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Night Probe (Dirk Pitt #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  10,657 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Terror and assassination, deadly international intrigue ... Another devastating drama from the grandmaster of adventure.
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Published January 1st 1988 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1981)
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Scott Rhee
Jan 20, 2015 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I’m berating myself that I have only recently discovered the joys of reading Clive Cussler. Seriously, Clive, where have you been all my life?

“Night Probe!” is the third Cussler novel I have ever read, and it’s the sixth to feature his beloved action hero, Dirk Pitt. It’s clear to me now why so many people love the Pitt series.

Strange name aside, Dirk Pitt is a pretty lovable hero. Tough but funny, charismatic but serious when he needs to be, Pitt is basically an American James Bond minus a
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Eric Bauman
Jul 15, 2011 Eric Bauman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
You know that one favorite restaurant of yours? Sure you do: the one that you go into so often that they know you on sight, and where you order pretty much the same thing every time so that you almost don’t have to order—they just bring it to you. And it is always so good! You know the place?

For me, Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series is like that restaurant (except that Clive Cussler doesn’t know me—at least, I don’t think he does). I have read all but the last two Pitt books—and am rereading them
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Roberta
Feb 23, 2011 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In May 1914 two couriers disappear in twin disasters taking the only two copies of the North American Treaty with them. The governments of the United States and Great Britain order a cover up so it is as if the treaty never existed. In February 1989 Heidi Milligan, a stunningly beautiful (of course) naval commander discovers an obscure reference to the long-lost document which is now worth billions of dollars. The race is on to rescue one copy of the treaty from the bottom of the ocean.

I have a
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Kallen Kentner
I've read all of the Dirk Pitt books (except perhaps some of the newest ones) and this definitely ranks as one of my favorites.

In my opinion, Night Probe (pub. 1981) is the best of Dirk Pitt's earlier novel and byy earlier, I mean before books set before Treasure... for no particular reason except I feel that by Treasure, the tone and style of the novels has shifted more to his contemporary style.

I re-read Night Probe! because of my love of the deep water recovery scenes and the exciting locomot
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Ed
Jan 31, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Dirk Pitt series. Published in 1981, this series entry takes place in the near future of 1989 after a 1914 prologue.

"Dirk Pitt series - May, 1914. Two undercover couriers plummet to watery deaths in twin disasters, taking with them the only two copies of the North American Treaty, a precedent-shattering secret pact between the United States and Great Britain. On both sides of the Atlantic, stunned heads of state immediately order all mention of the treaty obliterated… forever.
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Janet
May 09, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dirk does it again, folks. The superhuman stamina and luck Cussler gives this guy always overwhelms me. I would never have accused either of them of having romantic tendencies, but the wonderful ending of Night Probe! (why does he end every title with an exclamation point?) proved me wrong. This is the best novel in the series so far.
John Porter
Okay...I'm Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel. (Actually, I was going to visit a friend, but he was at a meeting...and in case you don't know, pool areas in Vegas that have swim-up gambling are open to the public. Seriously.) And I start giggling uncontrollably. Is it the aluminimum bottled Bud Lights they are bringing on demand (and I was demanding)? The tackiness of the pool area and people there? No. It was from reading Night Probe! It's a Dirk Pitt novel I've somehow missed, and it's one of the mo ...more
Bev Taylor
Aug 13, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an early dirk pitt but giordino does put in an appearance (small!)

