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Raise The Titanic! (Dirk Pitt #3)

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The President's secret task force has developed an unprecedented defensive weapon that relies on an extremely rare radioactive element--and Dirk Pitt has followed a twisted trail to a secret cache of the substance. Now, racing against brutal storms, Soviet spies, and a ticking clock, Pitt begins his most thrilling mission--to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of th ...more
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Published (first published 1976)
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I think I was in high school when Kate Winslet stood on the bow of the Titanic and let Leonardo DiCaprio take her in his arms as their doomed love affair began onscreen. I saw not only what the Titanic looked like from its final resting place on the bottom of the sea, but also James Cameron's lovingly crafted vision of the Titanic when she sailed on her maiden voyage. This said, Clive Cussler's original imagining of the raising of the Titanic was breathtaking. It was not hard to believe in a wor ...more
Scott Rhee
Clive Cussler's novel "Raise the Titanic!" screams manliness.

Written in 1976, "Raise the Titanic!" was the fourth book to feature Cussler's manly hero, Dirk Pitt. Rugged, taciturn, ex-Navy, knows a lot about boats. Also: charmer with the ladies, who don't really figure much in the book. Women have three purposes: secretarial, sexual, or villainous. It's not that Cussler doesn't like women, it's just that he doesn't have a lot of things for them to do, and he's not quite sure what to do with the
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Apr 15, 2013 Pam (E.P. Scott) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, adventure
Two dedicated, patriotic scientists, a wife's struggle to save a marriage for the sake of a nation, a President with a secret and Russian spies all collide over a mysterious government sector and a weapon like the world has never seen before.

Once again Dirk Pitt is in the thick of it and finds himself in the middle of a race to extract the last ingredient to make it all work; the only problem? The ingredient is tied to the Titanic. Now Pitt's finds himself considering the impossible; raising th
Aug 08, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Bond fans
Recommended to Eric by: Lynda Kaemerling
I decided to read a Dirk Pitt book after noticing that Sahara, a Matthew McConaughy movie I enjoyed a while back, was based on a literary character. I decided to read this book instead of Sahara since I was not familiar with the specific story, but was familiar with the ship.

As for this book, it was interesting although beyond unrealistic at times. It was fairly well written, although I would not call it spellbinding.

I did have a few specific gripes with the book (spoilers follow):

- Although it
Feb 05, 2014 Feliks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-thrillers
The cover blurb really, is not fibbing when it gleefully informs you that this is "Dirk Pitt's greatest adventure!". For, it truly is.

Its a one-of-a-kind conception. A unique reading experience in the annals of all paperback thrillers past, present, and future.

And--if memory serves--this is the author (Clive Cussler's) first novel. Or at least the first 'Dirk Pitt' novel. I'm not sure. Its certainly the one which brought him international fame. Simply stated, he knocks it out of the dang ballpa
Feb 14, 2014 Krys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have avoided Clive Cussler like the plague due to him being one of two authors he tried desperately to push on me and my brother growing up. He swore by Dirk Pitt as the symbol of adventure and patriotism and I tell you I never knew one day I'd pick up the book and be writing a review like this.

I was pleasantly surprised by how this book turned out. What started out for me as a slow and overly political book about spies and Russians and Americans and espionage turned into a very intense experi
Jim Razinha
Context is everything...and should probably be considered when re-reading early Cussler books. He might have thought he was crafting a strong female character, must he was sexist through and through in attempting it. Think 20 something male and a culture of Hugh Hefner in the 70s with an underwater James Bond who never fails to get the girl, even in the most remote environments and you'll get the picture.

As this was just his third novel, Cussler had yet to perfect his maddening habit of having
Feb 22, 2012 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Todd Russell
Nov 02, 2011 Todd Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
When I was younger I enjoyed reading the James Bond books and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt is sort of like James Bond in the Navy. He's got the attitude and charisma with the ladies anyway. Raise the Titanic is an exciting read for fans of the Titanic. The story is written to happen in 1988 but was actually written in the 70s.

