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Publisher's Summary

Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yet.

In the final minutes 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

Critic Reviews

"This novel offers precisely what listeners 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)

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Thanks for updating the Cussler files on Audible!

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.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • USA
  • 06-29-05

Dirk Pitt Rides Again!

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Mount Vernon, WA, United States
  • 03-24-11

Great Dirk Pitt story, production quality suffers

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..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy, If You Are A Dirk Pitt/Cussler Fan

I started reading Clive Cussler years ago because my Dad recommended them as interesting history/action books without the graphic sex and violence than so many other writers of the genre stoop to.
While the dialogue can be a bit corny and sometimes the phrasing hackneyed, for the most part I find the stories entertaining and not offensive as I am not a fan of foul-language either.
Hopefully, Audible will begin to add some of the earlier books in the series as most of the Dirk Pitt novels refer to earlier adventures. Sahara, Atlantis Found and Valhalla Rising are essentials, in my opinion.
Scott Brick is enjoyable as narrator and manages to incorporate female characters without sounding distractingly ridiculous.

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Ok but a little tiresome

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.

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  • Kelly
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 07-02-10

so-so

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.

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Excellent story and love the very end

A very enjoyable story and a good Dirk Pitt novel. I always enjoy a good Clive Cussler story.

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long time fan of Cussler and Pitt

Sad to see Dirk move out of the everyday adventure but live that the adventures well continue.

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Great Book!

Last book Clive wrote himself in the Pitt series... and one of my all-time favorites

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great adventure

ive read most of the dirk pitt novels and this was my first audio book for the series. i loved every minute.