It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship?
NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him. Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever....
Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Valhalla Rising is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.
Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2002 Clive Cussler; (P)2002 Penguin
Always enjoy the antics of Dirk and his team! Valhalla Rising fell short of substance compared to other Dirk Pitt adventures I've read in the past. The ending? Not close to believable. I wouldn't rate it less than 4 stars based on this so-called surprise since it may lead to something pleasant in future novels, but really. I think this surprise may not lead anywhere except to disappointing. I can't wait to see how it develops.
This is my favorite Clive Cussler book, read them all... was so excited to finally listen.... to my utter chagrin was only 5 some odd hours... more like a news broadcast than a book!! Ugh!!
saw a few online forums for books like the Uncharted video game series.
I was really hesitant.
this is my first Pitt title, and Cussler at that.
this one isn't in a jungle, desert, mountains, or pirate island. .. but it's got a VERY Nathan Drake feel to it.
I have a feeling that the games were based more on Pitt than Indiana Jones.
Disappointing after reading the book. the abridged missed key areas
Reading was good short on content.
Disappointment because I was sharing the experience
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
I am hoping that the unabridged version of this is better.
Ron Mclarty is not the worst narrator i have heard but just because you have a deep voice doesn't mean you should be a narrator. Its not that his reading skills are lacking its just that his voice does not have the range to accommodate multiple characters. All of the characters sounded like agitated old men. Also the manner in which he pronounced Titanium was amusing to me ( Tie Tan E Um) but this could just be a accent.
I love all of Clive's books but it is hard for me to really get into this one. I doubt I will finish.
Oreagon, Numa files, Issac bell are all good series. but this book doesn't stand up to what I would expect from Clive Cussler. Perhaps a grandkid or nephew or someone wrote this and he slapped his name on it to humor them.
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