There is valuable material buried in a vault inside the Titanic that the United States wants and spends hundreds of millions to have a team of specialists led by NUMA man Dir
Samantha Fontien
This was my first taste of Clive Cussler. I read this in 1984 as a fourteen year old. As you can imagine I fell hopelessly in love with Dirk Pitt and I still AM. LOL, My Father was a huge Cussler Fan and had every book. I choose this one first because it was about the Titanic (and I love Titanic stuff) after I finished this I read everything by him in a month, my father was very proud of me and we had the most wonderful discussions on every book.

C.Cussler's writing is fantastic as a stand ALONE
Jun 27, 2010 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction
I saw the movie "Raise the Titanic" way back when I was a little kid and had a fondness for the movie (which I suspect was a really, really bad movie given that it disappeared quickly and has never been seen since). Mostly I remember the Titanic surfacing and thinking "wow, that was cool." So I thought the book would be fun, too.

It's not. It's awful-terrible-horrible even by my standards for thrillers, which can be pretty good even when they're pretty bad. Now, I love a good thriller, but I had
Ross Armstrong
Mar 11, 2014 Ross Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
This wasn't the first Dirk Pitt novel, but it was the one that firmly established Cussler's formula. The story opens aboard the Titanic in 1912. A mystery is set up. Move to the near future. (Yes, the future. The book was published in 1976 but set in 1987.)
The U.S. is working on a Star Wars style missile defense program but the only power source strong enough is a rare mineral that can only be found on a Russian owned island. Dirk Pitt is sent to investigate and discovers that the ore was mined
Apr 03, 2015 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read in the Dirk Pitt adventure series. What a story! A brilliant twist on the story of the ill fated Titanic. Excellent prelude. Plot was built and always kept me guessing and wondering where it was going. Then with a few more pages of reading the answer became apparent over and over again. From espionage, marinetime salvaging, political conflicts, a disturbing love affair, brutal hurricanes and sabotage is an arms race between two super powers. The prize for what is thought to be on t ...more
Greg Strandberg
Good book, but certainly not my favorite in the Dirk Pitt canon. I think Iceberg was better than this one.

But this one made Clive Cussler famous, and all those expensive cars on the back covers possible.

So you should read it. And know that this series gets a whole lot better, the action more intense, and it all eventually looks like raising the Titanic was child's play.

Yeah, saving the world ain't a walk in the park, folks!
Jun 06, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had trouble reading the past few years or so, and so when a friend handed me this book I was a little skeptical. But it's engaging, easy to read and fun.

The only parts tough to stomach are some sexism that places the author squarely as an artifact of his time, but otherwise an engaging read. Additionally, I love the subject of the Titanic so I'm sure that added to my enjoyment.
Michael Hendrickson
Oct 09, 2013 Michael Hendrickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
good book... I had seen the movie Raise the titanic a few years ago and I happened to find the book at a used book store.. glad I read the book it happens to have a totally different ending then the movie itself... and as usual the book goes into more detail
Ryan Burt
Nov 21, 2008 Ryan Burt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually i really enjoyed this book. Hooked me right from the beginning. Don't get me wrong it wasn't like it was a masterpiece. But very entertaining. Good fun read.
Jan 27, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Recuperate il Titanic!, in originale “Raise the Titanic!” è un libro del 1976, 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 pri ...more


"Reposaba en el cieno pesadamente, un poco inclinado a babor, con el castillo de proa fijo en un rumbo hacia el sur, como si todavía se esforzara patéticamente por salir y llegar a las aguas de un puerto que jamás había conocido"

No esperaba mucho de este libro, sinceramente. Estaba en mi casa desde hace algunos años pero mi papá nunca lo había leído, hasta que decidió regalármelo.
Voy a ir separando por puntos las cosas que fui notando mientras lo leía.

