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Trojan Odyssey

(Dirk Pitt #17)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  17,095 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yet.

In the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known-twenty-three-year
Mass Market Paperback, 463 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published November 24th 2003)
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Kylie Not really. I dip and out of the series - sometimes Dirk is youthful, sometimes he is older. Sometimes he is single, sometimes he is in a relationship…moreNot really. I dip and out of the series - sometimes Dirk is youthful, sometimes he is older. Sometimes he is single, sometimes he is in a relationship. It doesn't really make a huge difference.(less)

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Rohit Enghakat
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this was a good story parts of it are questionable. I mean really...the hurricane about tears apart a hurricane plane but a helicopter can fly through it and drop 'em off on a boat in the storm so they can "save the day"? And one of the druid male victims...starts out saying he was a rich publisher and the next thing it says is he was rich from mining...huh????
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
E.C. Ayres
Mar 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Shelves: thriller
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Tom Tischler
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
D.A. 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
Chris Wolfgang
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
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
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
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.
Peter Carlisle
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Josh Hession
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Chris Haak
Typical Cussler story: easy read, implausible scenarios, entertaining, the hero always wins.
Rick Silva
This was a spectacular hot mess of a book, that combines a classic disaster-movie plot in the first third with a James Bond style espionage epic in the last two thirds, all of it intertwined with a dubious reinterpretation of the history of the Fall of Troy. Oh, and when I say James Bond, what I mean here is goofy 1980s Roger Moore James Bond.

It's got a lot of fun action bits, and lots of attention paid to cars and guns boats and aircraft. There's also a ton of casual sexism, and, in spite of t
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
Roopkumar Balachandran
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
David King
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
"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
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
My first Cussler book. Saw the movie Sahara and enjoyed it. Wanted an audiobook with just Clive as author, not him plus someone else, so grabbed the first available.

An easy read with some hokey action, reminiscent of the original Star Trek in tone - especially when you get to part with the multiple redheads who act alike and speak in monotone. Or one of the old Bond movies with the mine workers in different colored jumpsuits. So many parts of the book seem to be culled from older works of ficti
Kirsten "every vote counts"
Dirk Pitt gets married! I guess since they introduced his full-grown kids he had to slow down. But, still, it's like the world's most eligible bachelor getting married. Siiggghh...

Anyway, back to the actual book, I liked it. I did! However, it seemed like there was a lot missing. The action sequences and the disasters and the prerequisite "evil scheme" were all done great. The evil scheme, in fact, was one of the better ones.

I just had a few questions:
* Was the hurricane at the start artificial
Jeff Brateman
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jarem Nielsen
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Clive Cussler's always great after reading something heavy, just to relax the brain and have some cranial fun.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Good story, but the execution is not even up to Cussler's standards.
Apr 12, 2013 added it
Shelves: a-book
Good story I listened to in audio format.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
interesting story line involving history, mystery, scuba diving, super fun, would like to read more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read typical Cussler
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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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