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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  14,835 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
Hardback, ex-library, with usual stamps and markings, in good all round condition.
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 24th 2003 by Putnam Adult
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Rohit Enghakat
This is the first Cussler I have read. Initially I was a bit skeptical although the reviews were good. The book cover also did not impress me (believe it or not), so it sat on my shelf for a couple of years when I decided to finally dust it and start reading. It was not a bad book at all.

The background of the book is why and how the Trojan war was fought by Greeks (or Celts if the story in the book is to be believed) and its modern day adaptation by a conglomerate to control the world's preciou
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
Dirk Pitt and the gang remain one of my favorite guilty pleasures, even though I've fallen a few books behind in the series. The plots are far-fetched, the plot holes are sometimes gaping, and the dialogue is often stilted. (Someone in this day and age referring to something as "heavenly"? Or a 24-year-old woman saying "I shall"?) But there is always some interesting science and speculative fiction behind the main plot, and this one is no exception. This time around, the historical question cent ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend loaned me this book to read. I hadn’t read any other Cussler books, and this is the 17th book in the series, so perhaps I would have rated it higher if I had a better understanding of the main characters.

The book begins with a new theory of the Trojan War - that it actually involved the Celts. This was the first 31 pages of the book, and I had a hard time getting through this. I wanted to get on with the book, so more or less skimming through this introduction, I finally did get to the
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirk Pitt is at it again! The catagory 5 hurricane Lizzie is tearing its way through the ocean, leaving death and destruction in it wake. A giant floating hotel is left to the mercy of the storm and the only hope for the over one thousand crew and passengers is (the as always amazing) Dirk Pitt. Dirk and his totally funny "sidekick" Al save the day and the storm leaves mysterious clues to an awe inspiring mystery including, a Celtic woman who is convinced she will take over the world and is fond ...more
E.C. Ayres
Mar 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This potboiler is the sort of bad writing that comes of too much, or too easy success that leads one to think he or she can just knock out a book over a weekend or two and a bottle of Scotch. Just in the first part, there is a hurricane barreling towards the Caribbean heading "due east." This is repeated several times. Hurricanes do not and cannot barrel due east. Especially from Africa. Hello? Then there is the scene in which intrepid hero Dirk Pitt arrives to rescue a battered floating hotel i ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Tom Tischler
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Dirk Pitt's shock and amazement he finds out that he has two grown children that
he has never known. They are 23 year old twins born to a woman he thought had died
in an underwater earthquake. 23 year old Summer is a marine biologist and her brother
Dirk is a marine engineer and they are about to help their father. There is a brown tide
infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. The twins are there trying to find it's
origin when two things happen. Summer discovers an old artifact and the wo
Chris Wolfgang
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler. It is a fiction and historical fiction book. The main characters of the book are, Pitt, Giordino, Dirk, Summer, Admiral Sandecker and Rudi Gunn. The book is about a big man named Specter who controls a big operation that tunnels underneath Nicaragua to the Pacific to the Atlantic. the catch is he has made a new renewable energy to power cars and are replacing batteries and oil. So when Specter opes up the tunnels the Ocean will flow through and wi ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta say, if it wasn't for the ending I probably would have given this book 3 stars, but there were some big twists in the end so I decided to give it 4 stars. Trojan Odyssey introduces us to Dirk Pitt's two grown children, Summer and Dirk Pitt Jr. who's mother was Summer Moran, Pitt's love interest in his first adventure Pacific Vortex, who Pitt thought had died, I won't say anymore than that because I'll spoil it for those who haven't yet read it. They didn't seem to focus on Pitt's childre ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
In the 17th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Trojan Odyssey, Dirk and I return for another awesome and dangerous adventure. This time, Dirk met his grown twin children for the first time, Summer and Dirk, to embark on this journey. When they worked on an underwater enclosure, Summer discovered a strange and beautiful artifact and somehow unleashed a storm that was headed to them and others on the ocean. A too-human evil force was behind the brown tide, which was a by-product ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I give a book 5 stars, it is because I love it enough to read it more than once. I have read this one 3 times. It is a Dirk Pitt novel and a good one. You have to watch Cussler, he tends to take a little history and throw in a LOT of fiction. In this case he does base a lot of the story on a scholarly book "Where Troy Once Stood". it is a fast paced story full of twists and turns and daring do.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever read Homer's Odyssey and Iliad in high school? You get to read the highlights here again and then find out where it really took place. This is another of Cussler's tall tales that was thoroughly entertaining. He always provides enough thrills and action to keep you from fully questioning the tall tale.
Annette McIntyre
The usual implausible plot told with verve and flair, with the heroes extricating themselves in a believable fashion.

