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Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt, No. 14) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009

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Book 14 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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From the moment you begin Clive Cussler's latest undersea thriller, you know that you're in the hands of a old pro; thus any lingering crotchetiness over the book's stereotypical villains is offset by deft plotting and taut action. Flood Tide details the exploits of Dirk Pitt, Special Projects Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, whom Cussler fans already know and love. Judging by this book, "Special Projects" seems to be a euphemism for blowing stuff up. Pitt's worthy adversary is Qin Shang, a Chinese shipping tycoon who is definitely from the Fu Manchu school of management. As part of a nefarious plot to bring the United States to its knees with a flood of illegal immigrants, Qin Shang operates a secluded gulag in rural Washington, which the vacationing (ha!) Pitt stumbles upon. A lot of entertaining mayhem ensues, both on the water and under it. Flood Tide's enthusiastic xenophobia can stick in the throat, and may get in the way for some. But that flaw aside, it delivers the speed and shocks necessary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. Once again, the indestructible Dirk Pitt saves the country from possible economic collapse, while at the same time destroying an evil villain, finding a lost treasure, and saving a woman's life. The vividly described action takes readers from the ports of Hong Kong to picturesque Washington State and to the final showdown on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. As each problem seems to be solved, larger and more dangerous events occur, such as the seemingly unexplainable smuggling of thousands of illegal Chinese immigrants. Our hero finds himself trapped with these poor, abused refugees who are about to be murdered. Each turn and twist continues to build anxiety and heighten suspense. The eye-catching cover of this novel should entice readers to open its pages, where they will soon find themselves engrossed in this enthralling adventure.?Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt (Book 14)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148112
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pitt is back with his trusty companions trying to thwart the evil plans of a Chinese madman whose intentions of diverting the Mississippi River. Coupled with a slave ring of illegal immigrants from China, a gang of ruthless killers stalking Pitt and a lovely Chinese American INS agent, Cussler weaves an interesting tale and even writes himself into this story that was both clever and humorous. Plenty of narrow escapes, witty dialog, a nefarious villian (but a close group of henchmen was missing) and a great story of a missing passenger ship fleeing the Communist take over of China and a fortune of vanished artifacts. Blend these together and it spells another terrific tale from Cussler. Not the best, but certainly entertaining reading and not to be passed over. Once again, Al, Sandecker and company work with Pitt who uses his charm, snappy come backs and his trusty .45 Colt to save the day.
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I consider myself a professional Clive Cussler reader...only because I've read EVERYTHING of his (in print that I'm aware of) and I have corrosponded with him on occasion. Now with that arrogant statement out of the way, I do not pretend to be a close friend, or even a decent acquaintance, however I DO know Dirk, Al, Rudi and Sandecker as well as can be expected, and I can tell the better Pitt stories from the lesser brilliant ones. This is a great 'starter' Pitt story, sort of a beginners Cussler book... but STILL fun. It seems as though we get one good Pitt novel to every GREAT Pitt novel. This isn't 'Raise The Titanic' or 'Cyclops' or even 'Sahara' but it IS an above-average adventure story (as are ALL of Cussler's books). If you are looking to get to know Dirk Pitt, by far THE best character in modern adventure fiction, I suggest you start here, and work up to his newest (and easily one of his best) 'Atantis Found'. Clive is a stud, and so is Pitt. See for yourself.
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When you pick up a book by Clive Cussler, you know what you are getting into. There will be nonstop action, some unbelievable developments, a couple of twists, maybe a little xenophobia, and of course, enough machismo to to supply an Army.

"Flood Tide" is no different. Opening with Dirk Pitt trying to get in a little fishing, and winding up saving a large number of illegal immigrants, it just gets better. This book is literally jam-packed with action and adventure as Pitt tries to stop a Chinese arch-criminal from carrying out his diabolical plan to make China the most powerful nation in the world(kind of like "Dragon," only a few miles to the west). There's an excellent sequence with the mercenary warship Oregon (now with its own spinoff series), a thrilling battle on the Mississippi river, and a search for underwater treasure. In fact, if I have a complaint about the book, it's that it's too sprawling. A little bit of the urgency bleeds away since Pitt and pal Giordino have time to travel the globe and do everything they must. In addition, after the huge developments in the middle of the book, the final showdown with the villain seemed a little weak. Nonetheless, for an excellent adventure novel, look no further than "Flood Tide."
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While still reading the book, I find it hard to put down. I came to this one as a way to get anything more I can to read about Juan Cabrillo, "Chairman" of the 'Oregon Files' (his first appearance is in this book) of which I've read every one and still want more.
I haven't read a Dirk Pitt novel since 'Raise the Titanic'. Having bought the movie, I can only picture Pitt as looking like Richard Jordan.
A few pages in this adventure bring to mind the short story "The Unparalleled Invasion' by Jack London.
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This is my first Dirk Pitt novel and I was so very surprised by this book. A friend of mine recommended his newest book Atlantis or this one and I picked this one. CC is a great adventure writer. The book is suspense driven. I read this book in 2 days flat. It is a record for me. Don't pass this blockbuster up if you are a fans of adventure. Dirk is the classic hero who gets the girl in the end. My friend also recommended Du Brul's Charon's Landing. Don't forget a YES or NO Helpful to the review and check out my other reviews; you won't be sorry. A great story is only a click away.
Great fun in reading this book I hope Atlantis is just as good.
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Great read! Clive Cussler has a way of writing that pulls you into the story. He seems to hypnotize the reader and you become a part of the action...you almost converse with the characters themselves.
I highly recommend this book as well as all the Dirk Pitt series.
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Reading "Flood Tide" for the second time (first time was in 2001) was every bit as enjoyable as the first go-around. Moreover, while the references to the pre-DHS, pre-9/11 INS are a bit dated and anachronistic, speaking myself as someone who worked for two of INS's successor agencies, Customs & Border Protection (as a uniformed Officer at L.A./Long Beach Seaport, wherein Chinese stowaways, smuggled by the "snakeheads" of the Chinese triad crime syndicates, have been a repeat occurrence) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (as a Special Agent, just like the Julia Lee character), I can definitely relate to the Chinese immigrant smuggling theme as a plot element relevant to the real world.

SPOIILER ALERT: For a book written in 1997, the element of a near-disaster affecting the Mississippi River, more specifically Louisiana and Mississippi, seems eerily prescient with 20-20 hindsight, looking back at Hurricane Katrina....the difference of course being that Katrina was a force of Mother Nature while the near-disaster in the novel is a man-made one.

Two nitpicks: (1) while the romance between Dirk Pinn and INS Special Agent Julia Lee is an enjoyable one, it seems hard to believe that he's able to "rebound (for lack of a better word) so quickly from the loss of his beloved Maeve from "Shockwave" (the previous novel in the series); (2) in every other Dirk Pitt novel that I've recently read, Pitt is described by Cussler as having "wavy" hair, yet in this one he has "curly" hair. Say what?

That aside, another fun-filled Cussler-Pitt-Giordino adventure, highly recommended.
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