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Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt #13)

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A Mysterious Plague in the Antarctic...
A Diamond Empire Run by an Evil Genius...
A Devastating New Technology...

NUMA agent DIRK PITT is investigating the baffling deaths of thousands of Antarctic marine animals when he stumbles on something even more chilling. The passengers and crew of a cruise ship all died simultaneously and instantly, leaving stranded on a remote i
Paperback, 660 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Pocket Star (first published 1996)
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A funny story about Dirk Pitt, #13. I headed down to Hermosa Beach last weekend for some debauchery at a friend's condo, and took my bike along so I could do some riding along the sea down the Palos Verdes loop on Sunday Morning. I took along also a backpack, with my jersey and shorts, a change of clothes, some bike tools, a spare tube, an MP3 player, that sort of thing. I also throw in Shock Wave and The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations in case boredom s ...more
"The green-and-yellow beech-leaf sail filled out like a woman's tattooed breast"

This is possibly one of my *favorite* quotes from Shock Wave . I had to reread that sentence a few times before I could actually believe it had been written, evidently in all earnestness and seriousness. As far as I know, and I'd like to think that I have this on good authority, women's breasts do not inflate and billow like sails. Also, why a "tattooed breast"? Do tattooed breasts behave differently from non-tattooe
Nov 05, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect from Shock Wave because it got mixed reviews, but I was very amazed! In this entry of the Dirk Pitt series, Pitt is up against a ruthless Diamond Businessman who has devised a deadly threat to the world. I found this one to be very different from the previous books, I think it's because we normally find Pitt searching for Treasure or sunken ships, and this was totally different, but in a good way.

And Shock Wave also shows us Pitt's softer side, and some emotional mom
Greg Strandberg
Jul 24, 2015 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Wow, the 13th book in the series. Will it be unlucky for Pitt? I think we both know that won't be the case.

The formula is set and you know it by now. So do millions of others around the world, and that's why we buy and read these books. They're fun and a great escape from the same-old same-old.

This book is another in the line. You start out with your historic opening and then move to today. Cars and women and rich tyrants - what's not to like?

I'm confident you'll enjoy this book, just like you
Barbara ★
OMG what a fabulous installment in the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Albert Giordino. This is non-stop action from page 1 all the way through page 537. At no point does this story drag. There is absolutely no filler. This is 500+ pages of pure adrenalin filled, life threatening adventure.

Dirk Pitt rescues a cruise ship (and 20+ passengers) circling an island in the Antarctic Ocean after an horrific plague has killed nearly everyone onboard plus all the animal-life surrounding the island. Two of th
May 21, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it but Clive Cussler out did himself with this Dirk Pitt novel. What made this book surpass the other I've read in the series is seeing a different side of Pitt. He actually falls in love with a women and wants to spend the rest of his life with her, this is what separates this book from the others. It added a depth to the Pitt that wasn't there yet even with the Pacific vortex novel. Best book in the series so far!
Paris Reynolds
Apr 09, 2009 Paris Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirk Pitt is my hero! I love, love, love Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. This was the 1st Pitt adventure I read and I had to read the rest.
Jul 02, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband is a Clive Cussler fan. I found myself between books and needed something that wouldn't be too challenging but would keep me interested. Cussler's Dirk Pitt is an action hero and supposedly based upon Cussler's own experiences in life. I was intrigued and knowing how much my husband liked the Dirk Pitt books -- I jumped in.

The plot is different than I've read before - there's a plague affecting the animal and human population but it isn't based on normal disease causing elements - th
Cik Aini
Sep 09, 2009 Cik Aini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cik Aini by: Ainaana79
Shelves: read-2009, adventure
I read Vixen 03 before reading this. I agree with one of the Goodreads member, regarding the resemblance to James Bond, the difference only lies between the scenery/actions-packed adrenaline rush are being played out at the sea instead. Pitt would come across to me between Mc Gyver and James Bond (the recent ones, without the over reliance to gadgets)

Be warned though, the prints are small, but as I was reading this, the characters seemed to leap out of the pages. That's how fast it's moving! Th
Dec 19, 2008 Adarsh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond fans
Recommended to Adarsh by: Aparna
Clive Cussler's protagonist Dirk Pitt is a James Bond style hero, but one that prefers sea to land. In this book, Pitt takes on the wealthy owner of a diamond empire whose secret mining operations are causing scores of unexplained deaths across the Pacific.

