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Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10)

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This classic adventure by #1 New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler finds Dirk Pitt going up against a band of Japanese fanatics who have developed a chilling plan to destroy the Western powers as payback for past injustices. Now available in a Premium Edition. Reissue.
Hardcover, 542 pages
Published June 15th 1990 by Simon and Schuster (first published 1990)
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Pacific Ocean, 1993. A Norwegian vessel heading out to sea comes upon a seemingly abandoned Japanese Cargo ship. Before searching for the crew, they send a party aboard to check for anyone remaining on board, thinking to lay claim to the cargo. Slightly further along, a British vessel floats, the launch-point for an underwater exploration.

Aboard the Japanese ship, the Norwegians find one man on the bridge, who looks as if he was boiled. In the engine room, doors have been propped open in order t...more
In typical Clive Cussler / Dirk Pitt fashion the book opens with action and it doesn't slow down until the book is over. As usual, Dirk is the ideal hero. He can do no wrong, escapes every incredible situation, and saves the day. He's an action hero in typical Indiana Jones/John McClane/Jack Ryan/Jack Bauer fashion. Though the story moves fast, is engaging, and action packed, Cussler's frequent macho catchphrases, near deification of Pitt, and penchant for inserting himself into the story does t...more
This was my first Clive Cussler book, My husband is a huge fan and has read most of them. I finally agreed that I'd read one and snagged this out of the pile.

What we have is an action adventure novel with an aloof superhero type guy by the name of Dirk Pitt and his comedic sidekick Al Giordino. The book involves some nukes, some evil Japanese businessmen, an explosion or two, a madman with a samuri sword, lots of underwater mining equipment, a kidnapping and quite a few chase scenes... oh and ro...more
First of all, I want to confess that I did not had high expectations before reading this novel. I knew it is an adventure book and I wanted it to read only for a break from my regular reading list.

But when the dialogue is so artificial and forced plus the plot is insulting reader's intelligence, I simply could not rate it higher. It actually ruined my planned "light reading" with these faults. No offense for the fans of the genre, fans of Cussler or of this particular novel. If you enjoy it, the...more
Tony Opsata
Dirk Pitt and 'Dragon' are great fun! The book is filled with the stuff of Saturday matinee adventures - globe-spanning action, beautiful, exotic women, humor, a heart pounding story that doesn't let up for an instant... and at the center of it all, reluctantly recruited to save the world once again, is NUMA's Major Dirk Pitt.

In 'Dragon', Cussler is inspired by the widespread fear in the early 1990s that America is being taken over by Japan - not by tanks and troops, but by their purchasing of...more
John Shumway
This is the same comment for all the Dirk Pitt books:
Great set of books, I had to stagger these books into my reading rotation since they are so similar.
Dirk Series Book in less then 50 words.
(introduction to bad guy, introduction to hot chick, introduction to Dirk, Dirk gets in impossible dangerous situations to stop the bad guy, Dirk wins, Dirk gets the hot chick.)
Mason Wright
I think this book is a great mix of science fiction and realistic fiction. Clive Cussler is able to keep the story interesting by putting in bits and pieces of science fiction without it being so much that the story becomes unbelievable because so many miraculous events are happening. It is also interesting because he takes something that could happen in modern day and puts a different spin on it that, although is not likely to happen, is not so out there that you want to stop reading the book....more
Setelah Treasure of Genghis Khan , ini buku ke dua Clive yang lumayan seru untuk dibaca. Pengetahuan teknis-operasional , kajian fakta serta sejarah menjadi nilai tambah atas karya tulis Clive. Mungkin itu salah satu sebab yang membuat saya lantas menjadi tertarik dengan karya penulis muda lokal E. S Ito dengan Rahasia Meede nya dimana seakan memiliki aliran yang sejenis.

Dalam novel ini sebuah gagasan yang orisinil mengemuka tentang bagaimana kemungkinan Jepang untuk menjadi bangsa superior - sa...more

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In my quest to read all of Clive Cussler's novels I began with the Dirk Pitt Adventures, Cussler's oldest and longest series. I had read three of his other books in the series that come later on before I decided to read the rest in sequence. Up to this point, Cyclops was, in my opinion, his best one so far. It still is but Dragon comes a close second.

