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Trojan Odyssey [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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Dec 12 2012

Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yet.

In the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known-twenty-three-year-old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake. Both have inherited his love of the sea: the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist; the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer. And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetime.

There is a brown tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. The twins are working in a NUMA(r) underwater enclosure, trying to determine its origin, when two startling things happen: Summer discovers an artifact, something strange and beautiful and ancient; and the worst storm in years boils up out of the sky, heading straight not only for them but also for a luxurious floating resort hotel square in its path.

The peril for everybody concerned is incalculable, and, desperately, Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA(r) crew rush to the rescue, but what they find in the storm's wake makes the furies of nature pale in comparison. For there is an all-too-human evil at work in that part of the world, and the brown tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon, its work will be complete-and the world will be a very different place.

Though if Summer's discovery is to be believed, the world is already a very different place...

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From Publishers Weekly

Adventure tales for boys (and girls) of all ages have no more vigorous champion today than Cussler, who has kept the spirit of Joe and Frank Hardy alive, albeit on a grander scale, in numerous bestsellers. This 17th Dirk Pitt extravaganza finds Cussler (literally, as he makes a cameo at book's end) and his entourage of paint-by-number characters in fine fettle, foiling a dastardly plot by outlandish villains to launch a new ice age, and at the same time demonstrating that the Achaeans were not Greeks but Celts, and that Troy was a town in what's now England. After a prelude set during the Trojan War, the novel proper starts with a roar, as a monstrous hurricane sweeps toward the Caribbean, endangering not only Pitt's twin son and daughter, engaged in undersea exploration, but also the Ocean Wanderer, a luxury floating hotel owned by a mysterious billionaire known as Specter. In a manly manner, Pitt and his longtime sidekick, Al Giordino, both of NUMA (the National Underwater and Marine Agency), save the hotel and Pitt's grown kids, but not before those kids discover a trove of underwater relics that indicate that the Celts, aka Achaeans, reached the New World millennia ago. And the Celts are still here, in the guise of a female Druidic cult linked to Specter and aiming for world domination by altering ocean currents via a vast underground mechanism in Nicaragua, which will plunge the earth into cold, then selling a new type of cheap fuel cell to supply needed heat. The action never flags, the heroics never halt and the bodies pile up as Pitt and Co. take on the villains; some big changes in Pitt's personal life close the book.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The latest Dirk Pitt thriller, like its 16 predecessors, is ready made for the big screen. (Let's hope it makes a better movie than 1980's Raise the Titanic, also based on a Pitt adventure, which gives you some idea of how long the series has been around.) A hurricane threatens an undersea resort hotel; meanwhile, Dirk Pitt's twin offspring are trapped at the bottom of the ocean in Pisces, an underwater laboratory. Oh, and Dirk himself swoops in to rescue the hotel, and its guests--but what about his children? Cussler has written a lot of seabound thrillers, and he clearly knows how to put one together to get maximum excitement from minimal material. Everything is done in shorthand, from the disaster-movie-plot setup to the characters and dialogue. There's the evil-named Specter, the man behind the hotel, "with a heart of cold stone." There are the twins, whose dialogue sounds like it was lifted from a Hardy Boys novel ("I want to take a closer look inside the cavern where I found the urn." "Can you find it in the dark?" "Like a fox to its lair"). In a nutshell, this novel offers precisely what readers have come to expect from a Dirk Pitt adventure: danger, heroics, villains, heroes. David Pitt
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragging but enjoyable June 9 2004
By Beamer
If you've never read Cussler, all his books are done via formula. Essentially they're all the same, but you'll never complain about the retread. They're all the same, yet all very entertaining.
This book is Cussler's last (though not the last of the series). It suffers for that reason, as Cussler strives to tie loose ends.
The reigns are being passed from Dirk Sr to Dirk Jr (a convenient appearance, but not wholly unbelievable). At the same time the reigns are being passed from Clive to his son.
The story is entertaining, and likely was likely read by the writers of The Day After Tomorrow. It was novel before the movie, might be tired after, but this came first.
There are some creepy moments between Dirk Jr and his sister, as she's set up to be a sexy character despite spending much of her time alone with her brother in the middle of the ocean - am I the only one that sees this? Couldn't the editor have stepped in on these?
I won't complain much, though. Cussler has given us many, many (many) entertaining reads, and even though he ends on a dip it is a necessary one, and still a solid effort.
If you're a Cussler fan buy it. If you're not yet a Cussler fan buy this, along with some older ones and read those first.
Adventure fans will not go wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my bi-annual "Dirk Pitt fix" May 9 2004
By A Customer
Every few years, Dirk Pitt saves the world from an ecological disaster. This daunting task is always achieved, but only after harrowing adventures, dastardly villans, and heroics that are beyond mere mortals, such as I.
This book is no exception. It IS a page-turner, a roller-coaster ride, and a lot of fun. It is NOT great literature or scholarly research. If that is what you want to read right now, then, as some other reviewers have suggested, go elsewhere for the moment. When you are ready for fun, read Trojan Odyssey.
