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Cyclops [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
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April 7 1986
Dirk Pitt doesn't go looking for adventure, it finds him. His chance witnessing of an airship disaster which nearly kills him and his discovery of the gruesome fate of the crew sets in motion the most nail-biting chain of events in his career.

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Written in the bestselling style of Pacific Vortex! and Deep Six, and with the indestructible Dirk Pitt as its hero, this latest Cussler suspense caper features, and ingeniously connects, a maverick American colony on the Moon, a fabulous sunken treasure sought by an unscrupulous, blimp-owning financier, and two cunningly devised Soviet schemes, one to steal U.S. space secrets, the other to replace Fidel Castro with a Kremlin puppet, no matter what the cost in human lives. The nonstop action involves murder and torture as well as superpower politicking, and Pitt extricates himself from one desperate situation after another, even finding time for a little romance. The writing is brittle, but the reader is not likely to worry about that in a story whose plot resembles a box of exploding fireworks and poses some interesting questions regarding both Cuba and the militarization of space. Paperback rights to Pocket Books. February 7
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New York Daily News"Get-to-the-next-page excitement... Dirk Pitt isa combination James Bond and Jacques Cousteau...." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "One Of The More Way-Out Pitt Adventures" March 10 2001
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The dissapearance of the ship Cyclops in 1918 sparks the beginning of this adventure for Mr. TCOB, Inc., Dirk Pitt. A search for the ship's lost treasure takes the diver/adventurer from a Caribbean hurricane to a secret Russian base to a plot to assassinate Castro. Thrown into the mix is a secret base on the moon built by a clandestine group of government and business people that the Soviets are about to attack.
A pretty good Pitt adventure. Lots of impossible escapes for Dirk. Jessie LeBaron made a good female interest for Pitt. She starts off as your typical stuck-up rich woman, but later shows she's not afraid to get her hands dirty and can endure a lot of suffering. And I LOVED their first scene together where Pitt puts her in her place. That was legend! I was dissapointed there wasn't as much interaction between Pitt and his best friend, Al Giordino, as in most Cussler novels. Really liked Ira Hagen, the President's man trying to get to the bottom of the moonbase conspiracy. Comes off as an average looking guy, but has a first-rate investigative mind and a tenacious attitude. Some good action scenes at the Russian base and with the battle on the moon, though I did question some of the technical accuracy, like people only coming away wounded when their spacesuit is ripped open.
All in all, a good Dirk Pitt adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great beach reading Feb. 27 2001
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This has to be the best of Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventure novels. Unfortunately, it's also the first one I ever read. Pitt, a diver for the National Underwater and Marine Agency seems like just your average technical guy. But NUMA, whose aims of oceanic reasearch somehow allow the agency to function like an espionage agency (with the gadgets to boot) normally send Mr. Pitt on any sort of wild adventure. And Mr. Pitt himself is the perfect renaissance spy, an expert on history, underwater diving, any form of mortal combat, and the collection and restoration of antique boats, cars and planes, and a real charmer with the ladies. Perhaps no seris of books so closely approaches the fun level of a comic book while remaining so readible as a novel. In this entry, numerous diverse plot twists come together for an explosive climax. As with any Pitt novel, the story opens with some historical maritime disaster/mystery: In this case, it is the dissappearance of the Collier "Cyclops" early this century to the Bermuda Triange. In modern days, a wealthy industrialist takes off in a restored blimp for a tropical flight, only to dissappear. While the blimp is found sometime later, the tycoon is found to have been replaced with the bodies of some unidentified men who look like they've been floating for weeksin a depressurized space capsule. Meanwhile, a super-secret US base located on the moon (not even the President knows of it) faces discovery by belligerent Russians. Meanwhile, Dirk Pitt pieces clues pointing to "La Dorada" (which should have been a better title), a huge golden statue encrusted with jewels. Meanwhile, the Russians, unable to afford its "alliance" with Cuba, nor willing to allow Cuba to go over to the west, plots a blow that will put the Island off limits for good.
