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Book 4 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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Ingeniously crafted...a ripping good story. --Minneapolis Tribune

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The President's secret task force develops the ultimate defensive weapon. At its core: byzanium, a radioactive element so rare sufficient quantities have never been found. But a frozen American corpse on a desolate Soviet mountainside, a bizarre mining accident in Colorado, and a madman's dying message lead DlRK PITT~ to a secret cache of byzanium. Now he begins his most thrilling, daunting mission -- to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century!

In a daring gamble, DIRK PITT locates the Titanic -- and suddenly his crew is in deadly jeopardy. Sabotaged by Russian spies and savage storms, Pitt must stop a diabolical plan for Soviet world supremacy -- or see the mighty Titanic blasted out of existence! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; English Language edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425194523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425194522
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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My introduction to Clive Cussler was through the film, "Sahara." I really enjoyed that film and being a lover of the works of another adventure writer, Steve Alten, I decided to give Cussler's books a try. A friend of mine loaned me this book as well as two others written by Cussler.

I really enjoyed "Raise the Titanic!" It's got plenty of adventure, espionage, sabotage, and even a little romance in it. Cussler goes into great, but not too boring, detail of how his hero, Dirk Pitt, and the gang from NUMA manage to lift the Titanic from its watery grave in order to solve a mystery dating back to 1912, when the Titanic made its fateful voyage. The U.S. Government is interested in a mineral, byzanium, that may be aboard the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. They hope to find the byzanium and use it to complete a nuclear defense weapon's construction under the codename, Sicilian Project.

Of course, adventure just wouldn't be adventure without bad guys. For this particular book, Cussler uses the tried and true U.S.S.R. as the enemy. Primary bad guy, Prevlov, is the perfect foil to the slick, almost carefree, Dirk Pitt.

Overall, this book carries itself quite well from beginning to end. The only place that Cussler stumbles is with the sweet talk. The "romance" that occurs between Pitt and the heroine of this book, Dana Seagram, comes across as forced, awkward, and entirely pointless to the story. To be honest, had Cussler completely left the sex out of this book, it would probably be five-star worthy. Unfortunately, Cussler writes sex scenes and romantic interludes like a fourteen-year-old--all climax, no build-up.

Don't let this one hang-up of mine keep you from reading this book.
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Cussler's prescience with this - proposing that the Titanic could not only be located but raised off the North Atlantic's bottom - led to the wreck's discovery and the making of the 1990s blockbuster film. It was only natural that Cussler should use it as the basis for one of his Dirk Pitt novels.

In it, the U.S. government becomes interested in the wreck when it's determined that the world's only stockpile of a rare radioactive element - one suddenly critical to an proposed missile defense program - may have gone down with it. The plot takes us back nearly a century in time to a mysterious Colorado mining disaster, to the snowy wastes of Arctic Russia, to a harrowing chase across England and to the night in 1912, etched into popular legend, that the grand ship sunk on its maiden voyage. Pitt plays less of a role in this one than in most of his books, but emerges in the second half of the book to not only raise the wreck but to save it, with his usual ingenuity, from a hurricane and a dastardly Soviet plot. I can't say whether Cussler's method of raising the ship is actually plausible; it's safe to say that in most of his books he stretches the limits of existing science and technology. According to this book, metal corrodes less than expected or little at all at the deep bottom of the ocean, corrosion apparently being retarded by the cold, the scarcity of deep ocean life and of oxygen. I'd love to know if that's actually true, but then again, the well preserved state of the Titanic wreck suggests it might be.

Cussler's writing, particularly about men and women, is highly dated now - 70s-style talk of "libbers" - and probably sounded 15 years behind the times in the late 1980s when this was published.
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For me, 'Cyclops' is STILL my all-around favorite Pitt novel...but for sheer plotting style, and a storyline that unfolds with pure amazing foresight, 'Raise The Titanic' is hands down Cussler's best work. It also happens to be the ONLY Pitt book where Dirk is NOT the main character. Gene Seagram and his wife seem to be. At first it irritated me silly, but the more I read, the more I appreciated it. I also have a comment for the reviewer who remarked that Cussler insulted his 'common sense' at how irresponsibly written his accounts of the Titanic's raising actually was...well Clive would write things differently IF he wrote the novel today...but since the technology written about in the book in the late 70's did not exist THEN let alone NOW, Clive did a superb job of 'creating' the technology from scratch, and pulled it off making it sound 'real' to THIS reader. Might I remind him that Clive actually guessed the actual location of the final resting place of the Titanic to a very close degree? My fondest wish would be for Clive to write a semi-sequel to 'Raise The Titanic' and have the ship re-fitted out and sent on a 2nd 'maiden voyage' filled with intrigue and world consequences. In short, this is the BEST PLOTTED of the Dirk Pitt novels, and deserves its place alongside the best adventure stories of the past 50 years or more. Captivating...Entertaining...Fun...Exciting... Thrilling...Amazing...an all-around fantastic hum-dinger of a tale told with style. Long live Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt.
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