remind you of some of the villains in the James Bond novels.
Don't miss this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Dirk Pitt adventue 21 Aug 2009
By Odo
Format:Paperback
This is a typical Clive Cussler novel, evil multi megalomaniac billionaire plotting a monopoly and at the same time threatening to cause untold mayhem and human catastrophe. Enter the hero Dirk Pitt to save the day - or will he? I have to say though despite it all I do enjoy reading Cussler's books as they are always well written with a smattering of historical reference and keep you gripped to the very end. It's always interesting to read how Dirk, Al and all the usual characters plus any new lady's Dirk has befriended get into almost impossible situations and seem to ingeniously get out of them.

This book was not as far fetched as some of Cussler's books Valhalla Rising immediately coming to mind and is a pretty decent action adventure read. If like me you enjoy Cussler's books and Dirk Pitt, you will enjoy this one too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Dirk Pitt Novel 27 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As an addicted fan of Dirk Pitt novels, I rate this book relative to what I like about the Dirk Pitt books. Here are my addictive causes: First, I find Pitt to be a thoroughly enjoyable hero. Second, I like the tying together of a historical perspective with a current theme. Third, Clive Cussler has a good imagination, and he often makes me think about things that I would never have otherwise considered. Fourth, I find my heart pounding and my palms sweaty as I sit up late at night to finish the latest novel.
By all these standards, Shock Wave is a definite 5 star novel. Arthur Dorsett and his daughters make for interesting opponents for Pitt. They will remind you of some of the villains in the James Bond novels.
Don't miss this one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A mysterious and agonising death is striking at all living things in the oceans at different locations around the globe... a natural phenomenon perhaps, Dirk Pitt Clive Cussler's fearless marine troubleshooter fears something far more sinister is responsible. Soon it becomes apparent that the cause is the result of a new and drastic type of diamond mining being carried out by a ruthless megalomaniac whose aim is to destroy the worlds diamond markets.
'Shockwave' although not my favourite Dirk Pitt adventure is as detailed and descriptive as ever, Clive Cusslers first-hand knowledge of nautical matters ranging from the early days of sail to the present day make this adventure easy to lose yourself in... especially so, if you're interested in maritime exploits and the sea.
Overall a classy adventure which is nothing less than the high standard we expect from the best selling Mr Cussler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this mans work 27 May 2013
By Mark
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this mans outlook on things so the book is good and I love it will bye another from this arthor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another success 21 Feb 2013
By Tilly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Again another fantastic story from Clive Cussler. I am a great fan of this writer and again he has not disappointed with this novel.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 4 May 2005
Format:Paperback
This is my first Cussler book, and it's absolutely fantastic! I was up until the early hours of the morning reading this, as the plot sped along at a great, speedy pace! Cussler never gets bogged down in too much technical detail, never writes in blatant cliches, without making a joke out of them, and has a great sense of humour, when it is called for.
If you've never read Cussler, then you're really missing out! Excellent, highly recommended read to anyone who is bored of the cookie-cutter "adventure" novels that are littering the shelves these days.
Also try: Kyle Mills, Vince Flynn, John Sandford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shock Wave 17 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great Clive Cussler story as always - he is my favourite holiday reading. Always an intriguing plot. A good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wife loved like all the other Cussler books she has
Published 17 days ago by mr david wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by harp860
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I found this to be a good story well written and I do not feel the need to say more!
Published 8 months ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Clive!
I don't know how Dirk Pitt does it!! The man and his side kick are both people out of this world!!!!!
Published 11 months ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars DIRK PITT STORIES
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY HUSBAND WHO IS ENJOYING THE CLIVE CUSSLER SERIES.A GOOD READ HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE DIRK PITT BOOKS
Published 14 months ago by JAN VIV
5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased
I am very pleased with book. It was bought for my husband as his sight is quite poor,but because it is large print he can quite happily read it .Many thanks from him and from me.
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by santa's girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Long winded yarn
Shock Wave's plot is fresh, however the ongoing torture that Pitt endures through the book is somewhat over the top. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by Mr. G. Battle
4.0 out of 5 stars Shock Wave
I only started to read Clive Cussler in May this year(2009) whilst on holiday.I could not put the first book down. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf
One of the best Clive Cussler novels I've read, and I've read quite a few. Gripping adventure as always. Cussler never fails to deliver. Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Darren G. Burton
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