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Publisher's Summary

A Sunday Times best seller

The thrilling first Dirk Pitt classic from multi-million-copy king of the adventure novel, Clive Cussler.

Fully armed and with all hands onboard, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck.

'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain....'

A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains. And the captain's final scrawled, fear-crazed note locates the Starbuck's grave hundreds of miles from her last known position! The search for the Starbuck plunges Dirk Pitt into his most shattering assignment to date - a whirlpool of deep-sea mystery and terror - the Pacific Vortex!

©2017 Clive Cussler (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Cussler is hard to beat." ( Daily Mail)
"Clive Cussler is the guy I read." (Tom Clancy)
"The Adventure King." ( Daily Express)

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  • Hector
  • 02-23-18

Disappointing

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I remember reading these early adventures of Dirk Pitt when I was in my late teens/early twenties and was really looking forward to listening to them as audiobooks. I was so surprised at how sexist and weak the storylines were. Scott Brick is great as always, but I will be returning these early stories for something better.

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  • CrisH
  • 02-22-18

Underwater excitement

Dirk Pitt is a sort of James Bond with an aqualung.
It’s a few years since I’ve read a Clive Cussler novel but in the past I’ve always enjoyed the swashbuckling antics of the lead characters and the storylines revolving around some sunken wreck and various gangs of villains.
This one is along the same lines, fairly formulaic in style but suspenseful and exciting for all that.
In places though I found it uneasy reading. In light of current news accounts of males in positions of power acting inappropriately, the lead character is written displaying many characteristics and actions towards women that are frowned on today.
But that aside it was well read and kept the interest going to the end.
Clive Cussler still writes a good yarn.

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  • Mr
  • 11-25-17

very very very weak story

having been a fan of the series of books I was very disappointed with this one. glad the author developed as the years went by.