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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt #21)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  5,648 ratings  ·  345 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
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Hardcover, 548 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Putnam (first published 2010)
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Will
Feb 04, 2014 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies
SUBJECTIVE REVIEW FOLLOWS:

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
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Donna
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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David
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
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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
Deana M
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
Jim
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
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Gale
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.
Ebster Davis
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
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Mark
I love Dirk Pitt novels. For over 40 years Mr. Cussler has put these out. I started reading them in middle school and like James Bond, the adventure and exotic locations not to mention unique bad guys keep me coming back. Clive Cussler now co-authors these novels with his son, Dirk Cussler, which the main character is named after.

My reason for only three stars is this novel was slow and painful in some parts. It didn't seem to build off the first chapter and keep my interest like previous books
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Kenny
Ok it's unashamedly pulpy. That can be good. Sometimes you want popcorn, big explosions and, heroic heroes. But even by those standards this was a tough easy read. Admittedly book 20+ is never a good time to start a series- and my dad passed it on after being a fan since day one. But it's for the fans. There are plot points so incredible it would make Roger Moore's Bond blush. Explosions, cars,etc all feature and you can predict when down to the next near death shoulder wound. With flat characte ...more
Cathy Jarvis
Since the setting for NUMA books with Dirk Pitt cover ecology, marine sustainability, mystery and intrigue - something totally different from most detective/mystery novels so I thoroughly enjoy the story line. This novel was initially a little difficult to track with story lines running in 5 different directions with multiple "main characters" and supporting cast throughout. We know it is all going to come together at some point but I did find myself on occasion asking "Now was Sophie in Turkey ...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
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Peg
I haven't read too much that Cussler has written, but I have enjoyed the few I've read. I was encouraged to read this one, mainly because the beginning of the book is set in Istanbul and it was very interesting to follow that action through the sites and sounds of that city. The plot proceeds to envelope mysterious stuff going on with a "manifest", a plot to destroy sacred areas of Jerusalem, and a sunken ship from the Ottoman era found off the Turkish coast with Roman relics aboard. All of this ...more
Carly Svamvour
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
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Alfredo
A competent outing by Clive Cussler in this latest installment of Dirk Pitt's adventures. As a long time fan of the Pitt series, I had not liked a Pitt adventure as much since Cussler's son began collaborating with him on the series. Too much focus was placed on the Pitt twins over the last few books and the effect was like Teen Titans. In this book I can tell the old man wrote most of it, as it is vintage Cussler and the wonder twins are there less than before. The action is the same as tens of ...more
Giovanni Gelati
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
Henry Manlick
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
Kathy Davie
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!...it 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
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TJ
There are lof things going on in "Crescent Dawn", the 21st Dirk Pitt novel from (now) Team Cussler. In this novel, daddy Dirk, son Dirk, and daughter Summer, are each involved in adventures wrapped around a submerged Roman vessel, stolen Muslim religious artifacts, and the possibility of the discovery of a document written by Jesus.

The book is laced with plenty of action on the three fronts and the Cusslers do a nice job weaving the three plots into one as the book moves along. Inveterate Cussle
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Susan
I really liked this historical fiction piece. The characters were well described though some were fairly predictable. They actually killed off one of the characters which was kind of a refreshing surprise. I liked the adventure the cross over into a little sci-fi with the submersible they use to hunt for sunken treasure in the deep ocean of the Mediterranean. I enjoyed the setting of Turkey and Cyprus as well as the intrigue of working with top government agencies in other parts of the world. I ...more
Andy
Dirk, Summer, and Dirk, Jr. are all back again. And, of course, despite the fact that they are in three different countries to start with, they all happen to be pulling on common threads of a mystery. The coincidence is amazing. An evil brother and sister, heirs of the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, are trying to re-establish their family's rule. They go about this by fomenting Muslim anger via blown up mosques and a figurehead the brother thinks he can get elected and then control. Of cours ...more
Ralph
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
Amit Shetty
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
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Shirley
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
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Neil
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
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Shane
"Crescent Dawn" wasn't anything special, but it was highly entertaining, which is exactly what you'd expect (and want).
The Celik siblings made for good antagonists, and the action was thrilling without being over-the-top.
The historical aspects were interesting, especially the Roman shipwreck and the Manifest. However, this storyline didn't seem to completely fit in with the terrorist acts to rebuild the Ottoman Empire part, almost like they were two separate plots.
Cherie
I enjoy reading Clive Cussler; I really enjoy reading those books that he writes starring his original NUMA hero, Dirk Pitt. CRESCENT DAWN is probably the best yet. This novel weaves individual mysteries discovered by Dirk, his son Dirk Jr, and his daughter Summer, who all are working in different areas of the world, into one grand adventure which brings them all together. Of course, the way Dirk manages to not only survive situations which would be the certain death of anyone else, but also see ...more
Thomas W Devine
A UK literary agent, after seeing my first novel, kindly described me as "a more dynamic Custler". After reading Clive and Dirk Cuttler's "Crescent Dawn" I certainly don't think I deserve that honour.

A big book (548 pages in hardback) it has a complex plot and sub-plots. The characters are many but mostly clearly defined enough to be memorable - quite a feat for any writer.

I've not followed all Custler's works, but found it interesting having the saga's lead character, Dirk Pitt's, grown up son
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Dan
Dirk Pitt is James Bond meets Indiana Jones meets Jacque Cousteu. Campy fun adventure. This is the fourth novel that Clive Cussler's son has co-written. I think Dirk Cussler has been a very positive influence on the story. A bit more realistic and grounded with not as much embarrassing dialog. Clive was losing it in this last two novels but with Dirk Cussler on board I have really noticed an improvement in quality.

In this story we get a realistic threat (Islamic supremacists) and while Summer a
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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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