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Inca Gold

(Dirk Pitt #12)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  24,594 ratings  ·  594 reviews
Nearly five centuries ago, a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an ancient Andean people hid a golden hoard greater than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history -- until now.

1998, the Andes Mountains of Peru. DIRK PITT dives into an ancient sacrificial pool, saving two American archaeologists from
Paperback, 592 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Pocket Books (first published June 2nd 1994)
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Henry Avila
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inca treasure, priceless, hidden on an island in the beautiful Sea of Cortez for 500 years, worth one billion American dollars...only Clive Cussler would have the audacity to make this seem possible, if not probable. As always it has become his trademark in Dirk Pitt novels both the luckiest human on Earth and the unluckiest, we first travel back in time to begin the plot; during a civil war two rival brothers fight for the throne of the Inca Empire one to keep the other from capturing the vast ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inca Gold is the twelfth book in the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler and the book that introduced me to the Grand Master of Adventure, as Cussler is rightly called. Each book in the series is an independent story and can be read irrespective of the order mentioned. The series follows Dirk Pitt, a marine engineer who often finds himself tangled up in a good mystery and very skillfully escapes the clutches of death every single time.

In Inca Gold, Dirk and his best friend, Al Giordino, attempt

Some positives, some negatives to this one, mainly negatives though. I've read a Cussler novel before, Sahara, and don't remember it grating as much as this one. At times it felt like a bit of a chore getting through this but at other times I was able to knock the pages back.

The positives:

The long opening scene (about 100+ pages) was a great introduction to the characters and was laid out really well and was an easy read with action coming thick and fast.

The plot was half decent and
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Anything Clive Cussler is always entertaining but Inca Gold is my favorite. DO NOT read any Clive Cussler books that he co-wrote with his son Dirk Cussler because they are pretty boring. The books he has co-written with Paul Kemporas are pretty good.
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Clive Cussler book and I was hooked from the very first 10 pages. High adventure and constant action.
Patrick Gibson
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: testosterone
I bought some cacti the other day and repotted them near the chile plants. The prickly phallic looking one I named Dirk Pitt. Everyone should have a named cactus. Since this Pitt adventure takes place in Mexico and Pitt survives all odds (like surely my cactus will) I felt it an honor justly deserved. Is this the novel where Dirk and Al accidentally have sex with each other while thrusting in tandem at a Nogales brothel? No, no, that comes later. This is the adventure, like Orpheus, where they ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, adventure
If you expect a story that resembles an action movie with Bruce Willis, then you won't be disappointed. This is exactly a story like that. Nice entertainment, although I admit that I did not like everything.

This is not my first story with Dirk Pitt. I've read Atlantis Found before, so I have some comparison. I don't know why, but I think I liked Pitt better in Atlantis Found, I think he had more peculiar charm in that one. This of course doesn't mean I don't like him in this book. Though his
Dawn Peterson
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This man seriously needs an editor. The bane of a published author is laziness in writing. Purple language, passive language and female characters that react in ways men would like but from a woman's perspective feel fake.

On the other hand, he sure knows how to pack action into a scene and this Dirk Pitt character is a cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones. Not much emotion, but one dangerous episode to the next in exotic locations.
Dimitar Jovanovski
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler - the greatest adventure novelist and underwater explorer. This book is an excellent escape to the world of action and suspense, so much action and adventure packed in one little book. I liked the characters (especially the hero Dirk Pit and his humor), the mysteries and intrigues, the historical plot... Won't be the last read book written by Clive Cussler.
Megan Tucker
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Total brain candy. I was addicted to Clive Cussler books for about a year, trying to de-stress myself from the honors classes I was taking in high school. And I imaged Dirk Pitt to be such a hottie, too!
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In 1578, Sir Francis Drake captures a Spanish galleon filled with Inca gold and silver and a key to a lost treasure. As the galleon is sailed back to England, an underwater earthquake causes a massive tidal wave sweeping it into the jungle, where it vanishes into history.

In 1998, a group of archaeologists diving in the depth of sacrificial pool high in the Andes of Peru are rescued from drowning in the nick of time by Dirk Pitt a NUMA agent who happens to be on a marine expedition near by. Their
Debra Johnson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
5 Solid Stars

This was my #1 top favorite of the Dirk Pitt's series that I read. Alas, it is also the last book of his I read.
Life just got crazy and I often had a hard time finding his books. You have to remember that back in the mid to late 90's, very few people had the internet much less a kindle. When you think about it, it makes it amazing that we can purchase a book and download it and read it all from a computer. You don't have to make
Graham Armstrong
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
I am a big fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. He is your natural hero, and this book doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of scenes where you know Pitt will come to the rescue at the last minute, but when he does you are still filled with that surge of pride. This book follows Cussler's later style with an historic story followed by the present day narrative. However, in this book, the present day feels a little split in two, which isn't a bad thing, but sometimes you feel that there ...more
Stefan Goles
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel is an interesting story about Dirk Pitt, a NUMA agent who saves two archeologists from drowning. They are searching for an ancient Inca treasure containing a ton of silver and gold. However, the situation turns ugly when a family syndicate who deals with stealing ancient works of art, gets their hand on the ancient treasure. Pitt and his group of archeologists are forced to go into action and do whatever is neccessary to get the treasure back. This book is full of suspense and action, ...more
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st Clive Cussler novel that I've read and to date, its the best one that I've read! (I've read 5 or 6 so far) Dirk Pitt is a true hero! I love this book and I could read it again .. This book has it all!
Marts  (Thinker)
Aug 25, 2008 marked it as shelved
should be another great Dirk Pitt adventure
Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
fun adventure book - kind of like a cross between indiana jones and james bond.
October 24, 2014
Just a brief thought while reading - in the earlier books, it was said that Dirk was well into his mid-40s; in this book he is described as being in his 'lower forties' yet the main story takes place nearly ten years after the events described in 'Raise the Titanic', 'Vixen 3', and 'Night Probe.' I did not see any references to having been a pilot in Vietnam, so perhaps the author is hoping audiences overlook this changing of Dirk's autobiography.

