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Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  10,395 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
Japan, 1945:
Two U.S. bombers take off with atomic bombs. Only one gets through.

The Pacific, 1993:
A Japanese cargo ship bound for the United States is instantly, thunderously vaporized, taking with it a Norwegian vessel. Japanese fanatics have developed a chilling plan to devastate and destroy the Western powers. From the ocean depths to the discovery of cache of lost Nazi

Hardcover, 542 pages
Published June 15th 1990 by Simon and Schuster
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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.)
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 20, 2012 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edwin Kort
Een typische Clive Cussler / Dirk Pitt boek . Het opent met actie en vertraagt niet voor het einde.

Dirk Pitt is de ultieme macho held. Hij kan niets fouts doen, ontsnapt uit allerlei moeilijke situaties en redt uiteindelijk de wereld. Het verhaal is loopt lekker door, is boeiend maar de verafgoding van Pitt en de neiging om zich zelf in het verhaal te schrijven vervelend.

Het verhaal is een beetje een mix van science-fiction en werkelijkheid. Zo blijkt dat Dirk Pitt al een paar maanden in een on
Feb 22, 2013 Bogdan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-world
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
Feb 08, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it
I haven't read Clive Cussler in a long time, I still know most of the primary characters by heart. Dragon is a fast paced action adventure, a fun read.
Serena Zulian
Feb 13, 2017 Serena Zulian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia inizia forse un poco a rilento, con la descrizione accurata di ciò che accade sulla Divine Star da quando l’equipaggio norvegese vi sale a bordo, per passare poi subito dopo ad un’altra imbarcazione, questa volta utilizzata come base per missioni sottomarine in profondità. Il vero protagonista della storia, quello che tutti gli appassionati di Cussler attendono, compare solo dopo qualche capitolo. È proprio questo suo arrivo che segna l’inizio della trama vera e propria.

L’esplosione in
Dec 25, 2016 Priya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Clive Cussler, Dirk Pitt is invincible. It was a very fun and enjoyable read. Good time pass.
Kathryn West
Feb 27, 2017 Kathryn West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Cussler. Never disappoints! The usual rip-roaring adventure, intrigue and dastardly deeds.... foiled by the inimitable Pitt.
Feb 06, 2017 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started and it is a fun read. Need some good fiction once in awhile
Christian Scala
Feb 09, 2011 Christian Scala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Dragon, in originale “Dragon” è un libro del 1990, romanzo del genere avventura di Clive Cussler, che è uno scrittore statunitense di romanzi d'avventura. La carriera di scrittore comincia nel 1965, mentre si ritrovava a badare ai figli la notte per sopperire alla moglie poliziotta. Esordisce nella narrativa nel 1973, con la pubblicazione del romanzo Enigma, cronologicamente il secondo romanzo dedicato alle avventure di Dirk Pitt. Solo nel 1982 viene pubblicato il primo romanzo di Pitt, Vortice, ...more
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
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
Aug 25, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it
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
Sep 18, 2015 Joshua rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s face it – given the fact that the adventure genre is filled with clichés and not typically given to introspection, a one star book in this genre must be very, very bad. And indeed Dragon is the most atrocious thing I’ve ever read, and I’ve read quite a few atrocious things. This book is racist to an almost astounding level. Even if Dragon was not offensive on every level conceivable and quite a few that aren’t, it would still be a contemptible, disgusting piece of literature. The very fact ...more
Tony Opsata
Apr 22, 2014 Tony Opsata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is the first Dirk Pitt book I ever read, and it's a good thing. I only read one more DP all the way through and that was "Night Probe" which I didn't like nearly as much as this one. After that I made attempts to read a couple more, but just couldn't do it.
First, the bad: Clive Cussler has no ear for dialogue. His characters' talk is either stiff and stilted or it's movie-perfect. Dirk and his stereotypical wisecracking-Italian sidekick Al Giordino, in particular, always, always, seem to co
Benjamin Thomas
Dec 05, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
"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
Nov 10, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave Fellows
3/5 stars. Although the final hundred pages went some way to redeeming what went before, this was still the first of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels that really missed the mark, for me. Maybe the series had finally become too “big” for Cussler to think he really had to try very hard anymore, or maybe the publishers rode him too hard for his manuscript, because something about this simply felt rushed, or not given enough attention. Which is a shame, because the general premise of the world being ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shane Amazon
Oct 11, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2013 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi vuole un’avventura nell’estremo oriente.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Essere coinvolto in una missione di spionaggio non è una novità per Dirk Pitt, ma stavolta ha un interesse personale che lo spinge a dare il massimo. Si ritrova, infatti, coinvolto in un’azione pericolosa internazionale, che vede contrapposto il Giappone contro le maggiori potenze occidentali, dove alcuni personaggi politici sono stati rapiti per essere sfruttati come ostaggi. La senatrice Loren Smith, grande amica di Dirk e sua amante, è tra gli sf
Feb 20, 2011 Asfarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-bookshelf

Ada banyak alasan untuk membeli buku. Namun alasan buku ini saya beli bisa dibilang terlalu polos : karena dapat diskon :mrgreen:. Waktu itu saya baru registrasi sebagai anggota di Elex Comic Center Bogor. Waktu saya membeli buku ini, ternyata ada diskon khusus sebesar tiga puluh persen untuk buku-buku yang diterbitkan oleh Dastan. Ya sudah, saya manfaatkan diskon tersebut untuk membeli buku ini :D. Harga asli buku ini Rp80.000,-, setelah diskon menjadi Rp56.000,-. Lumayan.

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José Ramón
Jul 11, 2016 José Ramón rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christian D.  Orr
Jan 27, 2013 Christian D. Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th
Jan 11, 2009 res rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-so-bad
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
May 22, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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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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