Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt, #15)
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Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt #15)

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Dirk Pitt discovers Atlantis, in a breathtaking novel from the grand master of adventure fiction.

Clive Cussler has long since proven himself one of America's most popular authors--a master of intricate, audacious plotting and "vibrant, rollicking narrative" (Chicago Tribune). But Atlantis Found may be his most audacious novel of all.

September l858: An Antarctic whaler stum...more
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published November 1999 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 1999)
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Tim Pendry
OMG! Holiday reading. Pure nonsense but this really is five star nonsense - an adventure with world-destroying comets, Nazis in Antarctica, ancient civilisations with messages to be deciphered, battles on the ice - what is not to love about it.

But, seriously, Cussler is not only a page-turner (something dramatic and usually unexpected happens in every short chapter) but his notionally cardboard characters are actually likeable or (in the case of the bad guys) interesting if not truly believable....more
Jim
WTF happened to Cussler? Did he go senile & lose his touch or has he always been this crappy a writer? I LIKED "Sarhara", but "Atlantis Found" just SUCKS. After plodding through this book on audio for days, I started to listen today & his hero uses a string to tie 3 rifles together. Then he ties the string to the triggers, runs out of a cave filled with smoke & fire, makes a head shot & then shoots down a helicopter. There is a limit to my suspension of belief & this was just...more
Christine Blachford
Plot: Dirk Pitt is a NUMA director and always manages to get involved in some big adventure or another. This time a group of next generation Nazis are planning to turn the world upside down (almost literally) to be rid of all but their chosen. They’ve even got the boats ready, Noah style. Can Dirk save the world before it’s too late?

Characters: Dirk Pitt is loveable, if a little too able to escape death James Bond style. But he’s joined by his good friend Giordino who finds love in this novel. T...more
Kiri
Ok I admit it. I adore a good adventure -- even the cheesy, over the top, omg end-of-the-world ramifications, mary-sue/gary-stu inducing kind - as long as the plot is exciting and it is well written. Think of it as cotton candy for the mind. Never good in huge doses but a delight to enjoy. I'm always willing to take on the most recent pile of Cussler novels an old housemate passes along to me to enjoy.

In this Dirk Pitt adventure we off into another historical mystery. I don't wish to spoil any...more
Christopher Hivner
Strange artifacts and writings are found in a cave in Colorado that turn out to have a connection to more artifacts found on an eighteenth century ship trapped in the ice in Antarctica. Everyone who tries to explore these finds is killed or an attempt is made on their life. It all leads back to a German family living in South America who are descendant of the Nazis and have a grand scheme to build the 4th Empire.

The pros for Atlantis Found are that it is a fast-paced action adventure that will h...more
Eric
Aug 08, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Dirk Pitt fans
Recommended to Eric by: Eileen Buscemi
Of the three Dirk Pitt novels I've read, this was my favorite. I would even give it 3.5 stars if I could.

That being said, it still had its share of problems (spoilers follow):

- Why were the Fourth Empire so obsessed with keeping the Amenes' civilization a secret? Since their attack had nothing to do with another comet hitting earth, as the Amenes predicted, it seems absurd that they would go about killing people that found an archaeological dig from that time. It doesn't even make that much sen...more
Charles
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Barbara ★
I listen to audiobooks during my 3 hour daily commute and I've found that Clive Cussler keeps me very entertained with his over-the-top adventures involving Dirk Pitt and Al Giordano. It's mindless fun with a Macgyver feel to it. If you combined the best qualities of James Bond, Indiana Jones and Jacques Cousteau, you might come close to describing Dirk Pitt. He's an amazing hero who can overcome the direst odds with minimal tools.

In this one, the Wolf family is out to destroy the world and sta...more
Jeff
Great book - Could not put it down! Great take on the legend of Atlantis. Cussler's action sequences are very fun and makes you wish the whole book was all action. But he spins the story/plot in w/ ease. His villains are always scary enough to respect them, and the tension toward the deadline of the end of the world builds perfectly.
Paris Reynolds
What a thrilling plot! Civilizations under ice, Nazis, city sized ships and all the fantastic action found in any of Cussler's books! This was a top 5 of the series for sure.
Mental Armageddon
To those who seek an adventure as grossly disproportunate to one's life of drivelous normalcy, there are few writers that can creat a yarn of page turning fun as Cussler can. I've been reading him for years, and while quite the extender of possible truths, why care if each page is what it is...fictional? The Pitt series are great summer reads, on a porch, in the shade, drinking a mint julep, instead of doing yard work, cleaning the garage, etc.

