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Valhalla Rising [Mass Market Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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July 30 2002 Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 17)
"Clive Cussler has no equal," writes Publishers Weekly, and he proved it again with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his number-one bestselling Atlantis Found. Fans wanted to know how he could possibly top it—and the answer is Valhalla Rising.

It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship? NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him.

Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever. . . .

Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Valhalla Rising is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

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Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler's aging but still potent superhero, returns in the 16th adventure in this popular series about the director of special projects for the National Underwater Maritime Administration (NUMA). Pitt's NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world's newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the ship to her watery grave; while Pitt is unable to save Dr. Egan, he rescues his beautiful daughter Kelly from the sea, and later from a murder attempt aboard the rescue vessel.

Pitt and his trusty pal Al Giordino track the sinking to the boardroom door of a multinational conglomerate called Cerberus, whose evil CEO has designs on the world's oil supply. He'll do anything to keep Egan's advanced engines and secret formula for frictionless oil off the market--even sabotage another vessel, this time a luxury passenger submarine. By the time our heroes have foiled the mastermind's nefarious plots, they've also uncovered the existence of a working submarine nearly a century before one actually existed--irrefutable proof of a Viking landing on the Hudson River--and the remains of the British sailor who inspired Jules Verne's Captain Nemo. A solid page-turner that even features a cameo appearance by the author himself, Valhalla Rising snaps, crackles, and pops with Cussler's usual brio. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The master of action/adventure fiction strikes oil with this nonstop thriller, which tangles ancient Viking runes, Captain Nemo's Nautilus, the Red Baron, water propulsion engines, murderous oil magnates, undersea catastrophes and cruise ship explosions into a knot that only Dirk Pitt and his laconic sidekick Al Giordino can unravel. Dirk spots smoke on the horizon from his NUMA research vessel and races to the flaming cruise ship Golden Dolphin in time to save most of the 2,000 passengers and crew, including Kelly Egan, beautiful daughter of the inventor of engines that run on seawater. Dr. Egan drowns, leaving Kelly with a leather case that she believes contains the secrets of his life's work but a couple of ruthless villains want it, too, and with Dirk's help she narrowly escapes. When the Dolphin wreck sinks, Pitt and Giordino use a mini-sub to search for arson clues, but the NUMA ship and crew are hijacked while the sub is under and Pitt and Giordino drift until rescued by a private boat. They then cross paths with Curtis Zale, a ruthless oil baron bent on monopoly and unafraid of using mass murder to gain his ends. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Loren Smith, Pitt's erstwhile lover, heads a committee probing Zale and is added to the target list. Cussler speeds and twists through the complex plot and hairbreadth escapes, giving the thriller the intensity and suspense of a NASCAR race. Historical asides of submarine lore, Jules Verne minutiae and references to Viking runes in America add touches of real-life oddity to the mix, and nothing will prepare even longtime Cussler fans for the major surprise he drops at the end. (Aug. 13)Forecast: Bombs away! A 750,000-copy first printing, a $750,000 ad/promo campaign, an author tour and the simultaneous release of a Putnam Berkley audiotape and CD are all in the cards; instant, long-term entrenchment on top-10 lists is forecast.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous and poorly written June 11 2003
By 46er
This book was poorly wriiten, filled with cardboard characters, and unbelievable, (and this from a reader who loves fantasy and science fiction). Three examples:
We are lead to believe that a consortium of CEO's of major oil companies collectively think that staging outlandish accidents including crashing an oil tanker into San Francisco and killing over 2000 peopke is an acceptable business plan for expanding profits. Only one member has second thoughts.
When adrift in the ocean outside of shipping lanes, who arrives to save our hero? None other than the author in a catamaran. That's the best you can do Clive? Why not have him saved by space aliens?
At the end of the book the long lost children that our hero didn't know existed appear at his doorstep after their mother dies. Does this have anything to do with the plot? It may link to prior books, but adds nothing to the plot line of this book other than a gratuitous ending.
Overall, an embarassment to the genre.
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Wow, this book is extremely terrible.
First Cussler book I've ever read. Wouldn't read another.
Really, I would consider the time I spent on this book a waste of time.
The writing itself isn't so bad, but there are so many blatant errors in plotting the book didn't hold together.
Okay, so Dirk Pitt is supposed to be a genius and a 'James Bond' type and then the author 'makes' him 'stupid' throughout the book so the criminals in the book can 'get away' with their misdeeds without being caugt or suspected before the book ends. Terrible.
Let me give you some examples.
A main character tells Dirk that her father's dying wish was that she protect his briefcase. She explains that her father invented a frictionless oil. Later the briefcase mysteriously fills with oil and Dirk says, "Oh, it must've been a prank." Then it happens again and he never makes the connection that "Hey, this must be the special oil the inventor made." Wake up, Dirk!!
Then Dirk, Giordino and some woman are stuck on a small sub, well out of shipping lanes and no distress beacon. Hopeless situation and then surprise... Clive Cussler writes himself into the book and saves them as his boat travels very close by the sub. Ridiculous!!
