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Cyclops (Dirk Pitt #8)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  9,335 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Shocked to discover that a covert group of U.S. industrialists has put a colony on the moon, Dirk Pitt becomes a key figure in an international conspiracy in which he is the only one who can stop a Russian attack. Reissue."
Hardcover, 475 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1986)
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Even for expecting an over the top action/adventure, this one took it just a little too far. While the plot points were interesting, there were too many for one book. A secret colony on the moon; the lost El Dorada statue; several concurrent plots by the Communists in Russia to attack said secret moon colony, have their one secret manned island near Cuba that was basically a giant antenna with a beach, assassinate Fidel Castro, and then blame the CIA for it; secret talks between the Fidel and th ...more
M.E. Kinkade
I picked this book up at a charity book swap for a dollar. After that last book, I figured I needed something fun and easy on the brain. I mean, Dirk Pitt is Indiana Jones + James Bond + water! Several Dirk Pitt books have made an appearance as family road-trip fodder, because, while basically predictable (What, this story involves a secret treasure that's probably in the ocean somewhere?! Who would guess!), it's fun. What's not to like?

So when I tell you that I basically enjoyed this book unti
Quinn Zunino
Dirk Pitt has been beaten to death, swam in the middle of the night across a vast body of water, arrived on the beaches of Cuba with no hope of survival and first thing in the morning he had sex in a drainage pipe????? WTF!! I like Clive Cussler's adventures, especially Dirk Pitt's, but this has been the most weird and outlandish one yet. The story barely holds together as the main plot points are only connected by pure luck. Not the best of Cussler but at least an enjoyable read.
As a typical
This book is good book. To me this book was well written, and has plenty of action going on in it. In this book there were some words that I had to look up in the dictionary because I didn't know what they meant, but that didn't stop me from reading it. Some strengths about this book is that it was full of action. Some people might not like that, but for me it made the book great. A weakness to this book is that it is longer than books that I like, but that just makes it perfect for independent ...more
Greg Strandberg
Another great Dirk Pitt novel, you really can't go wrong with this series. This is also the book where he gets his prized bathtub, so it's worth reading for that.

All in all, just another in the same mold. Cussler has a good formula here, why mung it up?
It was time for some cinematic adventure....Dirk Pitt fills that need for me. The eighth Pitt came out in '86, so he's battling those "evil" Russians again. Another fun action adventure.
it isn't that you will regularly get a chance to hold such an amazing book and if you get one, then don't miss it. Cyclops is one such a book, a book you should never miss.
Right from the first page, Cussler gives you a lot of surprises, twist and makes the reading not just fun but worth.
If you come across this book, go for it. its worth for your time and money.
cussler once again proves that he is an amazing entertainer.
I have read " the treasure", "Deep six", " Trojan odyssey", "Sahara" and now
May 10, 2015 Betelgeuse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi sogna un’avventura intricata con un protagonista irresistibile.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Finalmente un’avventura di Dirk Pitt che ritorna a essere entusiasmante e avvincente, con anche una novità: compare anche qualche elemento di fantascienza. Il nostro eroe stavolta dovrà affrontare una missione degna di 007, infiltrandosi tra le fila del nemico senza farsi scoprire per salvare milioni di vite. Nel frattempo finirà per essere coinvolto in un segreto che potrebbe sconvolgere le basi della scienza e dei viaggi nello spazio.

Dirk non dovr
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
It has been several years since I read this book and I seem to be in a 'Dirk Pitt' kick, re-reading all of his adventures [but not necessarily in 'chronological order', but that may change after finishing this one]. I enjoyed the book, overall. It definitely has some far-fetched moments that one has to suspend their sense of reality, but this is Dirk Pitt and suspending the natural laws seems to be one of his strongest gifts. Well, that and seducing women [until he gets married]. In most of Cliv ...more
It wasn't bad, very actiony-adventurey, but it was kind of dated and out there. I think it is interesting to read from a historical perspective of what society was feeling and thinking at the time the book was written. It was published in 1986, written as if it was 1989. I enjoyed the flashback to the political issues and tensions. Same issues, just different players. I like to read Cussler books in order, to see how the women are written differently as society's view of women and their role in ...more
I'm only reading this because the main character is identified as "Dirk Pitt" on the cover. So cool.


There's a big gold statue in the story and the head is carved from a massive emerald. But the book cover designer went freestyle and drew a big gold head with emerald eyes.

I think Clive had three stories on the go. A moon base shoot-out, a search for an ugly gold statue with a big emerald head and a Cuban spy drama. But none of them were going to make the mandatory 500 pages, so he stuck them t
Apr 09, 2011 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dirk Pitt fans
This has to be one of my favorite of the Dirk Pitt series so far, Clive Cussler weaves us into this story from the very beginning making me not want to put it down. How he manages to have more than one plot throughout the book continuously amazes me. They were separate plots, but weaved into the same one.

1. A moon colony...come on thats just cool, and something to think about, I mean maybe in the 1980s they couldn't do but would it book cool if one day the president just announced there is a col
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
For centuries, the lost treasure of El Dorado has captured the imaginations of treasure hunters and archeologists, and has sent many a brave adventurer on fruitless searches. But recently, some new information has surfaced. According to legend, the centerpiece of the lost treasure, a six-foot tall solid gold statue with a 1,200 karat ruby at its heart, was carried out of the South American jungles, only to be lost again. Then, in 1910, the statue was rediscovered and loaded onto a U.S. naval shi ...more
The summer after I graduated from highschool, with nothing to really to do for three months except to pack the small number of material posessions I had managed to amass in my short time on earth for a 3,000 mile move to Bard College, I somehow got hooked on Clive Cussler.