I found the first part of the book incredibly exciting. The two centuries old tale of Captain Scaggs at the seas is simply fantastic. The story gets a little less exciting as we return to the present, but the author managed to keep my attentio
Gable Van Cleave
This was a masterfully written piece, a long read and very complex but nonetheless a page turner. The imagery in this book was stunning, even though it is third person, the reader still feels like they are really there while the complexity makes it really fun to read, there are often up to seven characters in the story at one time, so there is never a dull moment. The author seems to have an impressive knowledge about, be it a car, aircraft, or ship, the author knows all about, bringing the read ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
In the 13th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Shock Wave, Dirk and Al return to save the day in another wild and crazy action-adventure. When Dirk investigated the baffling deaths of marine animals in Antartica, he stumbled on sonething more chilling. The passengers and crew of the cruise ship died, leaving stranded on a remote island whaling station, a small party of tourist led by Maeve Fletcher. And it lead him to her estranged father and sisters of the global diamond cart ...more
Jess Gregorius
Dirk Pitt is to James Bond as…
This is the first installment of the adventures of Dirk Pitt I've bothered reading. Clive isn't usually my style but I found Shock Wave up for grabs in a 'Little Library' and decided to give it a shot.

First of all, I love that Dirk Pitt is a huge sea fiend. He loves being around water and prefers to situate himself in situations where he is near the ocean. As a lover of the beach myself, this motivates me to read more of the Dirk Pitt series. However, that's the O
Jun 13, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My cousin gave me this book at my aunties 50th birthday party because I said that I loved indiana jones and adventure. I started it and gave up after page 50. 14 years later I picked it back up off the shelf, to help clear my backlog of books I hadn't got around to reading.

So to my review. This novel is full of every cliché one would expect from the grandiose statement of 'the grandmaster of adventure'. it does have its interesting moments but these are soon bogged down with mounds of superfluou
D.L. Thomas
This was easily my least favorite Dirk Pitt story to date. It's still good, just not what I've come to expect. Things started off well: action in the ocean! Then a bunch of weird stuff happened, some parts were still in the ocean but it a lot of the action had disappeared. Then the end almost got things back on track: more action, funny back and forth between Dirk and Al, even a more human side of Dirk (not sure if that's good or bad). All in all, not my favorite but better than a sunburn.
Mar 15, 2016 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can one say about book 13 in the Dirk Pitt series as once again he saves the world? This time he battles a megalomaniacal Australian diamond miner whose new sonic based mining technique has serious side effects leading the deaths of hundreds of people and thousands of fish and sea mammals.
As readers of the series will have come to expect Dirk has to work alongside his NUMA colleagues to prevent a major disaster in Hawaii and in his struggle to achieve this he staggers from one death defyi
Jul 22, 2014 Mal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He certainly goes though the worst life has to throw at him during his adventures doesnt he. Unlike his other character comparison James Bond, Dirk seems to be showing signs of old age, but is still as tough as ever accompanied by his lifelong pal, Al.

These books are a go to series for adventue that never seems to disapoint, full of life threatening scenarios which seem impossible to escape, but due to the authors genius, always manages to in clever ways.

This book is one of many in the Dirk Pi
Jan 28, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Onda d'Urto, in originale “Shock Wave” è un libro del 1996, 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, ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Betelgeuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi adora i salvataggi in alto mare.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Preparatevi a salpare verso le coste dell’Australia, in un’avventura ai limiti della sopravvivenza insieme a Dirk Pitt. Il nostro eroe dovrà scontrarsi con il freddo glaciale dell’Antartico, la crudeltà di un padre senza scrupoli e la bellezza di un nuovo amore. Tutto questo mentre nel frattempo sta salvando il pianeta.

La ricetta delle sue avventure è ormai un classico, ma stavolta ci imbattiamo in un ingrediente che mancava da tanto nelle sue stori
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
10-28-14: thot[s] while reading-
I found it amusing/interesting that the author is trying to tie this novel into previous novels moreso than I remember in prior novels. He makes mention of Inca Gold, Dragon, Cyclops [I think], Night Probe, Treasure, and Sahara. Unfortunately, he forgets in Night Probe that Canada is now a part of the United States. Ah, well! So it goes.

10-29-14 - finis!

