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For Raise the Titanic!: 'A great adventure thriller which spins from one dizzying climax to another ... Riveting ... simply super and very cleverly done' Publishers Weekly ** --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A BIZARRE OCEAN VESSEL WITH A CREW OF CORPSES...
A DEADLY ARCTIC CONFRONTATION...
A VICIOUS INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY TO
HIJACK A CONTINENT!
Frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice -- the charred remains of a long-missing luxury yacht, vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous. The only clues to the ship's priceless -- and missing -- cargo: ornately carved rings and the horribly burned bodies of its crew.
DIRK PITT, intrepid hero of Clive Cussler's smash bestsellsers Dragon, Sahara, and Inca Gold, confronts the most lethal network of intrigue and murder in his war against international crime. Only his strength, skill and daring can thwart a supercharged scheme that could blow every fuse on earth! --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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The plot begins with an interesting premise- the mystery of a trawler encased in ice, its interior charred beyond recognition. Who is behind the creation of this ghastly scene? However, with the absence of the sarcastic Al Giordino, the storyline fast degenerates into a stereotyped, dry outing in which Dirk Pitt narrowly survives attempts on his life in his quest to identify the cause of the tragedy.
In fact, Iceberg is one of the few Clive Cussler books in which Dirk Pitt is severely beaten...and exacts revenge (perhaps a tad sadistically) by breaking the antagonist's arms and legs. Compounding this is a set of improbable action pieces that fast become repetitive unlike other of Dirk Pitt adventures.
If for nothing else, Iceberg will be of interest only to fans who wish to experience one of Dirk Pitt's lesser, earlier adventures.
Cussler isn't my favorite author but at his best, he is thoroughly enjoyable and Pitt displays wit and daring do. I don't know what went wrong here but if you haven't read a Pitt novel before, I'd chose one at random (with an early copyright date) and you'll undoubtedly have a higher probability of reading a second one than if you start with Iceberg.
The first reason I liked this book is because it is full of mystery. The story starts off that a ship named the Lax got trapped inside of an iceberg. The ship was carrying very important people. A passing plane spotted the ship in the iceberg. The plane marked the spot and said they would come back. They did, in a helicopter. When they took a closer look they relized that there was a hole that looked like it had been drilled in the ship. When they got closer they saw ashes. They could'nt believe that the pile of ashe could actually be the people on the ship. Someone or something had vaporized everyone where they stood. The captain on the bridge. The cook in the gally. And the scientist in his room. As the helicopter left the iceberg, a black airplane attacked them. As they tried to get away the plane fired upon them. In return, they rammed the helicopter into the airplane. Sending the plane and the helicoper plunging into the ocean. The helicoper pilot and a man washed up on the shore. A farmer saw them and loaded them into his pickup truck. On the way to the farmer's house the man who was riding in the helicoper with the pilot died. When they got to the farmers house the pilot called the police. When the police came the pilot realized the men who came were imposters. They were Russian spies who had connections with the black airplane. The pilot and the farmer stopped the spies from killing them. They called the real police.
The second reason I liked this book was that you never know what will happen next. It is full of suspense.Read more ›
Cussler is competent with regard to descriptions and basic narrative skills. However, key elements in his storytelling and his characterizations are seriously flawed.
For example, I must confess I quite easily guessed the nature of a key character in this book which was suppose to be only understood in the final pages. It may as well have been written in 72 point bold type in Chapter two or three, in fact! Such predictabilty is a huge strike against a story that depends on surprises to be succcessful.
It also seems to me the main hero in a story of this genre needs to be respected and believable in order for the reader to want to sympathize with, and root for, him. See the novels of Len Deighton, John LeCarre, or even Ian Fleming (novels I emphasize, not movies). While the Dirk Pitt character has some qualities that present him as sympathetic and capable, he is much too smarmy to be likeable. Not only that, but masquerading him as a flamboyant gay in Austin Powers garb, or as the Big Bad Wolf in the novel's climactic showdown with the main baddie in Disneyland, present him more as a clown than a hero. By the way, I am not making that last bit up! We are suppose to take this seriously, Clive? Sorry, but imagining the main hero smugly traipsing about in such ridiculous trappings, or as a person that would allow himself to be so degraded, makes the reader actually enjoy it when Pitt gets the snot thoroughly beat out of him. With such irksome personality traits, this reader was hoping that Pitt's antagonists would win in the end!
Further, one can perhaps cut Cussler a slight bit of slack for the time period in which he wrote this book (mid seventies).Read more ›
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was ok but a little confusing at times. Good to see character progression..Published 3 months ago by Dale Polley
I enjoyed it when I first read it, this was just replacing a paperback copy with a hard cover.Published 15 months ago by P. Drummond
I have most of Clive Cussler books but not the earlier ones and I like to read author from the first book and read them in order and story "Iceberg" that was the reason I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by ron kittiel
I enjoyed this book, the plot was good, characters were alright, but I jus think it could have been much better... First, where was Dirk's friend Giordino from the first book? Read morePublished on March 20 2005 by Michael Beveridge
i had a fever when i read this, and it got worse cause i could feel the wind chill factor while reading this. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by rashid
First off, change that one star I had to give to the no stars this atrocious crapfest deserves. This is truly one of the four or five worst novels I've ever tortured myself with. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by bob