Valhalla Rising: Dirk Pitt #16 (The Dirk Pitt Adventures) Paperback – 26 Sep 2002
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Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler's aging but still potent superhero, returns in Valhalla Rising, the 16th adventure in this popular series about the director of special projects for the National Underwater Maritime Administration (NUMA). Pitt's NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world's newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the ship to her watery grave; while Pitt is unable to save Dr Egan, he rescues his beautiful daughter Kelly from the sea, and later from a murder attempt aboard the rescue vessel.
Pitt and his trusty pal Al Giordino track the sinking to the boardroom door of a multinational conglomerate called Cerberus, whose evil CEO has designs on the world's oil supply. He'll do anything to keep Egan's advanced engines and secret formula for frictionless oil off the market--even sabotage another vessel, this time a luxury passenger submarine. By the time our heroes have foiled the mastermind's nefarious plots, they've also uncovered the existence of a working submarine nearly a century before one actually existed--irrefutable proof of a Viking landing on the Hudson River--and the remains of the British sailor who inspired Jules Verne's Captain Nemo. A solid page-turner that even features a cameo appearance by the author himself, Valhalla Rising snaps, crackles, and pops with Cussler's usual brio. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In the latest adventure of NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt a luxury liner suddenly catches fire and sinks on her maiden voyage. Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and find out the cause of the disaster - but he has no idea of the bizarre chain of events about to engulf him.See all Product Description
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Prior to starting, "Valhalla Rising", it would not hurt to refresh your memory with many of the major themes of past books. It is not imperative, but several references are made and it adds to the enjoyment if the details are fresh in the reader's mind. This should not put off anyone from making this his or her first Dirk Pitt adventure, quite the contrary. While everyone would rank his or her favorites differently, I think this latest work from Mr. Cussler would make anyone's short list. For those aware of the real life exploits of Mr. Cussler and his work of salvaging ships, he brings some of this into his novel, which added a dimension I greatly enjoyed. If you have read Jules Verne, it again will add to this book's reading experience.
When I first read the jacket I was inwardly groaning when I read the word "monsters". I had trouble imagining how that word would play out in the book.Read more ›
Cussler's stories all have some essential ingredients that make them successful - beautiful women, historically significant missions, evil villains, one of Cussler's collection of classic cars, and a cracking story with great action and witty conversations between the characters.
Valhalla Rising fits all of the above criterea perfectly, and, apart from Raise the Titanic and Sahara, it is his best Dirk Pitt adventure yet. Make sure you pay attention to the prologue, as it plays a vital part in the adventure, and watch out for the nice twist at the end.
Cussler is the master of adventure, and his books are getting better with time!
Thirty or forty ship's captains, all with with grey beards, clear blue eyes, ruddy cheeks, peg-legs and parrots (well, three out of five's not bad).
A host of the most ridiculously named characters, about one of which our hero has the gall to say "Sounds phoney" - this coming from someone whose name reads like it was lifted from a medieval Scottish autopsy report.
Twelve or so females, all representative of the "hot" sub-group, none representative of the "suffragette" sub-group, all of whom - regardless of whether they are divers, oceanographic specialists, administrators, pilots, computer-generated AI interfaces (yes, really) or MEMBERS OF CONGRESS - like nothing more than to cook and clean up after their men.Read more ›
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This was another great book with some interesting twists and turns. I really enjoy reading this style of novel and although another Dirk Pitt adventure they are still fun and... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Michael Hinton
Another classic from Clive, if you like his other offerings this one is for you. Good extra bits to add to Dirks characterPublished 2 months ago by Mr. Thomas Hankinson
Another good read thoroughly enjoyed this book what I've come to expect from Clive Cussler a gripping yarnPublished 3 months ago by Stanford Burton