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This book is Cussler's last (though not the last of the series). It suffers for that reason, as Cussler strives to tie loose ends.
The reigns are being passed from Dirk Sr to Dirk Jr (a convenient appearance, but not wholly unbelievable). At the same time the reigns are being passed from Clive to his son.
The story is entertaining, and likely was likely read by the writers of The Day After Tomorrow. It was novel before the movie, might be tired after, but this came first.
There are some creepy moments between Dirk Jr and his sister, as she's set up to be a sexy character despite spending much of her time alone with her brother in the middle of the ocean - am I the only one that sees this? Couldn't the editor have stepped in on these?
I won't complain much, though. Cussler has given us many, many (many) entertaining reads, and even though he ends on a dip it is a necessary one, and still a solid effort.
If you're a Cussler fan buy it. If you're not yet a Cussler fan buy this, along with some older ones and read those first.
Adventure fans will not go wrong.
This book is no exception. It IS a page-turner, a roller-coaster ride, and a lot of fun. It is NOT great literature or scholarly research. If that is what you want to read right now, then, as some other reviewers have suggested, go elsewhere for the moment. When you are ready for fun, read Trojan Odyssey.
What I always enjoy about Cussler's work is the "over the top" physical deeds of heroism of Dirk and Al. Although they are getting a bit older, they still provide the thrills.
While this may not be his best (I'm still partial to Sahara) it is very much worth the read for fans. Perhaps those who are new to Cussler's work should go back to a book that predates Flood Tide....get to know the players, and enjoy them. Just a thought. But for me, I wanted a "Dirk Pit fix" to enjoy, and I did.
I thought the typical catastrophic event that pervades Clive's novels was novel indeed. An evil corporation attempts to freeze out Europe using underground tunnels to attampt to change water temperatures in the oceans. He hasn't done that one before. Dirk Pitt and his partner Al Giordino again go through much agony to save the planet once again.
Of course, what has changed here is the addition to the storytelling of Dirk Pitt's newly discovered twins, Summer and Dirk, who made their initial appearance at the end of Clive's previous novel, Valhalla Rising. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of the twins, primarily because they are exactly like their namesakes (their mother, Summer Moran, was a character in the very first Pitt novel, Pacific Vortex). I wish Clive had made them a different from Dirk Sr. and Summer Sr. But I was glad that they only have a secondary role here. I hope it stays that way in the future.
All that said, if you've never read a Cussler novel, I think you'll enjoy it. If you've read the entire Cussler catalog, I can see why you might be disappointed a little. But understand that Clive wrote this with a heavy heart as he lost his wife of 40+ years, Barbara, to cancer early in 2003. He still plugged away for his fans, so I'm going to cut him some slack. I'll bet the next Pitt novel will be a great one!
Although he leaves a few clues that offer an obvious out in case he changes his mind, Cussler gives us the impression that this is, at last, the final Dirk Pitt adventure story. He resurrects Dirk Pitt for seemingly one last adventure that borders on extreme fantasy. "Fantasy" you ask? Sure... an evil being hell-bent on controlling the world's weather pattern? It's possible. A team of adventurers who risk every imaginable peril, only to escape in the nick of time, every time? Sure, it's possible. Dirk Pitt's gorgeous lady lust muffin, Loren, waiting for twenty years to marry Dirk Pitt? No way, no how, folks. I guarantee that's PURE fantasy.
I've read all but two of Cussler's books in thirty years and have written about most of them on Amazon.com. Maybe it's pure coincidence, but I suspect that Mr. Cussler may have actually read my reviews. One of the characters in his story had a name somewhat similar to my own. However, I have to wonder about that, because the evil Captain "Leigh Hunt" was drug along a sailing ship and fed to the sharks. Clive, are you trying to tell me something?
Most recent customer reviews
I thought that this abridged edition had a few storyline holes in it, and the story seem scattered. Probably would be better in an Unabridged edition.Published on July 9 2013 by T. Trent
I normally try to stick with some bestseller like DA VINCI or McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD, but occasionally I'll veer off into the land of otherwise. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2004
Having read all of Cussler Novels, including the ill-fated cooperation books with other authors, I believe he should stuck to Dirk Pitt. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
While well-plotted, Trojan Odyssey is so unevenly written that I found myself distracted every few pages by another clumily constructed sentence. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Louis M. Sensel
I read reviews and marvel at people running down the exciting and happy writing offered with the Dirk Pitt Novels. Some complain it is the same old thing. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by David A. Spearman
Clive Cussler's latest Dirk Pitt adventure is a fitting addition to the bestselling series. While some may lament a slight shift of the narrative focus to Pitt's children (at the... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Raphael Oleandrosso
Someone gave me this book, plus Valhalla Rising. I'm not sure why I continued reading after the first few pages. Maybe morbid fascination. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by F. D. Halsey