My only quibble is that so far the new characters of Dirk Jr and his twin sister Summer have yet to show their father's flair for getting out of the situations they end up in. Once they start doing this, they will be as much fun as their dad Dirk Sr, and his pal Al Gordiano.
Josh Hession
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a well written adventure. It was full of excitement and made me want to keep reading. It is a mix of the modern world, and tales of Odysseus' travels. It is a great novel and I would recommend it to anyone that likes action.
Peter Carlisle
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh Clive Cussler... Guilty pleasures. His plots are far-fetched, and his heroes are just a little too perfect, but his books are fun to read. This one was especially entertaining, and if you are interested in the Trojan War, it is worth a read.
Chris Haak
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Typical Cussler story: easy read, implausible scenarios, entertaining, the hero always wins.
Edwin Kort
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2017
Dit 17e deel uit de Dirk Pitt serie is weer een typisch Cussler verhaal; makkelijk te lezen, ongeloofwaardig verhaal, grappig.

In dit verhaal maken we kennis met de twee volwassen kinderen van Dirk Pitt, kinderen waarvan hij het bestaan niet wist, tot ze voor zijn deur staan na het overlijden van hun moeder.

The book starts out with a brief introduction to Dirk Pitt, if you've not read any of the previous 728 books in the series, and then wobbles all over the place. It's not interesting enough to justify its convoluted story. I also tagged it history since it covers some of the events that sparked the Trojan War - allegedly. Meh.

This was a fast read. It held my attention throughout the entire book. I think this might have been the only book in the 'modern line' where Clive does not show up to help Dirk and Al with some conundrum. It held together fairly well throughout the entire course of the book [even the discussion about where the Battle of Troy was fought].

This was almost the third book in which Dirk Pitt [now Sr.] does not have sex with a woman, but in the final chapter he is thinking fondly of an all-nighter with
Man I see some diehard Cussler fans hating on this, talkin' shit like he be losin' his touch....

Sorry for the sloppy language. This is a sloppy novel though. Cussler must have been sipping a wee too much port before leaving port with this idea of a story...sorry that is so stupid but I feel silly writing a review for this book.

I love Cussler's style. He could write a novel shitfaced and I would eat it up. Ok jk I don't even know if he drinks wine.

I loved this book. I'm sorry I did. I wouldn't go
Roop Kumar
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
My second outing with Dirk Pitt adventures. From the blurb;

"When a hurricane unexpectedly blows up off the coast of Nicaragua, a giant floating hotel lies in its path. With no escape for the helpless passengers and crew, it's left to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to launch a rescue and save the day. But in the storm's wake, Pitt and his team discover clues that point to an ancient mystery with shocking implications for today.

As Pitt investigates further, he uncovers a plot by a mysterious billionaire calle
Dave Fellows
2/5 stars. It's hard to tell whether Clive Cussler is actively trying to destroy the Dirk Pitt franchise, or whether even before his son got his name on the cover he was already writing the books. This is the last Dirk Pitt book that claims to be written by Clive alone, but either he's lying or has forgotten how to write. And if this book was edited at all, the editor needs to sit down and have a serious word with himself/herself. Here are a few gems from the book: words used repeatedly and very ...more
David King
"Trojan Odyssey" is one of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventure novels, a series of books which kept me thoroughly entertained as a teenager. I have to admit that over the last 10 years I more or less stopped reading them, not because of a lack of enjoyment, but because I had begun to increase the range of books I was reading. However, when I saw this book in a local library I decided that I may as well try and re-ignite old pleasures.

The story starts with a Hurricane in the Caribbean threatening
Jeff Brateman
I've decided that this is my last Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt book. I'm not one to judge quickly (ok, that's a lie), but someone had to have been on drugs when reading this book and thinking it is/was printworthy. There is no suspense, no drama, no anything. In the words of Joe, "A cookie-cutter book." Oh yea, I was so damn confused about the kids, one who's name is Dirk Jr. Oh wow, do I hear more books coming? I sure as hell ain't going to be reading anymore of them, that's for sure.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read typical Cussler
Good story I listened to in audio format.
Jarem Nielsen
Clive Cussler's always great after reading something heavy, just to relax the brain and have some cranial fun.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting story line involving history, mystery, scuba diving, super fun, would like to read more
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good story, but the execution is not even up to Cussler's standards.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cussler’s skill is in making the most absurd situations seem somewhat plausible IF you’re willing to suspend disbelief, which isn’t hard for me with my overactive imagination and appetite for swashbucklers, but in Trojan Odyssey the limits of plausibility are stretched a little too thin. How does a hurricane, for example, barrel “due East” across the Atlantic from Africa toward the Caribbean? How does Dirk Pitt heroically show up in the eye of a Category 5 hurricane by helicopter to save a float ...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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