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Valhalla Rising
Clive Cussler
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Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt #16)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,215 Ratings  ·  379 Reviews
Giugno 1035.
In un luogo imprecisato dell'America settentrionale, una colonia vichinga viene spazzata via dai nativi americani, ma i superstiti riescono a nascondere in una caverna alcune navi colme di tesori. Luglio 2003, mar dei Caraibi. Durante il suo viaggio inaugurale, la Emerald Dolphin, una lussuosa nave da crociera dai rivoluzionari motori a propulsione idrica, pre
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jul 04, 2012 Sonja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out all right, on a three-star level. There was a lot of action which kept me interested. Pitt saved the day, and then... he did it again. And again. And again. It was just too much, and it grew more unlikely with every time. Furthermore, the story is packed with gorgeous, frightened women who stare up at Pitt in wide-eyed admiration and enjoy cleaning up after him in his a-ma-zing museum of a home. Truly disgusting. And last but not least, every motorized vehicle (and there ar ...more
Scott Bagley
Aug 29, 2009 Scott Bagley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first Cussler book, and it will be my last. Before anyone sends me a nasty-gram about this review, remember, I'm not taking away your right to enjoy this book, it's just that I didn't. Dirk Pitt is just a little too much, don't you think? I mean, your ancient rare plane isn't showing up for your air show? Call Dirk Pitt! Need to know the exact year that some submarine crashed? He's your guy! I won't give it away, but I was glad that the ending of the book presented Pitt with a situation where ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best organized of the clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series, that reaches across centuries to create a fiction that is incredibly beleiveable.

The book pulls on history, old fiction, old mysteries, science, science ficition and adventure to create an unforgetable novel that leaves you asking how much of this could be true. In an Alfred Hitchcockish manner, Mr Cussler, weaves himself, his automobiles, his beloved sea craft, and his penchant to be an adventurer into his novel as he a
Dec 03, 2014 Randal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think the A-Team was a documentary
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Feb 15, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot for being a thriller and an action adventure but its use of Vikings in the plot proved to be a bit of 'all talk and no substance'.
The very first chapter is about Vikings settling and discovering North America but not an event that has a happy ending.
The rest of the story focuses on new technologies regarding water propulsion on huge luxury cruisers, some scientists new ultimate engine oil and the corruption and power behind many of America's top homeland oil companies.
Jan 30, 2016 Nata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
Cititorii cărților lui Jules Verne le vor plăcea, cu siguranță, și această operă scrisă de Clive Cussler

E prima mea carte citită de acest autor și spre surprinderea mea, mi-a plăcut destul de mult.

Un roman plin de suspans, acțiuni riscante și mult mister. Dirk Pitt are misiunea de a zădărnici acțiunile unui puternic mogul al petrolului, Merlin Zale. Acesta din urmă, înființase un cartel și atrase acolo majoritatea companiilor petroliere importante. Planul era să devină mai puternic decât guvern
Patrick Gibson
Feb 08, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preposterous action adventure lovers
Shelves: testosterone
Who in their right mind would name a corporation Cerberus? I would! And so would Clive! So the naming of the evil conglomerate attempting to hoard the worlds oil supply and suppress a new engine that runs on faerie poo after the Janus-challenged guardian pet of hell isn’t a bad idea. Unfortunately that’s where the ideas stop. Unless you have the dark-haired blue-eyed hero meet the green-eyed woman of his dreams who turns out to be a lesbian and forces him to submit to a painless (heros feel no p ...more
Ann Keller
The luxury liner, Emerald Dolphin, was unsinkable. She was so opulent and spacious that her passengers basked in the height of luxury, being pampered by an attentive staff of officers and stewards too numerous to count. Suddenly, a fire ignited in her chapel, racing through the bowels of the ship with astonishing speed. Fire extinguishers and back-up systems failed and the lifeboats proved useless in the firestorm.

The NUMA vessel, Deep Encounter, races to the rescue. Dirk Pitt, the captain and h
Apr 25, 2011 DutchWaG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
It was very hard for me to rate this book because the idea for the story itself was nice, the action was fast-paced and the way I like it. But then there are things like: How many boats and lives can Dirk Pitt save in one novel? How come that he again beats the best trained people in these books? But what struck me most: Why the heck must the writer of this book be in the story itself? Give me a break!
But I would still have given it a four-star rating. But then the story had to finish and answer
Dirk Pitt, man...he's ruggedly handsome, mild-mannered, smart, clever, witty, selfless, and so many other things. He saves the day about FIVE TIMES in this book alone. He lives in a hangar by himself and collects antique airplanes and He's dashing and charming all of these other things. Oh, and he's got women all over his balls, too. All I really figured out in this novel was how awesome and good at everything Dirk Pitt was. I listened to this book on audio tape and it was a pretty ...more
Cusler tries to tie in Viking history and Jules Verne technology to defeat an international oil company that is killing thousands and corrupting our political system. I thought that I was reading a a new expose from MSNBC.
Morris Graham
Dec 17, 2013 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Clive Cussler book to read. Cussler is a master of the historical novel. He tied the Vikings and Captain Nemo to a modern-day power play of a truly evil corporate leader. This was layered with many twists and turns, and never relaxed its grip on you until THE END. Even the ending was laced with intrigue and had a surprise at the end for the MC. Cussler is very knowledgeable about the sea and all things marine. His own personal experience working with NUMA and his maritime trip ...more
L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time)
It doesn't make much sense why this book references Viking lore. (Then again, there's not much in this book that does make sense.) There's a scene in the beginning concerning an early Viking settlement in pre-Columbiann America, and then the rest of the book goes on about an evil billionaire (is there any other kind?) wanting to have power over the country. At the end, Dirk Pitt finds out where the Viking settlement was hiding in a cave. Otherwise, Vikings and Valhalla have absolutely nothing to ...more
Dharma Kelleher
Aug 24, 2011 Dharma Kelleher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The story was decent, but his characters were so nauseatingly cliched that it was an effort to keep reading. Also, there is a lot of info dumping, and much of the early chapters are telling rather than showing. In short, Cussler is just phoning it in.

