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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, he has done it again !
Clive Cussler is my favourite author, most of the time I find novels of this ilk hard to stomach because they are so unbelivable. However Clive Cussler allows you to suspend disbelif for a few hours each night and just relax into the daring adventures of Dirk Pitt. I love this stuff keep it up. I recommend this book to anyone who can read, same as all of his other...
Published on 25 May 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Old wine in new bottle.
After reading all the Cussler's Dirk Pitt stories, this one makes the story predictable. Unlike the stories like cyclops, I was able to predict what happens next with out having to peep at the later pages. I am not sure if this is because I read all of Cussler's novels and am able to catch his rhythm. Dirk is being made more and more invincible, which makes it more of...
Published on 21 Nov. 1997


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2.0 out of 5 stars Old wine in new bottle., 21 Nov. 1997
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After reading all the Cussler's Dirk Pitt stories, this one makes the story predictable. Unlike the stories like cyclops, I was able to predict what happens next with out having to peep at the later pages. I am not sure if this is because I read all of Cussler's novels and am able to catch his rhythm. Dirk is being made more and more invincible, which makes it more of a fantasy tale than fiction. As usual, a new comer will like the novel, but for someone who has already read enough of Cussler's novel, this will be a big big disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, he has done it again !, 25 May 1999
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Clive Cussler is my favourite author, most of the time I find novels of this ilk hard to stomach because they are so unbelivable. However Clive Cussler allows you to suspend disbelif for a few hours each night and just relax into the daring adventures of Dirk Pitt. I love this stuff keep it up. I recommend this book to anyone who can read, same as all of his other novels, they are all excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book was great, it wouldn't let you put it down., 22 Oct. 1998
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The book Flood Tide, by Clive Cussler was a non- stop action mystery, with a never ending suspense. I could't put it down. The book was about a Chinese billionaire- Qin Shang- who was smuggling illegal immigrants into the country. He was doing well until the hero, Dirk Pitt, stepped into his operation. The book goes on like this, having Pitt and his partner Al Giordino incountering dilemmas, which Pitt and his partner, have to overcome. Of course, Pitt meets a girl during one of his adventures- Julia Lee who is part of the INS ( Immigration and Naturalization Service)- and almost instantly, they fall in love. I would hardly call this book trite, because it has new aspects to it. After Pitt stops Qin Shangs operation, he still has to look for the long lost liner, the Princess Dou Wan. He has to uncover the ship that was sunken in 1948, and retrieve the Peking Man. The Peking Man lived about 700,000, to 1,000,000 years ago, and is consitered priceless. I will not tell you the outcome, so you can find out for yourself. In the end Pitt and Julia live happily ever after, and plan a vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico. I would certinly recommend this book to anyone who likes action, or who can read. The only age limit I would say would be that you have to at least be 12 or 13 to read it. This is because it's long, and has a little profanity and graphic violence. Other than that, it would probably be a great book to anyone that reads it, and understands it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mid-range Cussler, 28 Nov. 1997
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While the formula is getting a little long in the tooth, Dirk is still good for a beach or plane read. This one isn't as good as Cussler's best (such as Titanic or the train one) but it's quite a bit better than some of the junk that he has turned out in recent years. As other reviewers here have noted, Dirk and Al are getting more and more invincible, while the world is still seemingly populated with an endless supply of evil shipping magnates with untold wealth and dreams of global domination.
There were only two things that particularly disturbed me about this one. First is something that I'm surprised no one else has mentioned here: a really rabid, politically-far-right screed on immigration policy that is unfortunate and out of place in a Dirk Pitt novel. I don't think any of us begrudge Cussler his beliefs (whatever they are), but when they spill out so sloppily (I mean, hey, this is much worse than Clancy, bordering on the lunatic fringe), it just interferes with the story. The other nit is that Cussler introduces a weird tunnel system under Washington DC that is both ludicrous and unnecessary. Not only is it inserted gratuitously in one chapter and have nothing whatsoever to do with the plot, but its existence is so stupid that you have to stop reading to say out loud "OK, I'm suspending disbelief here."
Anyway, if you're already a Pitt fan, you'll find this to be about what you'd expect. If you haven't tried it yet, you will probably enjoy it, but then make sure to go out and get some of the classics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not one of Cussler's best., 11 Nov. 1997
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In the jacket of Clive Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" novels it says that "Clive Cussler's life nearly parallels that of his hero, Dirk Pitt". This arrogance finally spills into Cussler's latest novel, "Flood Tide". Although the book is entertaining, Cussler makes Dirk Pitt too cute, too ingenious and basically, too perfect. At some points in the book I was rooting for the bad guys to finally outsmart Pitt. Cussler even makes a cameo appearance in his own book! "Flood TIde" has the same theme as all the other Pitt novels. As a matter of fact, when I began reading it, I thought that I picked up Cussler's previous Pitt novel because of the similarities. If the reader is NOT an avid Cussler fan, and has not read too many Pitt novels, this book will be fast, easy and entertaining reading. For us Pitt fans, it is disappointing.

