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Celtic Empire

(Dirk Pitt #25)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,293 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Clive Cussler, "The Grand Master of Adventure," sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Sal
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Cussler, a quick read, fast paced put an Egyptian royal from the time of he Pharaohs in to Ireland, and then the woman head of a company producing Bio based oil spill cleanup with a hidden desire to eliminate the male population. The Pit family are all involved in this one.
I'm a huge fan of the Dirk Pitt series and have read them all over the years, reading each new one as they come out. I really enjoyed Celtic Empire. It has everything I enjoy the most about these thrillers, including an archaeological mystery, audacious evil masterminds and beautiful settings, above and below the water. I especially enjoyed the chapters set in Scotland. Dirk shares the action with his son and daughter these days but he's still got fight left in him and, considering what happens ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*. I like to listen to Clive Cussler audiobooks. Maybe it's because he writes his books like a movie. So I can listen as if to an old-fashioned radio play. If you're a fan of Dirk Pitt books, you would like this. Sure, he and his sidekick, Al Giordino, are older. However, that does not stop them stumbling into these adventures. We have a parallel story involving Dirk's children. The 2 storylines inevitably connect. One does not read these books expecting deep philosophical discussions. There ...more
Chris Wood
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hmmm Clive and his son Dirk collaborate on another novel and i'm wondering how much of it Clive actually wrote. In my opinion the book has Clive's name on it to attract the readers, having read all of the Dirk Pitt, Issac Bell and Fargo novels I don't recognise any of Clive's writing in this book. The story itself is Ok, the writing is Ok in fact everything is Ok, this reads like Dirk Pitt lite. There is no substance to it, the characters immediately solve every problem put in front of them with ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating archeological connection between Egypt and Ireland!

When genetically engineered waterborne bacteria was released into water sources in several countries, it's up to Dirk Pitt, his family, and NUMA to find the cure to save the other half of mankind. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure.

I was confused who's who in some parts when Dirk meets Dirk. Also at the end, I think the villains went down a bit too easy.

Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
When you read a Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt series novel, you really already know what you are going to get: An ancient mystery that somehow impacts current events, usually because a bad guy is going to try take over the world. However, Dirk and NUMA save the day, usually collecting or trashing (or both) an unusual rare vehicle of some sort. By the first quarter of the book, you already have it mapped out in your mind how it is going to go. All that being said, I love to read them because I don't ha ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow. The latest Dirk Pitt adventure (authored by father and son Clive and Dirk Cussler) is not so good, to put it mildly. Celtic Empire follows the formula established in earlier novels. Pitt rescues a good looking female scientist from certain death, a global conspiracy that is somehow tied in with the ancient past is uncovered and smashed. This is the twenty fifth book in the series Constant Reader so if you've followed along this far you know how things go. Typically I like this formula, so I ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Ive pretty much read all the dirk Pitt novels. Not much has changed. Ancient backstory, boats, explosions, food and cars. However its enjoyable. The writing isnt as good as the earlier ones but I guess that could be down to the son taking over. You know what youre in for if youre reading this. Id reccomend this for people wanting a light action read or an easy holiday plane trip.
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty much what you would expect from book 25 in the series. Good plot and nice work of main characters (although not enough Al) A bit darker than most of the Dirk Pitt books.
Kyle Rankins
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began reading CC over 40 years ago, and instantly fell in love with his history-based adventures. The 25th (!) in the original Dirk Pitt series is another winner. While the plotlines remain doomsdayesque, this one is oddly plausible and is (dare I say?) fun. Dirk Pitt (Sr.) has aged like a fine wine and while the younger Pitts, Dirk, Jr. and Summer, carry much of the action, Pitt and Al are ever-present. The way the multiple plot devices and locations are interwoven is masterful.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I love a good dirk pitt novel and liked the Egyptian history into Scotland and Ireland. While the history was great, some of the events were even more over the top than usual. Round up to 3.5 stars
Anima Miejska
Schematic (the bad guys try to kill Pitt, but he manages to escape each time) yet a perfect pastime listen, definitely for fans.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cussler is so much fun. When he returns to Pitt and Giordano are the main characters. The women taking over the world theme reminds me of a 1960’s movie starring James Coburn, yes, I am dating myself. Anyway the younger Pitts show up and the cliffhangers come one after another. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the death of the Heretic pharaoh Akhenaten and the priests re-taking control, his daughter, husband and followers are fleeing their homeland across the sea and into the mists of time.

This episode of the adventures of Dirk Pitt starts with the assassination of a group of UN scientists in El Salvador. Then a potential environmental disaster as a tanker carried Alberta oil sands is rammed by another ship in the Detroit river.

The environmental disasters that BioMed company neutralizes and clea
Tom Donaghey
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Celtic Empire (2019) by Clive and Dirk Cussler. This is yet another typical Dirk Pitt adventure, that is to say, fast paced, exciting adventures, daring rescues, fantastic perils, saving the human race, etc., etc. In short, this is much like any other Dirk Pitt/NUMA story of the past twenty years.
I couldn’t put it down.
An evil biochemical development company is using saving the world’s water supplies as an undercover method of introducing a world changing chemical mixture into the Earth’s maj
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
So, I worry about this book. It is a book that bring up very real issues of gender imbalance while still being misogynistic in its characters. It also makes the person who is bringing up the gender imbalance into the evil unhinged villain who has turned evil because of a nervous breakdown after a series of issues where men have abused her and one of her daughters.