It's explosive, comical at times, yet always exciting and impossibel to put down. Put this one on your "beach reading" list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can a Dirk Pitt novel be any better?? NO WAY!! Feb. 21 2001
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Another incredible home run for Cussler! I picked up this novel the day I saw it at a Mall in San Diego early in 1986. I read it within a couple days--and I'm a S-L-O-W reader--and I have since re-read it probably 4 times. One of the surprising things about 'Cyclops' is how well it has held up over the years. From a search for a blimp, frozen Russian Cosmonauts, a sunken ship which just might hold one of the most sought-after treasures of the New World to the inner workings of Castro's government--and to top it off, a pure nail-biter confrontation on the surface of the moon--'Cyclops' certainly has its fair share of exotic locations as well as more action than you typically find in half-a-dozen other 'adventure' novels combined. Oh, and if you are an avid Cussler fan, you may remember Foss Gly from 'Night Probe'...well his nasty mug makes a return in this action-packed bullet-train-with-no-brakes of a novel.
In short, do NOT pass this one by. Cussler tosses in just about everything but the bathroom tub--no, wait-a-minute, yes he does. Okay, at least you can be assured that absolutely NOTHING was left out in the pursuit of a tale that is as fun to read as any book you can find in print today. Simply put, 'Cyclops' is easily one of Clive's best Pitt stories and over the years has remained one of MY personal favorites as well. HIGHLY Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Pitt charms old women in distress! Dec 6 2000
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One minute, he's para-sailing and the next minute he's trying to circumvent a plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Considering his record, I strongly recommend that if dear reader ever meets Dirk Pitt in person that he get the heck out of the man's way! Something dangerous is about to happen!
The uncontestable lone wolf, Dirk Pitt finds himself mixed up in a search mission to locate the missing mega-zillionaire Raymond LeBaron when LeBaron's antique zeppelin mysteriously shows up on the Florida coast with a host of dead crew members! Wouldn't you know that Pitt's search leads him to explore something sunken in the ocean that leads to bigger and better mysteries with an unusual collection of twists and multiple plots?
This is one of Cussler's better creations. And I urge dear reader to enjoy it. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino still seem to operate at a distance from each other, but this story begins to bring the two heroes a little closer together. Where Pitt usually finds himself saving the young fair maiden in distress, he seems to have adopted the notion of capturing the heart of an older woman in peril! Dirk! What were thinking?! Stick to young babes!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of his best!!!
I have read more than ten of Cussler's books and can honestly say that this is one of his finest reads. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Travis Teel
5.0 out of 5 stars another hit
clive takes you thru twists and turns, both natural and man made and the danger is really page turning. a GREAT BOOK TO READ DURING A THUNDER STORM.
Published on June 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST READS
Clive Cussler is one of my favourite writers.
I would like to thank my friend who introduced me to this author. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by sanjeev sood
5.0 out of 5 stars Under The Moonlight
What makes Cyclops different from the rest of Dr. Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures is that the locations are absolutely marvelous, the action is nail-biting, the escapes are... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2002 by Ian Kharitonov
4.0 out of 5 stars A grand adventure with a great hero
Cussler has definetily become one of my favorite authors. And Cyclops only seconds that. It's a great adventure with a wondrous plot and a wise yet adventurous hero - Dirk Pitt. Read more
Published on July 31 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Clive Cussler classic
This contains all the important elements of an enjoyable book. It's got the action, adventure and typical near impossible and impossibe scenarios that make Cussler's books so... Read more
Published on June 21 2000 by "ferretwin"
4.0 out of 5 stars Cyclops
I have read many Dirk Pitt adventures, but this has been the one I enjoyed the most. It is an excellant book for a reader who likes to think. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 10 stars but it won't let me...
I thought that Clive would be hard pressed to out-do 'Raise The Titanic' widely considered his best work...but I've gotta admit, 'Cyclops' does it for me. Read more
Published on Dec 14 1999 by Jeff Edwards (rmgomske@lightcom.net)
5.0 out of 5 stars nobody does it better then Clive Cussler
nobody can write a book like this better then Clive Cussler. It has everything Romance,Mystery,action,and surprises everywhere. I loved it.
Published on Nov. 30 1999 by conor bartolo
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