If you like stories with "Harlequin romance"-type cardboard characters (i.e. perfect brawny men and timid, fainting women), then you'll love this.

However, if you prefer stories with complex, interesting characters, where scenes develop the plot or
Sally Witt
Mar 07, 2014 Sally Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Way better than I expected, rich in history and interwoven story lines!
Steve Ponedal
Nov 05, 2015 Steve Ponedal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adroitly wove 3 historical events into a great thriller
Dana Al-Basha
Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler's aging but still potent superhero, returns in the 16th adventure in this popular series about the director of special projects for the National Underwater Maritime Administration (NUMA). Pitt's NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world's newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the sh ...more
Sven Mysterioso
Oct 13, 2014 Sven Mysterioso rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a flyer for me. Its not my cup of tea normally, and certainly not my genre or author of first resort. In all honesty, I found it in the bargain bin and I always look to any story with Nord themes with a kind eye (don't let my lucha libre persona fool you... I am a Nord way of Brooklyn).

This book is terrible.

Again, its not my realm and not my style, but I did approach it with a kind eye and eager mind. The Dues ex Machina in here (in the actual form of the AUTHOR HIMSELF
Cameron Gable
May 22, 2014 Cameron Gable rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

This great novel by Clive Cussler it is another amazing ocean adventure book. You wouldn't imagine how Vikings and Jules Verne can tie together. The main character Dirk Pitt is always revealing different parts about him. This book ventures into the deep, soars into the sky, and races along land. You wonder at points how they could survive this!

A amazing inventor goes on the maiden voyage of his latest breakthrough in science, The Emerald Dolphin. This i

Christine Blachford
Plot: Another adventure starring the marvellous Dirk Pitt and his very best friend Al Giordino. This time they are faced with a mixture of oil tycoons, an engineering genius and ancient Vikings, all joined together in a mysterious plot that could ruin the government and eventually the world.

Characters: Obviously, we adore Dirk, he’s strong and adventurous and yet the most complete gentleman you could ask for. Almost suspiciously so!

Style Of Writing: I was less adverse to the details instilled in
Teo Hoppe
Sep 03, 2014 Teo Hoppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read Cussler before, specifically his Dirk Pitt novels, you know the superhero status Pitt enjoys. Well, Pitt does it again in Cussler's latest incarnation, "Valhalla Rising."
When the latest and greatest new cruise liner is mysteriously engulfed in a raging inferno, Pitt's survey ship, which just happens to be within a binocular's view, rushes to the cruise ship's setting the stage for a daring rescue of the nearly 2,000 passengers on board. During his heroic efforts, Pitt runs across
Jul 14, 2016 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this the 16th adventure starring Dirk Pitt sees our hero actually engaged in his day job. The story starts with a major fire aboard a cruise liner and a nearby NUMA vessel with Dirk and Al on board heads in to help rescue the passengers. When the liner mysteriously sinks whilst under a salvage tow NUMA is asked to investigate. So the first 1/3 of the novel Dirk is employed as an underwater marine expert investigating the wreck and looking for the cause.
Regular readers will be relieved to he
Dave Fellows
Jan 18, 2016 Dave Fellows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars. It's as exciting a Dirk Pitt adventure as any of the others, with a more rounded character this time in the lead role than we've seen for a while. Pitt is feeling his age more than ever, and takes stock of his life so far while also briefly considering retiring from his position at NUMA. Thankfully he nips that in the bud, because he's still as clever as ever in saving the day again. I've stayed away from five stars because the downfalls of the two antagonists are a little anti-climac ...more
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Dec 08, 2009 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand how everyone drools over Cussler so much. Dirk Pitt is an asshole, and the entire thing just seems like one big Cussler Love fest. He's far too into himself for my tastes... I mean... Writing yourself into your own novels? Come on.
Try a James Rollins book. Much better action, more research into the technical and historical aspects, and more interesting characters.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This is the first Clive Cussler book I read and probably the last one too. I couldn't even finish it, which rarely happens to me:( Dirk Pitt is too much of a super hero/boy-scout type for me and there are too many descriptions of ships & aircrafts. I finally decided to give up on the book when I got to page 200 and realized the "Viking part" of the story had yet to be mentioned.
Z Coonen
Jul 18, 2016 Z Coonen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
Just finished the audiobook and learned it was the ABRIDGED version. I hate that! Thought I had the full version. Maybe it's for the best.

The story is my second Cussler book, reading out of order. First was Trojan Odyssey. This one is less silly fantasy, although there is some ocean-based sci-fi, less testosterone targeted than the other book. The author's ego does ooze out into his books: he's a minor hero in this one, indirectly.

I think the ideal Cussler audience might be young, sci-fi, and
Nathan Hurst
Rather enjoyed this one, although Mr Cussler turns up again in a cameo. There are some rather good adventurous happenenings in this book, followed by some rather eye popping clunks and wobbles where science fiction is rather over egged. Fun and funny - probably for the wrong reasons.
Timothy Boyd
Another good book in the Dirk Pitt series. Nice adventure stories. This was the first book I read about this action/adventure character and was very impressed. Recommended
Dec 12, 2014 Alexkerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great book. To me this book was well written, and has plenty of action and mysterious things going on in it. This book definitely wasn't the easiest read for me, I had some words that I had to look up in the dictionary. 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 long, that is fine for some people, but for me I don't like long books as much. Another thing that ...more
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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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