Who cares if the plots are a stretch for the real,...more
Meghan O'Connor
Very engaging. This was a freebie offering, but I wish they'd offered the first in the series rather than the 15th. While I like the Dirk Pitt character, I felt like much of the character and his life was put across as if I should know things already or get the references. I also wasn't too keen on the fantastical capabilities of the character given his relatively simple military background. He seemed... well.... too ideal? He can scuba AND deep-sea dive in nearly all environments, spelunk caves...more
Brian
"Destiny Enterprises, a corporation run Karl and Hugo Wolf (neo-Nazis), is preparing a doomsday event. When mysterious black obsidian skulls of an ancient culture begin to turn up in the Rocky Mountains and Argentina, Pitt and Al team up with Pat O'Connell, an expert in ancient languages, to decipher the meaning of the artifacts.

The skulls were made 10K years ago in a then-temperate Antarctica by a seafaring civilization advanced enough to predict its own destruction by a comet impact in 7120 B...more
Ria
Absolutely brilliant, it starts off exciting and just keeps going. When an obsidian skull is found in an old abandoned mine it leads to murder attempts, lost civilisations and plots to take over the world. The people involved in the discovery of the skull find their lives in danger and they don't understand why as they have no idea they have hit on clues that a faction called the Fourth empire are trying to locate to the Amenes, an advanced seafaring race of people who predicted that the Earth w...more
Jacob
Atlantis Found, by Clive Cussler, is one of his classics. Dirt Pitt, the main character, who represents Clive, goes on another mission to find something that is only a myth. He travels around the world, looking for this artifact and along the way runs into trouble. Just like in the other books in the series, he always finds a way to outsmart the bad people and always finds what he is looking for. In this book it was not so simple; he had to use the bad people to find the artifact. This is differ...more
Dan  Logue
Dirk Pitt, the star of most of Clive Cussler's novels, seems to basically just be an extension of Cussler's fantasies. Dirk is a scientist and suave alpha male who routinely saves the world with the requisite self-deprecation and pinache, while always getting the girl (the next girl that is, since he has an ongoing seemingly commitment-free relationship with a gorgeous lady senator). Pitt also has an extensive collection of antique cars, and a plane or two, many of which have starring roles in v...more
Holly
May have slight spoilers.

In this fifteenth Dirk Pitt novel by Clive Cussler, Dirk is once again saving the world from terrible, catastrophic destruction that would kill millions if not all people on earth; not to mention the plant life, sea life and animal life as well.

As with this authors' other books in the series, Cussler starts off from the very start of the events that will lead up to the present day—2001—and Dirk Pitt.

