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VIXEN 03 [Mass Market Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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Aug. 1 1984
Over thirty years ago, on an ultra-secret flight to the South Pacific, the transport plane Vixen 03 vanished. It was believed to be lost at sea. And carrying canisters of the most lethal substance known to man. Now Vixen 03 has returned to haunt the world. Dirk Pitt, the ace maritime troubleshooter who raised the Titanic, is the only man who can overcome the nightmarish problems involved in retrieving her cargo. And the price of failure is terrifying.
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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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1954. Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday bombs -- canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency -- vanishes. Vixen has in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado. 1988. Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop them. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but NOT Cussler's best... Oct. 18 2000
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I was SO anxious to read this novel when it first came out many years ago, I TRIED to read it all at once...I have to admit it starts off REALLY GOOD. Dirk finds a plane in the bottom of an isolated Colorado lake, and he also uncovers quite a mystery in the process...but then this novel shifts gears in a way that is totally foreign to ALL the other Dirk Pitt novels. Cussler then transports us to South Africa and there you end up embroiled in a political nightmare which seems SO FAR removed from anything else Cussler has written to make one wonder if in fact he had a hand in actually writing it. It seems 100% UNrelated to the events detailed in the beginning of the book. When the two sections of the book begin to run together (and I have to admit I was about to give up on the book when it finally happened) it FINALLY became a good adventure novel. Some bad guys attempt to sail a decomissioned naval ship up to Washington D.C. and launch a few surprises on the Capitol...let's just say the surprises are enough to make things rather unpleasant in D.C. for many years to come--but NO it's NOT a Nuke. At this point the book shifts gears again and turns back into a Pitt novel. So let's re-cap: 'Vixen 03' starts OFF as a Pitt story, turns into an odd mix of politics and protest in South Africa, then comes BACK to America where it turns back INTO a Pitt story. The first third and last third are GREAT, but it's the middle which is almost so strange as to seem like it was written by someone else (not that I would think it actually happened...). All in all 'Vixen 03' is an entertaining story, mixed with a 2nd story that is just barely connected to the rest of the novel. Good, but NOT Cussler's best, that's all I can say.
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I am a huge Cussler fan, this being my eighth Pitt adventure, most of which are the later offerings. The storyline in Vixen holds more for me than the latest books, as did "Deep six", being a bit more of a plot than simply the spectacular heroics in the later books, however, I must agree with Jeff that due to the fact that it was written in the middle eigthies(the height of South Africa's Political and Humanitarian Embarrasment), Clive seems to be using his great influence to spread his political viewpoint, which he is more than entitled to do, but it is at the expense of a well rounded story, although a comment was passed at the end that outsiders didn't understand the struggle in SA, this holds true for a great many South Africans as well. There are also a few inaccuracies regarding the South African side of the story - eg. There is no International airport at Pretoria, only in Johannesburg, and people don't refer to each other in South Africa as "Herr" anything,(the minister of Defence was often referred to as Herr Minister), South Africans are not, after all, German. Otherwise I was quite impressed with the rest of the book, and as Usual, Dirk Pitt kicks some proverbial A_s, which makes it all worthwhile at the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Politics disrupts the flow of Vixen O3 Nov. 9 1999
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I am a big Cussler fan. I've read five of his books so far, and "Cyclops" is still my favourite. "Vixen O3" is not, in my opinion, one of Cussler's best because many of the chapters deal with the politics of the African Army of Revolution attempting to overthrow the white government in South Africa. These "political sections" of the book tend to take some of the energy away from the overall story. I'm used to reading about Dirk Pitt's undersea and airborne adventures. Every time the story went back to politics, I became somewhat bored and couldn't wait until I reached a chapter that had Pitt and his fellow NUMA comrades in it. As was the case in "Iceberg", one of the male characters in "Vixen 03" turns out to be a woman. I hope Cussler breaks away from this weird pattern in the newer books that I haven't read yet. Despite the weaknesses just mentioned, the politics of the story mesh well with the interesting parts of the story near the end of the book. While some chapters were slow, others were much more intense. After reading "Raise the Titanic", I was really looking forward to reading about the salvaging of the plane (the Vixen 03) at the bottom of a Colorado lake. Unfortuately, the salvage began and ended within a five-page chapter. I really like the undersea adventures that take place in Cussler's books. I felt cheated when the whole salvage operation took place in such a short time. Overall, I think that the real Cussler fans will still enjoy "Vixen 03". For those of you who are new to his work, I suggest you first try one of his other books...I really do recommend "Cyclops". Now there's a page-turner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whiz-bang action a-plenty! March 28 1998
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Take Dirk Pitt on vacation with lover Loren Smith, showing her the kind of fishing where you don`t need a reel(nice one Clive!). Add together a Boeing Stratocruiser which crashed in an unknown water in 1954. A dead body in the sunken wreck and two missing cannisters of a doomsday virus. Next, you have Patrick Fawkes, who is desperate for revenge after his wife and children are torched on their South African farm by a renegade group of extremists. Add to that a sleaze political blackmail scandal involving the Americans funding the African terrorists to prevent all-out conflict, hidden killers lurking around each corner out to stop Dirk and co, the battleship USS Iowa being purchased and stripped but what for? As the plot unfolds, the action explodes as Fawkes threatens to attack Washington and it is up to Dirk to stop him, of course! Wild and relentless action, witty one-liners and all our favourite NUMA characters (but where was Hiram Yaeger and St. Julian Perlmutter?) we can fit in, and you once again have another Cussler action classic. Hmm, F-120 Specter jets with Satan missiles? Holographic communications? It all adds to Clive`s inventive imagination, seeing as this book was written at the end of the 1970s and set in 1988. And it all adds to the fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed....
i have loved 10 other dirk pitt novels, but this one just didn't do it.....
Published on June 10 2003 by Jeffrey Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH TALK
This book started out really good. Out of all the beggining were a ship was destroyed this had the best. AT first i thought that it was just getting off to a slow start. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by C. Entner
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Is Great!
If you love Cussler, or even if this is your first of his to read, you're going to love it. Perfect summer reading when you don't want to have to think too much.
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by "mnlaustin"
5.0 out of 5 stars Cussler delivers....as usual!
Clive Cussler never fails to excite, and intrigue. This is one of his BEST books! If you're a Cussler fan who's never read Vixen, or just the average adventure/spy/action novel... Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Joshua P. Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down
I know it sounds too simple or cliche but...This book is great. A real page-turner. It carried me away, I was glued to it, some mysterious force made me unable to stop reading it. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2001 by Ian Kharitonov
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Cussler!
Clive Cussler is one of my favorite writers - I wish I had the time and energy to write reviews for all of his books. Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by Catherine Skidmore
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ive ever read!
Vixen 03 is a great book!!!! ive read iceberg and vixen 03 Iceberg was excellent but Vixen 03 is the best book ive ever read! Read more
Published on May 3 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Book!
Rhese are the types of books that are designed to scare you. You have an airplane containing a deadly gas dissapearing. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2000 by Melvin Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Vixen 03 327 pages
Vixen 03 is a Dirk Pitt action/adventure that takes you through a riveting maze of the world of Dirk Pitt, the director of special operations of NUMA (National Underwater Marine... Read more
Published on May 23 2000
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Published on May 23 2000
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