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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt #21)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,694 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together?

NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovere
Hardcover, 548 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Putnam (first published 2010)
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Dec 05, 2012 Donna rated it it was ok
I don't know why I do this to myself. I guess I get stuck in ruts and start to crave rut-busters. Every once in a while, I'll pick up a thriller just for something different, and I should know by now that I'm not a fan of Clive Cussler.

I've enjoyed Dan Brown's books, and the Jason Bourne series, but these are just a little too corny for my taste. The hero (or in this case heroes, as the book has several subplots on various continents) quips in the face of almost certain doom, and never seems to
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Le affascinanti profondità marine celano tesori e misteri meravigliosi e inimmaginabili, che sfidano il tempo e la memoria. Nessuno lo sa meglio di Dirk Pitt, direttore della Numa, e del suo braccio destro Al Giordino, che al mare hanno dedicato la vita e la professione. Ma questa volta c'è un inspiegabile filo rosso che lega una galera romana affondata nel Mediterraneo da un attacco di pirati nel 327 a.C. e una nave da guerra britannica, misteriosamente scomparsa nel 1916 al largo delle isole O ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Will rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies

Crescent Dawn was a good read, sort of like a comfortable chair we've grown accustomed to Clive Cussler's storytelling. Crescent Dawn captures two main subplots, one aimed at recreating the Ottoman Empire Ataturk banished when he declared Turkey a secular state. The other subplot is the recovery of sacred artifacts of Jesus time, lost when a Roman bireme was attacked by pirates while transporting them to Constantinople in 327 AD. I think most mystery fans will like this
Oct 10, 2013 David rated it it was ok
Cussler's novels continue to be pulpish entertainment. Cussler always creates an odd web of intrigue including a mystery from ancient times crossed with a modern day threat of globabl proposrtions. This time, the story is about a shipwreck that contains something called the manifest. The manifest is a list of relics from the Holy Land, one of which appears to disprove the resurrection of Jesus himself. Therefore, the Muslims want to expose it, and the Anglican church has already taken action to ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of negative reviews for CRESCENT DAWN (ISBN 978-0425242391, paperback, $9.99) by the father and son team of CLIVE and DIRK CUSSLER. I heartily DISAGREE with the naysayers. If you have enjoyed any of the previous 21 Dirk Pitt adventures, you SHOULD enjoy this one as well.
Primarily set in the Middle East with brief interludes in Washington D.C. and Great Britain, Dirk Pitt and the rest of his family and NUMA cast of characters are confronted with two problems - one religious and one hi
In questa ventunesima avventura del direttore della NUMA, Dirk Pitt, tutta ambientata nel Mediterraneo (quindi a due passi da casa mia) ritroviamo un Pitt che, nonostante i suoi 64 anni ben portati, riesce ancora a salvarsi dai guai causati, stavolta, da veri e propri terroristi pronti a tutto pur di restaurare il vecchio impero ottomano. Ma è anche - e sopratutto - un'avventura degna di Indiana Jones, con scavi, ritrovamenti leggendari (i sandali e un ritratto di Gesù), fughe al cardiopalma, ri ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
In Clive Cussler's Crescent Dawn, the 21st installment in the Dirk Pitt NUMA action-adventure series, this took you right into the heart of the Middle East. It all started with the missing Roman galley who disappeared many centuries again. Now with a heated war between Turkey and Israel during a political year, things get down to the nitty gritty. For Dirk and the NUMA cry, it all began with a vacation and them it went downhill from there with stolen antiquities, terrorism and piracy, and the lo ...more
Will Curcio
Jul 07, 2015 Will Curcio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clive-cussler
I read many reviews of this book before I actually picked it up. I was somewhat surprised at how negative a large number of them were. I read so many negative reviews that I was considering not reading it. I'm very glad that I decided to judge for myself! I have read just about every Dirk Pitt novel there is so I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into. This book was a lot of fun to say the least! I truly enjoyed it from start to finish easily making it my favorite Dirk Cussler ...more
Benjamin Wallace
I never asked for much from a Dirk Pitt book. I expect a ridiculous villain, an over-the-top plot and to read the word myriad once within the first hundred pages. Give me that an I thought I'd be fine. But, the POV shifts so suddenly from paragraph to paragraph I struggle to figure out who's head I'm in and it's not really worth that frustration.

