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Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt #13)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  13,448 Ratings  ·  266 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 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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Sep 05, 2009 trivialchemy 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
Bob Milne
May 26, 2016 Bob Milne 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
Jun 23, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Greg Strandberg 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
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
Jan 15, 2012 Daniel 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 Paris Reynolds 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.
Cik Aini
Sep 03, 2009 Cik Aini rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cik Aini by: Ainaana79
Shelves: read-2009, adventure
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
Jul 02, 2013 Sarah 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 Adarsh 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
Gable Van Cleave
Aug 27, 2015 Gable Van Cleave 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
Apr 16, 2008 Kristen 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
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.
Jun 27, 2017 MIG_ASE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Como todos los de Clive Cussler muy entretenido. Aventuras trepidantes sin descanso entre una acción y otra, y un final en el que (como siempre) gana el bueno de forma milagrosa.

La verdad es que, si bien es una novela que seguro que la olvido en breve, no por ello deja de ser divertida. Para fans de Dirk Pitt estupenda, y para los que no lo conocen una buena novela para iniciarse (no, no es necesario empezar por al primera para disfrutarlas, realmente están escritas de manera que la parte de his
Geoff Battle
Jun 22, 2017 Geoff Battle rated it liked it
Shock Wave's plot is fresh, however the ongoing torture that Pitt endures through the book is somewhat over the top. In the past Pitt has been through some pretty gruelling experiences and in Shock Wave Pitt faces his toughest challenges yet. Cussler tends to stretch the scenes out, creating a heavy going action novel, with the required cliffhangers peppered throughout. The good news is that the villains of the piece are nefarious and loathsome - just right. Overall, Shock Wave isn't the easiest ...more
10-28-14: thot[s] while reading-
I found it amusing/interesting that the author is trying to tie this novel into previous novels moreso than I remember in prior novels. He makes mention of Inca Gold, Dragon, Cyclops [I think], Night Probe, Treasure, and Sahara. Unfortunately, he forgets in Night Probe that Canada is now a part of the United States. Ah, well! So it goes.

10-29-14 - finis!

This was another interesting book to me. One of the few in which Dirk does not take blatantly take any women to
Scott Drake
Jul 23, 2017 Scott Drake rated it liked it
Not bad, not great. This is my second Dirk Pitt book and frankly I find the character wanting. He's like a 007 wannabe with a Dick Tracy watch and a Hardy Boys complexity.

The book could have easily been edited to have as many pages and made for a much tighter and gripping story. Cuddler rambles way too much in this one.

Conceptually interesting but reads like he's trying for a made-for-television movie.
Alan Rylans
Jun 01, 2017 Alan Rylans rated it really liked it
Another rather far-fetched adventure for superman Dirk Pitt which reads rather like a James Bond story. Clive Cussler can be relied on to produce fast-paced novels and this was #13. A strange weapon is killing thousands of sea creatures and now people on a cruise ship. When NUMA and Dirk investigate, they realise that millions of lives could be at stake.
Mavis Hewitt
Jan 02, 2017 Mavis Hewitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: sea
If you like Dirk Pitt stories, no reason not to like this one, the usual blend of a plot you hope could never happen, some nearly unbelievable escapes by Pitt, a pretty girl, and an appearance by Cussler, which I didn't spot happening, all cracking along at a fast pace.
Natt Cham
เปนตอนทียากลำบากเหลือแสนสำหรับเดิรก พิตต ตัวรายดูเกงและดุดันขึน ทำเอาเกือบไมรอด ตอนจบยังมีดรามา ไมแฮปปีเอนดิงซะทีเดียวนัก ...more
Michael W. Boleware
May 04, 2017 Michael W. Boleware rated it it was ok
A little too far fetched and cruel even four a Dirk Pitt novel
Jul 14, 2017 John rated it it was amazing
One of the best Dirk Pitt stories. Adventure for everyone. A very evil enemy dealt with appropriately.
Donna Dieckmann
Jul 19, 2017 Donna Dieckmann rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Mark Mekkes
Feb 21, 2017 Mark Mekkes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
Another classic Clive Cussler doesn't disappoint.
Mar 22, 2017 AdamT rated it it was ok
Thought that it had been a few years since I'd read one of Clive's books and decided to dip in again - whilst the book had a good start and was engaging - I lost the will to continue reading after a couple of hours as, in my view, the plot took a silly direction. Shame as I have enjoyed Cussler in the past. Perhaps my reading habit/interests have move on.....
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Onda d'Urto, in originale “Shock Wave” è un libro del 1996, romanzo del genere avventura di Clive Cussler, che è uno scrittore statunitense di romanzi d'avventura. La carriera di scrittore comincia nel 1965, mentre si ritrovava a badare ai figli la notte per sopperire alla moglie poliziotta. Esordisce nella narrativa nel 1973, con la pubblicazione del romanzo Enigma, cronologicamente il secondo romanzo dedicato alle avventure di Dirk Pitt. Solo nel 1982 viene pubblicato il primo romanzo di Pitt, ...more
Mar 06, 2017 Maxine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related
Definitely fast-paced. Would recommend it for upper middle grade fans of movie-like adventure.

Some violence, but not too vivid. No profanity.
Jan 22, 2013 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Avevo qualche aspettativa prendendo in mano questo volume: non speravo di trovare Alta Letteratura, ma visto il numero di copie vendute dal signor Cussler mi aspettavo di trovare un onesto libro di avventura con magari qualche americanata dentro, una cosa scorrevole senza troppe pretese.
Mi sbagliavo: sotto certi aspetti questo libro fa addirittura pena, mi meraviglio che una cosa scritta in modo così dilettantesco abbia certi dati di vendita. Due sono i problemi prinicipali, gli infodump ch
Jul 07, 2013 Betelgeuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi adora i salvataggi in alto mare.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Preparatevi a salpare verso le coste dell’Australia, in un’avventura ai limiti della sopravvivenza insieme a Dirk Pitt. Il nostro eroe dovrà scontrarsi con il freddo glaciale dell’Antartico, la crudeltà di un padre senza scrupoli e la bellezza di un nuovo amore. Tutto questo mentre nel frattempo sta salvando il pianeta.

La ricetta delle sue avventure è ormai un classico, ma stavolta ci imbattiamo in un ingrediente che mancava da tanto nelle sue stori
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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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Dirk Pitt (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt, #1)
  • The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt, #2)
  • Iceberg (Dirk Pitt, #3)
  • Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4)
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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?” 50 likes
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