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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed.... June 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i have loved 10 other dirk pitt novels, but this one just didn't do it.....
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2.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH TALK Jan. 19 2003
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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. I thought that with all this boring stuff that they would at least put on a great ending action part. I was wrong. This has Giorodino in it for about two secounds, and Dirk Pitt takes forever to fight in the end. I have enjoyed all other Dirk Pitt books that I have read except Raise the Titanic. So Check out the other ones and forget about this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This One Is Great! Aug. 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cussler delivers....as usual! March 28 2002
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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 fan, this book is a sure fire hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down Sept. 21 2001
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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. Really moody, lots of intrugue, a myriad of plot twists and tons of action. Cussler keeps changing gears with the skills of a magician. The climax? Breathtaking. Mind-numbing. Exhilirating. I really don't want to give away the plot...Just get it if you want to be hooked by a splendid novel. It never gets old. This really is one of his best novels. The African part of the story may seem a bit detached, but it is no less a blast to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love Cussler! July 15 2001
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Clive Cussler is one of my favorite writers - I wish I had the time and energy to write reviews for all of his books. My father got me hooked (we're both scuba divers) about ten years ago, and I own all of his books to date. They're so well written, narratively, but there are a few things that bug me overall:
- Dirk Pitt never ages! - There's a lot of exposition through dialogue. - Some of the scenarios, especially the "bad guys" are so outdated - example, Vixen 03 was written to be set in 1988 and it shows. - Likewise for the technology.
But as I said, Cussler is one of my favorite authors, and I'll continue to read anything he pens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ive ever read! May 3 2001
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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! it has tons of action and cussler does a great job of making a story for each and every character!
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