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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 (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,221 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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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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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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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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Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt® (not pronounced like the bread product, to the best of my knowledge) is only one of several personality simulacra which festoon this book, which in turn can only truly be described as a mass dumping of toxic waste at sea. Cussler, you see, really likes treasure and ship wrecks and all who sail on them - so if you buy yourself a copy of Valhalla Rising, you should prepare yourself to encounter multiple cut-and-paste versions of the following "characters":

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.
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Everyone with a brain knows that the Vikings and others made it to what became The USA and this is a tale of a mystery that involves our heroes in a tale to rival any of the Great Clive Cussler novels.
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This is, without exception, the worst book that I have ever read. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago on holiday as the weather was poor and there was no other Engish language literature in the house. If I had had so much as a shampoo bottle to read I would cheerfully have buried it in the garden after the first 50 or so pages. Its one redeeming feature is that parts of the book were, unconciously, laugh out loud funny. Mr Cusslers extreme attention to detail when it comes to letting you understand his own tastes in minute detail, in areas from interior design to womens clothing of the seventies, were a particular highlight. I suspect the author also writes his own blurb inside the cover as it comments on the similarities between Mr Cussler and his hero Dirk Pitt. I must also comment on the extreme narcissism of appearing as a character in your own book, complete with private yacht and enigmatic twinkle in the eye. It beggars belief that these books are as popular as they are, I must suggest to anyone contemplating reading this that if they are looking for a "boys own" type adventure novel, which this is undoubtably desperate to be, that is easy to read and difficult to put down then they should try some John Buchan or Capt. W.E. Johns. This book takes the cake for sheer, unadulterated, ego driven, dross.
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