Dragon Paperback – Feb 8 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
In this Japan-bashing adventure, Cussler's ninth book to feature Dirk Pitt, Japanese nationalists plant nuclear devices in international cities as they plot to create a new empire through blackmail. "A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast-paced action and derring-do that Robert Ludlum and other practitioners of modern pulp fiction might well envy . . . perfect beach reading," said PW .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Japanese businessmen have created a diabolical plot to control world economy, and all is going well until a radiation leak occurs on board the auto carrier Divine Star . Dirk Pitt is almost killed in the tremors from the explosion aboard the carrier, and the plot weaves suspensefully as he begins to solve the puzzles around him. Nuclear holocaust, secret underwater stations, Japanese art discovered in an old Nazi underground vault, and the kidnapping of two U. S. Congressmen carry readers through an exciting story of power and insatiable greed. Humor pervades the story; Cussler places himself in one scene, suggests in another that the yen become the currency of the United States, and dresses Pitt's Uncle Percy in a lavender sport coat and lizard-skin boots. An attention-holding novel set in 1993. --Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As far as Pitt novels go, this one wasn't bad, but definately not the best. All the usuals are here, including Pitt's relationship with Loren Smith, his best friend Al Giordino, and James Sandecker. The great things about this book is that it's long and filled with action. As usual with Pitt novels, 500+ pages that are filled with action is enough to keep you entertained for a long time. Too long unfortunately. I thought that they could have done without 100-150 pages in this book. It actually took me 3 months to read. Usually when I get a good book, especially a Pitt novel, I'm done in a week. I think I was bored with this one because Pitt was facing a human enemy and searching for a human threat. The past novels have always featured some strange phenomenon or Pitt discovering some famed treasure, which make for a great read. Facing off against the Japanese made it just like any other novel.
My other problem with Dragon is Pitt's love interest. In the past novels, Pitt is always introduced to some new woman. The same goes here, but her character was really poorly developed. It pretty much amounted to nothing more than a single sexual encounter, which isn't like Cussler. The last few pages of the novel do feature enough intrigue and suspense though to make me want to pick up the next novel right away.
If you're a fan of the series, I definately suggest picking up "Dragon." But if you're looking for a good Cussler novel to wet your teeth with, I'd suggest skipping this one and going straight to "Pacific Vortex."
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
great reminder of what it was like when he wrote all his own stuffPublished 8 months ago by C. Hodgson
Another good book by Clive Cussler for the Dirk Pitt series. I've enjoyed all books from the series and look forward to more.Published on Sept. 9 2013 by Kevin G Carleton
Dragon is absolute classic Cussler. Imaginative, action packed and a little bit sexy. Dirk Pitt plays the super hero minus the tights and the fate of America once again falls... Read morePublished on July 15 2011 by J Reader
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Yu-Jin Chia
Maybe it was the excitement of finding a great new author in Treasure but this book just missed the level of enjoyment of Treasure. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by D. Newstead
This novel finds action hero Dirk Pitt battling a sinister conspiracy that threatens to establish Japanese commercial dominance over the US and the rest of the world. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by AntiochAndy
First off, let me say that I owe a lot to this book. It got me started on Clive Cussler, but, more importantly, it is the book that really got me on the path to being a writer. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by John Misak
i am yet to be dissapointed with clive's books, this one may very well be the best one yet. the book is packed with action which is very well detailed, its like wachting a movie... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2002 by D. sanchez