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Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt #12)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  21,203 Ratings  ·  473 Reviews
A classic, thrilling Dirk Pitt adventure from a master of the genre!

Nearly five centuries ago a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an ancient Andean people hid a golden hoard greater than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history—until now.

In 1998, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Dirk Pitt dives into an an
Paperback, 688 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published June 2nd 1994)
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Some positives, some negatives to this one, mainly negatives though. I've read a Cussler novel before, Sahara, and don't remember it grating as much as this one. At times it felt like a bit of a chore getting through this but at other times I was able to knock the pages back.

The positives:

The long opening scene (about 100+ pages) was a great introduction to the characters and was laid out really well and was an easy read with action coming thick and fast.

The plot was half decent and yo
Mar 31, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything Clive Cussler is always entertaining but Inca Gold is my favorite. DO NOT read any Clive Cussler books that he co-wrote with his son Dirk Cussler because they are pretty boring. The books he has co-written with Paul Kemporas are pretty good.
Sep 13, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Clive Cussler book and I was hooked from the very first 10 pages. High adventure and constant action.
Patrick Gibson
I bought some cacti the other day and repotted them near the chile plants. The prickly phallic looking one I named Dirk Pitt. Everyone should have a named cactus. Since this Pitt adventure takes place in Mexico and Pitt survives all odds (like surely my cactus will) I felt it an honor justly deserved. Is this the novel where Dirk and Al accidentally have sex with each other while thrusting in tandem at a Nogales brothel? No, no, that comes later. This is the adventure, like Orpheus, where they d ...more
Dimitar Jovanovski
Clive Cussler - the greatest adventure novelist and underwater explorer. This book is an excellent escape to the world of action and suspense, so much action and adventure packed in one little book. I liked the characters (especially the hero Dirk Pit and his humor), the mysteries and intrigues, the historical plot... Won't be the last read book written by Clive Cussler.
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1578, Sir Francis Drake captures a Spanish galleon filled with Inca gold and silver and a key to a lost treasure. As the galleon is sailed back to England, an underwater earthquake causes a massive tidal wave sweeping it into the jungle, where it vanishes into history.

In 1998, a group of archaeologists diving in the depth of sacrificial pool high in the Andes of Peru are rescued from drowning in the nick of time by Dirk Pitt a NUMA agent who happens to be on a marine expedition near by. Their
Stefan Goles
Apr 09, 2014 Stefan Goles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is an interesting story about Dirk Pitt, a NUMA agent who saves two archeologists from drowning. They are searching for an ancient Inca treasure containing a ton of silver and gold. However, the situation turns ugly when a family syndicate who deals with stealing ancient works of art, gets their hand on the ancient treasure. Pitt and his group of archeologists are forced to go into action and do whatever is neccessary to get the treasure back. This book is full of suspense and action, ...more
Dawn Peterson
Jun 06, 2012 Dawn Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This man seriously needs an editor. The bane of a published author is laziness in writing. Purple language, passive language and female characters that react in ways men would like but from a woman's perspective feel fake.

On the other hand, he sure knows how to pack action into a scene and this Dirk Pitt character is a cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones. Not much emotion, but one dangerous episode to the next in exotic locations.
Nate Granzow
Though the action scenes—few and far between—were well done, they weren't enough to offset the dreary pace of this novel's remainder. Cussler rivals Clancy when it comes to the near-masturbatory regurgitation of technical (see "non-essential") details. If I wanted to know exactly what model helicopter Dirk Pitt was flying, the output of its internal components, how far it had traveled (in both metric and imperial distances, for those slow Americans), how long it took to get there, and the exact ...more
Graham Armstrong
May 02, 2011 Graham Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
I am a big fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. He is your natural hero, and this book doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of scenes where you know Pitt will come to the rescue at the last minute, but when he does you are still filled with that surge of pride. This book follows Cussler's later style with an historic story followed by the present day narrative. However, in this book, the present day feels a little split in two, which isn't a bad thing, but sometimes you feel that there ...more
Megan Tucker
Total brain candy. I was addicted to Clive Cussler books for about a year, trying to de-stress myself from the honors classes I was taking in high school. And I imaged Dirk Pitt to be such a hottie, too!
Jan 30, 2008 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st Clive Cussler novel that I've read and to date, its the best one that I've read! (I've read 5 or 6 so far) Dirk Pitt is a true hero! I love this book and I could read it again .. This book has it all!
Jun 21, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun adventure book - kind of like a cross between indiana jones and james bond.
October 24, 2014
Just a brief thought while reading - in the earlier books, it was said that Dirk was well into his mid-40s; in this book he is described as being in his 'lower forties' yet the main story takes place nearly ten years after the events described in 'Raise the Titanic', 'Vixen 3', and 'Night Probe.' I did not see any references to having been a pilot in Vietnam, so perhaps the author is hoping audiences overlook this changing of Dirk's autobiography.

I did find it funny that when Dir
Jul 06, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeremy by: Mr. Ludlow
One of my most inspiring English teachers in high school had recommended Clive Cussler as one of the many authors that I should check out at some point. It took me about 8 years, but I finally got around to that part of my bookshelf, and what a treat it was.

