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Publisher's Summary

Clive Cussler, "The Grand Master of Adventure", sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous story from the most beloved series from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador.... A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit.... An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile.... Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father 3,000 years ago.

During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and will threaten everyone and everything he knows - most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. 

Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

©2018 Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The scene settings are colorful, the characters appealing or despicable as needed....One darned thing after another keeps the Pitts in peril and will keep readers turning the pages.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Cussler’s 25th Dirk Pitt novel has a little bit of everything that helped make the character, who the Associated Press once called the 'oceanic answer to Indiana Jones,' a household name to begin with - including lots of cutting-edge science and plenty of action.” (The Real Book Spy)

Celtic Empire is some of the best work between Clive and Dirk Cussler in years - proving that Dirk Pitt, one of the thriller genre’s premier heroes, has plenty more adventures left in him moving forward.” (Crime Reads)

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Very Disappointing- Celtic Boredom

I was hoping this story would be an expansion of the Fabulous Celtic Odyssey hinted in Polar Drift. Instead it was just a very forced formula book that was just OK. This one gets a “C”.

Scott Brick was his usual great reader of Cussler tales. But even he couldn’t save this one.

I waited for months hoping for a tale of Celtic Empire pre-history. Instead I got an average tale of modern greed and predictable pablum.

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Another Great Story

Never ones to disappoint their fans, the Cussler team have yet again delivered a thrilling tale of daring, historic intrigue and wonderful adventure. A superior read or listen. Phenomenal.

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Like a mission impossible movie but a book!

As always very happy and impressed with another one of Clive Cussler’s action packed adventure stories. I feel like I’m watching an ideal action movie, but in the form of a book! Very upbeat and entertaining and leaving me feeling excited and adventurous, the way all good stories should!

Thanks again for the great entertainment!

Taliesin De Launey

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another great Dirk Pitt novel.

I loved it. Dirk Pitt saves the world again. great read by Scott Brick. waiting for the next one

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Love Scott Brick

Thanks to Clive Cussler for keeping Brick the voice of his stories. I love them all!

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Grade B (or worse) script for a movie

I should have taken the critical reviews at face value but bought this book due to the ratings and the historical settings. Not quite a spoiler alert:
Attempts at conveying sophistication consisted of “he/she wore” and “we ate...” The authors were compelled to explain the motives behind the baddies behavior but did so in a paragraph. Despite being constantly surveilled, and almost as frequently attacked, they rarely have weapons for defense. Despite their awareness that the baddies are after them they seek professional help without warning these people that this has put them at risk (at least not until the last character or two and then it’s an after the fact apology). The earlier helpful souls generally end up dead. Lots of car, boat, etc chases to the point of tedium...you get the idea...

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Celtic Empire

Great 👍 this story had many twist. So much action and remarkably unexpected surreal ending.

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Not this one...

As a long time Cussler fan,I expected more great adventure writing with Celtic Empire, but it was not to be. Seemed very different from others. The story was convoluted and often dragged. The “almost died “ moments were almost laughable this time. Finally, the narrator kept mixing up his accents which was super distracting

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WAY too far fetched

After a couple of chapters, I decided to keep listening to see if it could get any better instead of returning the audiobook. One of the main characters is named "Dirk". What a coincidence. The protagonists are chased all over the globe by would-be assassins, yet they never seem to catch on that they might be followed or take precautions. Nor do they alert the proper authorities about the possible worldwide catastrophy at play. An unbelievable amount of gunplay and the destruction of cars and boats throughout the tale topped off by an artificial intelligence entity that is the most renowned historian in the world as it turns out, an expert in reading Egyptian hieroglyphics. This one reads almost like a comedy and should have been played that way. There is a term called "suspension of disbelief" in the writing of action-packed fiction or movies. This drivel never came close to achieving that goal.

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running out of stories to tell time to start a new

weak in every way
maybe think about a different theme
Dirk and family need to retire

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