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.
I drive allot and books help pass the long miles
first part of the book was a bit to much detail it got way better later in the book.
I appreciate the author's effort to present a history lesson, then use a minority report theory to re-write the history into something delightfully fictitious. This book uses Homer's Iliad & Odyssey as the basis for a re-telling using Celts & the Caribbean as the characters & setting. You know what to expect from the characters, and as with any old friend, you look forward to hearing what they've been up to, and only smile when they crack the corny jokes that they always do. Entertainment, pure and simple.
That it is a great adventure novel with a minimum of graphic violence or sex. My elementary school kids listen in the car with me occasionally, and I don't have to worry often about how to censor what they're hearing.
Part of the story takes place in Nicaragua, and I would've appreciated the narrator researching the local pronounciations better: Ometepe Island should be 4 syllables, not 3 (o-may-TEP-pay, not o-may-TEP).
This was worth the time to listen.
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