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Shock Wave

(Dirk Pitt #13)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  17,412 ratings  ·  424 reviews
From an island off the coast of Australia, a diamond tycoon heads a reign of terror, but he has never come up against the fury of a man like Dirk Pitt
Paperback, 537 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Downtown Press
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Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
A funny story about Dirk Pitt, #13. I headed down to Hermosa Beach last weekend for some debauchery at a friend's condo, and took my bike along so I could do some riding along the sea down the Palos Verdes loop on Sunday Morning. I took along also a backpack, with my jersey and shorts, a change of clothes, some bike tools, a spare tube, an MP3 player, that sort of thing. I also throw in Shock Wave and The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations in case boredom s ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky number thirteen in the Dirk Pitt series Shock Wave actually has a few surprises to offer, elevating it from the standard Clive Cussler formula. Not that there's anything wrong with that formula - it's immensely successful for a reason - but it's refreshing to find some new twists in the read.

The novel opens on an historical note, with the 1856 journey of the Gladiator. Under the command of Charles “Bully” Scaggs, it's on its way to deliver a load of prisoners to the penal colony in Austral
"The green-and-yellow beech-leaf sail filled out like a woman's tattooed breast"

This is possibly one of my *favorite* quotes from Shock Wave . I had to reread that sentence a few times before I could actually believe it had been written, evidently in all earnestness and seriousness. As far as I know, and I'd like to think that I have this on good authority, women's breasts do not inflate and billow like sails. Also, why a "tattooed breast"? Do tattooed breasts behave differently from non-tattooe
Every so often I like picking up a good adventure tale. Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt/NUMA books are a great series to check out. Shock Wave is an epic (500+ pages) story that I found to be an interesting and entertaining read.

The story starts out with an event that leaves fish, penguins and people mysteriously dead. A cruise ship drops some people off on a shore excursion to Seymour Island in the Antarctic. All of a sudden, people on the excursion suffer an intense headache. A few people die and on
Barbara ★
OMG what a fabulous installment in the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Albert Giordino. This is non-stop action from page 1 all the way through page 537. At no point does this story drag. There is absolutely no filler. This is 500+ pages of pure adrenalin filled, life threatening adventure.

Dirk Pitt rescues a cruise ship (and 20+ passengers) circling an island in the Antarctic Ocean after an horrific plague has killed nearly everyone onboard plus all the animal-life surrounding the island. Two of th
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
I didn't know what to expect from Shock Wave because it got mixed reviews, but I was very amazed! In this entry of the Dirk Pitt series, Pitt is up against a ruthless Diamond Businessman who has devised a deadly threat to the world. I found this one to be very different from the previous books, I think it's because we normally find Pitt searching for Treasure or sunken ships, and this was totally different, but in a good way.

And Shock Wave also shows us Pitt's softer side, and some emotional mom
Greg Strandberg
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Wow, the 13th book in the series. Will it be unlucky for Pitt? I think we both know that won't be the case.

The formula is set and you know it by now. So do millions of others around the world, and that's why we buy and read these books. They're fun and a great escape from the same-old same-old.

This book is another in the line. You start out with your historic opening and then move to today. Cars and women and rich tyrants - what's not to like?

I'm confident you'll enjoy this book, just like you
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it but Clive Cussler out did himself with this Dirk Pitt novel. What made this book surpass the other I've read in the series is seeing a different side of Pitt. He actually falls in love with a women and wants to spend the rest of his life with her, this is what separates this book from the others. It added a depth to the Pitt that wasn't there yet even with the Pacific vortex novel. Best book in the series so far!
Paris Reynolds
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dirk Pitt is my hero! I love, love, love Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. This was the 1st Pitt adventure I read and I had to read the rest.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bard, audio-book
I’m really enjoying this series. This novel has been my favorite. As always looking forward to many more.
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
In the 13th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Shock Wave, Dirk and Al return to save the day in another wild and crazy action-adventure. When Dirk investigated the baffling deaths of marine animals in Antartica, he stumbled on sonething more chilling. The passengers and crew of the cruise ship died, leaving stranded on a remote island whaling station, a small party of tourist led by Maeve Fletcher. And it lead him to her estranged father and sisters of the global diamond cart ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Full of tension and mystery.
Karen Ford
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great ride from Clive Cussler, dealing with operative extraordinaire Dirk Pitt, who investigates mysterious mass killings of wildlife in the Antarctic area that escalates into murder when a cruise ship falls victim to the plague. Pitt and his friend Al Giordino team with one of the survivors of the cruise ship tragedy, marine biologist Maeve Fletcher, to hunt down the source of the force that is decimating both human and animal alike.

Unknown to Pitt and Maeve, her estranged father, diamo
David Hamilton
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a thrilling read! Dirk Pitt, a cross between James Bond and Jacques Cousteau, is on the trail of an evil diamond tycoon who uses new acoustic wave technology in his mining operations with the unfortunate side effect of killing any living creature in its way. The writing is crisp and thoughtful. Cussler is an expert researcher as evidenced in part by Pitt's activity in Ottawa and the Queen Charlotte Islands with the Haida. I found this the most interesting part of the story, especially t ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A typical Dirk Pitt book. Ruthless supervillains. Beautiful women. Impossible situations that Dirk somehow escapes. Lots of fun - a really enjoyable read. In this particular book, the ruthless supervillain is a diamond mogul who has a plan to destroy the world diamond market, and oh by the way, might accidentally kill a few million people along the way.

