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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2004

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Book 17 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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Adventure tales for boys (and girls) of all ages have no more vigorous champion today than Cussler, who has kept the spirit of Joe and Frank Hardy alive, albeit on a grander scale, in numerous bestsellers. This 17th Dirk Pitt extravaganza finds Cussler (literally, as he makes a cameo at book's end) and his entourage of paint-by-number characters in fine fettle, foiling a dastardly plot by outlandish villains to launch a new ice age, and at the same time demonstrating that the Achaeans were not Greeks but Celts, and that Troy was a town in what's now England. After a prelude set during the Trojan War, the novel proper starts with a roar, as a monstrous hurricane sweeps toward the Caribbean, endangering not only Pitt's twin son and daughter, engaged in undersea exploration, but also the Ocean Wanderer, a luxury floating hotel owned by a mysterious billionaire known as Specter. In a manly manner, Pitt and his longtime sidekick, Al Giordino, both of NUMA (the National Underwater and Marine Agency), save the hotel and Pitt's grown kids, but not before those kids discover a trove of underwater relics that indicate that the Celts, aka Achaeans, reached the New World millennia ago. And the Celts are still here, in the guise of a female Druidic cult linked to Specter and aiming for world domination by altering ocean currents via a vast underground mechanism in Nicaragua, which will plunge the earth into cold, then selling a new type of cheap fuel cell to supply needed heat. The action never flags, the heroics never halt and the bodies pile up as Pitt and Co. take on the villains; some big changes in Pitt's personal life close the book.
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The latest Dirk Pitt thriller, like its 16 predecessors, is ready made for the big screen. (Let's hope it makes a better movie than 1980's Raise the Titanic, also based on a Pitt adventure, which gives you some idea of how long the series has been around.) A hurricane threatens an undersea resort hotel; meanwhile, Dirk Pitt's twin offspring are trapped at the bottom of the ocean in Pisces, an underwater laboratory. Oh, and Dirk himself swoops in to rescue the hotel, and its guests--but what about his children? Cussler has written a lot of seabound thrillers, and he clearly knows how to put one together to get maximum excitement from minimal material. Everything is done in shorthand, from the disaster-movie-plot setup to the characters and dialogue. There's the evil-named Specter, the man behind the hotel, "with a heart of cold stone." There are the twins, whose dialogue sounds like it was lifted from a Hardy Boys novel ("I want to take a closer look inside the cavern where I found the urn." "Can you find it in the dark?" "Like a fox to its lair"). In a nutshell, this novel offers precisely what readers have come to expect from a Dirk Pitt adventure: danger, heroics, villains, heroes. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 18)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425199320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425199329
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on November 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
At the end of 'Valhalla Rising' we found out quite by surprise that Dirk Pitt, hero and world-class adventurer has not just one, but TWO children (fraternal twins Dirk Jr. & Summer). This came as quite a shocker, especially for those of us who have known Dirk to be quite the ladies man -- but also a confirmed bachelor. His relationship with Congresswoman Loren Smith has come CLOSE to wedding bells once before, but I personally figured that if it didn't happen THEN, it was probably NOT going to happen at ALL. However, I've learned long ago to NEVER say NEVER.
As usual, 'Trojan Odyssey' begins with an interesting re-telling of Homer's Odyssey, a version that is apparently gaining in popularity. How does it tie-in with events from today? As is always the case, finding out is half the fun. Summer & Dirk Jr. are busy attempting to examine a tide of brown crud that has infested waters in the Carribbean when they stumble upon something extraordinary (well Summmer does, at first). Suddenly things take a nasty turn as the Mother of ALL Hurricanes begins to form and head directly towards Summer & Dirk Jr. and also towards the most unique floating Hotel ever designed. Can they all safely escape before the Hurricane arrives? Maybe, maybe not. Along the way Dirk Sr. and Al make an appearance and suddenly as a direct result, their plans for the next few weeks are set in motion. Are massive tunnels being excavated underneath Central America, and if so, for what purpose? Once Dirk & Al figure it out, an all-out race is on to avert an incredible disaster of amazing proportions.