As I write this I keep dropping the number of stars on this review. I had started at three and the more I go on the worse I feel abou
Grant Kisling
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have read every Dirk Pitt and will probably continue to despite the fact that the quality of the writing is just not the same.

This one is actually better than the last 2 or 3 that I read. I did enjoy several parts of it and the overall Egyptian part was interesting.

I just fail to understand why all action scenes happen in just a few pages and all the things that make Dirk a unique character are not emphasized anymore (Classic Cars or crazy vehicles, his tech-savvy hangar by the airport, getti
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is about King Tut's cousin (or someone like that) who long ago traveled in a Nile River boat all the way to Ireland with a secret cure for the plague. It is worth finding now because an evil bio-remediation firm on Loch Ness run by women (of course!) is secretly poisoning the water supply of the world with a cholera-like virus that messes up the Y-chromosome. So soon, only females will be born. Hmmm. Looks like Dirk Pitt and pal Al Giordino, not to mention the Pitt brother/sister pair, ...more
Timothy Neesam
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I've read a book feeling that I was completely wasting my time. A wealthy family of explorers rush to halt a female cabal's plot to eliminate males through the systematic implementation of plague. I like a good seat-of-the-pants international historical-based techno-thriller as much as the next reader, but .. seriously? This guy has sold how many books? I read at the back at the book that the author spends his spare time salvaging wrecks and looking after his antique car ...more
Rick Padwick
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review for Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler

Another fantastic book.

This book is the 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series written by Clive Cussler and since the early 2000s, with his son Dirk Cussler.

Despite being at work, I have managed to finish this book in 3 days.

Like every book in this series, it starts with a historical context before pouring into an action packed story.

I love every book this author writes and am always eagerly waiting for the next book in any of the series I read.

I am ev
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
The cusslers have finally managed to convince me that now also the main series has become rubbish not worth reading any longer. There was no story worth mentioning, no characters at all and at no point I felt invested in the story.

The decline of the Dirk Pitt series was going on for a long time, the last book I really enjoyed and like rereading is shockwave, everything after that becomes increasingly hollow and boring. So after 30 years I feel no longer the need to run to the bookstore and buy
Nick S
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it follows the pattern you would expect from a Cussler novel, but you knew that going into it, unless this is the first of his series you are reading. After a lot of “ho-hum” novels, the story telling picks back up in this novel, and has me excited to read this series again. The plot can be far fetched and dialogue forgettable, but the action was faster paced and has not seemed to lag as in other recent novels. The 5 stars is not because this is the best book ever written, but the entertain ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read, dirk pitt and his wife Loren are invited to Scotland by McKee . A women who has an environmental bacteria to clean up oil spills. But does so with an ulterior motive. All loosely revolves around the ancient folklore around Egyptian Princess Meritaten/ Princess Scotia, who sailed from Egypt with a fleet of ships and ended up in Scotland with her husband. Pitts children the Fargo’s are in Egypt when they uncover a child’s tomb, which they are attached for, leading them on a journey endin ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A family affair--Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk, Jr. and Summer, are joined by his wife, Loren, to save the world from a woman whose intention is to phase out men, entirely. The story covers a wide area, from San Salvador to Egypt to Washington, DC, Detroit, and finally to Scotland. Evanna McKee, head of a global bioremediation company, uses her position to contaminate water supplies around the world. Is there a cure, and where will it come from? Clive Cussler does it again, and he does it wit ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1334 BCE: Egyptians in ancient Ireland.

2020 AD: When a US aid camp in El Salvador is attacked and an oil tanker in Lake Erie gets sabotaged and sunk Pitt and Giordino go to the rescue. Meanwhile Dirk, jr. and Summer have dangerous adventures all along the Nile. The all come together in Scotland.

This has a slightly different take on the usual ‘too many people? Kill them off’ theme. A different part of the world’s population.

Fave scenes: Pitt channeling MacGyver in the lab, Dirk’s Vespa chase, th
Steven Latta
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clive-cussler
The 25th Dirk Pitt novel. It's another fun read, with just enough plausible history to hang it's plot on, and yes, it's the same plot as the previous 24 books - well, the previous 20 or so. With a Cussler novel, at least the mainline Dirk Pitt novels, you know what you are signing up for when you open the book - it's like an episode of The A-Team or MacGyver if it was on The "History" Channel. Loads of fun reading it, action that moves at an implausibly brisk pace, and characters that are fun, i ...more
Michael crage
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good read, some places a little confusing. That is why it got four rather than five stars. One thing about many of the Clive Cussler books, you learn interesting facts. A lot of the story revolves about an ancient Egyptian princess. For the fun of it, I looked her up and found that the basic facts about her in the book were correct. So I learn something as well as enjoy a good read.
Kyla Zerbes
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This would have been a 4 if the ending had been slightly different. spoiler alert (view spoiler)

Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading his latest epic tale, I felt that there was something different about this book. The usual appearance of Clive Cussler in his own book missing, something I have seen included in his books for so many years? The story was different, as if Clive was not the author, that it was written by someone else. Perhaps it is his son writing the story, no longer the father? While I like the story, it was a bit of an anticlimax :(
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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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