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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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  • Ahsineknagrom
  • 09-16-18

Entertaining, but predictable

As always this was another top notch story from Clive Cussler. A very entertaining listen, with a bit of a predictable ending.

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  • Mike T.
  • 08-05-18

Exciting but flawed.

Starts out with a sense of GREAT mystery. Who, why, how. Wow I thought, this is great. And it was.

Then it changed into a Jules Verneian / James Bond type story, complete with a "dated" view of the female characters and suspension of disbelief stretching action. The female - lets say melodrama was just baad! The action however was competent and the who, why, how mystery questions begged to be answered, so I kept listening.

Clive Cussler's almost apologetic foreword makes me believe that the series will improve. ;-)

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  • Dafydd Jones
  • 06-18-18

Excellent work

For a first book outstanding and well narrated. Clean and breathtaking story.
Cannot wait to start my next Clive cussler.

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  • Hansen
  • 05-11-18

Awesome

Enjoyed this from start to finish. Scott Brick helped a lot. I will recommend this to any new listener to this series

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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.

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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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