In Atlantis Found we kind of have two beginning parts one set in 7120 B....more
Andy
Another good one from Cussler… relatively speaking, of course. Atlantis did exist but not as an island. Rather, an advanced civilization that was virtually wiped out by a comet strike in the Hudson Bay area. They weren't hit by the comet itself, rather, the comet caused mass extinction and a drastic change to the environment and continent alignment. Survivors left behind warnings but they weren't found until much later. By the Nazis. I hate Nazis. So that Aryans are involved in this one too via...more
Amit Shetty
This is simply one of the best book that I have read. I always knew Clive Cussler stories were set across distant timelines but this one top that department. The timeline in this book is amazing
7100 BC. 1779, 1858 and 2001. Truly brilliant work by Clive Cussler. The book was totally gripping to the end. just when you felt that everyone has a happy ending and the diabolical enemy has been stopped, Cussler add another short thriller. I would never have guessed it. The book was very informative as...more
Wolfie
In the book Atlantis Found a theme is perseverance plays off in the end. There are a couple of examples in the book. One is while Pitt and Giordino are saving Giordino’s soon to be wife from the maniacal Wolf Family. They run into problem after problem, from guards, Wolf family, and transportation. A second example is when trying to get to the Wolf’s base, can’t say where because it would spoil the book. They have trouble getting there, and getting to the control center to save the World. The la...more
Marilyn
Dirk Pitt is always good for a good adventure. This book could be 3 separate books. But...it's not. One part of it takes place in Colorado, one episode in Argentina's Pategonia, and the 3rd episode in and over Antarctica. Of course they all interact, hence a single book. So...when did man first walk the earth? Over 9000 years ago? Was he much more skilled and intellegent than we are today? Why this lost city found carved in ice? Who carved it? Was Adolf Hitler really involved? Can you conceive o...more
Joseph
Clive Cussler always does an excellent job of weaving some little know history into a thriller. This book suggests there was a large civilization that existed in a world where the continents were combined that was lost when a comet struck the earth and formed Hudson bay. This impact killed most of life on earth and changed the layout of the land. Records of this civilization suggest world wide trade, advanced medicine, and a clear understanding of the universe. The story of course involves NUMA'...more
Brian Steele
The most famous of the “bromantic” writers, Cussler fills his tales with two buddies who run around blowing crap up, finding treasure, and rescuing hot scientist chicks. You occasionally learn something about science, politics or weapons, usually while the main protagonists are cracking jokes during intense gunfire. In this particular tale, they discover an ancient civilization, kill a bunch of new generation Nazis living in Argentina and save the planet. Again.

Cussler tales may not feature anyt...more
Dan
The first Clive Cussler novel I read, got me hooked on the action thriller / airplane novel. You know the kind of book you read on a plane or on vacation. Cussler's main protagonist is Dirk Pitt a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Jacue Cousteau. Cussler novels are pretty silly with some kind of evil super villain bent on world destruction. This one had Nazis and the city of Atlantis. So its rather tame compared to Cussler ideas. Spoiler Alert: Pitt saves the day, doesn't get a scratch...more
Becca
As a stand alone, this book would probably be pretty good; however, it's the 15th Clive Cussler book I've read in the last year (when I start a series, I just can't seem to stop). They are pretty much all the same. As such, there was nothing too surprising about the plot, characters, or outcome (or the fact that the author inserts himself as a minor character named Clive Cussler in every, single book). Now my big dilemma is whether to call it quits on my Cussler journey, or plow through and read...more
Tim Storm
Started reading Clive Cussler right here and this book made me want to read more of his Dirk Pitt adventures. This one is very well written and has some great adventure from start to finish, with Dirk Pitt saving the world from unspeakable disaster. If you like high adventure with historic mysteries and high-tech gadgetry, you'll love this book. Of all the Clive Cussler books I've read so far (About 4 or 5, this one really stands out as far of quality of writing and the broad scope of the advent...more
Robin Donovan
Action and adventure throughout. Dirk Pitt and his crew are invincible and heroic. They face danger and near death at every turn. It keeps moving and teaches you some scientific details along the way. You have to be in the mood. Not only is Pitt infallible and renowned, he has a collection of antique cars and an amazing and unique home. Women throw themselves at him at every turn - but he usually keeps himself for one perfect and brilliant female senator who has eyes for only Dirk.
Lara Brinson
This was my first Clive Cussler book. I found it in the sale bin in my college bookstore in 2005 and I read it in two days. I've read more than 30 of his books since then and I will read his work as long as he keeps writing it. I really enjoy this kind of fiction because lots of the interesting historical bits are accurate. I love the character Dirk Pitt...most of my favorite Cussler books are Dirk Pitt novels.
Voula
I liked this book. I'd never read any of Cussler's books and was not familiar with the heros, Pitt and Giordino. I'll read another book soon. It's a great adventure. Suspend your disbelief on this. I like that it's started from a grain of history and then went into adventure and was great fun. It got a bit "shoot'em up" at times, but it's sort of like Indiana Jones.... fun, rivoting and the good guys win!
Sandy
I have always been facinated by the concept of Atlantis. I LOVE Cussler and this story was great - one of the better fiction adaptations of research on Atlantis I have read. It has great characters (Dirk Pitt series), different and exciting locations, romance, and great action. The dialogue between 2 main male characters is great. If you like adventure/action, I would recommend this book.
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