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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A ship carrying priceless Chinese art treasures sinks in a storm in 1948. Decades later, locating this lost ship becomes one of the goals of a super-rich, greedy Chinaman. In walks the infallible super wonder, Dirk Pitt. He just happens upon one of the many dastardly deeds that super greedy evil Chinaman is doing in efforts to amass his immeasurable fortune: the smuggling and enslavement of Chinese immigrants to America. Pitt saves the day by fouling and exposing his smuggling operation and beating the rich, evil scumbag to the location of the lost ship.
Dear reader will recognize a predictably formulaic Cussler story, but nonetheless enjoy it, as he has all his other creations. They are a consistent source of non-stop action and adventure! There is never a straight line of chaos in a Cussler story. There always seems to be a multitude of misdeeds going on all at once. Flood Tide remains consistent, since Dirk Pitt manages to play a hand in the corruption of all these dirty deeds and save the day. It is quite an enjoyable story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Pitt Ad Nauseum Sept. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maybe I'm getting jaded. I used to like these novels back some time ago, with the silly preposterous chases and the historical settings and artifacts. You get everything from a battleship turned into a monument turning its guns on the capital to the ghost of a WW1 flying ace strafing a U.S. Air Force base and getting revenge. I mean everything. The main character is a cross between Jacques Cousteau and Indiana Jones, except he has more sex appeal than James Bond. Everything's always very lurid, with the hero (Dirk Pitt) getting horribly upset and desiring revenge at the expense of the villain.
The plot doesn't make much sense, or really matter that much. In this instance, Pitt's vacationing at a lake in Oregon when a billionaire Chinese lunatic tries to use the lake as a dumping ground for useless illegal Chinese immigrants (I kid you not) and of course Pitt rescues them. It turns out that the government wants Pitt and his team to explore the billionaire's operations (by one of Cussler's patented preposterous coincidences) and so off we go.
There are many adventurous things in this book, chases involving boats, cars, submarines, ultralight gliders, and so forth. Gunfire and sex abound (though the sex is tastefully done, I will say that) and the humor is kind of lame.
If you're into this sort of thing I suppose this was fun. Somehow, I think I've reached my threshhold of disbelief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler's Flood Tide Jan. 25 2003
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This is another of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels. While not fine reading, it is extremely entertaining. All the Dirk Pitt novels follow the same basic storyline, but that doesn't mean you know how Dirk will solve the mystery or defeat the bad guy (which he always does)!
This story starts out (after the chapter describing a scene from the past that figures into the culmination of the book) with Pitt vacationing on a small lake in Washington State (I especially like that since I am a native Washingtonian). Immediately he is pulled into trying to discover the secret behind a Chinese shipping mogul's secret resort. After finding the lakebed is covered with dead bodies, Pitt predictably tries to find the answer to the mystery. This only pulls him in deeper and he ends up rescuing the heroin of the story, an INS agent posing as an illegal Chinese immigrant who is destined for the bottom on the lake.
Through many twists and turns (literally) and close calls, Dirk and Julia (the INS agent) end up breaking the smuggling ring, solving the mystery of lost treasure, and destroying the "bad guy." What more could you ask for?
For light reading that gets you away from reality and even gives you a laugh sometimes it's a great book. If you're looking for serious reading I wouldn't recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flood Tide: A Novel Sept. 11 2002
Flood Tide written by Clive Cussler is the fourteenth in the series of Dirk Pitt adventure novels. Dirk Pitt being the legendary hero who seems to stumble into this adventure as we are taken on a wild ride of adventure and intrigue from Washington State to Louisiana.
The villian in this book is a smuggler. A smuggler of human lives to anywhere on the globe he can make a profit. Cussler works in some intricately plotted suspense and some jingoistic slurs that if you can bear aren't too bad. But, if they were missing it would be better.
As the plot thickens, Pitt goes from the high seas to the Mississippi River trying to figure out just how this smuggler gets his contraband cargo in to port. Of course, what good Cussler adventure doesn't have some treasure hidden somewhere as a subplot. Well, this has a booty that is very suprising. Set in 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek is leaving the Chinese mainland.
Cussler's masterful storytelling, with the main plot and intricately woven subplots bringing the adventure to a fever pitch. The villian is a formidable crafty survivor and Pitt has his hands full with this adventure. Of course, all of the supporting personel from NUMA are at Pitt's disposal spicing the story just right.
The story moves quickly as the narrative is straight forward and to the point. The dialog between Pitt and his trusty partner Al Giordino is classic Cussler. I enjoyed this novel as it was entertaining with adventure and intriguing. You will be caught early in this engrossing book and won't be disengaged until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flood ride
Great Book.Being a fan of the Oregon files series,I Now know how it all began.I can't wait for their next adventure.
Published 17 months ago by Nicole Laliberte
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by the xenophobic undertones
I'm an Australian of Asian descent, and I've been a huge Clive Cussler (and Tom Clancy) fan since I was about 12 years old. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! not as good as atlantis found
this was a wonderful cussler. it had great characters and an amazing plot. the action scenes were well thought out and exciting. Read more
Published on June 27 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Not my favorite - used to be a fan - i found clive cussler's writing to show how full of himself and dirk he really is very pompus - i now dislike reading him because of his style... Read more
Published on June 2 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not CUSSLER's best
I have been a CUSSLER fan for years and I will continue to read his novels, however, this is not one of Clive's strongest novels. The flow is lacking. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by pmuehling
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A good adventure and an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading the next Dirk Pitt adventure.
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by R. H Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Hero saves the day!
Blowing up the Mississippi River, finding sunken cruise ships, smuggling Chinese immigrants, and more treasure lost at sea, or IS it lost at sea? Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by cherrylee14
4.0 out of 5 stars do the means justify the ends?
I liked this book a lot. It took me FOREVER to read, but that's because I was really busy. The story moved fairly quickly, with the usual background before the actual story. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002 by J. Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but comment within narrative offensive...
Withstanding the fact that this is a work of fiction, opinions, points of view and attitudes re. cultures and race are 'built and reinforced' based upon what people read and... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Juststand
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