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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  11,133 ratings  ·  241 reviews
"Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a few surprising twists, he gives us his most audacious work yet." "At the end of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known about, twenty-th ...more
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Published November 30th 2004 by Penguin Audio (first published 2003)
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A friend loaned me this book to read. I hadn’t read any other Cussler books, and this is the 17th book in the series, so perhaps I would have rated it higher if I had a better understanding of the main characters.

The book begins with a new theory of the Trojan War - that it actually involved the Celts. This was the first 31 pages of the book, and I had a hard time getting through this. I wanted to get on with the book, so more or less skimming through this introduction, I finally did get to the
Dirk Pitt and the gang remain one of my favorite guilty pleasures, even though I've fallen a few books behind in the series. The plots are far-fetched, the plot holes are sometimes gaping, and the dialogue is often stilted. (Someone in this day and age referring to something as "heavenly"? Or a 24-year-old woman saying "I shall"?) But there is always some interesting science and speculative fiction behind the main plot, and this one is no exception. This time around, the historical question cent ...more
Gene Ayres
This potboiler is the sort of bad writing that comes of too much, or too easy success that leads one to think he or she can just knock out a book over a weekend or two and a bottle of Scotch. Just in the first part, there is a hurricane barreling towards the Caribbean heading "due east." This is repeated several times. Hurricanes do not and cannot barrel due east. Especially from Africa. Hello? Then there is the scene in which intrepid hero Dirk Pitt arrives to rescue a battered floating hotel i ...more
Dirk Pitt is at it again! The catagory 5 hurricane Lizzie is tearing its way through the ocean, leaving death and destruction in it wake. A giant floating hotel is left to the mercy of the storm and the only hope for the over one thousand crew and passengers is (the as always amazing) Dirk Pitt. Dirk and his totally funny "sidekick" Al save the day and the storm leaves mysterious clues to an awe inspiring mystery including, a Celtic woman who is convinced she will take over the world and is fond ...more
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Chris Wolfgang
I have read the Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler. It is a fiction and historical fiction book. The main characters of the book are, Pitt, Giordino, Dirk, Summer, Admiral Sandecker and Rudi Gunn. The book is about a big man named Specter who controls a big operation that tunnels underneath Nicaragua to the Pacific to the Atlantic. the catch is he has made a new renewable energy to power cars and are replacing batteries and oil. So when Specter opes up the tunnels the Ocean will flow through and wi ...more
Very good locations and creative storyline. Somewhat predictable plot.
After reading several Cussler novels, I find I am tiring of several common features:
- arrogant, egotistical, and always wisecracking characters who take unnecessary and sometimes ill-timed and not well planned actions
- self serving author ego. He always has to tell us repeatedly about his car collection, probably for tax write off purposes. He often inserts himself into his own books, as if he cannot stand to not be in the spo
Another exciting adventure with Dirk Pitt. This one was different from the others in that, Pitt's children, Dirk and Summer are now part of the adventure. This is a really clever way to keep the Dirk Pitt books alive and have the actual character age. Now Pitt Jr can take over for the original Pitt and more and more adventures can follow. I also like how there is now a female character that is in the action, although she doesn't do much but get captured and almost killed. I would really like to ...more
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
Narrated by Scott Brick

Having missed "Odyssey" several years ago, it was worth the somewhat predictable revisionist history fantasy woven by Cussler. Dirk Pitt and offspring stumble on another earth-threatening catastrophe in the making. Through modern-day swashbuckling and some probable and some improbable technology and sleuthing, they manage to save the day. I'll leave the plot & details to you readers. Otherwise, where's the fun?

Note: Having firmly seated myself at the #E
Christine Blachford
Another Clive Cussler book that begins with a seemingly random event (this time it’s a hurricane), that leads to Dirk Pitt getting involved, and that, of course, leads to a ridiculously evil plot either to destroy or take over the world. Pitt and his buddy Giordino get into all sorts of mischief and usually manage to save the situation. It may be formulaic, but it’s still pretty awesome.

This time round, a corporation is intent on changing the weather for their own gain. It’s somewhat unbelievabl
Jeff Brateman
I've decided that this is my last Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt book. I'm not one to judge quickly (ok, that's a lie), but someone had to have been on drugs when reading this book and thinking it is/was printworthy. There is no suspense, no drama, no anything. In the words of Joe, "A cookie-cutter book." Oh yea, I was so damn confused about the kids, one who's name is Dirk Jr. Oh wow, do I hear more books coming? I sure as hell ain't going to be reading anymore of them, that's for sure.
If I give a book 5 stars, it is because I love it enough to read it more than once. I have read this one 3 times. It is a Dirk Pitt novel and a good one. You have to watch Cussler, he tends to take a little history and throw in a LOT of fiction. In this case he does base a lot of the story on a scholarly book "Where Troy Once Stood". it is a fast paced story full of twists and turns and daring do.
Annette McIntyre
The usual implausible plot told with verve and flair, with the heroes extricating themselves in a believable fashion.

My only quibble is that so far the new characters of Dirk Jr and his twin sister Summer have yet to show their father's flair for getting out of the situations they end up in. Once they start doing this, they will be as much fun as their dad Dirk Sr, and his pal Al Gordiano.
John Parabellum
I rated this book a 4 because while it is an engrossing page turner and a joy to read, I find it harder and harder to believe that a person can keep pushing her/his body as much as Pitt does.

