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Poseidon's Arrow (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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Not anymore. For a long time, Cussler has listed others as co-authors, which at least is more honest than some of the authors who have become writing factories.
This time out, Cussler gives co-author credit to his son.
Of course, I don't know who wrote what in "Poseidon's Arrow", thus I don't know who to blame for this failure.
Cussler, pere, has always pushed the limits of getting the reader to embrace credulity and accept his often over-the-top storytelling. But with the co-authors involved, the magic simply isn't there. I gave up on his last book in less than 100 pages.
In "Poseidon's Arrow", Cussler begins as he often does with a bit of history, in this case a German submarine being attacked in the Indian Ocean in 1943. Then we abruptly transition to the development of a new class of American submarines. Things start getting shaky though when Cussler introduces an eccentric genius who . . . and that's where I will stop. There are people who may enjoy this book and I don't want to destroy it for them with spoilers.
Suffice it say, though, that Cussler's plotting on this one is thin to point of becoming ludicrous - which is precisely what happens on page 176. I won't tell you what happens, but it is so transparent, so outlandish and so stupid that it killed my interest in the book. On the one hand, the authors want you to accept their characters as being super-smart - and then have them take actions that are just plain stupid and unbelievable.Read more ›
Borrow it from the library if you must read it. That way you won't be out any money.
The year is 1943, and the location is the Indian Ocean. An Italian submarine has been reconfigured to carry cargo rather than being a war machine. When the "Barbarigo" goes down, you know its contents must have some implications in the present. That is the standard Clive Cussler formula, and he almost always does it really well.
I am always pulled in by the plot in Cussler's novels, and it's a treat to have Dirk Pitt back in the field again. If you've been with the series for a long time, you will encounter a lot of your old friends in "Poseidon's Arrow."
A hat tip to Roland Dahlquist for his endpaper and interior illustrations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cussler's ability to weave current technology into each novel always adds to the mystery. This one is an excellent example.Published 9 days ago by SafariGuy
Typical mind candy from Clive. I like the live-long character development over the years and through Cussler's books.Published 1 month ago by Jerome F. Harden
Always action, entertaining. Far fetched but fun. Great get away from it all. I'll read more from this author. I learned some things as well.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It starts out Good and ends Good, but the middle is merely Okay, as the story becomes to unbelievable: A scientist who works alone on a top secret project and doesn't keep any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wolf
Over the years I have received a lot of reading pleasure from novels written by Clive Cussler. I have always considered them sort of a cross between Indiana Jones, Doc Savage and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Blankenship
Not as good as others. I skipped some sections. Writers (assigned) creativity and effort on this specific book loosy, level of mystery insufficient to keep me reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald Monta