It's 1945 and a third B-29 Superfortress takes off from Alaska with an atomic bomb called Mother's Breath, headed for a predetermined target in Ja...more
Christian Orr
I actually enjoyed "Dragon" more during this second reading than I did the first time (which was back in 1999). Cool action sequences, exotic locales and Dirk Pitt & Al Giordino's humorous banter and their flirtatious ways with the lovely ladies.

However, while I realize that I'm speaking with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight about a book that was written 23 years ago, speaking as someone who majored in International Relations in college and specialized in East Asia, the author's Japan-bashing...more
Dragon is yet another well-written action/thriller by master author, Clive Cussler. The setting of this book, in the beginning, is August 6th, 1945 in Shemya Island, Alaska. An American bomber plane is flying on its way to drop the first atomic bomb over Japan, when it is intercepted by a Japanese plane, then shot to the bottom of the ocean. This sets up for Part One, when two ships are mysteriously blown up, one of which was the base ship for an American submarine now stuck on the bottom of th...more
Benjamin Thomas
"Dragon" sounds like a fantasy novel of some kind or perhaps a documentary if you're a believer like I am. However, this one refers to the ninth book in Mr Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. I've read about six of these books now and it seems I've discovered a pattern. The very early ones are a bit dry and then they get more and more fun to read, even if more and more improbable. This one's main premise is that back near the end of WWII, a third aircraft was on its way to drop another atomic bomb on Ja...more
I absolutely loved this tenth installment of Dirk Pitt!! This book was even more action packed than the last two, which is saying something if you loved the last ones as much as I did! I was expecting some excitement, and the title of the book really drew me to it from the beginning. Especially for anyone who likes books on dragons! I did not read the summery for this one, and I am kind of glad I didn't I find it gives me two many expectations and makes me impatient. Does anyone else feel that w...more
Sarah "Mir"
I really, really enjoyed this book.

I always enjoy Clive Cussler's novels. This plot was awesomely well done in my opinion. What got me to pick it up was the summary on the back of the book. The plot includes Japan, America, a WWII bomb, and bomb threats to America.

I couldn't keep a straight face when Clive wrote himself into the novel to race with Dirk.

There was one brief scene and some profanity throughout the book, but they where well placed. I positively cracked up at this one scene.

"Any chan...more
Steven Brandt
In 1945, three US bombers, each carrying a single atomic bomb, took off for Japan in an attempt to end the war once and for all. Only two of those bombers delivered their payloads. The third was spotted by a Japanese patrol and the plane, along with its deadly cargo, came to rest on the ocean floor.

During that same war, the Japanese captured the Philippine Islands and looted the small nation of a treasure reputedly worth billions. Before the entire treasure could be transported back to Japan, Am...more
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I read this book the first time as a high schooler and remembered it being a strange time capsule to the early 90s, when Japan was going to TAKE OVER AMERICA with their manufacturing and economic success. Since I was a young child during that time period (and obviously know that Japan did not take over America), reading books like Dragon is a bit like watching movies made in the 1950s--surreal and a little funny.
But, now that I've re-read Dragon, I'm not laughing. Even for a Cussler book, it's s...more
Shane Amazon
While looking through some old books on my bookshelf I stumbled across Dragon. I thought I had read every single Dirk Pitt book published and was sure I had read this as well, however after reading the inside flap I found that I had somehow skipped over this one. Of course after finding I had missed this book I tore into it with great fervor and with little surprise soon found that the book was quite good(as the majority of Clive Cussler's earlier works are).

Dirk Pitt, one of the best written ch...more
This is a fun read, because it is so crazy. Plus, it is fairly dated now in that it deals with American fears over Japan owning the United States due to our debt and the Japanese buying up so much land and property in the United States [kind of reminded me, in some ways, of Crichton's Rising Sun]. But a crazy read it is.

