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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,262 Ratings  ·  288 Reviews
A daring rescue sends Dirk Pitt on an adventure that will determine the future of the planet ...When a hurricane unexpectedly blows up off the coast of Nicaragua, a giant floating hotel lies in its path. With no escape for the helpless passengers and crew, it's left to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to launch a rescue and save the day. But in the storm's wake, Pitt and his team discov ...more
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Published by Thorndike Press (first published 2003)
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Jim
Feb 25, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
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
Rickey
May 29, 2012 Rickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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E.C. Ayres
Mar 06, 2010 E.C. Ayres rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Glamgirlm
Mar 15, 2009 Glamgirlm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Johnny
Apr 26, 2011 Johnny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Chris Wolfgang
Mar 05, 2013 Chris Wolfgang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Corey
Dec 12, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta say, if it wasn't for the ending I probably would have given this book 3 stars, but there were some big twists in the end so I decided to give it 4 stars. Trojan Odyssey introduces us to Dirk Pitt's two grown children, Summer and Dirk Pitt Jr. who's mother was Summer Moran, Pitt's love interest in his first adventure Pacific Vortex, who Pitt thought had died, I won't say anymore than that because I'll spoil it for those who haven't yet read it. They didn't seem to focus on Pitt's childre ...more
Kristen
Jan 30, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
In the 17th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Trojan Odyssey, Dirk and I return for another awesome and dangerous adventure. This time, Dirk met his grown twin children for the first time, Summer and Dirk, to embark on this journey. When they worked on an underwater enclosure, Summer discovered a strange and beautiful artifact and somehow unleashed a storm that was headed to them and others on the ocean. A too-human evil force was behind the brown tide, which was a by-product ...more
Ed
Aug 20, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#17 in the Dirk Pitt series. Final solo entry in the series before author Cussler started sharing the writing duties with his son Dirk.

#17 Dirk Pitt series - Concerns foiling a dastardly plot by outlandish villains to launch a new ice age, and at the same time demonstrating that the Achaeans were not Greeks but Celts, and that Troy was a town in what's now England. After a prelude set during the Trojan War, a monstrous hurricane sweeps toward the Caribbean, endangering not only Pitt's twin son a
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Judd Exley
Feb 18, 2015 Judd Exley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I first read a Clive Cussler novel about 18 years ago. I took it for what it was, a fun and fast-paced action movie in the form of a book. I suspended my belief long enough to enjoy a bit of a daring hero romp, and that was fine. I looked to this book for more of the same and could not have been more disappointed.

Whoever edited this book needs reprimanded, or even fired. Some of the setting description repetition was jarring and the misuse of phrases and continuity errors were quite bad as well.
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Paul
Sep 22, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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LadyCroft86
Jul 24, 2014 LadyCroft86 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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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.
Dorothy
Jun 01, 2010 Dorothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cliff
Jun 29, 2015 Cliff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Clive Cussler In years. I picked up this with a heap of others being sold for next to nothing in a charity shop. I have to say the writing doesn't improve with age. It has the besetting sin of so many pulp American writers of littering the pages with quite unnecessary plugs for all kinds of things, in this book from the precise name of a camcorder to that of a diving suit. The story is interesting in that it posits that the original Homer Odyssey was a Celtic rather than a Greek ...more
Bev Taylor
Mar 08, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a dirk pitt adventure - and he looks as though he is winding down ....

a daring rescue sends dirk pitt on an adventure that will determine the future of the planet

a hurricane unexpectedly blows up off the coast of nicaragua and a giant floating hotel lies in it's path. this is the most ferocious one seen for centuries and only numa and dirk pitt can launch a rescue

his children r also looking into a strange brown crud that is threatening the life of the ocean

so an investigation mounts and histo
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John Parabellum
Oct 10, 2014 John Parabellum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dave Fellows
2/5 stars. It's hard to tell whether Clive Cussler is actively trying to destroy the Dirk Pitt franchise, or whether even before his son got his name on the cover he was already writing the books. This is the last Dirk Pitt book that claims to be written by Clive alone, but either he's lying or has forgotten how to write. And if this book was edited at all, the editor needs to sit down and have a serious word with himself/herself. Here are a few gems from the book: words used repeatedly and very ...more
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
Aug 20, 2009 Peter Carlisle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2013 Josh Hession rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa-Lee
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
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Jarem Nielsen
Aug 05, 2008 Jarem Nielsen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clive Cussler's always great after reading something heavy, just to relax the brain and have some cranial fun.
Chris Haak
Typical Cussler story: easy read, implausible scenarios, entertaining, the hero always wins.
Ron
Sep 15, 2008 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Elysa
May 31, 2014 Elysa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clive-cussler
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
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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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