I think it was Jake Spavin's fault; I think he finished this book and passed it off to me. Cussler is adictive like salt and vineger chips, or movie-theater popcorn: you enjoy scarfing it down, then tell yourself to stop but do
This was one of the early Dirk Pitt adventures and it was great fun. Some of the more recent Cussler stories such as "Lost Empire" pale in comparison. Cyclops had it all - a treasure hunt story, a hidden colony on the moon, a secret Russian station on an island off Cuba, and a nasty Russian plot to kill Castro and take over Cuba. Although this story was definitely dated (the Russians are still the bad guys), this was a non-stop action adventurer. I really enjoyed it!
Apr 13, 2011 Alec rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: abandonded
I should open by stating I picked this up in a charity store while on holiday...which is a good thing as the charity got some money and I didn't have to pay normal price for what is basically pulp.

Sorry to be scathing - it does spin along at a brisk pace, but the characters are thin to non-existent, when not completely unbelievable (which matches the overall plot).

Our main "hero" is beaten up so badly he is passing blood, yet still has the strength to climb four stories of underground bunker (ye
a vastly entertaining "this is so bad it's good" novel. The plot seems to take place at least three years ahead of when the book was actually written, which gives the author plenty of poetic licence. however, what's so great about this book is that the main character, dirk pitt, is a typical flawless, cheeky, smart and charming hero who is always able to magically know things normal people wouldn't. also, there's like three major things in the plot that have nothing to do with each other whatsoe ...more
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Andreea Pausan
I really like Clive Cussler's stories, it's different way of looking at history, through the eyes of treasure hunters. In Cyclops, we get to relive the Cubans break with the Soviets and the great fire from 1989 in Havana, the search for El Dorado and the landing on the Moon. Action packed, full of suspense and Dirk Pitt at his best.
This was the 6th novel from the Dirk Pitt series that I have read. I enjoy series. Many claim that they have no literary value since they aren't always capable of standing alone. I don't believe that and very much enjoy revisiting with favorite characters as they embark on new journeys. Dirk Pitt is essentially the James Bond of the sea and Clive Cussler's novels are rather heavily geared towards men. I like adventure and am a large fan of political incorrectness, even when directed towards wome ...more

Good airplane read.

Silly story of a secret moon colony established by the Americans, an imminent attack on Cuba to kill Castro and establish the Russians as rulers of Cuba, all brought together by a search for El Dorado, a sunken gold, jewel encrusted statue.

Dirk Pitt to the rescue of all.
Another adventure of Dirk Pitt I am fond of the series as I read on. My problems with the book still stand, which mainly involve Dirk himself and the macho character of him and the portrayal of women overall. The premise of the book is great though, I love the story if not the characters. With the tension between the United States and Cuba portrayed in this book, it may seem far fetched to us now, but keeping in mind that this is quite an old book you can get an idea of what thoughts used to run ...more
I wanted fast-paced adventure after reading an Elizabet Peters book. Who better to turn to than that macho, manly man, Dirk Pitt? This is one series that I've really broken from the norm. I seem to be reading them in no order whatsoever. :P The very first Pitt adventure I read was Sahara, then I moved forward from there. This book actually takes place just before that one. Gotta love the Cold War... such excellent fodder for adventure! The Reds are plotting to take over Cuba, there's a disappear ...more
Sara Best
Clive Cussler never fails to come through! Cyclops is one of his earlier Dirk Pitt novels. I was a little surprised when the USSR first appeared in the story, I hadn't realized how outdated the setting was politically. Nonetheless, once I embraced the cold war time period, I thoroughly enjoyed the story!
Bradley Hartman
Nov 08, 2013 Bradley Hartman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
What Clive Cussler can do with words to create an adventure that makes your heart race and bring forth characters that make you sad to lose them when it's over, is incredible! Cyclops combines three very different subjects that at first you cannot figure out how they will connect, then as you read, they smoothly come together to make you go "Wow, Cool!" Without giving away anything by telling you a story that you just have to read for yourself and trust both Clive Cussler and me that you will lo ...more
This is an older Cussler with a copyright of 1986. Still, it is a good read with more amazing exploits of Dirk Pitt. It involves a blimp, a moon colony and potential harmony between the U.S. and Cuba and if that isn't enough to raise your curiosity, I'm not sure what is.

I enjoyed the ride, although I found it to be a little long. If you are a Dirk Pitt fan, you should like it. It has all the ingredients of a Dirk Pitt novel - a little violence, a little sex and the amazing Pitt digging himself
Sometimes, you need stupid.

This is the one with the improbable plot, unconventional automobile, and unusual boats, when danger lurks but Dirk saves the day. Right.

Edward Lewandowski
Great adventure fare! Who else but Dirk Pitt can escape an unescapable island in a bathtub with an outboard motor. Highly recommend for some great light reading.
Good book, lots of action and adventure. It is however the book that stopped me reading Dirk Pitt novels as Clive Cussler insists on writing himself into the books!
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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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