Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt, #13)
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Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt #13)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  10,252 ratings  ·  187 reviews
From an island off the coast of Australia, a diamond tycoon heads a reign of terror, but he has never come up against the fury of a man like Dirk Pitt
Paperback, 537 pages
Published 1996 by Simon & Schuster (Trade Division)
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trivialchemy
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
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...more
Daniel
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
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.
Sarah
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...more
Ummu Auni
Sep 09, 2009 Ummu Auni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ummu Auni 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...more
Pamela
"The green-and-yellow beech-leaf sailed 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-tatto...more
Adarsh
Dec 19, 2008 Adarsh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Mal Keenan
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...more
Bryan
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
Brian
"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...more
Mallory
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
Holly
~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...more
Andy
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
Debbie
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
Werehare
3/10

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...more
Madison
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...more
Jordan
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...more
Marissa
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Allison Hawn
I have read a great deal of Clive Cussler's works, and this one was just as much of an adventure as ever. This is exactly what I needed, a little bit of adventure brain-candy that did not require any deep thought. The plot was a bit formulaic, which by Dirk Pitt novel #13 one might come to expect. Overall, it was a nice escape for a few hours.
Teo Hoppe
Like the previous books, Shockwave is a big, over the top, action
epic with plenty of daring do, mystery, and even a little heart break. The villians are , as always, rotten to the core and Dirk and the NUMA crew are never say die. So, sparks fly, mayhem ensues, comic book dialogue flows forth, and a great time is had by the reader.
Heather
Oct 06, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody with a sense of humor and adventure
I have read EVERY single one of the Dirk Pitt series, it is my favorite guilty pleasure! This stands in my memory as one of my favorites of the series, I can't really say why, but they are all excellent adventure stories. This one, if I remember correctly was actually really gut-wrenching, which i normally don't like. But Cussler is the man, and he does it well...

I like to describe these books as Indiana Jones meets James Bond- The underwater adventure world's answer to devil-may-care, walk-with...more
Paul
a long read. very detailed. Very interesting concept about how sound waves could kill so many. Overall it was good, but I felt that some parts dragged on a bit too much (like the part in the ocean). The ending could have been more profound if what was planned actually happened. A good read nevertheless.
Josh P.
In Shock Wave by Clive Cussler, Arthur Dorsett wants to collapse the diamond industry while causing death on a massive scale but Dirk Pitt wants to stop this so Arthur Dorsetts plan is foiled. This book was interesting and kept mr on my toes, and included some clever twists and turns. For example, when Maeve died in the end, I was shocked and saddened. At the same time, this made the book far more realistic. I liked, in the beginning, how the author tied in the interesting story of the Dorsett a...more
Lynne Radcliffe
Great book. Action packed and fast paced story with very evil characters in the Dorsett family that give Pitt and Giordino quite a run. Have read several books by Clive Cussler and look forward to reading more of his books.
Yves
Un riche homme d'affaire du domaine des diamants décide de faire tomber ce marché en le submergeant de cette pierre. Pour ce faire, il est prêt à tout, même de détruire la flore maritime du Pacifique et tuer des gens. Cependant, il retrouvera sur son chemin le fameux Dirk Pitt et ses compagnons pour l'en empêcher.

La première moitié de ce roman d'aventure est vraiment bonne et divertissante avec beaucoup d'action et de rebondissement. Cependant, à la seconde moitié, le l'histoire s'étire en longu...more
Kayris
I'm starting to see a change in Dirk. Where he was once nearly invincible, now he's getting older and the toll of getting beat up, shot and nearly killed is showing. I'm interested to see what direction the next book goes in.
Jason
Aug 22, 2008 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Adventure
The main problem this book has is the villain seems to be cut from the same mold as Roger Moore Bond villains come from, granted if he did what was logical for a man in his position the book would only be about 10 pages long.

Other than that minor quibble, I found the book entertaining and surprisingly emotional. Dirk Pitt is a very interesting character and, while preposterous, the plot is exciting and holds a few nice surprises.

Sometimes you have to slog though some obvious exposition, and whil...more
Pat
Really good Cussler, not as far-fetched as others.
Sound convergence caused by diamond mines kills people and sea life in oceans.
Very good.
Richard
Aug 30, 2008 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Persons who like fast action adventure novels
Recommended to Richard by: I have read almost every book by this author
I think the author is an incredible story teller and the adventures of his characters, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino keep you glued to every page. This particular story is about a ruthless Australian diamond merchant attempts to destroy the value of the Diamond market by flooding the market with diamonds to increase the value of gemstones of which he has bought up the majority of the worlds mines. His rapid diamond mining process has knowingly killed thousands of marine animals and over 200 people u...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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“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?” 42 likes
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