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Valhalla Rising: Dirk Pitt #16 (The Dirk Pitt Adventures) Paperback – 26 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140287973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140287974
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.

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Excellent writer of adventure stories. Bought this as my paperback copy was rather tatty from continuous re-reading and I can read it anytime on my iPad.
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By Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2016
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I always enjoy Clive Cussler books and, in particular, the Dirk Pitt series. The books are always a rollercoaster read with our all american hero managing to beat the odds again. I can recommend all of these books and this one is a good addition to the series at number 16! Many years ago, Raise the Titanic was my introduction to books by Clive Cussler and I couldn't put it down. Valhalla Rising is up there with the best of Cussler's yarns. A great read.
You need a good pinch of salt with all Clive Cussler's tales - but they're all great fun.
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Awful.....just bloody awful.
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By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 27 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Mr. Clive Cussler has entertained readers with Dirk Pitt throughout, what is now, a collection of eighteen novels. It is a remarkable run by any measure, and while some of the novels are better than others, they are all great fun. Mr. Cussler created a main character that not only he clearly would like to be, but an individual that all his male readers would like to claim a piece of for their own. I would imagine most of his readers are male, however he has also included remarkable female characters, that while often the target of cliché male observations, give as good as they get. And he carries on the tradition of the good guys winning, and often has the villains receive their comeuppance in a stylish manner at the hands of the hero. Judge, jury, and executioner may not be constitutional, but it is a great deal of fun.

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.
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Totally preposterous, utterly unbelievable, completely over the top and all the better for it!

Dirk saves 2000 people from a burning cruise ship! Dirk saves hundreds of people from a sinking submarine! Dirk even saves a plane load of 15 children - disabled children mind you - from being shot down by a WWI fighter, Dirk beats the bad guy and saves New York from a terrorist attack!

He even manages to squeeze in discovering the Nautilus and a long lost Viking settlement along the way - thats not even to mention the teleportation.

All the usual stuff is present and correct in a superbly ridiculous all American thriller.

So what if it's ridiculous? So what if most of it makes no sense? So what if its laughably unrealistic in places? So what if nobody talks like that? Its a perfect turn your brain off, edge of the seat thrill ride.

Nobody does it like Cussler and long may that continue.
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I think the author should ask himself why people read his novels. I read them for pure escapist pleasure. This book (and all his previous works) would easily merit 5 Stars on that criteria save for the fact that Mr Cussler has, for several books now, insisted on popping up in a cameo role himself, and it really jars. It's got to the point that you're waiting for him to appear to reveal that one piece of vital info to put our heroes on the right track. Spoils the books - stop it at once!
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Clive Cussler has done it again! He has released another brilliant Dirk Pitt novel, combining historical fact and fiction. This time it involves Vikings and submarines.
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!
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Format: Hardcover
One of the best Dirk and Al adventures I have every read and I have read them all. Plenty of action, twists and turns and a marvelous plot. One or two mistakes (no one can sit at the end of a round table) but these did not detract from a very good book. The plot was amazing and in parts I have to confess I was in tears. How does Clive Cussler do it every time. Looking forward to the next Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino adventure.
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