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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.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not great. July 9 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea Sept. 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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. Such was the case with ODYSSEY. Frankly, I wasn't looking forward to it, but after the first few chapers I was hooked. Whadda book! Love it, and I'm sure you will too. Even if you're not one for the subject material, the author magically changes this into something wonderful for the reader. Highly recommended.
Also recommended: Life of Pi and Bark of the Dogwood
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragging but enjoyable June 9 2004
By Beamer
Format:Hardcover
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 Solid Story, one or two mistakes May 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having read all of Cussler Novels, including the ill-fated cooperation books with other authors, I believe he should stuck to Dirk Pitt.
The Story itself is quite solid, tying together several mystical legends. However Cussler should stay to his characters and their story. Lorens father supposed to be dead, died as he tried to savage gear of a lost airplane (Vixen 03), how can she be walked down the aisle at her marriage with Dirk by him? Believing that Cussler has intentional introduced this mistake, like he did in several others of his novel (mixing up Dirk mother names) it could be guessed that he wants us to comment on his books.
Nevertheless it is page turner! Can't stop till the last page. Friends always know when I am not returning calls or emails, that I am reading (again and again) CC books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly engrossing, but badly written May 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
While well-plotted, Trojan Odyssey is so unevenly written that I found myself distracted every few pages by another clumily constructed sentence. I could tolerate the bland two-dimensional characters, but when I read a best-selling author who's seemingly so indifferent to the quality of his work as to fail to proofread it, I begrudge him his literary success.
I won't be reading Clive Cussler again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my bi-annual "Dirk Pitt fix" May 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stay to the rear James Bond May 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
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. Others state many of the things are unbelievable, and etc. and etc on and on. Why do they read it knowing it is fiction. Clive Cussler has well proven his ability to produce readable interesting stories. It is quick, interesting, and many times instructional. Behind all fiction is some fact and his real life in the seas surely substanciates that. Instead of total criticism to a wordsmith take a long look and see if you have the ability to better his writing. If so I strongly suggest you get on the word processor immediately and bang out something better. As I feel I will look forward to each book written and will enjoy his topics in the sense of happy action stories. Long live Dirk Pitt and all concerned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey Epic April 24 2004
Format:Hardcover
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 conclusion of Valhalla Rising Pitt discovered that he had 24-year old twins), that the original Dirk enters the narrative at the 100 page mark heralds the beginning of another enthralling adventure by Cussler's intrepid hero. The plot is standard Cussler fare, opening with the mythical voyage of Odysseus following the Trojan war before moving to a present-day disaster of cataclysmic proportions. Naturally, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino uncover sinister details behind this disaster and face off against yet another mystery.
While Trojan Odyssey may not be the best in the series, it is certainly a rollicking good tale not only for new readers but for Cussler fans, eager to find out what could possibly be Pitt's last adventure.
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