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Dragon (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Written in 1990 "Dragon" may seem a bit dated. It was written at the height of America's fear of being economically dominated by Japan. It in no way detracts from the story whatsoever.
Cussler has a wonderful ability to weave together historical and contemporary elements into one grand tale. In the case of "Dragon", how can a World War II bomber sitting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean hold the key to saving the free world from a fabulously wealthy Japanese industrialist determined to establish Japan as the world's preeminent superpower? That is the riddle to be solved by Dirk Pitt and company if they are to save the day.
"Dragon" is full of samurai assassins, killer robots, nuclear brinkmanship, gadgets and heroic acts of daring-do. It is an immensely fun page-turner that I highly recommend
So, we reach Dragon and it's quite the ride. The first hundred pages or so has aerial fights, lost atomic bombs, a nuclear explosion, an undersea base, and two undersea rescues. Far fetched? Unbelivable? Of course, it is. It's also the most fun you'll have "watching" some of the best action since Indiana Jones in Raiders. The whole book moves along at a near breathless pace and it's hard to find a dull moment. Some reviewers have said there are a bit too many anti-Japanese remarks and I have to agree but, in Cussler's defense I think this was suppose to focus on the ultra-fundalmentalist villian and his underworld connections more than Japanese society at large.
Regardless of this debate, the book is a swift, fun, action packed read that will have you ready to move on to the next Dirk Pitt adventure , Sahara. Kick back and enjoy.
However, while I realize that I'm speaking with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight about a book that was written 23 years ago, speaking as someone who majored in International Relations in college and specialized in East Asia, the author's Japan-bashing and "yellow peril" fear-mongering seem way overblown (I'm ADAMANTLY opposed to political correctness and race-baiting, but nonetheless I thought the multiple uses of the perjorative word "J*ps" was completely unnecessary for a book written in 1990 as opposed to 1945). Granted, back in 1990, Japan's economy looked like it was going to swallow up the hapless American economy....and then, lo and behold, Japan's "bubble economy" collapsed in 1992 and that seemingly invincible Asian economic giant went into recession....and has barely managed more than meager economic growth since then (the '94 Kobe earthquake and the 2011 Fukushima reactor disaster haven't helped either).
And while I can understad the emotional appeal of such a proposed measure, Cussler's advocacy (vicariously through his supporting characters) of a protectionist trade war against Japan is highly irresponsible and shows a lack of perspective on the # of U.S. jobs that benefit from our trade relations with Japan. C'mon, Clive, you should know better than that!
Still a fun, fast-paced read, though!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is great. I think anybody who reads Dirk Pitt novels should read this one tooPublished 2 months ago by albert padilla
Very well written. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and wanting more. He gets better with each book.Published 3 months ago by Raymond Gabriel
Great novel in this series. It's a Cussler adventure novel and a fun read.Published 3 months ago by wolf
Cussler is one of our best action writers, and "Dragon" is another of his best.Published 5 months ago by Steve Bradshaw