Why didn't you just have them saved by aliens who were going to do science experiments on them? Then they could escape to Mars and build a spaceship and fly back to the safety of earth.
By the way, Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt talk to each other and are virtually indistinguishable within the story. Sheesh!!!
The story opens with the tragedy of a cruise ship burning and the daring rescue. Dirk learns that the ship had the inventors special engines and that the bad guys sabotaged the ship to discredit the inventor's engines.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way too much July 9 2007
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I enjoy this thriller although I found it had way too much suspense in it. You will find yourself tangled in ancient Viking runes, diving in Captain Memo's nautilus, and flying with the Red Baron in Manhattan. You will experience the never ending wild adventures featuring Pitt and his pal Giordino.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition April 29 2004
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Clive Cussler's Valhalla Rising is a good addition to the long-running series featuring the intrepid Dirk Pitt. While it does seem to adhere to the formulaic plot of previous Pitt outings, it is still a fantastic read, opening with a maritime disaster that ties in, later in the narrative to the present-day mysteries faced by NUMA Special Projects Director Dirk and his assistant, Al Giordino. Without spoiling the plot, it is sufficient to state that naturally, nothing less than the fate of the world is at stake.
Valhalla rising is a fine novel, and fans of the series will not be disappointed by a return of the Dirk Pitt adventure (and an unusual twist at the novel's conclusion)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly good April 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only reason I finished reading this book was to see how it all tied together. Unfortunately it ended more ridiculously than it began. I won't make the same mistake again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another over-the-top Dirk Pitt adventure. April 15 2004
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Pitt is back for another over-the-top epic actioner. In "Valhalla", Pitt becomes embroiled with Cerberus, an aggressive petroleum cartel that will do anything to monopolize the flow of oil into America (the baddies are actually Americans. Though it's soon clear that "Valhalla" was written before 9/11, a more baiting author would have easily gone for the "OPEC" panic-button). There prime target is the inventor of a revolutionary form of propulsion that will put a severe dent in the global demand for oil. Luckily for them, the inventor, and his beautiful daughter, are both at sea on a revolutionary cruise ship powered by the inventor's magnetohydrodynamic engines - giving the cartel the opportunity to take out two birds with one stone (or in this case, one fire at sea). To late to save Dr. Egan, deep-diving hero Dirk Pitt arrives to save the plucky Kelly Egan, and become the cartel's latest target. Pitt, the special projects director for the "National Underwater & Marine Agency", isn't a guy to take "no" for an answer (he's also the only hero left who has no problem tossing off bon mots like "I hope you can forgive my tardiness"). In protecting Kelly Egan, and shutting down Cerberus, Pitt will find himself tangling with modern-day pirates in the Pacific, dogfighting a modern-day Red Baron over the streets of Manhattan, suffocating aboard a luxury submarine trapped at the bottom of the ocean and taking on a rogue super-tanker rigged to vaporize a city. He will also have to track down the mysterious hidden lab of Dr. Egan, but luckily for Pitt he and the departed doctor share similar interests. Cussler tosses an army of ruthless mercenaries, a lost Viking colony a mysterious 19th century submariner and ultimately...himself (again) into the mix for another Dirk Pitt adventure. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars The integrity of a once great series and character.....
Just to qualify, what is about to be said. I have read all the books, I like the series less and less. The first were alive and fresh, an adventure. The new ones are... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by McG
3.0 out of 5 stars What genre is this?
My first Clive Cussler read, "Treasure", was, some years back, an "on the edge of your seat" thriller. So, I expected the same from Valhalla Rising. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Cusslers best
Like many other reviewers, I can honestly say this one has its cheesy moments. The whole Viking thing comes out of nowhere barely making a connection to the story. Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Interesting Dirk Pitt Adventure!!
When you read fictitious adventure stories about heroes who survive hopeless situations, you have to occasionally suspend the realities as you know them. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Peter Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck do Vikings have to do with this book?
This is the second Cussler novel I"ve gone through (Atlantis Found before this), and I do like the cheesiness of his writing - I do hope it's meant to be that way. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Adam C. Thorn
1.0 out of 5 stars Oatmeal Spoon!
My best friend and co-worker is a Paramedic. He reads alot of books. Or rather that is he did before reading Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Christian J. Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Vallhalla Rising
This is the first book I have ever read by Cliver Cussler and probably the last! What potential this book could have had, I was sorely disappointed. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by loki75
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever?
I read a great deal of fiction, and 'Valhalla Rising' is possibly the worst book that I have ever read. Believe me, this isn't something that I say lightly. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Student
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slow
Interesting book. A lot of interesting information. Well researched. I have not read any other book by this author so I can't compare it.
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Barry J. Coe
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