The scene of Gene Seagram's near suicide is a nice piece, maybe the best scene in the entire book although a few of Seagram's other scenes rival it. Of course, it turns out to be useless, since Gene doesn't accomplish a darned thing after that, and then loses his wife and goes crackers to boot. After the lovely advice he gets from Pitt, who can blame him? A bedside manner our ubermench has not. In conclusion: interesting concept, well-done up to a point, then completely goes to hell for obscure reasons best known to the author, although I suspect it's more a burning need to have Pitt be the Best than some half-assed idea that Titanic is cursed.
All I'm left deciding is whether or not to read another outing of the Pittster. I'll have to sleep on it. I needed to finish off my evening reading last night with some mental chewing gum and this is what I picked off my shelves. So far so good and easy on the brain after Dostoevski and Sterne. The dialogue is at best functional, but the plot is all in a book like this anyway, and it's a page-turner so far. The Colorado stuff is appealing.
Moving right along with this engro I needed to finish off my evening reading last night with some mental chewing gum and this is what I picked off my shelves. Moving right along with this engrossing read.
Raise the Titanic !
I am undeterred by the ridiculously dated sexist take on women in this book. Other Goodreads reviewers have commented on it. Makes me shake my head and laugh and move on. It's or was Mile High Stadium. The iceberg did NOT rip a lateral hole in the hull of the Titanic. It buckled the hull plates, which caused water to come rushing in along the buckled area. Didn't do much book reading last night between listening to football and perusing a bunch of magazines.
One thing did become clear, however, and that is that other mostly female G'reads reviewers have it right when they cite the author for his relentless, gratuitous male chauvinist piggery. The relentless women-as-sexual-objects thing is in fact rather striking. Also quite dated Moving along now as the BIG project is underway with as many serious complications as CC can toss into the pot.
Seems unlikely that Pitt would be told to back off on pursuing the Russian saboteurs, but what do I know. This IS fiction. BTW the back illustration now makes sense - sort of - but there's still no reason why the hull plates above the water line along the "gash" should be depicted curled outward. Anyway, we now know that there was no gash in real life. Also, of course, we now know that the ship went down and settled in two pieces, not one, which CC didn't know when he wrote this.
I visited those places on a bicycle trip back in the summer of Train from London to Exeter and bicycle to Plymouth. Very scenic indeed! Finished up last night with a whirlwind of well-written if implausible action stuff. Perfectly logical if you think about it.
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Shades of "The Nine Tailors"! A dead giveaway of bad writing. May 19, Martin Pierce rated it really liked it. I've always been a fan of the Dirk Pitt novels. I read them when I was in my 20's and loved them. Back then, I would have given all of them 5 stars. Now that I've read far more books in a lot of different genres, I'm more critical. I'm re-reading through these novels, and up to this one have been a bit more disappointed than I am with 4.
I remember liking this one a lot more than the others 20 years ago as well. The plotting is more intricate, and Pitt's character is more developed, showing a s I've always been a fan of the Dirk Pitt novels. The plotting is more intricate, and Pitt's character is more developed, showing a side that he hasn't in the first 3 books. The subject matter, the Titanic, is well researched and presented well for the time it was written. We know more now, of course, which dates some aspects of this book.
But a great story, and well worth reading for any Cussler fan. Feb 26, Samantha Fontien rated it it was amazing.
This was my first taste of Clive Cussler. I read this in as a fourteen year old. I choose this one first because it was about the Titanic and I love Titanic stuff after I finished this I read everything by him in a month, my father was very proud of me and we had the most wonderful discussions on every book.
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I've traveled to many places in many time lines due to the historical incidents which are the catalyst for the adventure stories he writes about. Even talking about a Dirk Pitt adventure is exciting. The film of this,is just too awful to watch, unlike Sahara, I think they done a great job with that and was well cast but only because M. McC is a major Dirk Pitt Fan which is totally understandable.