As with most (all?) Dirk Pitt books, the first few chapters of the book are a historical accounting of something that happened a long time ago (u
Gable Van Cleave
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a masterfully written piece, a long read and very complex but nonetheless a page turner. The imagery in this book was stunning, even though it is third person, the reader still feels like they are really there while the complexity makes it really fun to read, there are often up to seven characters in the story at one time, so there is never a dull moment. The author seems to have an impressive knowledge about, be it a car, aircraft, or ship, the author knows all about, bringing the read ...more
D.L. Thomas
This was easily my least favorite Dirk Pitt story to date. It's still good, just not what I've come to expect. Things started off well: action in the ocean! Then a bunch of weird stuff happened, some parts were still in the ocean but it a lot of the action had disappeared. Then the end almost got things back on track: more action, funny back and forth between Dirk and Al, even a more human side of Dirk (not sure if that's good or bad). All in all, not my favorite but better than a sunburn.
Nitzchiya Mutiso
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler is my all time favorite: I read every book he writes about these heroes
The Fargo’s
The Pitt’s
The Oregon
And Kurt. Joe. Game, and Paul

All feel like family
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vintage Cussler, though a little bit more emotional than I was expecting. I had hoped he would get to sail off into the sunset but alas it wasn't to be.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed

Good read, same great cast with additions. Pitt and his friend Al, appear to have 9 lives. Some parts were a little drawn out, but still worth the read.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was another good Dirk Pitt book. It was a fascinating look into the world of diamonds, and how driven someone can become by greed. And at the end, yes, sea serpents do exist! I always enjoy the Dirk Pitt series.
Gerald Kubicki
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Older Dirk Pitt book, but very enterntaining. Cussler is a little wordy here.
Cik Aini
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cik Aini by: Ainaana79
Shelves: adventure, read-2009
I read Vixen 03 before reading this. I agree with one of the Goodreads member, regarding the resemblance to James Bond, the difference only lies between the scenery/actions-packed adrenaline rush are being played out at the sea instead. Pitt would come across to me between Mc Gyver and James Bond (the recent ones, without the over reliance to gadgets)

Be warned though, the prints are small, but as I was reading this, the characters seemed to leap out of the pages. That's how fast it's moving! Th
John Podlaski
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've been a follower of Clive Cussler for many years and have enjoyed many of his books. In Shock wave, something is killing every living creature within certain grids of the Pacific ocean and surrounding seas, which draws Pitt and NUMA into investigating the events and searching for the cause. When Pitt discovers a cruise ship filled with corpses, he checks a nearby island and discovers a group of surviving passengers and their tour guide, Maeve, who becomes Pitt's love interest in the story.

Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband is a Clive Cussler fan. I found myself between books and needed something that wouldn't be too challenging but would keep me interested. Cussler's Dirk Pitt is an action hero and supposedly based upon Cussler's own experiences in life. I was intrigued and knowing how much my husband liked the Dirk Pitt books -- I jumped in.

The plot is different than I've read before - there's a plague affecting the animal and human population but it isn't based on normal disease causing elements - th
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond fans
Recommended to Adarsh by: Aparna
Clive Cussler's protagonist Dirk Pitt is a James Bond style hero, but one that prefers sea to land. In this book, Pitt takes on the wealthy owner of a diamond empire whose secret mining operations are causing scores of unexplained deaths across the Pacific.

I found the first part of the book incredibly exciting. The two centuries old tale of Captain Scaggs at the seas is simply fantastic. The story gets a little less exciting as we return to the present, but the author managed to keep my attentio
Philip Andrews
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Usually I breeze through these Dirk Pitt adventure/thrillers but I got a little bogged down after about halfway through this novel. I think it could have been a lot shorter which would have made it feel more tense instead of an eye-rolling, "oh another obstacle that threatens his life" Giordino viewed it as ceasing "to be amazed at Pitt's fortitude and love for adversity. Pitt thrived on disaster and calamity." I swear he had more than his share of death-defying moments this go around. I know he ...more
Allison Kirchner
I'd really enjoyed some Clive Cussler / Dirk Pitt tales when I was in my 20s. We used to share them at the travel agency where I worked, and they did make great vacation reading. When I was offered a $1.99 Goodreads deal on this one, I thought it would be fun to have some light reading. I liked the first few chapters (the historical saga and the Antarctic scenes) but the ending was too farfetched for me. The Dorsett family was unbelievably evil, international politicians were too corrupt, and Di ...more
Tom Kristan Jr.
Review of SHOCK WAVE by Clive Cussler

A excellent escape read. Many of Clive Cussler novels are believable and could possibly occur, that is not the case with SHOCK WAVE. It is really quite far fetched. The possibility that 2 rafts would survive enormous storms at sea during different generations is extremely difficult to fathom. However this occurs in this novel, as well as Dirk Pitt so close to death on 2 occasions, yet somehow finding it the ability to overcome enormous odds and defeat an extr
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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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“Giordino...simply sighed in resignation. "Who else," he asked no one in particular, "but Dirk Pitt could tramp off into a blizzard on an uninhabited backwater island in the Antarctic and discover a beautiful girl?” 59 likes
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