Along the way, Dirk Sr. and Al discover one of lifes more unfair absolute rules: we cannot remain young forever. Getting shot at and risking your life can only remain fun for so long.
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Format: Hardcover
Like all of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novel's this one has our heroe's battling some dastardly plot to destroy or take over the world. This one is somewhat different from the others in that the adult son & daughter that Pitt learned he had in the last page or two of Valhalla Rising are now working at NUMA.
The book starts with what has become Cussler's formula of some great event occuring at some point in the past and then moving forward to the present day,in this case Aug-Nov 2006. A super hurricane is about to wipe out some fantastic floating hotel when Dirk Sr. and Al Giordino arrive to save the day,kind of a wasted story element as it is only lightly linked to the rest of the book (D.Sr. & Al don't even appear until chapter 8 by the way).
The rest of the novel switches back and forth between Pitt's children and the older generation, sometimes together but more often not. You'll find the usual mix of a great old car or two, narrow escapes and explosions tempered by Pitt (you'll almost need a score card to keep track of which Dirk you're reading about, Sr. is usually referred to as Pitt, Jr. as Dirk) and Al referring to the years getting to them.
The stories have been going on for almost 25 years now and it seemed to me that at times Cussler was ignoring past story plot lines although many times he'd put something in about a lot of the past adventures. A couple of times there was a problem with the timeline - Valhalla was set in 2003 but Trojan Odyssey, set only 2 years later, is set in 2006. Another time warp occurs when a man is sacrificed by the evil Druid group, the way subsequent events regarding the man's holdings are related far to much time goes by to fit into the general storyline.
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I am always excited when I see a new Dirk Pitt novel (not one of those poor "Kurt Austin" collaborations).
However, almost right off the bat I sensed that this was not going to be one of Cusslers better Dirk Pitt adventures.
The action was slow to develop and had none of Cusslers great "feel like you are there" narrations. The action sequences were flat, average and predictable.
Cussler just could not pull me into the action on this book.
Cussler spent way too much time on technical details in this book and the plot was transparent and obvious.
At times, Dirk Pitt seemed to be remarkably "slow to catch on" to events in the story. The good humor "give and take" with AL seemed "forced" and uninspired.
At times, this book seemed to be like the lame "Kurt Austin" books and if I did not know better, I'd say that Cusslers co-writer in those books had a hand in this one as well.
This book was an "Ok" Dirk Pitt novel, but not one of the better ones.
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I am never disappointed by a Clive Cussler novel. If you like adventure tales and escapist fun they are all universally like a balm for your otherwise over-occupied psyche. I have read about 25 of them... about 2/3 of the Dirk Pitts, most of the Kurt Austin's, and all the Fargos. Each is imaginative, cinematic, and beguiling in its own way. Clearly I am a FAN. That being said... it is hard for me to differentiate the books in any of the series from each other. The plots always involve a maniacal despot with unlimited resources, an axe to grind, and an unimaginably complex plot to do something that will cause a calamity our heroes must risk their lives repeatedly to thwart. The good guys always win. The baddies get their comeuppance. The world is changed for the better. And, more often than not, some aspect of previously assumed human history has been rewritten. I began reading the Dirk Pitt books way out of sequence - starting in his later life because I didn't know any better. "Trojan Odyssey" is later in the series, also. I went back and have been trying to read the older books. Lately I am reading them in sequence. I can say the earliest books are different and I think I prefer them to the later ones, like this one, where Dirk's kids are involved. I am glued to Pitt and Giordino and find any portion of the story arc focusing on the kids to be distracting - even when all of these episodes are basic variations on the same 'buddies in danger' scenario. You could easily switch the names from Dirk and Summer to Pitt and Giordino and the scene still works. If you like this type of book you will enjoy this one. But, to be perfectly frank, you will have a hard time remembering what makes this Cussler/Pitt all that different from the others. They are all quite entertaining but a tad formulaic.Read more ›
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