I think I may be done with the Dirk Pitt books. I've read them all but the last few have really disappointed.

I did get the word myriad in the first hu
Dec 19, 2010 Gale rated it it was ok
Too many plot lines that skipped about too rapidly for my taste. I got to the point where I just didn't care what happened and quit reading about 100 pages from the end.

I do like adventure/suspense novels and I am a fan of the early Clive Cussler books. This one just didn't quite do it for me.
Aug 03, 2015 papasteve rated it it was amazing
Classic Dirk Pitt novel: lots of great action, evil characters, and history/geography lessons along the way.
Nov 15, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it
Another day, another Cussler book. I’m going to give this one four stars, chiefly because it’s, well, a Cussler book. My favorite author and the Dirk Pitt series is my favoritest. That said, I think this is probably one of my less-favorite of the Dirk Pitt books. The favorites would be Inca Gold, Treasure, and Atlantis Found, the least favorites being Black Wind and Treasure of Khan. So… Four stars.

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Nov 07, 2016 Giuls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro mi ha convinto molto di più rispetto ai volumi più recenti che ho letto.

Tra relitti di secoli differenti e problemi politici non indifferenti, l’avventura di Pitt ricorda quasi i vecchi volumi, quelli scritti ancora senza il figlio.

Il libro prende molto, dall’inizio alla fine. Non vi sono tante descrizioni, né punti morti in generale. Ciò permette quindi una lettura veloce e scorrevole.
E l’adrenalina non può che scorrere a mille.
Will Phillipson
Dec 26, 2016 Will Phillipson rated it really liked it
Shelves: clive-cussler
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Sep 23, 2012 Neil rated it liked it
This was a fun book to read and a fast read at that - I read it in one day [and that hasn't happened in a while]. It felt like a return to the Clive Cussler of old [before he started co-writing with his son].

The basic plot is another team of villainous siblings have hatched some sort of nefarious scheme that will grant them some kind of power if it comes to fruition. Only this particular scheme involves terrorists attacking not only Jewish and Christian targets [to some degree] but Muslim targe
Ryan Barretto
Oct 05, 2016 Ryan Barretto rated it it was amazing
I think the best book by Clive Cussler yet, simply because I don't recall a story he's done with Mediterranean, Egypt and Istanbul as a background.
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 30, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it really liked it
It is about time, a new Dirk Pitt novel. I have read them all and say that with a certain degree of satisfaction. I love to be entertained by Clive Cussler with this character and band of off- beat friends and coworkers at NUMA. I know what to expect when I crack the novel open and Crescent Dawn is no exception. Here is what the novel is about:”Three events, distant in time and space: A treasure-laden fourth century Roman galley narrowly escapes a ferocious pirate attack; a World War I British w ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Neil rated it liked it
Who knew that a small roman wreck could lead so so much. But this is Dirk Pitt and he is the underwater James Bond. A person who get's into impossible situation by chance and manages to escape with all facilities intact and with more credibility than James could ever have. what fun. It was a great read to pass the time on the train.
Ebster Davis
Nov 08, 2014 Ebster Davis rated it liked it
This is the type of book that's really fun to listen to while you're driving. Dirk and co. are always on the move, they're always going to some new place and learning new things. It's an adventure story, and for me Dirk Pitt novels are fun to listen to when you're having your own adventures.

My favorite part of each of Clive Cussler's stories is the prologue, it takes you back in time to some historical event (usually the sinking of a ship, cuz the Pitt family are all nautical) that in some way
Jan 25, 2016 Frank rated it it was ok
I don't know why I do this to myself. I guess I get stuck in ruts and start to crave rut-busters. Every once in a while, I'll pick up a thriller just for something different, and I should know by now that I'm not a fan of Clive Cussler.

I've enjoyed Dan Brown's books, and the Jason Bourne series, but these are just a little too corny for my taste. The hero (or in this case heroes, as the book has several subplots on various continents) quips in the face of almost certain doom, and never seems to
Aug 19, 2013 Shirley rated it liked it
Crescent Dawn, written by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, was another interesting read by these great authors. Although some may not enjoy the predictable nature of the books, I look forward to this style of writing as there are more than enough interesting twists to keep me fully engrossed in the book.

