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Product details

  • Paperback: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743449673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743449670
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,462 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.

About the Author

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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2004
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 By Odo on 21 Aug 2009
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 By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2004
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 on 15 Aug 2001
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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 By Mark on 27 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tilly on 21 Feb 2013
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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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By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
Shock Wave's plot is fresh, however the ongoing torture that Pitt endures through the book is somewhat over the top. In the past Pitt has been through some pretty gruelling experiences and in Shock Wave Pitt faces his toughest challenges yet. Cussler tends to stretch the scenes out, creating a heavy going action novel, with the required cliffhangers peppered throughout. The good news is that the villains of the piece are nefarious and loathsome - just right. Overall, Shock Wave isn't the easiest Dirk Pitt adventure to read, however it will keep you going until the end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Fergus on 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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