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Poseidon's Arrow (Dirk Pitt #22)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  6,003 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews
“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones,” praises the Associated Press. “Exotic locations, ruthless villains and many narrow escapes—Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.”

And now the Cusslers bring us Pitt’s most dangerous adventure of all...

It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades — an attack submarine capable of
Audio CD, Unabridged, 14 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Penguin Audio (first published 2012)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Pretty good, the beginning was a bit slow, but it got better as the story progressed. You notice quickly that Cussler follows the same pattern in every book if you have read some of his books, but it works often even if one rarely gets surprised. But I do enjoy reading a Cussler book now and then.
Jan 30, 2013 Ken rated it did not like it
I use to like Clive's books but lately they have become really hard to like. Dirk Pitt is his original character but this book had so many plot holes and stupid oversights that I just could not get into it.

Dirk is sent to investigate the disappearance of a secret drive system. They of course find the shipwreck but over look the mysterious ship that just "happens" to be hanging around.

The bad guys steal the system from Dirk and crew. After a chase of course Dirk recovers the girl and manages to d
Nov 07, 2014 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, e-books
It's been a few years since I have read a Dirk Pitt novel. They're fun, but not too much deep, except for the diving :-) Beach reading. This one has a bit of Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, as the U.S. Navy is developing a superfast, super quiet submarine. A crazy Austrian steals the plans and the prototype as part of his plan to create a monopoly on rare earth elemnents along with the Chinese. As always, this is far fetched, and just when things are bleakest, help appears from nowhere to sae ...more
Mar 05, 2013 John154 rated it it was ok
I have read all the Dirk Pitt novels and have really enjoyed them, until this one.

Most of the novels catch your interested from the 2nd or 3rd page. Most have very well written and researched plots that are believable. The fun part was always the historical secondary plot that made the stories unique. This one the secondary plot isn't even mentioned until 3/4 of the ways thru the book. Usually once I start the book I have a hard time putting the book down. Not so this time, I let the book set se
Apr 28, 2013 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The elements of the Cussler style for the Dirk Pitt adventures are all here - the damsel in distress, events on opposite sides of th globe being linked, a huge build up to a quick finale, and a bit player named Clive Cussler. Add to this Dirk Pitt Jr (and his sister Summer) who follows in the grand tradition of Scrappy Doo, Muppet Babies, and every other story teller who has run dry of original ideas for his main character so adds the main characters son to continue the adventures and one gets a ...more
James Hein
Nov 23, 2012 James Hein rated it liked it
Real rating 3.5 ish

The low rating is for the three events that occured one after each other (you'll know what I mean when you see them) One OK, two was really stretching it but the third one was patently absurd that there was no security by that point.

Apart from that a fairly classic Dirk Pitt adventure. A bit more disjointed than usual and the feeling I got was the book was a little rushed.

It was entertaining and for the most part reasonably workable.
Nov 28, 2012 Dugger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that Pitt is going to survive but Cussler's books are still a fun read.
Dec 09, 2012 James rated it really liked it
Suspend belief and enjoy the ride!
Vaughan Humphries
Dirk Pitt has been a part of my life for the past twenty years. I once looked forward to the next swashbuckling adventure to come hot off the keyboard of Clive Cussler, however, much like John Grisham, the plots started becoming highly formulaic, ergo predictable; and I felt that the series had become more of a 'must get bestseller out by Christmas' approach rather than the thoroughly thought out and well researched they once were.

The introduction of Dirk's twin children Dirk Pitt Jr and Summer
Nancy Steinle gummel
Poseidon's Arrow by Clive Cussler is another delightful Dirk Pitt adventure. Dirk is ageless and he has his two kids along for the ride, Summer and young Dirk. Admiral Sandecker is now vice president Sandecker. Hiram Yeager and Ruddi Gunn have loftier positions under the new head of NUMA, Dirk Pitt. Pitt gets called to aid NCIS agent Ann discover what happened to a scientist who disappeared. They learned he was the scientist who built a revolutionary propulsion system on a phenomenal new submari ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Tim rated it did not like it
Perhaps if you have the need for mayhem, chases and murder every few chapters, you will find this to your liking. However, I find this contrived, boring and redundant. 2 of 10 stars
Kathy Davie
Dec 18, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
Twenty-second in the Dirk Pitt action thriller series revolving around the director of NUMA, his sidekick, and his kids.