What I always enjoy about Cussler's work is the "over the top" physical deeds of heroism of Dirk and Al. Although they are getting a bit older, they still provide the thrills.
While this may not be his best (I'm still partial to Sahara) it is very much worth the read for fans. Perhaps those who are new to Cussler's work should go back to a book that predates Flood Tide....get to know the players, and enjoy them. Just a thought. But for me, I wanted a "Dirk Pit fix" to enjoy, and I did.
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I have read Clive Cussler novels for over 20 years and count some of his novels as the best I've ever read, in particular Sahara, Night Probe and Atlantis Found. I picked up Trojan Odyssey pretty much the day it came out and, like most of his books, devoured it quickly. And I have to admit that when I was done, I didn't have that "Wow!" reaction like I have had with many of his books, but I did enjoy it.
I thought the typical catastrophic event that pervades Clive's novels was novel indeed. An evil corporation attempts to freeze out Europe using underground tunnels to attampt to change water temperatures in the oceans. He hasn't done that one before. Dirk Pitt and his partner Al Giordino again go through much agony to save the planet once again.
Of course, what has changed here is the addition to the storytelling of Dirk Pitt's newly discovered twins, Summer and Dirk, who made their initial appearance at the end of Clive's previous novel, Valhalla Rising. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of the twins, primarily because they are exactly like their namesakes (their mother, Summer Moran, was a character in the very first Pitt novel, Pacific Vortex). I wish Clive had made them a different from Dirk Sr. and Summer Sr. But I was glad that they only have a secondary role here. I hope it stays that way in the future.
All that said, if you've never read a Cussler novel, I think you'll enjoy it. If you've read the entire Cussler catalog, I can see why you might be disappointed a little. But understand that Clive wrote this with a heavy heart as he lost his wife of 40+ years, Barbara, to cancer early in 2003. He still plugged away for his fans, so I'm going to cut him some slack. I'll bet the next Pitt novel will be a great one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's purely unbelievable fantasy... March 24 2004
A mysterious brown crud is killing the sea life in one region of the world. Dirk's little Pitts, "Dirk" and "Summer" (his newly discovered son and daughter) attempt to research the crud to come up with its source and composition. Together, the Pitt family is taken on a wild ride of adventure as they find out that yet another evil, greedy being is hell-bent on controlling the world's weather patterns, making it dependent on this evil being's investment in heating sources. Dirk and family save the day from greedy, evil person and everyone lives happily ever-after.
Although he leaves a few clues that offer an obvious out in case he changes his mind, Cussler gives us the impression that this is, at last, the final Dirk Pitt adventure story. He resurrects Dirk Pitt for seemingly one last adventure that borders on extreme fantasy. "Fantasy" you ask? Sure... an evil being hell-bent on controlling the world's weather pattern? It's possible. A team of adventurers who risk every imaginable peril, only to escape in the nick of time, every time? Sure, it's possible. Dirk Pitt's gorgeous lady lust muffin, Loren, waiting for twenty years to marry Dirk Pitt? No way, no how, folks. I guarantee that's PURE fantasy.
I've read all but two of Cussler's books in thirty years and have written about most of them on Maybe it's pure coincidence, but I suspect that Mr. Cussler may have actually read my reviews. One of the characters in his story had a name somewhat similar to my own. However, I have to wonder about that, because the evil Captain "Leigh Hunt" was drug along a sailing ship and fed to the sharks. Clive, are you trying to tell me something?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not great.
I thought that this abridged edition had a few storyline holes in it, and the story seem scattered. Probably would be better in an Unabridged edition.
Published 14 months ago by T. Trent
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea
I normally try to stick with some bestseller like DA VINCI or McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD, but occasionally I'll veer off into the land of otherwise. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story, one or two mistakes
Having read all of Cussler Novels, including the ill-fated cooperation books with other authors, I believe he should stuck to Dirk Pitt. Read more
Published on May 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly engrossing, but badly written
While well-plotted, Trojan Odyssey is so unevenly written that I found myself distracted every few pages by another clumily constructed sentence. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Louis M. Sensel
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay to the rear James Bond
I read reviews and marvel at people running down the exciting and happy writing offered with the Dirk Pitt Novels. Some complain it is the same old thing. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by David A. Spearman
4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey Epic
Clive Cussler's latest Dirk Pitt adventure is a fitting addition to the bestselling series. While some may lament a slight shift of the narrative focus to Pitt's children (at the... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Raphael Oleandrosso
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Someone gave me this book, plus Valhalla Rising. I'm not sure why I continued reading after the first few pages. Maybe morbid fascination. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by F. D. Halsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer, Needs New Material
I've enjoyed Cussler for several years. I admire his work in marine archeology. But he's no longer on my must buy list after this one. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by James R. Mckinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another rip-snorter from Clive Cussler
You have to develop a taste for Clive Cussler. He is simply outrageous with overblown plots, superhero characters and enough miracles of timing and coincidence that force credulity... Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Jerry Saperstein
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