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Pacific Vortex!

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736624848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736624848
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,888,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Dirk Pitt [is] oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones.”—The Associated Press --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Dirk Pitt's first, most terrific adventure! Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is out to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex -- a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is the awesome superb Starbuck, America's deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. Pitt's job is to find it, salvage it, before the sea explodes. In a furious race against time, Pitt's mission swirls him into a battle with underwater assassins-and traps him in the arms of Summer Moran, the most stunningly exotic and dangerous toward disaster, Clive Cussler plummets his hero onto an ancient sunken island-the astonishing setting for the explosive climax of Pacific Vortex! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Obviously, this being the first-ever Dirk Pitt novel, this book has nostalgiac historical significance for us Clive Cussler fans. I first read this book 18 years ago when I was a mere 6th-grader, so re-reading it now I have a sense of perspective I didn't have then, especially on the military stuff (since I've been in the USAF for almost 5 years as I write this).

One thing I notice from re-reading "Pacific Vortex" as well as Clive's other oldies-but-goodies like "Raise the Titanic!" and "Vixen 03" is that they're a lot more graphic in terms of descriptions of physical violence and salty language (in terms of both profanity and sexual innuendo) compared with his newer stuff like "Trojan Odyssey" and "Valhalla Rising;" is this a sign of ol' Clive getting more mellow with age?
But as "a reader from Bordentown" has already pointed out, there's a big missing piece: in all the sequels, Cussler always refers to Pitt's ill-fated true love, Summer Moran . . . yet upon reading this book, there's no love scene with Dirk and Summer . . . so how the heck did Summer indeed turn about to be the father of his two kids? Perhaps it was an oversight on Cussler's part when he wrote the book, rookie error as he rushed to finish the manuscript, perhaps?
Fun stuff all the same!
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By A Customer on Jan. 6 2004
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After reading the ending of Valhalla Rising, where Pitt discovers that he has grown children resulting from his relationship with Summer in this novel, I went back and reread this novel carefully several times, and I can't for the life of me figure out how Pitt and Summer were able to conceive children. Nothing explicit is described, and there are no pauses in the action where they are left alone together. Did I miss something?
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Dirk Pitt. Seriously. If this book hadn't been written 30 years ago - and ten years before it was finally published - I would swear that Clive Cussler's name of his lead character Dirk Pitt was an obvious wink to Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights") and Brad Pitt (in anything). I can't think of another "Dirk" or "Pitt" that comes anywhere close. He's suave, he's cool, he's - updated for the 80s - wearing "brief white bathing trunks" when first we meet him. And he's sunbathing, no less.
Mr. Pitt - Dirk, not Brad - has starred in 17 of Cussler's swashbuckling adventure thrillers. (Cussler wrote "Pacific Vortex!" first, though it was not published until 1982 when Dirk Pitt was a fixture on the best seller's list. According to "Dirk Pitt Revealed," Cussler's 1998 concordance/encyclopedia of all things Dirk Pitt, "Pacific Vortex!" was initially deemed a weak first effort.) I was tempted to start with "Flood Tide" (1997) or "Atlantis Found" (1999), recent best sellers that are plentiful in paperback and in the remainder bins, but I like my genre novels to unfold in the order the author intended.
But enough exposition: Dirk Pitt is a star in "Pacific Vortex!," and a star for reasons Cussler never intended. He's rugged, debonair and likes the ladies, to be sure, but he screams 80s louder than a Boy George t-shirt. In the picturesque opening scene, Dirk Pitt is sunbathing in those brief white bathing trunks on a Hawaiian beach. As he naps, "[t]he hairy barrel chest that rose slightly with each intake of air, bore specks of sweat that rolled downward in snaillike trails and mingled with the sand." Oh, my. While I read, I alternately imagined him as Tom Selleck circa "Magnum, P.I.
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I have never been a big fan of military thrillers. The only author I read regularly in this genre is Nelson DeMille and I enjoy him a lot, so I decided to give Clive Cussler a try. I am happy to say I was not disappointed! Even though "Pacific Vortex" was not the first published book in the Dirk Pitt adventures series, it was the first Cussler wrote, so logically, this is the novel I picked to start my journey. I found an interesting character that lives at the edge and is passionate about his work. Also in some aspects he is similar to James Bond, women mainly, and the mix is sufficient to keep the reader thoroughly entertained.
For six months the US government has been trying to find the Starbuck, a submarine lost in the Hawaiian (Pacific) vortex. This is an area similar to the well-known Bermuda Triangle. The submarine was lost on its maiden trial and possesses the most advanced equipment, in terms of nuclear capabilities, that the US has developed so far. The last known communication from the nuclear submarine came from captain Dupree, establishing that they were lost without possibilities of recovering themselves and giving the coordinates of their location. While in his holidays in the coast of Hawaii, Dirk finds a communications capsule from the Starbuck addressed to Admiral Hunter in Pearl Harbor. Thus, he is directly involved in the search for the submarine and starts a dangerous journey in which he will face different enemies, conspiracies and uncertainty about who to trust. He also meets a mysterious woman, Summer, who will rock his world and complicate matters further.
Cussler has created a very entertaining series, with a character that has an arrogant and pedantic side, but whom also shows his pure emotions and is true to his friends and ideals.
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