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Black Wind: A Dirk Pitt Novel Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 2005


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  • Hardcover: 783 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587249332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587249334
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 16.9 x 3.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,078,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About halfway through this rip-snorting adventure thriller, a "white-haired man" rescues heroes Dirk Pitt Jr. and his sister, Summer, from death by drowning. That man is revealed to be author Cussler (Trojan Odyssey, etc.), reminding Dirk of "an older version of his own father," legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt, hero of Cussler's previous novels. Just as the primary action baton is passed in this tale from Pitt Sr. to Jr., readers may note that Cussler's coauthor is his own son. But even if Cussler is beginning to pass on his writing baton, he's doing so with panache: thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land- and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details on matters from biochemical weapons "chimeras" to rocket launches. The villain is a South Korean industrialist working for the North Koreans with an eye toward unifying Korea by ridding the country of American troops, allowing for an invasion of the South. His plan is to aim a sea-borne rocket filled with a combo of deadly viruses at Los Angeles, with clues laying blame on Japanese terrorists, thus distracting America while the North makes its move. But villain and modus operandi matter less than the series of exciting hairbreadth escapes wrought by Dirks Jr. and Sr. and Summer—including Dirk Sr.'s escape from being poached alive in a minisub trapped underneath massive rocket boosters spewing an inferno of flames. There's a slight, nasty gloss of "yellow peril" on the villain and his actions, and it's only the Americans who greet likely death with a grin and a quip, but that's a minor knock on some major entertainment that's bound toward the top of the charts.
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Adult/High School–Two Japanese submarines loaded with deadly chimera virus head for the west coast of the United States during the waning days of World War II but are sunk before ever endangering the coast. Sixty years later, South Korean industrialist Kang learns of their whereabouts and tests the deadly potion on some animals and a few people in Alaska. When the death reports start coming in, research sends Dirk Pitt, the younger; his sister; his crew from NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency); Dirk Pitt, the elder; and other forces on a race against time to prevent Kang from unleashing the virus. He dreams of creating a frenzy of blame between the countries for such an attack even as he takes joy in the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in agony. The Cusslers provide a high tide of ocean-based adventure and creepy bad guys. Featuring plenty of intense action, the plot fairly runs across the pages, with even the quieter moments full of intrigue. Lots of historical facts and science thread their way into the story, giving it a sense of realism. Filled with submarines, technical discussions on all sorts of ocean machinery, and some facts about chimera viruses, the novel provides some basic knowledge of bioterrorism. As always, the Pitts remain steadfast and true leaders, and the story leaves readers eager for their next adventure.–Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The best Dirk Pitt books cause your heart to pound, make your head woozy from empathy for the danger and leave you with chills after the action settles down. While Black Wind has a section like that near the end, the bulk of the book reminded me of the early James Bond books by Ian Fleming. The hero is cool and resourceful and not very reckless . . . and up against some bizarre cartoon character industrialist. Why the change? That's because the hero of this book is Dirk Pitt, Jr. with Dirk Pitt not appearing except for a cameo until near the end of the book. When Dirk himself appears near the end, all the usual physiological symptoms from reading Clive Cussler's work are present.

This book is a collaboration between Clive Cussler and his son, Dirk (talk about having a tough name to live up to!). One gets the sense that Dirk, Jr. is either modeled on Dirk Cussler or has been developed by Dirk Cussler because this is a different Dirk, Jr. than we have read about before.

However the story developed, we should be grateful that Dirk Pitt, Jr. emerges as a more credible and interesting character than in the earlier novels where he was mostly someone for Dirk Pitt to rescue.

The story itself has too many holes in it to be credible . . . which is part of why the story doesn't create more chills for the reader. Here are a few examples: North Korea cannot get a sample of an ages-old virus without stealing one from a 60+ year-old Japanese submarine; the U.S. Air Force would allow a mobile rocket launching platform complete with rocket to operate a few miles from its own launch site at Vandenberg without constant surveillance and a military escort; U.S.
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Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler has revealed once again his mastery of adventurous and thrilling stories As usual; the plot is fast-paced one, moving so quickly that the reader is not given the opportunity to notice any flaws. I loved the rugged nature of the characters. The plot is amazing, far-reaching and creates a sense of disbelief. Alaska, Korea, Japan.....the scope is wide. I will always continue to read the works of Cussler because I enjoy them as a quick relief from more serious works, and consider then to be good page-turners. If liked Cussler's earlier books, then here is another to enjoy. The story has an interesting plot and the dialogue is great. Once started, you won't want to put it down. The story flows.Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, POLAR SHIFT ,THE GOLDEN BUDDHA are other gripping page turners.
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Format: Hardcover
Think of what normally would be an ending to a great series and now that this series will continue with 'Dirk's' and Clive's sons. It might not be up to Clive's standards but it gives an excellent start to Dirk's continuing the series. What I have worried about is the series ending with the death of Mr. Cussler or the killing off of the Dirk Pitt character. It will not come--THANK GOD!! Mr. D. Cussler thank you for continuing the most enjoyable book series I have read. I would also recommend ' The Quest ' by Giorgio Kostantinos. Another great action series.
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By Andy on Dec 9 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like most of the Dirk Pitt novels, I find they start out good then they become tiresome and frustrating to read. If you're into americanism and unrealistic adventure, then this is the book for you, but definitely not for me.
I think these types of books are written at adolescent level and meant for that audience.
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