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Pacific Vortex! [Audio Cassette]

Clive Cussler , Michael Prichard
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July 1993 Dirk Pitt Adventure
Fully armed and with all hands on board, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing ...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single, chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck. 'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain ...' A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains. And the Captain's final, scrawled, fear-crazed note locates the Starbuck's grave hundreds of miles from her last known position! The search for the Starbuck plunges Dirk Pitt into his most shattering assignment to date - a whirlpool of deep-sea mystery and terror - the Pacific Vortex!
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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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Dirk Pitt's first, most terrific adventure! Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is out to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex -- a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is the awesome superb Starbuck, America's deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. Pitt's job is to find it, salvage it, before the sea explodes. In a furious race against time, Pitt's mission swirls him into a battle with underwater assassins-and traps him in the arms of Summer Moran, the most stunningly exotic and dangerous toward disaster, Clive Cussler plummets his hero onto an ancient sunken island-the astonishing setting for the explosive climax of Pacific Vortex! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Obviously, this being the first-ever Dirk Pitt novel, this book has nostalgiac historical significance for us Clive Cussler fans. I first read this book 18 years ago when I was a mere 6th-grader, so re-reading it now I have a sense of perspective I didn't have then, especially on the military stuff (since I've been in the USAF for almost 5 years as I write this).

One thing I notice from re-reading "Pacific Vortex" as well as Clive's other oldies-but-goodies like "Raise the Titanic!" and "Vixen 03" is that they're a lot more graphic in terms of descriptions of physical violence and salty language (in terms of both profanity and sexual innuendo) compared with his newer stuff like "Trojan Odyssey" and "Valhalla Rising;" is this a sign of ol' Clive getting more mellow with age?
But as "a reader from Bordentown" has already pointed out, there's a big missing piece: in all the sequels, Cussler always refers to Pitt's ill-fated true love, Summer Moran . . . yet upon reading this book, there's no love scene with Dirk and Summer . . . so how the heck did Summer indeed turn about to be the father of his two kids? Perhaps it was an oversight on Cussler's part when he wrote the book, rookie error as he rushed to finish the manuscript, perhaps?
Fun stuff all the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 30 2014
By Robby
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So, the first novel in the Dirk PItt series is good reading, hard to absorb everything and hard to put it down. Now I have to read them all, in order!
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Dirk Pitt. Seriously. If this book hadn't been written 30 years ago - and ten years before it was finally published - I would swear that Clive Cussler's name of his lead character Dirk Pitt was an obvious wink to Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights") and Brad Pitt (in anything). I can't think of another "Dirk" or "Pitt" that comes anywhere close. He's suave, he's cool, he's - updated for the 80s - wearing "brief white bathing trunks" when first we meet him. And he's sunbathing, no less.
Mr. Pitt - Dirk, not Brad - has starred in 17 of Cussler's swashbuckling adventure thrillers. (Cussler wrote "Pacific Vortex!" first, though it was not published until 1982 when Dirk Pitt was a fixture on the best seller's list. According to "Dirk Pitt Revealed," Cussler's 1998 concordance/encyclopedia of all things Dirk Pitt, "Pacific Vortex!" was initially deemed a weak first effort.) I was tempted to start with "Flood Tide" (1997) or "Atlantis Found" (1999), recent best sellers that are plentiful in paperback and in the remainder bins, but I like my genre novels to unfold in the order the author intended.
But enough exposition: Dirk Pitt is a star in "Pacific Vortex!," and a star for reasons Cussler never intended. He's rugged, debonair and likes the ladies, to be sure, but he screams 80s louder than a Boy George t-shirt. In the picturesque opening scene, Dirk Pitt is sunbathing in those brief white bathing trunks on a Hawaiian beach. As he naps, "[t]he hairy barrel chest that rose slightly with each intake of air, bore specks of sweat that rolled downward in snaillike trails and mingled with the sand." Oh, my. While I read, I alternately imagined him as Tom Selleck circa "Magnum, P.I.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am happy I discovered this series! March 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have never been a big fan of military thrillers. The only author I read regularly in this genre is Nelson DeMille and I enjoy him a lot, so I decided to give Clive Cussler a try. I am happy to say I was not disappointed! Even though "Pacific Vortex" was not the first published book in the Dirk Pitt adventures series, it was the first Cussler wrote, so logically, this is the novel I picked to start my journey. I found an interesting character that lives at the edge and is passionate about his work. Also in some aspects he is similar to James Bond, women mainly, and the mix is sufficient to keep the reader thoroughly entertained.
