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on June 5, 2004
Cussler delivers another really good story and plot for his readers to enjoy.
The hero, Dirk Pitt, is faced with a daunting challenge of locating several nuclear bombs that are smuggled into the United States. A highly nationalistic Japanese executive is behind the controls of what could be the biggest terrorist plot in U.S. history. Pitt, Giordino along with a few other intelligence personnel, must also locate this ruthless tycoon's operating center and destroy it before it's too late.
Very intense story though Cussler could have done without using racial epithets to describe the Japanese people. I was not really bothered by it initially until our great hero, Dirk Pitt and his sidekick, Al Giordino, began using it also.
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on June 26, 2001
"This book panders to the anti-Japanese sentiment of the early nineties," is one quote I read in a review above. Yup, this is the case. Without having actually read Rising Sun by Michael Crichton (saw the movie), it appears Cussler got caught up in the "Japs are out to get us" mentality that permeated the late 80's and early 90's.
But that's a premise and anyone who is familiar with a Cussler book knows that there needs to be an entity of evil associated with that which opposes Dirk Pitt (like every single movie made in the 80's where the Russians were the bad guys). In this case, it's the big bad Japanese financial and power machine image of that stated time period.
This is standard Cussler, as I said. But there are some stretches in "reality" that make you wonder just how much you are willing to believe when you read these books. Like I said, standard Cussler.
Having said that, this is a fine book. Escapism is another word someone used in describing this book. Well, sure. That's what this is all about. We're not talking the Bhagavad Gita here, people. This is good, clean (well, close) American fun. It'll make you cheer for the good guys and jeer the bad guys when they get theirs, which they always do.
I liked it. Cussler books are an easy escape from those books that make me think. And we all need that from time to time. The ties, albeit almost always far-fetched and quite Scooby Doo like, are fun.
In all, a good solid Cussler read.
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on September 5, 2000
I am an avid Cussler fan and have read most of his books. "Dragon" is one of his best. It ranks a close second to "Cyclops". "Dragon" is a very thought-provoking novel in that it makes me wonder just how far off Cussler's baseline story reflects today's world. His use of robots made for the sole purpose of driving Japanese cars with hidden nuclear bombs to predetermined world locations is disturbing. Who knows how far an intelligent, industrialized nation could go if such a nation fell into the hands of the wrong power-hungry leaders? My only objection came at the end of the story. Without giving anything away, I found it hard to believe how Dirk Pitt managed to survive again! Oh, well. Such is fiction. Despite this minor complaint, "Dragon" is still a great entertaining read with nonstop action. I recommend it to all Cussler fans.
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on January 13, 1999
I was hesitant to read a cussler novel, but now that i have read 4, i plan to read them all. they are entertaining, insightful and overall just very good. the comparison to james bond is abundant, but the story lines are much more complicated and absorbing than any bond film. just enjoy!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2003
This is one of those books that looks like it was written to be made into a movie, which is more or less how all the Dirk Pitt novels are. That said, as with most adventure on paper and in film, one must learn to swallow reality at times during the action. Some have offered complaints about the way author Clive Cussler seems to pay little heed to the laws of physics, plate tectonics, electronics, the real-life military and government, and technology in general. These almost without exception, however, are readers unfamiliar with the series. Cussler is not trying to be Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy, and the fun of the Dirk Pitt series is, well... Dirk Pitt!
That said, the canny old adventurer is up to his usual tricks- rescuing damsels in distress, killing bad guys, and of course saving the world. Dragon has a somewhat different taste from most of the other novels in that, save for a few scenes astride the main action, there isn't any hidden treasure involved. There's also more skulking around than is typical for Cussler's writing. Despite this, there is no doubt that this is classic Dirk Pitt, now placed in opposition to the gaunt specter of Japanese businessmen out to conquer the free world.
Naturally, they don't stand a chance. The outcome is pretty decided in any Cussler novel, but getting there is all the fun. I couldn't put this book down- the pace just doesn't let up. And if a bit of reality-swallowing was necessary to get through, it was a small price to pay for yet another swashbuckling adventure with Dirk Pitt.
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