The story starts off with a pre-story featuring the tale of Homer's Odyssey with a new twist. Then the book moves to the present where there is a brown crud threatening the ocean's ecosystem. As Dirk and Al investigate the Crud's origin, they butt heads with a company named Odyssey whose owner, The Spectre
Peter Thornton
The Pitt and Giordino characters are great and have some lovely comic moments, and I am sure that screen-writers could improve some of the more painful one-liners. I enjoyed the moment when the German scientists discover they have been rescued by a pair of marine engineers rather than CIA agents, or when the marine commander sees Pitt and Giordino blow away some guards, "I thought you guys were marine engineers", Pitt replies, "We do that to". We get a little background on the Giordino character ...more
Peter Carlisle
Ahh Clive Cussler... Guilty pleasures. His plots are far-fetched, and his heroes are just a little too perfect, but his books are fun to read. This one was especially entertaining, and if you are interested in the Trojan War, it is worth a read.
Josh Hession
This book is a well written adventure. It was full of excitement and made me want to keep reading. It is a mix of the modern world, and tales of Odysseus' travels. It is a great novel and I would recommend it to anyone that likes action.
Another great read, although having two Dirk Pitts in one book takes a little getting used to and can at times be confusing and I found myself wanting to skip over the parts involving Dirk Pitt Jnr and his twin sister mainly because it had been so long since I read the book with their arrival on the scene.

SPOILER - This book marks the end of Dirk Pitts days in the field and as a bachelor, and the beginning of his days behind a desk. We meet up with Kurt Austin outside the Admirals office in a sc
Jarem Nielsen
Clive Cussler's always great after reading something heavy, just to relax the brain and have some cranial fun.
Good story, but the execution is not even up to Cussler's standards.
Teo Hoppe
Every few years, Dirk Pitt saves the world from an ecological disaster. This daunting task is always achieved, but only after harrowing adventures, dastardly villans, and heroics that are beyond mere mortals, such as I.
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
The subplot, which gave the book its title, was completely pointless. The main storyline with the Druids bent on destroying the world and then using its resources to take over financially was completely fine on its own. I don't know why it was necessary to have the little side adventure that spits in the face of 3000 years of history and doesn't even involve the main character. It would have been much more action packed and entertaining if it only included Dirk Pitt's adventure. As it stands, it ...more
Good story I listened to in audio format.
This was a fast read. It held my attention throughout the entire book. I think this might have been the only book in the 'modern line' where Clive does not show up to help Dirk and Al with some conundrum. It held together fairly well throughout the entire course of the book [even the discussion about where the Battle of Troy was fought].

This was almost the third book in which Dirk Pitt [now Sr.] does not have sex with a woman, but in the final chapter he is thinking fondly of an all-nighter with
Cussler's "Trojan Odyssey" had no real connection to Homer's Odysseus other than the fact that the villain(s) built an evil empire inspired by the King of Ithaca and had "discovered" that the Trojan war was not fought in Greece, but closer to the British Isles.
Lamentably, we don't even see an aging Dirk Pitt until page one hundred of the novel when, of course, he defies the odds and saves thousands in an outrageous act of heroism. Almost too outrageous, even for Dirk Pitt.
Look, I have always enj
Clive Cussler is one of the most noted authors for Adventure fiction. His cinematic way of writing made this a fun if unbelievable read. Dirk Pitt and his children are both featured in this story that involves Celtic history and the story of Odysseus. Dirk Pitt's role in the story is to uncover the connection that the billion-dollar corporation Odyssey has with an environmental catastrophe stemming from the seas in Nicaragua. While his children originally research this environmental issue, their ...more
Clive Cussler was one of the first authors I started reading when I was making the transition from children's books like the Babysitter's Club and the Boxcar Children to adult literature. I used to love his novels and looked forward to getting a new one to read. Now I don't know if it's me, Clive, or both of us, but his books just don't hold the same wonder for me as they used to. I love fantasy literature and can't get enough of wizards and dragons, and somehow Cussler's books are less believab ...more
Hardy boys meet James Bond. Or a Hardy boy who after somewhat growing up (and reaching 50+ years) works for a sea research facility and ends up in jamesbondish missions to save the world from spectrelike and blofeldlike villains. Indeed, the super villain here is called Specter...
Book # 17 in the series, but the first one I've read. Way more bondlike than I imagined, so I guess I might add a few to the beach read pile.

In the beginning of this story there was a piece of history in Troja and its h
Sometimes I take a step back from an author whose books I like in order to find new writers. After a two-year absence, I recently returned to Clive Cussler through TROJAN ODYSSEY (ISBN 978-0425199329, paperback, $9.99).

Cussler has his protagonists, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, team up with Dirk, Jr. and his twin sister Summer to save the world, again. Along the way, you might even learn a little history of ancient Troy.

In the course of the story, a mega-floating hotel with Dirk Sr. and Al aboard
David Erickson
NUMA stumbles across an evil plot to change the world’s climate and then does something about it.
I’m a committed fan of Clive Cussler. I’ve read at least a dozen of his books and all have proven to be entertaining. But though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all Cussler’s novels (naturally some better than others), this one was disappointing.
As a writer I’m now stuck in edit mode, whether I’m watching a movie or reading a book, which means I’m incapable of just enjoying them without noting the problems w
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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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