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Dragon (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006

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Book 10 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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In this Japan-bashing adventure, Cussler's ninth book to feature Dirk Pitt, Japanese nationalists plant nuclear devices in international cities as they plot to create a new empire through blackmail. "A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast-paced action and derring-do that Robert Ludlum and other practitioners of modern pulp fiction might well envy . . . perfect beach reading," said PW .
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Japanese businessmen have created a diabolical plot to control world economy, and all is going well until a radiation leak occurs on board the auto carrier Divine Star . Dirk Pitt is almost killed in the tremors from the explosion aboard the carrier, and the plot weaves suspensefully as he begins to solve the puzzles around him. Nuclear holocaust, secret underwater stations, Japanese art discovered in an old Nazi underground vault, and the kidnapping of two U. S. Congressmen carry readers through an exciting story of power and insatiable greed. Humor pervades the story; Cussler places himself in one scene, suggests in another that the yen become the currency of the United States, and dresses Pitt's Uncle Percy in a lavender sport coat and lizard-skin boots. An attention-holding novel set in 1993. --Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, VA
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416537805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537809
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Glenn Steinhilber on March 21, 2005
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I have been an avid reader for years now but never saw fit to read anything by Clive Cussler. One day I gave in and picked up a copy of his book "Dragon". I am glad I did and I can now tell you why Cussler has sold so many books over the years. Quite frankly he tells a good story. Then there is always his alter ego the swashbuckling hero Dirk Pitt, think a combination of James Bond and Indiana Jones. The two combine to produce a tremendously fun piece of escapist fiction.

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
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I've read this series in order from the start and I have to say the first several books were pretty lacking and very dated but, I kept going and I'm glad I did. Starting with Night Probe (sixth in the series), the stories, writing, and characters, just get better and better. Cussler's writing was always more plain fun rather than classic literature but, his style has simply improved with each book.
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.
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Can ANYONE tell me who can write more action into 500 pages than Clive Cussler?? ANYONE?? As one of Pitt's finest adventures begins (as usual) we are transported to an un-recorded flight of a 3rd atomic bomb to be dropped on Japan at the end of WWII. It never arrived...the powers-that-be sweep it under the table and we then leap-frog ahead to a sudden nuclear explosion in the Pacific. The explosin is totally UN-RELATED to the atomic bomb which never arrived in WWII...where did it come from and why? This is the little problem we encounter with 'Dragon' possibly one of Pitt's most entertaining adventures. From an undergound Nazi cache of stolen art, to robotic dogs to a fanatical modern day Ninja who collects human heads this novel travels from one spot on the globe to another as quickly as you can turn the pages. We even are treated to a spectacular nuclear explosion IN the United States...how it comes about is half the fun, and how Dirk & Company take us to the final moments is a roller-coaster worth riding. For sheer fun and an adrenaline rush unlike any other, 'Dragon' is THE answer.
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The reader is caught up in a typically complex Cussler caper with WWII bombs, a Japanese ego maniac and a plan so dastardly that the good guys might not win the day. Enter Dirk Pitt, NUMA's Special Projects director (who makes James Bond look like Jerry Springer) Everything in this novel is high paced and captivating as only Cussler can be. The best of the Dirk Pitt novels by far......
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I actually enjoyed "Dragon" more during this second reading than I did the first time (which was back in 1999). Cool action sequences, exotic locales and Dirk Pitt & Al Giordino's humorous banter and their flirtatious ways with the lovely ladies.

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!
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