For six months the US government has been trying to find the Starbuck, a submarine lost in the Hawaiian (Pacific) vortex. This is an area similar to the well-known Bermuda Triangle. The submarine was lost on its maiden trial and possesses the most advanced equipment, in terms of nuclear capabilities, that the US has developed so far. The last known communication from the nuclear submarine came from captain Dupree, establishing that they were lost without possibilities of recovering themselves and giving the coordinates of their location. While in his holidays in the coast of Hawaii, Dirk finds a communications capsule from the Starbuck addressed to Admiral Hunter in Pearl Harbor. Thus, he is directly involved in the search for the submarine and starts a dangerous journey in which he will face different enemies, conspiracies and uncertainty about who to trust. He also meets a mysterious woman, Summer, who will rock his world and complicate matters further.
Cussler has created a very entertaining series, with a character that has an arrogant and pedantic side, but whom also shows his pure emotions and is true to his friends and ideals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Feb. 11 2004
By Nawfal
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dirk Pitt is the James Bond meets John Wayne character that every guy would love to be. Pitt's a "man's man." He smokes, but he still scuba dives with the best of them. He's no pretty boy, well-mannered and cute, but he gets plenty of women. He's no fame-seeking show off, but he always saves the day. Playboy, Maxim, and GQ only WISH they could have such a chap to plaster on their covers!
Pacific Vortex! is a quick read since its a rather short book, but that's not a bad thing. A lot of popular novels contain the author's preaching to the reader or cramming pages upon pages full of verbose meandering. Not so with Cussler. Pacific Vortex is the perfect book for anyone who wants to have fun reading. Its difficult to make a novel fun (is Dan Brown a "fun" read? is Sydney Sheldon a "fun" read? are the classics "fun" reads?), but Cussler writes really fun books. I enjoyed Pacific Vortex because it moves quick - Cussler doesn't bore me by telling me every single detail about every room characters are in, what they are wearing, what they are thinking, what they ate for breakfast etc. There's a mysterious "vortex" in the Pacific? A capsule from a missing ship has been awash? Add Dirk Pitt and the story comes to life and there's not much of a pause. The ending is a bit silly (as is the villian), but good triumphs over evil, there were sexy women (but no filthy sex-scenes) involved in the storyline, and there were guns! I'm a happy reader!
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4.0 out of 5 stars older book purchase
Ordered second hand older book and received in great condition and very timely delivery. Will definitely order again..Great way to find books no longer in print..
Published on Feb. 23 2012 by old guy
5.0 out of 5 stars How did they do it?
After reading the ending of Valhalla Rising, where Pitt discovers that he has grown children resulting from his relationship with Summer in this novel, I went back and reread this... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that I graduated from the Hardy Boys!
I rearely have as much fun reading a book as I do when it is a Dirk Pitt novel. It sends me back. When I was a kid in the fourth or fifth grade I used to voraciously consume... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Gabriel LLanas
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read
This was the first of many Cussler books. It was such an easy read I was unable to put the book down. I have made a habbit of setting time aside for his books. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Travis Teel
4.0 out of 5 stars The place to begin your Dirk Pitt adventure
This book successfully provided a day of entertainment! Being somewhat shorter than most of Cussler's books allows a quick emmersion into the adventures of NUMA agent Dirk... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003 by Andrew A. Nyberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Cussler's best
Pacific Vortex is good, but not Cussler's best. Not that it matters, but this is the first Dirk Pitt book published. I like how some of the later Pitt books are longer. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by BRAD BAUGHMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Cussler's best
I thought that Pacific Vortex was a good book, but not Cussler's best. Not that it matters, but this is the first Dirk Pitt book. Read more
Published on May 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
I thought that this book was wonderful. Even with the disclaimer from Mr. Cussler that this was the first Dirk Pitt book and he wasn't sure about publishing it, it was still good. Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by J. Peterson
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