“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones,” praises the Associated Press. “Exotic locations, ruthless villains and many narrow escapes - Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.”
And now the Cusslers bring us Pitt’s most dangerous adventure of all.
It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead.
At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard...burned to a crisp.
What is going on? And what does it have to do with an Italian submarine that itself disappeared in 1943, lost at sea? Or was she?
It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team, aided by a beautiful NCIS agent and by Pitt’s children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth, from Washington to Mexico, Idaho to Panama. What they discover at the end of it is a much, much greater threat than even they imagined. If they don’t succeed in their mission, the world as they know it might end up a very different place - and not a pleasant one.
Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, Poseidon’s Arrow is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.
©2012 Clive Cussler (P)2012 Penguin Audio
It is hard to come up with any criticism for Clive Cussler. I have read every one of his books and wait with anticipation any and all upcoming books. I have found in the past, any author who puts out any large volume of books (ie Janet Evanovich, (RIP) Robert Parker etc) water their stories down just to publish something. Not so with Mr. Cussler. All series, be it Dirk Pit, the Oregon crew, Isaac Bell are fresh exciting and just plain fun to read (or should I say listen to). Possibly it is the collaboration of the several co-authors that keeps the adventures going with new ideas, I do not know, but whatever the recipie, it works.
Scott Brick has got to be the best narrator out there and the partnership between author and narrator really makes it a great listen.
I realize that this review is a bit broad, but what can I say, you buy a Clive Cussler book and you have a great adventure no matter what title it is. I have never been disappointed ever.
Better attention to realistic details.
I would compare it to a movie. MI3. Sceens so unrealistic it made it miserable to watch.
Scott is the best. It is always a great pleasure to listen to him.
Having been born, raised, and spending the majority of my life around and below the ocean it is easy to detect scenes that border unrealistic. Also having a first hand knowledge of transporting military cargo I can do the same. I understand this is a fictional read, but when such details are so blatantly overlooked time after time and the laws of physics ignored it insults the readers intelligence. Had this been the first Pitt novel I had read it would be my last. Way over the top of unrealistic. Such a disappointment after enjoying all the prior writings.
For my money the plot moves a bit too fast, it's very tightly written, they bounce around the world with little process or problems, un like real life. If you daydream even a moment the plot has moved on a huge amount. Not one of the best in my humble opinion.
I think I've read all of Clive Cussler's books and always enjoy them. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, and doesn't disappoint here. The publisher's description doesn't do the book justice. I was expecting a novel about a submarine and new or future technology. Instead, it is another Dirk Pit "Super Hero" action book.. That would be fine with me if that is what I was expecting. It is non stop action and what One would expect for a Dirk Pit story. It just is not what I expected from the description.
The continuing action of the story was a good draw to keep my interest. It was fun.
I have always liked Clive Clussler's writing. I would have to say that any book in the Derk Pitt series would be compareable.
Scott Brick's narration of the story was great. He would change inflections of his voice when representing different characters in the story. Even so far as using German and Spanish accents to the characters that he represented.
Kind of a sleeper on this book from Clive and Dirk. Seems to me the formula is being used a little too much these days. Some good parts, Scott did a good job on the naration, I just don't think this was as engaging as others. Based on my driving and park measurement, I didn't sit in my garage to finish a chapter or section on any of this. I actually zoned out on some of it. Sorry Clive!
Tell us about yourself!
Once again Cussler tells the further tales Dirk Pitt.
He weaves this adventure/tale and keeps the best for last.
I am a true fan of all of his books. I try to obtain them as soon as possible.
I hated to put it down after only four hours, I would have continued but I had to do something else, but returned to reading (listening) as soon as I could. Thanks to my portable book reader, this technology lets you listen almost every place you go. I am waiting for his further tales.
This is a very good listen. The reader and writer paint a very good picture of all the action and places that the book takes the reader to
The time when Pitt met his children at the bar in Panama after his escape
I like to listern to Scott Brick as a narrator. I search Audible for his books
I would highly recommed this book. Bravo Clive, good job
Yes, especially if already a Cussler fan
technical details and some of the chase scenes
sometimes seemed to drag with other detailed descriptions
provides personality to characters
good to split up. Can get tiring
I have loved Clive Cusslers work for years. I own every Dirk Pitt book and now audio lol. The series has its highs and lows but highs are clearly where this book should sit. I didnt find myself liking Summer and Dirk Jr at first (when they first appeared in Valhala Rising and Trojan Odyessy) but I am finding them more tollerable. If you want a great adventure read you cant go wrong with this Dirk Pitt book. My only complaint would be that Al is getting the backseat treatment instead of the partner he has been in the past. But its still a damn good Dirk Pitt adventure!!
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