I didn't learn that Inca Gold was the 12th installment in the ongoing adventure series helmed by larger-than-life hero Dirk Pitt until after I polished this beauty off, but that alone speaks to how well written this novel is. There are plen
Mar 02, 2014 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler’s Inca Gold brings the reader on a thrilling adventure with the main character, Dirk Pitt, as he searches for one of the greatest treasures ever lost. With a new obstacle or danger around every corner, readers can’t help but keep the pages turning. Also, with surprising plot twists, the reader learns that the first solution presented is not always the best one. While this book was exciting and entertaining, there were some aspects where the predictability exhausted some of the ene ...more
Reece Hess
May 11, 2016 Reece Hess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Junior High
After reading Inca Gold by Clive Cussler, I give the book a 1 out of 5 stars. Nothing personal to Clive Cussler, but I honestly thought this was the worst book I think I have ever read. The reason
I picked the book was because I was running out of time to finish my AR for school, and this had the highest book level that I could find and looked interesting, but I was wrong. Plus, I felt like the treasure hunt story based on a real event was a cool idea, yet the story overall was just hard to fol
James  Love
Dirk Pitt is an amalgamation John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, as well as the inspiration for characters like Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford, Matt Nix's Michael Westen and Lee David Zlotoff's MacGyver. He is a character that unlike MacGyver has no qualms about using a gun but he also relies on his wit to solve problems.

Inca Gold is the 12th novel in a series created by Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, a veteran team of marine salvage divers, volunteer their services to aid in the rescue o
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
Feb 19, 2011 Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: favorites
May have some spoilers!

A Dirk Pitt favorite!! This twelve installment of the Dirk Pitt series gives us every thing we've come to expect but more!

Dirk Pitt comes into the book pretty quick in this installment, unlike the others where we had to read quite a bit before he put in an appearance. In this one we get our back ground info of how in 1578 Sir Francis Drake captures the Spanish Galleon filled with Inca gold, and the key to a long-lost treasure. As the ships split to take the treasures home
May 26, 2012 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clive-cussler
Dirk Pitt is getting a little old for this stuff now. Cussler even acknowledges the fact by stating that Pitt is “on the lower end of forty.” But just because the bruises may last a little longer doesn’t mean he and Al Giordino aren’t up for whatever adventure comes their way. Much like “Treasure,” this story involves an enormous cache of hidden loot that is desirable not only for its monetary value, but also for the artifacts it contains and the history it represents. However, except for that s ...more
May 29, 2012 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I chose for my May book review was Inca Gold by Clive Cussler. The main character, Dirk Pitt, and his best friend Al Giordino are called on a mission to recue two American archaeologists from a sacrificial pool. This is only the beginning. Behind the plot to kill the archaeologists is a crime family of illegal art and ancient artifact stealers. This family, the Zolars, also want the ancient Chachapoyan treasure. Pitt and Giordino not only have to stop the Zolars, who will kill to get w ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
This is not Cussler gold, written some time ago and lacking the finesse that is more apparent in the more recent books I've read. This said, the effort made to create a complex and creative plot is evident here, contrasting positively against the slick production style which comes through in more recent books.

The usual premise of an archeological treasure gone missing and awaiting discovery in modern times by a gallant hero lest a malevolent organization use it for bad stuff is the core of cour
May 18, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler is a great adventure novelist. All adventure and action books that I have read, that have been written by him have been superb. The book Inca Gold is no different; as usual Clive gives the readers a firsthand view of the events of the history of the mystery. His adventure books usually remind me of famous movies, and this one in particular reminds me of Indiana Jones with all the treasure hunting and gun fights. In this book the book starts with the events of a Spanish treasure shi ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Mombus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book got thrown in the train station garbage pail this morning. It's about 700 pages long. And I got through 500. At that point in the book, if it's still a grueling effort to pick it up, something's not right. How does this book have 5 star ratings?? Are people just that simple-minded? It's sad. This novel totally lacks suspense, the element critical to this genre. It's kindergarten crap. It's predictable, boring, and cheesy as all hell. It's also pretty poorly written. Every chapter close ...more
Jul 12, 2011 A.B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
While I believe the earlier (shorter) books in the series were better, this one is still a fun read (albeit mildly patronizing at times and with more filler than necessary. I understand why it captured my interest in the 7th grade (I wanted to be Indiana Jones AND a Marine Biologist) and I understand why a decade and a half has made it less enjoyable for me.

It's one of those books though, if you like Clive's novels, and if you've read any of his others, this one does exactly what you'd expect.

Jan 17, 2014 Kayris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and as usual, it sent me to the internet to read more about chachapoyan culture and the incas. My only beef is the continued use of both metric and non metric measurements. It's mostly done with parentheses, but at one point dirk says something like, "he was tall...close to seven feet, or 190cm." Like many Americans, I learned the metric system and can do the conversions, but don't have an intuitive sense of how much the measurements are. If you tell me you live two mi ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Rory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Companionship, mystery, death defying survival against the odds and cunning wit make Inca Gold thourghly enjoyable from start to finish. Our story takes is to the Illegal artifacts theft and smuggling trade. The story is one which would capture the devil may care feeling of any adventurous soul. Dirk Pitt always seems to find a way to lead his NUMA team through the most difficult of odds. Following Dirk and his team to first find the map and then after the treasure itself, whilst in competition ...more
Pasan Rajadasa
Dec 02, 2015 Pasan Rajadasa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the obvious reason of having a story circling around multiple fields I adore reading, I immensely enjoyed Inca Gold; my first Clive Cussler book. I have even read almost all those names of Inca kings before this!

Clive Cussler appearing as himself, as I see, is very cheesy. Not much first encounter of such scenario, and I've disliked all of them, including this. I believe that the story is way better off with the author being the narrator.

The worst thing about this book is the Unit conversio
Il mio romanzo di Cussler preferito (e il primo letto che me l'ha fatto piacevolmente scoprire) che mi ha fatto innamorare delle antiche civiltà ormai scomparse... Bellissimo, il migliore romanzo d'azione e d'avventura di tutti i tempi!
Entertaining but totally formulaic. Cussler bangs these things out in his sleep.

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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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