1. El título: si bien el tema princ
Tim Basuino
Feb 25, 2015 Tim Basuino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book back when I was in high school. At the time I found the story extremely enticing – here was one of history’s most famous sinking of a ship with an additional twist – that there was a shipment of the extremely rare byzanium in the Titanic’s hold when it hit the iceberg on that famous night in April 1912. Three quarters of a century later an international situation, dealing with a Star Wars-like plot no less, results in a huge salvage operation ending with the hulk being bro ...more
Amit Shetty
To those of you who will be reading this novel in the future must know that the idea was conceived by the author 10 years before the Titanic was ever found.

This novel was nothing short of a breathtaking experience and possibly Cussler's best work. Cussler has wonderfully described the emotions of the salvage crew and the others involved in resurrecting the Titanic.
Heart stopping moments such as searching the bottom shelf and viewing the Titanic for the first time, the desperate attempt by Dirk
John Porter
Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt books. I read them all. By and large, they're awful.

But--and this is a big deal--they're awful in a glitzy, over the top way that really is fun. Raise the Titanic is probably the best of the lot from a literary standpoint because it is, relatively speaking, restrained. Cussler's books are literary equivalent of the lousy James Bond movies of the 70s, where he went into outer space, fought againt giants with metal teeth that bit people to death, etc. But I liked those mo
Considering that this book was written some 9 years before the wreck of the Titanic was actually located it makes interesting reading. Cussler did not know that the wreck had broken in two and the amount of decay and damage to the ship is a lot more than he predicated, but quite a few other points were close.

On a technical level there are a lot of things wrong with this book. The element Byzanium is totally fictional as is what it is going to be used for, the method of raising the Titanic is iff
This was the first Clive Cussler book I read and wow, I loved it. It was a good introduction into this type of writing and story. Clive Cussler has a way of creating a movie with words so you feel like you're watching a movie in your mind as you read. Very descriptive, excitement and adventure. It's been a long time since I read it so I don't remember specifics; just how it made me feel to read it (wow factor, again) and since then I have read a large number of his books.

I highly recommend any b
Sep 01, 2014 Unwisely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2014
OMG, ugh. So I was out of town for work and finished my books really quickly. A coworker consulted another ex-Navy guy and they decided that since I'd never read a Dirk Pitt book, this is the one I should read. Which was thoughtful.

Except...damn. So very, very 70s. Mustaches everywhere (almost Lord of Light levels). Gratuitous swipes at "Women's Lib". Women are obviously don't have thoughts in their silly little heads (even though one of them has a PhD.) If the president is spending billions of
Apr 17, 2008 Cathia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read this book because one of my PCV neighbors said it was the worst book ever, and we agreed to swap horrible books to compare (my horrible recommendation being "The Seventh Secret" by Irving Wallace). I say my terrible book was worse than this one, but it was a close call. I'm actually surprised that his Dirk Pitt novels are such best sellers.
Jul 09, 2011 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Goddamn, Cussler is one clunky writer writer. Someone give this guy an eraser or a red pencil.

Red purely for its pulp charm, that faded way before the halfway point. But now at least, I can say I read something by this guy. Yuck.
Feb 20, 2016 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Dirk Pitt. As far as pulpy plane novels go, they're generally enjoyable and I appreciate the change of scenery to something nautical.

That said, this was a pretty dull effort. The appeal is there, but I fear the effectiveness of the book was undermined by the actual discovery of the Titanic, which renders much of it implausible.

Additionally, I found this to be the most outright sexist Dirk Pitt novel I've read. Also, the climax felt both too neat and too implausible. I think saying that th
Mar 01, 2016 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Silly book with a very weak plot device. But as is usually the case with these books the adventure is kind of fun. Of course, Cussler is still pretty bad about overdoing the macho misogynistic stuff in this one. There were several times when Dirk was just a plain jerk and I really dislike reading those parts because thinking about the main protagonist being an ass kind of sucks the fun out of the adventure. I don't expect these books to be a bastion of common sense and forward thinking but I kee ...more
Jun 03, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Going way back in time and reading some of his earlier books that I never read. Not as good as his later books by far...I would rate this more of a 2.5. I guess he improved his writing as the years went by....
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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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