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Poseidon's Arrow (Dirk Pitt #22)

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“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
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Published November 13th 2012 by Penguin Audio (first published 2012)
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Jakub Bielatko
I am a big fan of Clive Cusslers work and in my opinion this is one of his worst if not the worse books he ever wrote. Stupid plot holes and many oversights have led to a book that is hard to enjoy. Every book from Dirk Pitt adventures serious that I have read was always full of mysteries but this book that was easy to predict. At some point there is a buildup in the momentum of the story, Dirk and the Governmental official are after dead scientist notes and after being shot at and chased by ban ...more
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
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
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
Ann Keller
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
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
Kathy Davie
Twenty-second in the Dirk Pitt action suspense 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
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
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
Angus Mcfarlane
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
Don Gorman
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
William Bentrim
Poseidon's Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler

The Cussler franchise continues in this formula book. Like Patterson, Cussler has created a formula that sells books. He starts with a preposterous mystery and then shares the stage with the primary mystery. Eventually they are tied together. This story starts with an Italian submarine in WWII and then goes to modern espionage and commercial terrorism.

The story was almost a parody of the franchise success. There were too many escapades that fo
Doug Clark
In early July, I finished Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive and Dirk Cussler. This is Clive Cussler’s 22nd novel featuring his main series character, Dirk Pitt, and the fifth one co-authored by his son, Dirk (named after Clive’s main character). Cussler first wrote about Pitt and his partner, Al Giordino, in The Mediterranean Caper published in 1973. Cussler created Pitt to be a sort of an anti-Bond, but I confess, I see Sean Connery as Pitt. Pitt is described as being 6’ 3” with craggy features, dark w ...more
Christian Orr
Not quite vintage Cussler (Clive's novels from the 1970s and early 80s were more earthy and hard-core in terms of violence, sex, and profanity....they're much more PG-level nowadays), but fun and fast-paced and eminently readable. The father-and-son combo of Clive and Dirk Cussler was batting .500 up to this point ("Crescent Dawn" and "Treasure of Khan" were fun, "Arctic Drift" and "Black Wind" were boring and unengaging), so with this effort, they're above a 50-50 success rate IMHO.

Good action
In the twenty second of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt Series of novels Dirk is asked to aid the NCIS in investigating the mysterious disappearance of a scientist who has been working on a prototype for a revolutionary new attack submarine. These investigations lead Dirk to a ruthless Austrian multimillionaire who wants seize the prototype and its plans and sell it to the Chinese for a hefty profit. At the same time the multimillionaire is trying to use nefarious means to try and monopolize the world ...more
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.
This is a typical Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt adventure with over-the-top action and was a lot of fun. Since Dirk is getting up there in age, what with having his now-adult kids joining in the fray, one thing that was missing in this book that had been in some others was any indication of his age. He's out there moving and acting like a Navy Seal with no aches or pains or "I'm getting too old for this" thoughts. There were also a couple of items that seemed a bit too obvious and should've been suspi ...more
I know that Pitt is going to survive but Cussler's books are still a fun read.
The US Navy has developed new submarine technology - technology that will blow away all previous subs. The problem is, not only are key scientists and their findings disappearing, but so are the rare earth minerals that are necessary to actually building this amazing new technology. As Dirk Pitt, and his son, Dirk Jr, both happen upon different shipwrecks, they may just hold the keys to unlock the mystery of what is going on, and where to find the culprit.

A fun adventure, but it started really s
Suspend belief and enjoy the ride!
As a huge fan of Clive Cussler for over 20 years I expected nothing less than a 5 star book from "Poseidon's Arrow". Story is a Dirk Pitt driven vehicle along with his pal Al Giordino teamed in all things action. Joined by Dirk's son Dirk Jr., and daughter Summer this one is action from page 1 right on through to it's conclusion. New character Ann Bennett from NCIS is add to it's cast. Most of Cussler's regulars are here too: Sandecker, Gunn, and Yager. It's "Cussler-ific" as most of his books u ...more
Toni Osborne
Book # 22 in the Dirk Pitt series

The plot detail is from Wikipedia, short and precise I couldn't have said it better, although I did take the time and liberty to complement it with my own thoughts.

“This book is about a secret prototype attack submarine the United States is developing and the efforts of a ruthless multimillionaire who wants to seize it by any means and sell it for a hefty profit. This millionaire antagonist also is bent on monopolizing most of the world’s rare earth mineral minin
Great adventure. Holds your interest throughout. Love this series. Dirk Pitt is the best!

It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades—an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing—and the man who developed it is dead.

At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are
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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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