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Cyclops (Dirk Pitt #8)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,040 Ratings  ·  185 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
Mar 08, 2013 M.E. Kinkade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swashbuckling, suave, mind of a prodigy, treasure hunter, lover of old cars, racy, immortal.... I could keep going on about Dirk Pitt, and if any of you have read any of Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, you could add a lot more to these adjectives. Dirk Pitt is THE man, and I want him (and so do all of his heroines, too.). Is he too good to be true?? Yep. But I still love the character and the author for creating him.

The novel starts slowly, so please don't put it down and say," Forget this one." You
Dan Ott
Not my favorite Dirk Pitt book. Needs more Giordino!
May 17, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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Mar 12, 2015 Alexkerr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Feb 10, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 23, 2014 Ajay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Dirk Pitt series.

Dirk Pitt caper features, and ingeniously connects, a maverick American colony on the Moon, a fabulous sunken treasure sought by an unscrupulous, blimp-owning financier, and two cunningly devised Soviet schemes, one to steal U.S. space secrets, the other to replace Fidel Castro with a Kremlin puppet, no matter what the cost in human lives. The nonstop action involves murder and torture as well as superpower politicking, and Pitt extricates himself from one desperate si
Jan 27, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Cyclops, in originale “Cyclops” è un libro del 1986, romanzo del genere avventura di Clive Cussler, che è uno scrittore statunitense di romanzi d'avventura. La carriera di scrittore comincia nel 1965, mentre si ritrovava a badare ai figli la notte per sopperire alla moglie poliziotta. Esordisce nella narrativa nel 1973, con la pubblicazione del romanzo Enigma, cronologicamente il secondo romanzo dedicato alle avventure di Dirk Pitt. Solo nel 1982 viene pubblicato il primo romanzo di Pitt, Vortic ...more
May 10, 2015 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 29, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2010 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
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 really liked it  ·  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
A group of ultra rich Americans call themselves the inner core. They have developed a settlement on the moon unknown to the world including their own country. Meanwhile the president is in secret communication with Cuba looking for a peace treaty. His messenger? One of the inner core. Furthermore, unbeknownst to Cuba, the Russians' authorized base on a small Cuban island is going to attempt a coup by assassinating Fidel Castro and setting off mega-explosions in Havana harbor. And all the intrigu ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  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
Mar 24, 2014 Andreea Pausan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
May 18, 2015 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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.
Mar 11, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2016 Wunderdrugged rated it really liked it
Shelves: vacation-reads
Another fun Dirk Pitt adventure under the belt. While I will concede that Cussler puts Dirk through a ridiculous amount of battering, I like the idea of an indestructible hero who is always there to save us. Really enjoying the series.
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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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