Don't fix it! Apr 08, Jim Razinha rated it liked it. Context is everything He might have thought he was crafting a strong female character, must he was sexist through and through in attempting it. Think 20 something male and a culture of Hugh Hefner in the 70s with an underwater James Bond who never fails to get the girl, even in the most remote environments and you'll get the picture. As this was just his third novel, Cussler had yet to perfect his maddening habit of having Context is everything As this was just his third novel, Cussler had yet to perfect his maddening habit of having his characters voice the things that most people would just think to themselves, but the seeds were here.
I must not have noticed thirty years ago that he called the military head of the Navy the "Navy Chief of Staff" - it's "Chief of Naval Operations" Despite his characters being caricatures and his plots formulaic, for whatever reason, I like his books. I still have a fascination with Titanic , due in some part to this book. View 2 comments. Feb 07, Krys rated it it was amazing. I have avoided Clive Cussler like the plague due to him being one of two authors he tried desperately to push on me and my brother growing up. He swore by Dirk Pitt as the symbol of adventure and patriotism and I tell you I never knew one day I'd pick up the book and be writing a review like this.
I was pleasantly surprised by how this book turned out. What started out for me as a slow and overly political book about spies and Russians and Americans and espionage turned into a very intense experi I have avoided Clive Cussler like the plague due to him being one of two authors he tried desperately to push on me and my brother growing up. What started out for me as a slow and overly political book about spies and Russians and Americans and espionage turned into a very intense experience.
My heart raced during their trials in bringing such a tragic and beautiful ship to the shores and Dirk Pitt was a quick witted smart alec who you don't know if you really like but you certaintly can't bring yourself to hate.
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I found myself most connected to the many aray of secondary characters who all varied and had the same in depth character development that I am unsure how Cussler kept up with so many tragic lives. I definitely see myself looking into another Dirk Pitt adventure in the future.
Kudos, mister Cussler. Thoroughly convinced that Clive Cussler has never actually met a real woman before. A secret U. The mineralogist how has both good and bad news, Novaya Zemlya does have byzanium but only a tiny fraction that did because it was mined earlier in the century by Americans from Colorado. Gene Seagram and his closest friend in Meta Section begin hunting down this new lead while Captain Prevlov of Soviet Naval Intelligence begins investigating the American incursion of Soviet territory both the recent and newly discovered mine from the turn of the century.
Gene Seagram finds Pitt and convinces him to lead the salvaging of the shipwreck. Over the course of the salvage, both American and Soviet intelligence agencies have a shadowy back and forth that Pitt only learns about close to the end of salvage which comes to a dramatic end when they raise it to save one of their submersibles. Gene Seagram, who had slowly been losing his sanity, has a complete nervous breakdown and attacks the mummified remains of the last American miner who by coincidence was also insane by the time he boarded Titanic.
Pitt travels to Scotland and makes his way across Britain until he finds a tiny village where one of the American miners was buried, with the bzyanium thus allowing the U.
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Written almost a decade before the Titanic was discovered, in two pieces, Cussler writes an intriguing narrative of underwater discovery and salvage with some nice Cold War intrigue thrown in. Even with those I would have been fine, but Cussler for some reason had Pitt bed Dana Seagram after going the majority of the book seemingly like the Pitt later in the series. Cussler did write a solid main plot, but the biggest problems were some of the subplots which undermined the work plus some poor decisions around Pitt close to the end.
However, after Pacific Vortex this is the best early Pitt book so far. You know, I was really hoping I'd be less disappointed in this book than the second book, and I guess I was to an extent. But the toxic masculinity is still there, even if it only reared it's ugly head a few times. I think this book was greatly helped by the fact that the main character, Dirk Pitt, was only in about half the book.
It made it more bearable for me since he's such a total douchebag. I'm just not at all impressed with him. They keep saying he's good at his job, but I'm waiting to se You know, I was really hoping I'd be less disappointed in this book than the second book, and I guess I was to an extent. They keep saying he's good at his job, but I'm waiting to see the actual evidence of it. All he seems to be good at is treating women like trash. I'd pay good money for a book where all the women he's bedded and discarded and insulted casually behind their backs come back to fight him.