In the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known, 23-year-old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake. Both have inherited his love of the sea: the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist; the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer. And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetime.
There is a brown tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. The twins are working in a NUMA underwater enclosure, trying to determine its origin, when two startling things happen: Summer discovers an artifact, something strange and beautiful and ancient; and the worst storm in years boils up out of the sky, heading straight not only for them but also for a luxurious floating resort hotel square in its path.
The peril for everybody concerned is incalculable, and, desperately, Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA crew rush to the rescue, but what they find in the storm's wake makes the furies of nature pale in comparison. For there is an all-too-human evil at work in that part of the world, and the brown tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon, its work will be complete, and the world will be a very different place.
Though if Summer's discovery is to be believed, the world is already a very different place.
©2003 Sandecker, RLLLP; (P)2003 Putnam Berkley Audio
"This novel offers precisely what readers have come to expect from a Dirk Pitt adventure: danger, heroics, villains, heroes." (Booklist)
"The action never flags, the heroics never halt, and the bodies pile up as Pitt and Co. take on the villains; some big changes in Pitt's personal life close the book." (Publishers Weekly)
Cussler's books are predictably exciting. Like Louis L'amour, John Grisham and other authors, He has found a formula that works for him, and he sticks to it. As he has gotten older, his style has become more refined, and I like the more recent books over the early novels. If you are looking for an enjoyable listen to occupy your mind during "down" times, I suggest this (or any) or Clive's books.
I have read every Cussler book. I picked this up on a whim after reading Valhalla Rising. It's the first time I've listened to Cussler's work. Cussler is very formulaic: the bad guys, the good guys, the beauties, and then there's Dirk Pitt the ultra perfect superhero. Despite all that, this was my favorite. The writing is descriptive, but not overmuch. The story moves along.
I have gotten behind on my Dirk Pitt and am having fun catching up on these titles using Audible. This is your typical Dirk Pitt story, full of action, adventure, good guys winning and bad guys loosing. No spoiler there. Scott Brick is exellent as always, and after a couple of these titles I enjoy the continuity of him reading all of Cusslers work (at least all the ones I have listened to). I did find the production quality on this one a bit less than other titles. Several of the chapter breaks seem to be crammed together without the subtle pause one would expect - almost like the reader went from the end of one chapter to the beginning of the next in one breath. There are also changes in volume level in several cases which made several of the chapter transitions rather like hitting a speedbump too fast.
Other than some production issues, it's another great story by Cussler..
This book was ok but needed some of the details edited out. I found myself tuning out the reader many times or fast forwarding to some action. Definitely predictable as are all Clive Cussler books I've read.
we didn't finish listening. the action and mystery stuff is great, but it seems there is a lot of 'fluff' stuff just to fill up space. get to the action!! I got bored.
Let me say that the narrator did a fine job. The novel was horrible. I didn't want to finish it. where was the Clive Cussler of past novels? I remember action packed sequences when Pitt and used their intuitive wiles to outsmart the sinister evil play makers before the deed was done. phst. The novel droned on and on about instruments being used, red tape that had to be filed, inner workings of the ship's boiler and/or lifeboats. Nonsense. And there were chapter after chapter filled with this. Every once in a while, Pitt and would use their wiles and save the day. Story lost momentum. Add to that, the story of his newly found son and daughter. Blah. Not believable. Cussler is having a tough time finding a place for Dirk and Summer. oh yes. Named after Dirk and their mother, Summer. Sorry, they aren't a good fit. They are twins. So please. Why do you keep mentioning that unlike identical twins, Dirk has the eyes of his father, and Summer has the red hair of her mother. No, better yet, unlike identical twins, they are different sexes. They could never be identical twins. no matter what color their hair or eyes are. Then to end it all with a very unlikely, unwanted, where will you go with this scenario, Mr Cussler, Dirk makes a move that might end his adventures that we've grown to love. I think I'm going back to read the early novels of Dirk Pitt. If the rest of the newer novels are like Valhalla Rising and Trojan Odessey, I'll go back to the older writings.
i enjoyed the reading but i thought it was a little slow in the beginning. it picks up nicely a third of the way through. this isn't Clive's best book but it was enjoyable. Scott Pritchard did a great read of the material and gave life to it. Overall worth the listen.
another great adventure and the NUMA saves the world from evil. I love how the stories always brings an ancient mystery out for the listener to learn history too.
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