1914 - 2 top diplomats hurrying home by sea and rail each carrying a document of world changing importance - a north american treaty. however, both the train and the ship are sunk and they die, together with their documents

fast forward 3/4 of a century and with energy a top priority these documents could make a huge difference. enemies and allies alike fight to find them first and in the process many people - good and bad - die.
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Lee
Feb 02, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dirk-pitt
This Dirk Pitt adventure was a dangerous one for our hero. With a high body count, corrupt politician's (imagine that?), and a retired British spy called back in to service. This had the feel of a spy novel, with the action of a Pitt novel. Fun read.
Annie
Night Probe! is outside of my usual reading fare. I picked it up for a class in library school while studying the adventure genre.
The book was a real page turner. Before the first chapter was out, a train had gone off the rails and a ship had sunk to the bottom of the sea. The action continued throughout. Cussler has an in depth knowledge of underwater exploration and a real appreciation for the importance of archival research in recovering lost documents.
Although the book is part of the Dirk
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Barbara ★
This one was a little too cloak and dagger for my tastes. And Dirk Pitt didn't even enter the story (except for a brief one night stand) until 100 pages in.

I did love the conspiracy and how Dirk figured it all out. A thrilling read once Numa and Pitt entered the story. I did have issues with the "heroines" sleeping habits but that's on me and not the story itself (without it things wouldn't have gone as planned).

I think later books in the series are better written and more enjoyable.
Luis Fernando Franco
Me parece increíble tanta variabilidad en un mismo autor. Los primeros tres que leí, más bien novelitas quinceañeras. Pero con Vixen 03 pensé que Cussler había llegado a "la madurez" porque el titulo me encantó.

Sin embargo, este es una decepción total. Intenta repetir la fórmula del anterior, pero añadiendo misterios de calibre Scooby Doo (el tren fantasma), junto con una trama verdaderamente estúpida y larga, larga, larga.

Hasta la mitad, todo iba bien, tres historias aparentemente inconexas, un
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Ronald Wilcox
Jun 07, 2014 Ronald Wilcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Dirk Pitt really does make me think of a less debonair James Bond whose adventures tie in to water in some fashion. In this outing, a woman who Pitt knows from a previous novel discovers references in some historical research that there may have been a treaty in the 1910's signed between England and the United States, giving the US jurisdiction over Canada in exchange for a large amount of money. She tells Pitt about it and they discover there were two copies of the secret treaty, both which dis ...more
Jeffrey
Mar 27, 2011 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans the world over
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This is a superb example of Cussler's oeuvre. It has action, great scenes, suspense and even a homage to James Bond.

Although Raise the Titanic broke Cussler into superstardom, this book was, to this reader, his best.

Nowadays with his co-written books on the best seller list monthly, its a good idea to go back and read the books that got him there.

Tommy Marriner
Apr 01, 2014 Tommy Marriner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
don't fool yourself you know the impossible plot and super human main character have got you by the..... well anyway if you never find the time to read it you are missing out.
I started off reading adventure storeys spy's and espionage alternate history's and political thrillers a while ago I was probably about 9 when i read my first Biggles book, after getting bored of harry potter and other such fantasies I decided grampa was right all these years and only just recently running out of authors
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Stories
Jul 04, 2015 Stories rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, 4-stelle
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Nella stessa notte del 1914 accadono due disastri: la locomotiva Manhattan Limited, diretta a New York, precipita da un ponte appena crollato; nello stesso momento l'Empress of Ireland, nave da crociera canadese, dopo una collisione con un altro mezzo, affonda nella Baia di San Lorenzo. Su entrambi i veicoli viaggiano segretamente dei funzionari del governo. Si tratta di una pura coincidenza o di meditati attentati? I due casi vengono
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Kass McGann
Apr 16, 2015 Kass McGann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Clive Cussler I ever read. I was staying at a friend's house for the weekend and I came down with a bad headache. So while my friend all went out to dinner, I stayed home and read from her book collection. She's a HUGE Cussler fan.

Night Probe is so horrifically bad that I had to give it five stars. It is so transparent that it is comical. And I LOVED it. I've been a Clive Cussler fan ever since (although I'm sure he wouldn't consider me one).

