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Poseidon's Arrow (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Hardcover – November 6, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 1,280 customer reviews
Book 22 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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Compared to his newer series, such as the Isaac Bell and Fargo thrillers, the Dirk Pitt novels feel a little old-fashioned. The Mediterranean Caper, the first in the series, was published 40 years ago, and apart from the regular addition of new technologies and other contemporary trappings, the Pitt novels really haven’t veered too far from the formula established in the beginning. Pitt, a marine engineer and globe-trotting adventurer, risks life and limb to defeat a clever and resourceful villain. The story here involves a new American submarine. It will be faster, quieter, and more powerful than anything else under the seas, but its designer has been killed, and his plans and scale model have vanished. Nobody else knows how to finish building the sub, and now, with the plans stolen, an unknown party has the ability to build his or her own. Wildly implausible, yes, but a solid enough jumping-off point for more of the usual adventure and fisticuffs. Dirk Pitt is no longer the gold standard of Cussler’s many series—that’s now Isaac Bell—but Pitt still has enough gumption to keep us reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Formula fiction sells, if the formula has a track record, and Cussler (and his coauthors) certainly have that. Aggressive marketing, of course, will help. --David Pitt

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The Adventure King Sunday Express Cussler is hard to beat Daily Mail Nobody does it better than Clive Cussler, nobody -- Stephen Coonts --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 22)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399162923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162923
  • ASIN: 0399162925
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Time was that a new Dirk Pitt adventure meant several hours happily spent. Cussler had (past tense deliberate) great talent as a storyteller. He weaved fact and fancy into a spellbinding concoction of thrills, chills and, ultimately, a resounding victory over the bad guys.

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.
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Pitt-ism's tossed in, predictable, outlandish. When I started with Dirk Pitt 25 years ago while traveling heavily, these were great entertaining reads. And the originals still are (been recently re-reading most of the series). All of the other "Cussler" novels (Fargos, Kurt, Isaac Bell, Oregon) that appear to be mainly written by others I also have found to be quite entertaining. But not the recent Pitt novels co-authored by Dirk Cussler. Clive, please authorize a different good writer to revive Pitt and Al to their former selves, with decent continuity to their younger lives. Bring them back. I've stopped buying most of the recent books, and donated the couple I wasted my money on (only one was reasonably good). I'd like to add more Dirk Pitt to my shelves.
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Having read every single book that Mr. Cussler has written, I was extremely disappointed with this one. The female FBI agent, Ann, was more like a damsel in distress. Who ever heard of an FBI agent that NEVER carried a weapon? She had no sense of anticipation, no fighting skills and needed more rescuing than a helpless nun. And Dirk and Al also seemed to be oblivious of their surroundings and were seemingly captured more than ever before. If they are simply slipping because of their advanced years, the author should write that into the book so that we would know it. Either this is an aberration or old Clive and his offspring have lost their touch.
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We are, apparently, supposed to believe that high-level defense engineers don't back up their data - only one set of plans exist, and on paper! We are asked to believe that US defense agencies aren't capable of providing even half-way decent security for their projects. And top secret weapons testing is done in foreign territory. The list goes on. The first half of the book is almost unreadable as a result of these silly premises. The second half of the book is better, and more in keeping with what we expect from a Cussler book. Still, I almost gave up on the book several times while wading through the first half of it.
Borrow it from the library if you must read it. That way you won't be out any money.
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The Cusslers' last outing was in November of 2010 when "Crimson Dawn" was released. I think the quality of the writing in "Poseidon's Arrow" is much better than that and certainly head and shoulders above "The Tombs" from just a few months ago.

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.
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I am a huge fan of the Clive Cussler books and especially Dirk Pitt Series books! I wish Clive would stop writing with Dirk Cussler!!! This book was a huge disappointment! The plot was lacking! I love the plot, action sequences (even though they can be far fetched at times) and the layers in the character development...... this book contained NONE OF THESE THINGS!!! Don't waste your money!! I hope Clive goes back to writing by himself or finds another co-writer and FAST!!!
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