Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3)
However my anticipation was somewhat spoiled as I noticed details that I'd skipped over previously, essentially how much it is reflective of an older attitude towards the separation of the genders and the expected roles of each.
Specifically the role of the male hero as opposed to the role of the female characte...more
The story starts out when a coast guard finds a ship stuck inside an iceberg so they report it back to base and they mark it by red dye. Admiral Sandecker gives Pitt and dr Hunnwell the job to research the ship. On the way th...more
As he searches for, and discovers the subterfuge with the mysterious boat inside the iceberg, he travels to Iceland and exposes a sinister international plot. But, he also takes a rollercoaster ride of emotions as he deals with the person behind the operation, a man who is ruthless and cruel.
A dark side of Pitt is revealed as he witnesses, first hand Rondheim's sadistic pun...more
Plucked from the dusty depths this weekend was Iceberg, a very early Dirk Pi...more
I've read a few of the more recent NUMA Files series with Paul Kemprecos co-authoring...more
The plot of this book seemed to be all over the place. It generally seemed a bit clumsy and sprawling. And then suddenly the main character, Dirk Pitt, was randomly pretending (unconvincingly) to be gay (this served no purpose whatsoever, why put it in?), the secretary was having girly hysterics, grand conspiracies were pulled magically out of the air having had no foreshadowing whatsoever, and for a finale everyone troops off to Disneyland to commit murder. And then Dirk is offered a c...more
So, I came into this book with every intention to receive a twist heavy thriller, that would leave me breathless and thinking by the end. After completing this book, there are some very, shall we say, opinionated views presented by Cussler, that makes the recommendation list short and, definitely not sweet.
What I alluded to is that this book is written in the prejudiced seventies mindset. From a prejudiced seventies man, for a prejudiced seventies men mindset. But, honestly, when I have to rea...more
I gave it two stars because it started of fine but ended with confusion. Plus Cusslers view on homosexuals is evident throughout.
"It's more exciting than taking dictation and typing the admirals letters."
This quote shows sarcasm as she does not like doing...more
I have r...more
Iceberg is the first hint at what is to come, in terms of consistently raising the stakes, with the next book, Raise the Titanic!--over the top, crazy hijinks with our hero on a worldwide scale. From the froze...more
The beginning of this book is laughably bad. The depiction of attitudes towards women, gays, and maybe everyone else, too, are very "seventies". Beyond that, everything is vapid, shallow and implausible. The plot, the characters, the dialog, everything.
Luckily it's so bad, it starts to become good again. That's the only reason I kept reading. A two star rant at the most, and an end to my interest in the series, I...more
So far, it appears Clive Cussler novels fit into the latter category.
Iceberg appears to be no exception.
Dirk Pitt is back, this time racing against time to find a ship frozen inside an iceberg. Before you know it, there's a far reaching conspiracy and Pitt is firmly at the center of unraveling it.
I've heard the first two Pitt books are to t...more
But as I said - I can tell in these early Clive Cussler books that he was developing his story telling skills and his main characters - both are a bit rough and sometimes the plot twists and the way they figure out the clues are hard to follow - a bit more rough than in the later books - but definately can tell he is finding his place with his trademark way of se...more
Then, I started to notice all the blatant misogyny. The secretary is basically sexually harrassed, with a sort of testosterone-infused 'wink wink nudge nudge' approval by the writer as narrator. It was, in a literary sense, akin to watching an episode of The Office, without the implied disapproval. Anyway, as that became clearer, I started likin...more
Cussler definitely doesn't seem to like women.
Great set of books, I had to stagger these books into my reading rotation since they are so similar.
Dirk Series Book in less then 50 words.
(introduction to bad guy, introduction to hot chick, introduction to Dirk, Dirk gets in impossible dangerous situations to stop the bad guy, Dirk wins, Dirk gets the hot chick.)