Read it. From the impossible things Dirk Pit
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Isaac Langley
Nov 23, 2015 Isaac Langley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had a lot of action. I thought that it was very good. Clive Cussler does a very good job at writing the Dirk Pitt collection. In this book Dirk has to find a treaty that has been buried in the sea for a long time, but the British don't want him to.
Cait
Mar 14, 2009 Cait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is a ridiculous book. Utterly ridiculous and incredibly fun to read. If you're traveling and need something to bide your time, read this. All Dirk Pitt novels are page-turners, but this one is particularly classic.
D.L. Thomas
Mar 28, 2014 D.L. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Night Probe seemed more character centered and less about heart pounding action than other Pitt stories. I love all of Cussler's books, and the action sequences are typically the primary draw for me. Yet, this is probably my favorite Cussler novel. Cussler is a master story teller and this is a remarkable story even if it isn't as fast paced as the others. I can't put a finger on what makes it so compelling for me, but I think it has to do with the train itself - trains seem like such a romantic ...more
Lee
The United States is devastated economically and energy starved. Lieutenant Navy Commander Heidi Milligan is doing research for her doctoral thesis on Woodrow Wilson and the navy under his administration. Looking through Wilson's correspondence she find a letter to Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith of Britain making reference to a treaty and a transfer of funds between the two countries. Further investigation continues to turn up dead ends. No one has ever heard of this treaty and there is no ...more
Ryan Scicluna
Sep 03, 2012 Ryan Scicluna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clive-cussler
James Bond meets Dirk Pitt. No seriously there is James bond in this novel by Clive Cussler.
Kelanth
Jan 27, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Salto nel buio, in originale “Night Probe!” è un libro del 1981, 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 primo romanzo di ...more
Balkron
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th
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Teo Hoppe
'm not going to give this one 5 stars because it's just not as good as many people play it out to be. I had read a lot of these reviews before I bought it and it just wasn't one of the best books ever. Hey, Cussler is a good writer.
I liked Night Probe and will continue to read his stuff. All the same Dirk Pitt acrobatics are there. Giordino is in tow as well. Good stuff. Fun stuff. As can be expected.
On the down side, I thought some of the literary elements were a bit lacking. Not to give too mu
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Betelgeuse
Dec 09, 2014 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi sogna immersioni al buio in acque misteriose.
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Nuova avventura e nuovi nemici per Dirk Pitt. Il nostro protagonista stavolta dovrà affrontare complotti politici tra due nazioni confinanti e immergersi in due località diverse: nel fiume Hudson e nel bacino di San Lorenzo. Entrambi i luoghi presentano incognite e bisognerà tenere gli occhi ben aperti per le possibili intromissioni di chi trama dalla superficie.

Dirk Pitt dovrà sfoderare tutto il suo ingegno per riuscire a trovare il modo di tirarsi
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Neil
This is a book that brings me both enjoyment and frustration. It is a fast book [not as fast as Vixen 3, but still fast] and it still manages to be interesting. It also has James Bond appearing opposite Dirk Pitt. Ironically, this is my third or fourth copy of the hardbound edition. I bought my first copy at a thrift store, loaned it out, and never got it back. Same with the second copy. The third copy I bought at a used book store, only to have it magically disappear from my shelves [either I l ...more
Holly
Apr 09, 2011 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been intrigued with Dirk Pitt from the very first book, Pacific Vortex!, and this sixth installment hasn't changed that.

In this book we see Dirk Pitt searching for the North American Treaty, now I do feel like as the series went on that it isn't really centered on Dirk Pitt any longer. As it switches from one view point to another I felt like I kind of lost the Dirk Pitt I loved in the very first book. This one seemed more centered on the Treaty, which didn't make for a bad read, I liked
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Pamela
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Greg Strandberg
Superb suspense! This is one of the best in the Dirk Pitt series, and I really think you should stop reading this rubbish review and get this book.

I've read nearly all of the Pitt books now (missing a few later ones), and I think this and Vixen 03 are the best. I love the ending here, and the suspense around the train.

Cussler really starts to hit you with his surprise endings around this book, a great formula he'd follow for some time to come.

Pick this up...now!
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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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