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Dragon [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Feb. 8 2011
The deadly cargo of a crashed B-29 bomber has been buried in the Pacific Ocean for 50 years. Now, a group of Japanese nationalist fanatics, dreaming of a new Nipponese Empire, set out to neutralize and blackmail the USA - with nuclear weapons planted strategically in the country's major cities.

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In this Japan-bashing adventure, Cussler's ninth book to feature Dirk Pitt, Japanese nationalists plant nuclear devices in international cities as they plot to create a new empire through blackmail. "A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast-paced action and derring-do that Robert Ludlum and other practitioners of modern pulp fiction might well envy . . . perfect beach reading," said PW .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Japanese businessmen have created a diabolical plot to control world economy, and all is going well until a radiation leak occurs on board the auto carrier Divine Star . Dirk Pitt is almost killed in the tremors from the explosion aboard the carrier, and the plot weaves suspensefully as he begins to solve the puzzles around him. Nuclear holocaust, secret underwater stations, Japanese art discovered in an old Nazi underground vault, and the kidnapping of two U. S. Congressmen carry readers through an exciting story of power and insatiable greed. Humor pervades the story; Cussler places himself in one scene, suggests in another that the yen become the currency of the United States, and dresses Pitt's Uncle Percy in a lavender sport coat and lizard-skin boots. An attention-holding novel set in 1993. --Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but not a great Cussler novel Jan. 21 2004
By Scott
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy American 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Standard Cussler, but not great June 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"This book panders to the anti-Japanese sentiment of the early nineties," is one quote I read in a review above. Yup, this is the case. Without having actually read Rising Sun by Michael Crichton (saw the movie), it appears Cussler got caught up in the "Japs are out to get us" mentality that permeated the late 80's and early 90's.
But that's a premise and anyone who is familiar with a Cussler book knows that there needs to be an entity of evil associated with that which opposes Dirk Pitt (like every single movie made in the 80's where the Russians were the bad guys). In this case, it's the big bad Japanese financial and power machine image of that stated time period.
This is standard Cussler, as I said. But there are some stretches in "reality" that make you wonder just how much you are willing to believe when you read these books. Like I said, standard Cussler.
Having said that, this is a fine book. Escapism is another word someone used in describing this book. Well, sure. That's what this is all about. We're not talking the Bhagavad Gita here, people. This is good, clean (well, close) American fun. It'll make you cheer for the good guys and jeer the bad guys when they get theirs, which they always do.
I liked it. Cussler books are an easy escape from those books that make me think. And we all need that from time to time. The ties, albeit almost always far-fetched and quite Scooby Doo like, are fun.
In all, a good solid Cussler read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Another good book by Clive Cussler for the Dirk Pitt series. I've enjoyed all books from the series and look forward to more.
Published 14 months ago by Kevin G Carleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cussler.
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... Read more
Published on July 15 2011 by J Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cussler action
This is one of those books that looks like it was written to be made into a movie, which is more or less how all the Dirk Pitt novels are. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2003 by Yu-Jin Chia
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th protcol for the modern age.
Maybe it was the excitement of finding a great new author in Treasure but this book just missed the level of enjoyment of Treasure. Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by D. Newstead
3.0 out of 5 stars Action/Thriller That's VERY Far From Reality
This novel finds action hero Dirk Pitt battling a sinister conspiracy that threatens to establish Japanese commercial dominance over the US and the rest of the world. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by AntiochAndy
5.0 out of 5 stars What got me started
First off, let me say that I owe a lot to this book. It got me started on Clive Cussler, but, more importantly, it is the book that really got me on the path to being a writer. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars another good one
i am yet to be dissapointed with clive's books, this one may very well be the best one yet. the book is packed with action which is very well detailed, its like wachting a movie... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2002 by D. sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much CIA...not enought NUMA
Another Dirk Pitt novel under Cussler's belt. Not a bad read if you're looking for international espionage mixed with underwater marine thriller. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Nat Nunthapiwat
1.0 out of 5 stars Beneath Cussler
I read "Deep Six" and "Cyclops" and "Raise the Titanic" when I was in college. I thought the plots were absurd and the characterizations cartoonish, but no more so than any found... Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by James P. Hunt
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