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Havana Storm: A Dirk Pitt Adventure Hardcover – October 28, 2014

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Book 23 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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Praise for Havana Storm
 
“Dirk Pitt is still going strong.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
 
“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones. Exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes—Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.”—Associated Press

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently Ghost Ship and The Eye of Heaven. He lives in Arizona.
 
Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of five Dirk Pittâ adventures, most recently Poseidon’s Arrow. He lives in Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1St Edition edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399172920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399172922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,758 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The latest installment in the Dirk Pitt series, "Havana Storm", once again involves the characters that have become as familiar as a comfortable pair of shoes. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino are in the Caribbean investigating toxic waters. Meanwhile, Dirk's children, Dirk Jr and Summer, are searching for lost treasure. Dirk becomes embroiled in a Cuban political power struggle, while his children are looking for an ancient Aztec stone which will lead them to a large Aztec treasure. The stone is supposedly located in Havana, which brings them to Cuba as well.

Over the past several years it has become patently obvious that Clive Cussler no longer writes the majority of his books. Every book is co-authored, some with more degree of success than others. I suspect that Clive Cussler outlines the general plot and leaves the actual writing to his co-authors. Unfortunately, of all of the various Cussler series' co-authors, it is patently obvious that Dirk Cussler is far and away the worst of the lot. His writing has improved slightly from his earlier efforts, but not by much. The plot is mildly interesting but it lacks the panache that Dirk Pitt deserves and has historically enjoyed.

If you're looking for a classic Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt novel, you won't find it in this book. In Dirk Cussler's hands, this series has sadly become a shell of its former glorious self.

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I have read over 90% of Clive Cussler's books and have found most of them rather entertaining.
I was lucky enough to check this one out at the library, because in the end I was not very impressed with the story. Seems Cussler wanted to cash in again on the "archeological find" craze, but with Dirk Pitt and family instead of his Fargo team. I didn't think it worked out very well. The result was half of a Dirk Pitt-type story and half of a Fargo-type story and that didn't carry the day for me.
The Dirk Pitt plot ended up being very simple in nature and was handled with little depth. The "find" plot was very unoriginal. Yet the book logged in at over 440 pages.
Yes, there is a lot of action, but in this case I felt the book was tiring in spots. There is the usual escape after escape theme that has been present in most of Cussler's books. But how many of these can he make interesting or thrilling in the same story? I found myself skimming over the later ones, just to get to the finish. It was not a tight, quick read like his earlier books.
I know it sounds contradictory to say the story had lots of action but was also somewhat uninteresting but that describes how I felt after reading it.
If you simply HAVE to read each and every Dirk Pitt book when it first comes out, try to get this one at a low price, because there is absolutely NOTHING new here. If you have a lot of other stuff to read, don't rush to get this one. Pick it up in a year or so at a greatly reduced price (for the printed book) because you really aren't missing anything.
If you are new to Cussler, DON'T make this your first one. Go back to his earlier works to get a good appreciation of how accomplished an author Clive is (was) .
Comments on this review (for or against) are welcomed...lots of different perspectives out there.
Jim
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Havana Storm brings back the old Dirk Pitt. Everything about this book pays homage to the original Pitt stories--action, adventure, science, and one man against incredible odds. I enjoyed this book even more than my previous favorite coauthored Pitt book, Treasure of Khan. Whereas Poseidon's Arrow (2012) was an enjoyable book, but with several flaws, Havana Storm is perfect in almost every way--like Captain America 2 versus the original Captain America movie.

The plot is a typical Cussler plot, but it is pulled off with style and skill. The main plot features Pitt Sr. facing off against a plot by Cuba to mine uranium from hypo-thermal vents, which has the unfortunate side effect of releasing massive amounts of toxic mercury into U.S. waters. At the same time, Pitt must resolve a power struggle in Cuba involving the Castros and the Cuban Army. When Raul Castro is assassinated by mercenaries hired by a Canadian mining magnate connected with the head of the Cuban Army, General Gutier, Pitt is framed for the killing but escapes. On the run from the Cuban Army, Pitt must prove his innocence and at the same time stop the uranium mining.

While all of these high-tech spy games are going on, Pitt Jr. and his sister Summer are investigating a mysterious Aztec stone, which is linked to an amazing treasure, the sinking of the battleship Maine, and the cause of the American-Spanish war. With able help from Hiram Yaeger and St. Julian Perlmutter, the Pitt kids are able to solve the mystery and find the treasure.

There are some notable highlights in this book. There is mention made of the Oregon, which amps up the excitement for the next Oregon Files book coming out in May. Clive Cussler makes a very Alfred Hitchcock-like cameo as a bar owner in Mexico.
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Just finished the latest Clive Cussler Yarn. As always, I was not left wanting. I have read every book ever written by Mr. Cussler and when a new one comes out I pretty much drop everything else I am reading and get with it. This time though I was deep into a couple of other series that were finishing up. While finishing those though I was always sneaking peaks at the new Dirk Pitt novel. Now I have read it and am so thrilled that it was once a great ride.
If you have never read any Clive Cussler books, then you are missing out. They are always entertaining and you get to think of all the characters as family.
Keep it up Mr. Cussler. I am looking forward to your next Yarn
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