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Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt, No. 14) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009
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"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."
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.
Great fun in reading this book I hope Atlantis is just as good.
I highly recommend this book as well as all the Dirk Pitt series.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have read a lot of Clive Cussler's novels, and have enjoyed them all, some I have read twice.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great novel in this series. It's a Cussler adventure novel and a fun read.Published 3 months ago by wolf
While you will not find that this novel, Flood Tide, or any of the other books in this series to show even a hint of being classified as “High Literature,” the are never the less... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Blankenship
This book is awesome a great read and answers some questions.Published 7 months ago by little-debbie