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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Feb. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606515
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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By Kevin G Carleton on Sept. 9 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Another good book by Clive Cussler for the Dirk Pitt series. I've enjoyed all books from the series and look forward to more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis on June 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cussler delivers another really good story and plot for his readers to enjoy.
The hero, Dirk Pitt, is faced with a daunting challenge of locating several nuclear bombs that are smuggled into the United States. A highly nationalistic Japanese executive is behind the controls of what could be the biggest terrorist plot in U.S. history. Pitt, Giordino along with a few other intelligence personnel, must also locate this ruthless tycoon's operating center and destroy it before it's too late.
Very intense story though Cussler could have done without using racial epithets to describe the Japanese people. I was not really bothered by it initially until our great hero, Dirk Pitt and his sidekick, Al Giordino, began using it also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on Jan. 21 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 10th book in the Dirk Pitt series finds Pitt battling a Japanese enemy intent on taking over the US's economy through the threat of nuclear explosives hidden in hundreds of cars around the US. As usual with Cussler novels, it starts out with a disastrous event that Pitt finds himself coincidently in the middle of.
As far as Pitt novels go, this one wasn't bad, but definately not the best. All the usuals are here, including Pitt's relationship with Loren Smith, his best friend Al Giordino, and James Sandecker. The great things about this book is that it's long and filled with action. As usual with Pitt novels, 500+ pages that are filled with action is enough to keep you entertained for a long time. Too long unfortunately. I thought that they could have done without 100-150 pages in this book. It actually took me 3 months to read. Usually when I get a good book, especially a Pitt novel, I'm done in a week. I think I was bored with this one because Pitt was facing a human enemy and searching for a human threat. The past novels have always featured some strange phenomenon or Pitt discovering some famed treasure, which make for a great read. Facing off against the Japanese made it just like any other novel.
My other problem with Dragon is Pitt's love interest. In the past novels, Pitt is always introduced to some new woman. The same goes here, but her character was really poorly developed. It pretty much amounted to nothing more than a single sexual encounter, which isn't like Cussler. The last few pages of the novel do feature enough intrigue and suspense though to make me want to pick up the next novel right away.
If you're a fan of the series, I definately suggest picking up "Dragon." But if you're looking for a good Cussler novel to wet your teeth with, I'd suggest skipping this one and going straight to "Pacific Vortex."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead on March 31 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maybe it was the excitement of finding a great new author in Treasure but this book just missed the level of enjoyment of Treasure. However having said that this book is a masterpiece in suspense and almost all too believable for its own good. Tales of smuggling bombs and second world war bombers the action never lets off. Another great book from a great author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Hunt on Aug. 27 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
Dear reader who was around when Japan so adamantly attempted to conquer America by purchase will most appreciate this story. Cussler makes several subtle sarcastic jabs at the Japanese who gloated about their once robust economy in the 1980's, when they flexed their yens and gobbled up extraordinary volumes of American business. Familiar phrases that were smugly touted by the Japanese during that time such as 'Business is War' and 'We aren't forcing you to sell your country to us' sarcastically glare from the pages while we presently watch their economy sputter. But the contemptuous yellow threat in the story fails to defy the formidable American, Dirk Pitt! The story itself was run-of-the-mill Dirk Pitt. He and sidekick, Giordino are more or less forced into assisting the United States to stop an international crime of nuclear proportions... literally! Cussler's lovely lady, Loren joins in for the suspense and the company of Pitt and Giordino save the day in the nick of time. Where have I read this before? Wasn't it in the last Cussler novel? The story is what it is dear reader, so enjoy it for that: A cornball fiction adventure that illustrates that you may just never know what you're getting when you buy a Japanese car!
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By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dragon is absolute classic Cussler. Imaginative, action packed and a little bit sexy. Dirk Pitt plays the super hero minus the tights and the fate of America once again falls into the hands of this accidental hero.

Dragon brings together the threat of international economic warfare and real WW2 warfare. One of the things I really enjoy about Clive Cussler's novels is the way he incorporates some historical context into each of his story's. Dragon is fast paced action packed and entertaining. As with all of Cusslers novels the joy is in the international adventure he does so well. Specifically this story floats back and forth between Japan and the US.

Cussler certainly doesn't hold a top ten position among the writers in the genre but he knows how to put together a fantastical story that will keep you turning pages until the end. If you are looking for a relaxing easy read this wouldn't be a bad choice.
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