It starts off with not one but two B-29s on the way to drop the A-bomb on Japan. Neither mission is aware of the other; this is General Groves' way of preparing for the worse [if...more
I continue to be amazed at Cussler’s ability to draw up complex, detailed plots and then fill them with incredible technologies, new and interesting villains, and dynamic chase scenes, not to mention believable conspiracies. I also like that he always ties the past to the present. How is it that Dirk Pitt accomplishes all that he does on pretty much zero sleep? I don’t know, but his adventures still continue to be fun. In “Dragon,” unlike previous novels, Pitt doesn’t have a penultimate showdown...more
Ludicrously out of date book that sustains itself only by virtue of including Dirk Pitt.

It's an addictive book, but displays the ludicrous late-80s/early-90s absolute fear of Japan buying the US (the worst such book I've read, in fact). I wouldn't mind that as a premise, but there are dozens of pages of shadow-boxing political arguments that I simply had to skim over. It's clear Cussler is controlling himself, but he veers dangerously close to open racism.

The other out-of-date part of the book i...more
Dirk Pitt returns in his 9th outing as Clive Cussler posits a third atomic bomb having been built and carried to Japan by Denning's Demons. They're shot down by Japanese Zeroes and the plane (with its bomb intact) lies dormant on the seafloor for years. However, Japanese crime lords have built their own nuclear arsenal and plan to control all the world's economies with a few well-placed EMPs. Dirk Pitt discovers this plan after a Japanese cargo ship and a Norwegian shipping vessel are destroyed...more
If you love a good action-adventure novel, you'll enjoy the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler. in Dragon, it's set in the 1990s. When a ship is in trouble, it disrupts NUMA's mission at Soggy Acres underground. But things always what they seem, when they've been recruited to join a MAIT team. Once briefed, they learn about a new evil empire in Japan who uses robots for employees, and plan a devious plan to take over Europe, the Western Bloc countries, and USA. Once they learn what they're up to,...more
I'm not going to review every Dirk Pitt adventure I read in the summer of '96 (you'll have to listen to Bryan Adam's song to hear a complete list), but Dragon stands out for a number of reasons:

1) Cussler finally figured out the cold war was over, so instead of fighting Ruskies, Dirk Pitt squared off against the Japs.

2) Instead of thwarting one big nuclear attack, there were lots of little suit-cased sized bombs to stop, so the book had a bit more of a modern, small terror-state feel.

3) Ninjas!...more
The first hundred pages or so has aerial fights, lost atomic bombs, a nuclear explosion, an undersea base, and two undersea rescues. One of Cussler's strength lies in his ability to tie seemingly unrelated events together. For instance, the idea of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki going wrong leading to current-day events. "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 sol...more
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I find it interesting that Cussler’s villains reflect the political temperament of the times. Russia’s had her turn as the bad guy, now it’s Japan. I wonder if Iraq will be featured in Cussler’s newer books? I got onto the Dirk Pitt series after I watched the movie Sahara. Our Non-Fiction/Ref head mentioned that Clive Cussler always writes himself into his books, but this is the first time he’s made an appearance. I was halfway expecting it, so I wasn’t as shocked as I might have been otherwise....more
Simon Blair
Reading this book at age 14 or so fully changed my life and deflected me on a path of adventure and extremity I may otherwise have not known. Ride with action-adventure supremo Dirk Pitt, a former Air Force fighter pilot and accomplished global explorer, as he takes on Japanese gangsters, Samurai assassins, deep sea salvage operations and lost nuclear weapons. I still remember how excited I was when reading the opening chapters and how sad it felt to reach the end mingled with the pleasure of kn...more
Amit Shetty
A brilliant work of story telling.
Initializing the story by providing a twist to the moments before the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing only to follow up nearly 50 years later was a feat, perhaps only Cussler could achieve.
Most parts of the novel deal with The United States and Japan racially discriminating the other though its difficult to say whose right and whose wrong.
The one major relief in this novel is that Cussler finally breaks the stereotype by introducing Japan as the main opponent rat...more
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time...more
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