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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568492707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568492704
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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"Cussler has developed and patented a vibrant, rollicking narrative style that seldom shows signs of relenting." -Chicago Tribune

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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.


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One of Clive Cussler's earlier adventure novels featuring the intrepid marine enginner Dirk Pitt, Iceberg is perhaps one of the least interesting. Why? Simply because this novel is one of the few in the Dirk Pitt series that sports a curiously improbable plot and a fairly disappointing ending. Compounding this is the exclusion and loss of a considerable source of humor in the form of Al Giordino, a regular appearance in the series.
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.
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By A Customer on March 14 2004
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The title of this book is call Iceberg. The setting of the story takes place near Iceland and Alaska. This story is full of suspense which will always keep you wondering what will come next.
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.
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I've read most of Cussler's books and in general enjoyed them. Iceberg is clearly one of his lesser works. This is a vanilla novel that any one of a hundred nondescript writers could have authored. There was nothing of note here and some of the plot devices were past the borders of the absurd. Many authors rely on the "amazing coincidence" when they can't come up with a believable way to advance the plot. Iceberg doesn't fall prey to that device but instead goes along other equally absurd paths. A dying man identifies his killer by saying the first three words of a poem before succumbing. If he could think of a poem and say three words, why didn't he just say the name of the killer and saved Pitt the trouble of identifying the poem and having to ferret out the hidden meaning? Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident nor probably the most egregious. In this book we also get to see Pitt torture a helpless prisoner. When I read that, "What was Cussler thinking" immediately came to mind.
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.
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By A Customer on April 10 2003
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This was my first Clive Cussler book, so I was not influenced by anything else he has written.
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).
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