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Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Paperback – February 3, 2004

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Book 4 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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Ingeniously crafted...a ripping good story. --Minneapolis Tribune

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The President's secret task force develops the ultimate defensive weapon. At its core: byzanium, a radioactive element so rare sufficient quantities have never been found. But a frozen American corpse on a desolate Soviet mountainside, a bizarre mining accident in Colorado, and a madman's dying message lead DlRK PITT~ to a secret cache of byzanium. Now he begins his most thrilling, daunting mission -- to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century!

In a daring gamble, DIRK PITT locates the Titanic -- and suddenly his crew is in deadly jeopardy. Sabotaged by Russian spies and savage storms, Pitt must stop a diabolical plan for Soviet world supremacy -- or see the mighty Titanic blasted out of existence! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; English Language edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425194523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425194522
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
My introduction to Clive Cussler was through the film, "Sahara." I really enjoyed that film and being a lover of the works of another adventure writer, Steve Alten, I decided to give Cussler's books a try. A friend of mine loaned me this book as well as two others written by Cussler.

I really enjoyed "Raise the Titanic!" It's got plenty of adventure, espionage, sabotage, and even a little romance in it. Cussler goes into great, but not too boring, detail of how his hero, Dirk Pitt, and the gang from NUMA manage to lift the Titanic from its watery grave in order to solve a mystery dating back to 1912, when the Titanic made its fateful voyage. The U.S. Government is interested in a mineral, byzanium, that may be aboard the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. They hope to find the byzanium and use it to complete a nuclear defense weapon's construction under the codename, Sicilian Project.

Of course, adventure just wouldn't be adventure without bad guys. For this particular book, Cussler uses the tried and true U.S.S.R. as the enemy. Primary bad guy, Prevlov, is the perfect foil to the slick, almost carefree, Dirk Pitt.

Overall, this book carries itself quite well from beginning to end. The only place that Cussler stumbles is with the sweet talk. The "romance" that occurs between Pitt and the heroine of this book, Dana Seagram, comes across as forced, awkward, and entirely pointless to the story. To be honest, had Cussler completely left the sex out of this book, it would probably be five-star worthy. Unfortunately, Cussler writes sex scenes and romantic interludes like a fourteen-year-old--all climax, no build-up.

Don't let this one hang-up of mine keep you from reading this book.
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Cussler's prescience with this - proposing that the Titanic could not only be located but raised off the North Atlantic's bottom - led to the wreck's discovery and the making of the 1990s blockbuster film. It was only natural that Cussler should use it as the basis for one of his Dirk Pitt novels.

In it, the U.S. government becomes interested in the wreck when it's determined that the world's only stockpile of a rare radioactive element - one suddenly critical to an proposed missile defense program - may have gone down with it. The plot takes us back nearly a century in time to a mysterious Colorado mining disaster, to the snowy wastes of Arctic Russia, to a harrowing chase across England and to the night in 1912, etched into popular legend, that the grand ship sunk on its maiden voyage. Pitt plays less of a role in this one than in most of his books, but emerges in the second half of the book to not only raise the wreck but to save it, with his usual ingenuity, from a hurricane and a dastardly Soviet plot. I can't say whether Cussler's method of raising the ship is actually plausible; it's safe to say that in most of his books he stretches the limits of existing science and technology. According to this book, metal corrodes less than expected or little at all at the deep bottom of the ocean, corrosion apparently being retarded by the cold, the scarcity of deep ocean life and of oxygen. I'd love to know if that's actually true, but then again, the well preserved state of the Titanic wreck suggests it might be.

Cussler's writing, particularly about men and women, is highly dated now - 70s-style talk of "libbers" - and probably sounded 15 years behind the times in the late 1980s when this was published.
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For me, 'Cyclops' is STILL my all-around favorite Pitt novel...but for sheer plotting style, and a storyline that unfolds with pure amazing foresight, 'Raise The Titanic' is hands down Cussler's best work. It also happens to be the ONLY Pitt book where Dirk is NOT the main character. Gene Seagram and his wife seem to be. At first it irritated me silly, but the more I read, the more I appreciated it. I also have a comment for the reviewer who remarked that Cussler insulted his 'common sense' at how irresponsibly written his accounts of the Titanic's raising actually was...well Clive would write things differently IF he wrote the novel today...but since the technology written about in the book in the late 70's did not exist THEN let alone NOW, Clive did a superb job of 'creating' the technology from scratch, and pulled it off making it sound 'real' to THIS reader. Might I remind him that Clive actually guessed the actual location of the final resting place of the Titanic to a very close degree? My fondest wish would be for Clive to write a semi-sequel to 'Raise The Titanic' and have the ship re-fitted out and sent on a 2nd 'maiden voyage' filled with intrigue and world consequences. In short, this is the BEST PLOTTED of the Dirk Pitt novels, and deserves its place alongside the best adventure stories of the past 50 years or more. Captivating...Entertaining...Fun...Exciting... Thrilling...Amazing...an all-around fantastic hum-dinger of a tale told with style. Long live Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt.
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