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Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Audio CD – CD, March 19, 2019
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“The scene settings are colorful, the characters appealing or despicable as needed....One darned thing after another keeps the Pitts in peril and will keep readers turning the pages.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Cussler’s 25th Dirk Pitt novel has a little bit of everything that helped make the character, who the Associated Press once called the 'oceanic answer to Indiana Jones,' a household name to begin with—including lots of cutting-edge science and plenty of action.”—The Real Book Spy
“Celtic Empire is some of the best work between Clive and Dirk Cussler in years—proving that Dirk Pitt, one of the thriller genre’s premier heroes, has plenty more adventures left in him moving forward.”—Crime Reads
About the Author
Dirk Cussler, an MBA from Berkeley, worked for many years in the financial arena and now devotes himself full-time to writing. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of Black Wind and Treasure of Khan. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and served as president of the NUMA advisory board of trustees.
Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer Prize winners in every conceivable category, over 800 titles since his debut in 1999. A Grammy nominee, Scott has won over fifty Earphones Awards, five Audie Awards, and has twice been named Publishers Weekly’s Narrator of the Year. After AudioFile Magazine proclaimed him a Golden Voice, his work was thereafter profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2015, Scott began teaching the nation’s first fully-accredited university course devoted solely to audiobook narration at UCLA.
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This story was more like the old Dirk and Al Giordino of the first generation writing that was such great fun to read. In fact, you'll even find some embedded adopted devices out of some of those stories...and that's okay. They are edge-of-seat reading even though you know our heroes will save the world as well as themselves.
The biggest challenge when reading Cussler stories is getting to a breathing point after a crisis where you can put the book down and go to bed, fully knowing as soon as you go back to reading you're going to be in another 50 pages of nail-bitiing drama. What's not to love?
Some evildoer connects with the past story element and it takes the Pitts and their friends to save the day. You get 2 usually connecting storylines, Dirk Sr. and Dirk Jr. and his sister, lots of sometimes hardly plausible action before they unite to save the day. Younger or Senior usually manage to meet Clive Cussler in a cameo appearance …he's in this book too. The car on the back covers of these books is in the story too, as almost always.
It's not Tom Clancy at his best (he's been dead for 6 years now and still writing books) but Clive and Dirk make one of the better writing teams (maybe the best of the "Cussler" teams.
Well worth owning and the writing is better than most of what you read.
While on assignment in Central America, a major dam explodes, flooding much of the countryside. Dirk and Al soon discover that the water around the dam is full of disease-causing material.
Meanwhile in Egypt, Dirk Jr. and his sister Summer are at work on an archaeological dig. Unfortunately for them, there are bad people who happen to be interested in what they're excavating. During the course of the story, these two stories will converge in Ireland, where the Pitts will meet up with Evanna McKee, owner of BioRem Global Limited, whose company is polluting the waters with a deadly pathogen. Will the Pitts survive?
I'm a big fan of the Dirk Pitt series, and "Celtic Empire" is loaded with action, adventure, and interesting characters. As always, the story takes place on multiple continents, and Pitt and Giordino must outsmart their adversaries before it's too late. Highly recommended.
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There are to main story threads, Dirk, Loren and Al and Dirk and Summer both of which join up towards the end of the book. A very interesting take on an ancient plague that kills of the male gene.
Totally recommend and unfortunately looks like its going to be another 2 years until the next Dirk novel oh well plenty more in the offing from Mr Cussler to keep me occupied.
The only Cusler series worth reading in my opinion. The other series he writes have characters too similar. They are carbon copies of the original Dirk Pitt and co characters.
There is nothing like 5he original if anything. Stick to the best
The amount of information you can pick up from them is amazing from a historical and scientific point of view.
Best of all is that they are always a great read.
I think this is one of his best books and really enjoyed reading it