I did find it funny that when
When I was reading this novel I kept thinking that this was "porn for men" the way romance novels are "porn for women". It's not good writing but it clearly provides something its audience wants or it wouldn't be a bestseller.

The writing was surprising bad. The first Clive Cussler book I read was nonfiction, "The Sea Hunters II". I was impressed enough by it that I was looking forward to this novel. But in the first chapters I found clunky writing, idealized wish fulfillment characters, and long
Stefan-Iulian Tesoi
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's a long book of mediocre quality and had a low priority in my round-robin reading list so it took me a few months to read this one. I don't usually read adventure based fiction so I don't have other sources for a comparison. There is a lot of action and adventure going on and it's obvious that the author did his fair share of research and documentation but I don't think that it's meant for people like me who like to overthink, I think it's rather intended for people that just want to kill ...more
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jeremy by: Mr. Ludlow
One of my most inspiring English teachers in high school had recommended Clive Cussler as one of the many authors that I should check out at some point. It took me about 8 years, but I finally got around to that part of my bookshelf, and what a treat it was.

I didn't learn that Inca Gold was the 12th installment in the ongoing adventure series helmed by larger-than-life hero Dirk Pitt until after I polished this beauty off, but that alone speaks to how well written this novel is. There are
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clive Cusslers Inca Gold brings the reader on a thrilling adventure with the main character, Dirk Pitt, as he searches for one of the greatest treasures ever lost. With a new obstacle or danger around every corner, readers cant help but keep the pages turning. Also, with surprising plot twists, the reader learns that the first solution presented is not always the best one. While this book was exciting and entertaining, there were some aspects where the predictability exhausted some of the ...more
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: favorites
May have some spoilers!

A Dirk Pitt favorite!! This twelve installment of the Dirk Pitt series gives us every thing we've come to expect but more!

Dirk Pitt comes into the book pretty quick in this installment, unlike the others where we had to read quite a bit before he put in an appearance. In this one we get our back ground info of how in 1578 Sir Francis Drake captures the Spanish Galleon filled with Inca gold, and the key to a long-lost treasure. As the ships split to take the treasures home
James  Love
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dirk Pitt is an amalgamation John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, as well as the inspiration for characters like Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford, Matt Nix's Michael Westen and Lee David Zlotoff's MacGyver. He is a character that unlike MacGyver has no qualms about using a gun but he also relies on his wit to solve problems.

Inca Gold is the 12th novel in a series created by Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, a veteran team of marine salvage divers, volunteer their services to aid in the rescue
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clive-cussler
Dirk Pitt is getting a little old for this stuff now. Cussler even acknowledges the fact by stating that Pitt is on the lower end of forty. But just because the bruises may last a little longer doesnt mean he and Al Giordino arent up for whatever adventure comes their way. Much like Treasure, this story involves an enormous cache of hidden loot that is desirable not only for its monetary value, but also for the artifacts it contains and the history it represents. However, except for that ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book I chose for my May book review was Inca Gold by Clive Cussler. The main character, Dirk Pitt, and his best friend Al Giordino are called on a mission to recue two American archaeologists from a sacrificial pool. This is only the beginning. Behind the plot to kill the archaeologists is a crime family of illegal art and ancient artifact stealers. This family, the Zolars, also want the ancient Chachapoyan treasure. Pitt and Giordino not only have to stop the Zolars, who will kill to get ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler is a great adventure novelist. All adventure and action books that I have read, that have been written by him have been superb. The book Inca Gold is no different; as usual Clive gives the readers a firsthand view of the events of the history of the mystery. His adventure books usually remind me of famous movies, and this one in particular reminds me of Indiana Jones with all the treasure hunting and gun fights. In this book the book starts with the events of a Spanish treasure ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
While I believe the earlier (shorter) books in the series were better, this one is still a fun read (albeit mildly patronizing at times and with more filler than necessary. I understand why it captured my interest in the 7th grade (I wanted to be Indiana Jones AND a Marine Biologist) and I understand why a decade and a half has made it less enjoyable for me.

It's one of those books though, if you like Clive's novels, and if you've read any of his others, this one does exactly what you'd expect.

Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Companionship, mystery, death defying survival against the odds and cunning wit make Inca Gold thourghly enjoyable from start to finish. Our story takes is to the Illegal artifacts theft and smuggling trade. The story is one which would capture the devil may care feeling of any adventurous soul. Dirk Pitt always seems to find a way to lead his NUMA team through the most difficult of odds. Following Dirk and his team to first find the map and then after the treasure itself, whilst in competition ...more
Pasan Rajadasa
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the obvious reason of having a story circling around multiple fields I adore reading, I immensely enjoyed Inca Gold; my first Clive Cussler book. I have even read almost all those names of Inca kings before this!

Clive Cussler appearing as himself, as I see, is very cheesy. Not much first encounter of such scenario, and I've disliked all of them, including this. I believe that the story is way better off with the author being the narrator.

The worst thing about this book is the Unit
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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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