This was another interesting book to me. One of the few in which Dirk does not take blatantly take any women to
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book: Shock Wave is a great book for many reasons. A few are the fact the Clusser makes his characters, settings, and the situations in his books believable. I am really into the fact that a book has to be realistic to please me and I really enjoyed it. Firstly his characters, his characters don't have these seemingly impossible abilities, they are average people that when it comes time to do something they take care of it. Such is the description of the main character, Dirk Pitt who is par ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A ruthless Australian diamond merchant, Arthur Dorsett, and his daughters Dierdre and Boudicca attempts to destroy the value of the Diamond market by flooding the market with diamonds to increase the value of gemstones which he has bought up the majority of the worlds mines. His rapid diamond mining process using high frequency radio waves is killed thousands of marine animals and people and has the potential of killing thousands of more people in Honalulu Haiwaii.

Dorsett's third duagther Mauve
Oct 15, 2012 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clive-cussler
Clive Cussler has an axe to grind in this thriller and he does so exceptionally well, exposing diamonds and the diamond mining industry for the exploitative things that they really are and creating a villain in Arthur Dorsett who works from within to pull the rug out from under the cartels’ feet, but does so using heinous methods and only to benefit himself and Dorsett Consolidated Mining. Dirk Pitt has met his ultimate match in confronting a family business whose tentacles reach into government ...more
May 14, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~May have slight spoilers.~

In this thirteenth novel by Clive Cussler, we first see Dirk Pitt rescuing Maeve Fletcher. A descendant of Betsy Fletcher and Jess Dorsett; two of the few survivors of a British clipper ship which was caring prisoners to Australia's penal colony and was crushed in a typhoon. After the few wash up on shore of a deserted island Betsy and Jess discover a large amount of diamonds.

Now an unknown source is killing marine life as well as humans. Dirk traces it back to owner o
May 23, 2011 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most Bond-esque of Cussler novels I've read thus far. There's the usual swooping in to save the lady but this one has the completely evil sort of antagonist. He's so mean that he kills one of his enemies by forcing diamonds down the guy's throat and mailing the head, with diamonds still coming out of the mouth, to the cronies of the bad guys enemies. And his enemies aren't nice people either. Dorsett is the bad guy and his plan is to ruin the diamond market so his control of colored ...more
This Dirk Pitt novel has all the familiar elements - the damsel in distress, the Pittian rescue, the daring reconnaissance the greedy, secretive and all-powerful billionaire with his wicked worldwide plot, etcetera. Dirk Pitt was checking some things out in a blizzard down by the Anatarcia. He discovered there were survivors on the island ~~ passengers stranded on the remote island for three days. They had not been able to contact their cruise ship nor has the ship returned to pick them up. Amon ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Avevo qualche aspettativa prendendo in mano questo volume: non speravo di trovare Alta Letteratura, ma visto il numero di copie vendute dal signor Cussler mi aspettavo di trovare un onesto libro di avventura con magari qualche americanata dentro, una cosa scorrevole senza troppe pretese.
Mi sbagliavo: sotto certi aspetti questo libro fa addirittura pena, mi meraviglio che una cosa scritta in modo così dilettantesco abbia certi dati di vendita. Due sono i problemi prinicipali, gli infodump ch
I loved this book, especially the Australian parts! I both love and loathe Maeve because she was a fantastic character but I love congresswoman Loren Smith so much more.

The way the book ended had me in tears, it was so sad to see Dirk that heartbroken and injured and how Maeve's story ended, I know that it would never worked long term but, WHY!!?? Did it have to happen that way.

But the final stand off scenes were brilliant, the fights, the SHOCK WAVE after effects on gladiator island and the e
Jan 10, 2011 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Shock Wave, Dirk Pitt encounters his most dangerous enemy yet. He is an Australian diamond king billionaire with three breath-taking Amazon daughters. Dirk Pitt is on an expedition to discover what plague is killing the oceans' dolphins. He later discovers that it is the Diamond King and his diamond mining technology that is killing the wild dolphins, and the King will not stop his mining because of his mad crave for money.

I have always loved Clive Cussler books, as I have read at least 3 of
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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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“Giordino...simply sighed in resignation. "Who else," he asked no one in particular, "but Dirk Pitt could tramp off into a blizzard on an uninhabited backwater island in the Antarctic and discover a beautiful girl?” 50 likes
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