Hey Clive, do us all a favor and bury Pitt and his puppy dog Giordino. Use your interests in history and blending the past into the present by creating a new, not-so-perfect character (unlike yourself, of course).

I guess I will have to go back to reading Grisham novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUSSLER WILL NEVER TOP THIS ONE!! HIS BEST EVER!! DELICIOUS!, 22 Mar. 1998
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This one is it!!!!! WOW!...this is the best one since 'cyclops'...actualllly this is a rare treat since you reallllly get 3 books in one....most authors would've gotten their money's worth and done that...strung out 3 books out of this one reallllly fine one....511 pages of vintage cussler writing and i could've read another 200 pages at least!!! cussler, please keep julia around....i think it's time for good old bachelor dirk to sorta settle down a bit...and julia is it!!!! i just hope that whenever another dirk pitt movie is made that you'll consider the mac guyver tv guy....he's the one i always picture whenever i read about dirk....i completely agree with all the previous "10" rating reviews....as to the 'other' ones ...did they all read this same book????? if so, why did they bother....obviously, they're newcomers not part of the dirk pitt fan club.....hurry up with the next one....this is definitely on the top of my list!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars still an entertaining read, 9 Jun. 1999
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as a reader of cussler since discovering "raise the titanic" back in 1977, i eagerly await the release of a new dirk pitt adventure. and this book will satisfy the many longtime fans of the series hungering for more tales from cussler. however, for me, the last few books while still quite good, have not quite been on a par with his best work, from vixen 03 to roughly treasure. maybe i'm familier enough with cussler and pitt to anticipate where he's going, but it seems i can figure out where the plot is going, or how dirk will get out of his next seemingly impossible situation. perhaps it's because the plot twists are becoming too familier- dirk faces certain doom, wiles his way out of it only to face even greater odds. perhaps i expect too much. still, spending several hours with a new dirk pitt book is a very enjoyable way to spend an evening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Our Human Timex strikes again!, 31 Oct. 1997
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Talk about takes a licking, but keeps on ticking! As always, Dirk Pitt to the rescue (was there ever a doubt?) At least now we know who Superman's real role model is! I found the book to be impossible to put down - 'course I feel that way about all of Clive Cussler's novels. He has the same ability as Zane Grey to paint a picture with words - he just does it a lot quicker. "Flood Tide" is not the most complicated plot Mr. Cussler has ever created, and I missed having Loren present, but the past was skillfully married with the future, as in all of his books, and the bad guys definitely got what they had coming to them, some more-so than others. The worst thing is, the story ended all to quickly, and now the agonizing wait for the next book to be published begins! [Personal note to Mr. Cussler - PLEASE WRITE FASTER!!!]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Clive Cussler! Another winner!, 10 Jan. 1998
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Dirk Pitt and NUMA are back with a vengeance! This latest outing sees Dirk and the gang combat a Chinese villian who is suitably Bondish, and much gadgetry which is very much feasible. An underground tunnel system in Washington? Hmm, you never know what they`ve got! Dirk always seems to be in the right place at the wrong time and voila! An adventure is born and this was one I didn`t want to put down. In fact it`s so action packed you want to be part of it! Great to see Clive(and one of his classic cars) making a cameo appearance again. If it`s sheer escapism, lunacy, action, suspense and a wicked sense of humour you want, then read this. As excellent as Sahara, Dragon, Night Probe and Cyclops. In fact, I can`t fault a single Cussler novel I`ve read so far at all!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst narration ever, 18 May 2009
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I've listened to and enjoyed most of Clive Cussler's books even it get's a bit tedious knowing that at the last moment when you thought it must be imposible Dirk Pitt pops up and saves the day. My problem with this audiobook (although it maybe the full length rather than abridged version) is that the narration was so bad that I had to stop listening about a quarter of the way through. Taking stereotyping to its ultimate the narrator has made Admiral Sandecker and most other characters sound seriously constipated. The chairman of the Oregon has changed from being dynamic californian ex-surfer dude, albeit with a hispanic name, into a whining Mexican peasant stereotype gripping his sombrero with white knuckles. AAArgh - read the book but don't by the audiobook.
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