My Take
It's a case of national pride, military superiority, traitors in high places, and the selling and buying of rare earth elements desperately needed in our technology-rich lives. And, oh man, the action is hot, fast, and furious as we run all over the globe in this one with chase scenes galore from ATVs to merchant carriers to vintage Packards. Definitely Saturday afternoo
Edwin Kort
Jun 11, 2017 Edwin Kort rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Aardig boek, dat volgens het beproefde Cussler stramien loopt. Eerst een stuk uit het (verre) verleden, en daarna een sprong naar het heden. Het begin was een beetje traag, maar het werd beter toen het verhaal vorderde.

Simon Harris
Apr 23, 2017 Simon Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book has exactly what you'd expect from a Clive Cussler novel. It's a good read full of action and mystery. Some parts or a bit disjointed but doesn't take away from the overall story.

Another easy read for the sun lounger.
Oct 12, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the first Cussler book I’ve actually reviewed. Cussler’s book “Atlantis Found” was the first novel I ever read front to back all the way through, and I was quickly hooked into reading every Dirk Pitt book. It’s been a few years since I’ve read a Clive Cussler book, but it was a joy to return to reading a Pitt novel, as he was something of a childhood hero to me (childhood being my teenage years). Poseidon’s Arrow has all the trademarks of a Cussler novel, namely, lots of seemingly ...more
Feb 10, 2017 Giuls rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro, esattamente come tutti i più recenti di Cussler, forse ad eccezione di “Alba di fuoco” ha alcuni pro e molti contro.

Per quel che riguarda i pro, questi consistono principalmente nell’avventura che impregna le pagine e che ti impedisce molto spesso di staccarti dal libro tanto ti prende, che fanno sì tu sia seduta sul bordo della sedia, o, per meglio dire, del letto, nemmeno stessi vivendo davvero quelle scene.
E poi, ovviamente, Dirk Pitt non può che essere un pro. Anche se devo amm
Nov 10, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good lord, where to begin. Every female character Dirk Pitt encountered (all 3 of them in the entire book) were "voluptuous", "gorgeous", etc., and despite having high-level jobs in government or criminal investigation were in almost constant need of saving by Dirk or Dirk (yes, Dirk's son is also named Dirk, which makes interactions between them incredibly confusing to read). The villains have an endless supply of henchmen who will risk their lives at the drop of a hat despite being treated lik ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Monnie rated it liked it
If you're looking for a fast-paced, high seas adventure you can easily finish in a day or two, don't hesitate to try this one. It's the latest in the author's series featuring Dirk Pitt - a series that started way back in 1965. Today, Pitt heads up the National Underwater and Marine Agency, and he's grown old enough that he's been joined at the agency by his grown-up twins, Dirk Jr. and Summer.

If it's snappy, intelligent dialogue and scenarios that don't sound contrived that you want, however, y
Ann Keller
Jan 09, 2013 Ann Keller rated it really liked it
While still poised on the brink of an extraordinary advancement in underwater propulsion, two scientists suddenly disappear. Meanwhile, huge ore carriers with cargos of rare Earth elements simply vanish off the face of the planet. Remnants of their gallant crew are seared to a crisp, their bodies burned to cinders.

