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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Feb. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606515
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 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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From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

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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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 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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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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"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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