Crescent Dawn starts out with a description of a Roman galley on a voyage in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a British vessel on a voyage in 1916. This sets the stage for the remainder of the boo
Amit Shetty
Aug 22, 2012 Amit Shetty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cussler-fever
The latest book featuring Clive Cussler and his son, Dirk Cussler is a completely thrilling joyride owing to the fact that this time around, the entire Pitt family is stuck in some way or another in a life threatening situation, each thinking in their own unique way to get out of it.
After their introduction, in Valhalla Rising and then their first (very short) adventure in Trojan Odyssey, it felt very good to finally see Dirk Jr. (with his eventual heartbreak in a situation nearly similar to wha
umarul mukhtar
Mar 07, 2015 umarul mukhtar rated it liked it
novel seri Dirk Pitt karya Clive Cussler ini sebenarnya sudah saya beli sejak lebih dari setahun yg lalu.. well, karena berbagai alasan -*cough* *fckingNeew*- akhirnya baru sempat terbaca pada bulan lalu..
kali ini petualangan Dirk Pitt berada di sekitar Turkey.. seperti pada serial sebelumnya, pembukaan selalu diisi dengan dua kejadian pada masa lalu yg kelihatanya tidak berhubungan (yg menjadi asal artefak buruan Dirk Pitt) namun pada akhirnya akan dijelaskan pada ratusan halaman berikutnya.. y
Pat Beard
Sep 18, 2016 Pat Beard rated it liked it
Typical Dirk Pitt novel - fun, fast, light entertainment.
Kathy Davie
Mar 20, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Twenty-first in the Dirk Pitt action-adventure series, Crescent Dawn is the perfect title and combines Clive and Dirk’s styles with the addition of Dirk, Jr. and Summer Pitt’s to the NUMA team. I’m not sure why I felt a bit let down. Even though there is just as much action…really! felt like less although it could simply have been that we had three different theatres of [good guy] action occurring.

In this very topical story, the action centers around a greedy brother and sister, direct des
Carly Svamvour
Dec 21, 2012 Carly Svamvour rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-50-books
I have to be honest and give this book a 4 - even though I was kinda glad when the audio version was finished. Perhaps a re-read might be in order - maybe get the text and put it on my Sony Reader.

This is what I liked:

The smooth way the stories interwove with each other;
The way Cussler educated his reader as he went along;
The way he had his characters actually find a use for the things found in their search for the ancient ship.

It was like a documentary.

And this brings me to what I didn't like
Henry Manlick
Jan 25, 2012 Henry Manlick rated it it was amazing
I found this book after noticing it when I was rating other Cussler books, and did not recognize it (I have read almost all of his books). Then I saw it in a bookstore, so I got it and read it. True to form, this book was very good. It is one of Cussler's Dirk Pitt books, which the main character in his first 10+ books. Pitt is the Boss of the National Underwater and Marine Association, although he winds up finding shipwrecks then gotten caught in some giant plot, such as saving the world from s ...more
Subhodeep Bandopadhyay
Ok, I just finished reading it.

The first 300 pages took 2 days, the remaining a month.

Just to put things into perspective, this is my first Clive Cussler novel but if his fans consider this novel to be one of his best then I must admit I won't be reading another one.

I picked this up with an expectation that it is going to be at a level of a James Rollins adventure, if not better. However, it turned out to be of the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys level.

There are so many things that is wrong with the n
Jan 06, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it
Clive Cussler has always been a great story-teller, and now, with the assistance of his son (named after his main character [much to his wife's chagrin])he continues the saga; just as he has his son, Dirk Pitt has his son and daughter (twins) Summer and Dirk Jr, to expand the plot narrative. With Cussler's propensity for coincidence (hey, it worked for Dickens), the expansion of the Pitt family allows Dirk to be in three places at once, three separate plots raveling into a single thread. Since C ...more
Deana M
Jul 08, 2011 Deana M rated it it was amazing
Undeniably a non-stop action packed mystery thriller!!! "Crescent Dawn" is no different from any other Cussler novels. And, when Cussler partners up with his son to write a book, you know you won't be disappointed! In this book, he brings Pitt, Al, Rudi, and Pitt's kids Summer and Dirk in to a wild ride that begins in 327 AD and continues all the way up to the present date. When Pitt discovers a ship that was from the Ottoman era, it draws the attention of some crazed killers who would do anythi ...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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