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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt Novels) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 485 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150807
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,782,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hurricane Cussler at his most tumultuous." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Havana Storm; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently The Pharaoh's Secret; the Oregon Files, such as The Emperor's Revenge; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the recent Fargo Adventures which lastly included The Solomon Curse. He lives in Arizona. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Trojan Odyssey is the latest in the long line of Dirk Pitt adventures. Following on from the shock revelation at the end of Valhalla Rising, Pitt and Giordino battle against a bizarre cult intent on causing worldwide mayhem and destruction - with a little help from "an unexpected source."
Cussler’s latest is in the usual format: a historical premise, a gripping introduction, the long battle against a mystery foe, but has an ending with more than one twist.
Throughout the years, the Pitt world has evolved from the simple style of the first two novels, Pacific Vortex! and The Mediterranean Caper/Mayday!, to the intricate, weaving style of later novels such as Flood Tide and Atlantis Found. Complete with a cast of evil villains, close allies and even Cussler himself, the books never fail to grip you and pull you into another world. But reading Trojan Odyssey, it seems like it’s come full circle. I won’t go into too much detail, but the ending is probably the least expected of any of the novels. Well worth reading , but if you’ve never read Cussler before, I recommend starting at the beginning and working through the series.
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By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a great admirer of Clive Cussler's world - This time round it's the Fall of the ancient city of Troy told in Cussler's page-turning style.It's all here as usual..vicious villains,an enduring historical mystery,a world scale ecological plot,last minute rescues,plot twists and full of action,disaster and mystery.I enjoyed it immensely but I felt Cussler's written better!Having read Clive Cussler from "Atlantis Found" and then going through his back catalogue; "Trojan Odyssey" sit's nicely with any other Dirk Pitt adventure.
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I have every Dirk Pitt book written by Clive having bought my first one in the early 80's. Some of the early softback covers still have shoe polish embedded on them from when I took them on army exercises in the UK and Europe. The theme of his books have appealed to me as I didn't want to have to think too much when reading just switch off, relax and enjoy the adventures that Clive had concocted, he was certainly one of the best in the world for doing that.
The last couple of books however have begun to dwell on Dirk's age starting to catch up with him. I want Dirk to be like Bond, never to age, always to be capable of dealing with any foes.
In Trojan Odyssey, Dirks' two kids appear in major roles having been introduced in the last book. They don't really do anything other than have to be rescued, Clive would be better doing to them what Scooby Doo and the gang did to Scrappy Doo i.e. get rid of the deadwood. Al Giordino hardly figures and Dirk seems to be getting ready to pick up his pension. There are a number of characters who, once introduced, seem to drift off with no further reference to them, something Clive would never have done in the past. He would have cleverly brought them back in when you were least expecting them.
At the end, Clive has Dirk do something that I thought he never would have (I'll not mention it, but fans will know what I am talking about) which seems to imply to me that Clive must be thinking of having no more Dirk adventures.
All in all, I was very disappointed with this novel. I read through the complete set of Dirk Pitt books about every two years and love to enter the world that Clive created for Dirk but after this book I was feeling let down. I certainly wouldn't recommend this book as a first one for someone not familiar with Dirk Pitt and would even go as far as to recommend to fans not to read it as it will disappoint.
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One very important point to remember when reading Clive Cussler books, they are meant to be purely entertaining. Any rescue or feat of survival that appears possible in the real world is merely accidental, the escapes from certain death are to be expected and accepted.
Dirk's back, but there has been a major change to his life. He has discovered that he is the father of a pair of fraternal twins who are now 23 years old and he has had to make a complete readjustment of his life's priorities. His children, named Summer and Dirk, are every bit as intrepid as their father and have both been given jobs working with him at the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). The whole Pitt family are all involved in the start of adventure, with Dirk and Summer trying to work out the origin of a massive slick of brown crud that is killing the sea-life in the Caribbean. Like so many other Dirk Pitt adventures it appears that a mysterious multi-billionaire megalomaniac is behind the environmental disaster in the making, with even grander and earth shattering plans in store. Again, like other Dirk Pitt stories, the evil mastermind is willing to use deadly force to keep his nefarious activities a secret. It's up to Dirk and his sidekick Al Giordino to save the day – and the world.
Unfortunately, this Dirk Pitt thriller isn't the fast-paced thrill ride of earlier books. You get the distinct impression that Dirk Pitt is getting tired and is preparing to call it a day. The usual snap is missing and the heights of excitement just aren't reached, probably reflective of Dirk's malaise. Sure, the corny dialogue, improbable escapes and unbelievable rescues are there, but the edge feels as though it's missing. Could it be that the young Pitts will soon be taking over from their old man?
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