The mysterious disappearances arouse the interest of Dirk Pitt and the staff of NUMA. As it turns out, investigating the disappearances is a harrowing race against death. Dirk and his
Jake Kappel
Apr 12, 2015 Jake Kappel rated it it was amazing
This book is about the director of NUMA Dirk Pitt and his quest to prevent an Austrian madman from stealing secrets from the US and monopolizing the rare earth elements trade which could ruin the US's economy. I gave this book a 5 because of the excitement and how engrossing the story is. The story routinely switches perspective keeping you involved in every part of the story while the characters are still unaware of what is happening to the people they love. Towards the end of the book the side ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Feb 05, 2013 Angus Mcfarlane rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, reviewed
This is the Cussler that I enjoy - modern adventurers accessing or defending speculative technology with old sea legends unravelling in the background. This one had a strong Australian connection and relied heavily on the current state of Rare Earth element trade, capturing fairly well the dynamics of their mining and market. The description of a ball mill in laymans terms was amusing! There is not any doubt about the outcome of course, rather the ride taken to get there. In this case the heroes ...more
The US has developed a fast attack submarine, but the new engine goes missing and it's creator is found dead. Around the same time, ships carrying rare earth elements are disappearing, and when they do turn up, the bodies found aboard are burned and charred. NUMA director Dirk Pitt, his twin children Dirk and Summer and their familiar entourage join up with NCIS agent Ann Bennett to regain the prototype engine and find out why the ships are vanishing.

A good adventure novel, with my favourite Cus
Jun 15, 2014 David rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
I've not read a Clive Cussler novel before. When this came out in paperback I picked it up to give it a shot, and only got around to it recently.

Cussler seems to be able to put together a pretty fun adventure novel, one that is directly connected to the Ocean as possible. It was intersting, the characters weren't anything amazing but they carried the story. Ultimately you have a lot of fun. I liked it enough to know I'll have to read more.

The only thing that really bugged me about the book was h
Jul 21, 2014 David rated it really liked it
My first Dirk Pitt novel in quite some time, and as always, it is an engaging experience to re-visit the cornerstone character of the Clive Cussler literary empire. The ageless James Bond of the high seas, is ably assisted these days by his son and daughter, and of course Al Giordino manages to wisecrack his way through every desperate situation. I had forgotten what an amazingly resilient character Dirk Pitt is. In this adventure/espionage thriller, he manages to knock rampaging freighters, off ...more
Don Gorman
Nov 26, 2012 Don Gorman rated it liked it
Help me out here. I thought that as of the last one of these books Dirk was an old guy, behind a desk, somewhat sedentary and letting his kids do all the heavy lifiting. I must have missed it when Dirk Pitt returned back to his action hero self. Good thing he did, because it keeps everything going for Clive Cussler in this part of the NUMA series. As always, wonderful preposterous stuff. But it is, and always has been, pretty darn addictive. I always manage to get around to reading them, and I a ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brings back to active field work Dirk Pitt along with Al Giordino and Rudy Gunn. It takes them into harm's way as they attempt to safeguard military secrets and extraordinary propulsion motors, along with the rare earth metals that power them. I enjoyed have Dirk, Rudi and Al back in play.
Don Gubler
Apr 08, 2015 Don Gubler rated it liked it
Not among the better Cussler.
Aug 30, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
lots of action but too drawn out
Mike Billington
Jul 01, 2017 Mike Billington rated it it was amazing
Dirk Pitt is one of heroic fiction's most enduring characters.
Author Clive Cussler has sent Pitt on adventures around the world over the past 40-plus years and in "Poseidon's Arrow" he does so once again. This time, Pitt joins forces with an NCIS agent (who just happens to be a beautiful woman) in an adventure involving a highly advanced attack submarine, ships that mysteriously go missing, an Italian warship that disappeared during the tail end of World War II with a potentially lethal cargo, a
Okay. I am a little irritated because my screen just flickered and I lost most of the review I had just typed. So this review may be a little harsher because of my frustration.

This was a mediocre story. I would not recommend it to anybody. Clive Cussler has done much better work in his other novels [especially his earlier ones and including his other novels he co-wrote with his son, Dirk] making this one . . . insulting.

The gist of the story: America has developed new underwater technology that
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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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