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Raise the Titanic!

(Dirk Pitt #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  23,439 ratings  ·  738 reviews
The President's secret task force has developed an unprecedented defensive weapon that relies on an extremely rare radioactive element--and Dirk Pitt has followed a twisted trail to a secret cache of the substance. Now, racing against brutal storms, Soviet spies, and a ticking clock, Pitt begins his most thrilling mission--to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 545 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 1976)
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Jennifer
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think I was in high school when Kate Winslet stood on the bow of the Titanic and let Leonardo DiCaprio take her in his arms as their doomed love affair began onscreen. I saw not only what the Titanic looked like from its final resting place on the bottom of the sea, but also James Cameron's lovingly crafted vision of the Titanic when she sailed on her maiden voyage. This said, Clive Cussler's original imagining of the raising of the Titanic was breathtaking. It was not hard to believe in a wor ...more
Scott Rhee
Clive Cussler's novel "Raise the Titanic!" screams manliness.

Written in 1976, "Raise the Titanic!" was the fourth book to feature Cussler's manly hero, Dirk Pitt. Rugged, taciturn, ex-Navy, knows a lot about boats. Also: charmer with the ladies, who don't really figure much in the book. Women have three purposes: secretarial, sexual, or villainous. It's not that Cussler doesn't like women, it's just that he doesn't have a lot of things for them to do, and he's not quite sure what to do with the
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Feliks
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-thrillers
The cover blurb really, is not fibbing when it gleefully informs you that this is "Dirk Pitt's greatest adventure!"--for, it truly is. Its a one-of-a-kind conception. A unique reading experience in the annals of all paperback thrillers past, present, and future.

It's surprising to realize that this is (chronologically) not the first 'Dirk Pitt' novel. But its certainly the one which brought his author, Clive Cussler, international fame. Simply stated, Cussler "knocks the ball out of the park" wi
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Eric
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: James Bond fans
Recommended to Eric by: Lynda Kaemerling
I decided to read a Dirk Pitt book after noticing that Sahara, a Matthew McConaughy movie I enjoyed a while back, was based on a literary character. I decided to read this book instead of Sahara since I was not familiar with the specific story, but was familiar with the ship.

As for this book, it was interesting although beyond unrealistic at times. It was fairly well written, although I would not call it spellbinding.

I did have a few specific gripes with the book (spoilers follow):

- Although it
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Rob
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Gager
I needed to finish off my evening reading last night with some mental chewing gum and this is what I picked off my shelves. So far so good and easy on the brain after Dostoevski and Sterne. The dialogue is at best functional, but the plot is all in a book like this anyway, and it's a page-turner so far. The Colorado stuff is appealing. Mr. C. lived in Arvada, I think.

- plenty of product placement so far, and lots of smokers smoking pipes, cigars, and cigarettes.

Moving right along with this engro
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Martin Pierce
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of the Dirk Pitt novels. I read them when I was in my 20's and loved them. Back then, I would have given all of them 5 stars. Now that I've read far more books in a lot of different genres, I'm more critical. I'm re-reading through these novels, and up to this one have been a bit more disappointed than I am with #4. I remember liking this one a lot more than the others 20 years ago as well. The plotting is more intricate, and Pitt's character is more developed, showing a s ...more
Samantha Fontien
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first taste of Clive Cussler. I read this in 1984 as a fourteen year old. As you can imagine I fell hopelessly in love with Dirk Pitt and I still AM. LOL, My Father was a huge Cussler Fan and had every book. I choose this one first because it was about the Titanic (and I love Titanic stuff) after I finished this I read everything by him in a month, my father was very proud of me and we had the most wonderful discussions on every book.

C.Cussler's writing is fantastic as a stand ALONE
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Jim Razinha
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Context is everything...and should probably be considered when re-reading early Cussler books. He might have thought he was crafting a strong female character, must he was sexist through and through in attempting it. Think 20 something male and a culture of Hugh Hefner in the 70s with an underwater James Bond who never fails to get the girl, even in the most remote environments and you'll get the picture.

As this was just his third novel, Cussler had yet to perfect his maddening habit of having
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Krys
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have avoided Clive Cussler like the plague due to him being one of two authors he tried desperately to push on me and my brother growing up. He swore by Dirk Pitt as the symbol of adventure and patriotism and I tell you I never knew one day I'd pick up the book and be writing a review like this.

I was pleasantly surprised by how this book turned out. What started out for me as a slow and overly political book about spies and Russians and Americans and espionage turned into a very intense experi
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Jacob Wilson
Thoroughly convinced that Clive Cussler has never actually met a real woman before
Matt
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, adventure
Deep in the North Atlantic is the rarest radioactive mineral on the planet that can power a strategically redefining missile defense shield, the problem is that it’s in vault of the most famous shipwreck in history. Raise the Titanic! is the third published book of Clive Cussler’s series featuring Dirk Pitt, who accepts the challenge to bring the most famous shipwreck in history only to find himself in the middle of a shadowy Cold War encounter in the middle of a hurricane.

A secret U.S. governme
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Kirsten Simkiss
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
You know, I was really hoping I'd be less disappointed in this book than the second book, and I guess I was to an extent. But the toxic masculinity is still there, even if it only reared it's ugly head a few times. I think this book was greatly helped by the fact that the main character, Dirk Pitt, was only in about half the book. It made it more bearable for me since he's such a total douchebag. I'm just not at all impressed with him. They keep saying he's good at his job, but I'm waiting to se ...more
Todd Russell
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
When I was younger I enjoyed reading the James Bond books and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt is sort of like James Bond in the Navy. He's got the attitude and charisma with the ladies anyway. Raise the Titanic is an exciting read for fans of the Titanic. The story is written to happen in 1988 but was actually written in the 70s.

There is valuable material buried in a vault inside the Titanic that the United States wants and spends hundreds of millions to have a team of specialists led by NUMA man Dir
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Steve
Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction
I saw the movie "Raise the Titanic" way back when I was a little kid and had a fondness for the movie (which I suspect was a really, really bad movie given that it disappeared quickly and has never been seen since). Mostly I remember the Titanic surfacing and thinking "wow, that was cool." So I thought the book would be fun, too.

It's not. It's awful-terrible-horrible even by my standards for thrillers, which can be pretty good even when they're pretty bad. Now, I love a good thriller, but I had
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Glen
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been reading Cussler for the last couple of years, but this book, the one that sealed his name as a best seller is the earliest one I've read.

It's very different than the ones I've read. Instead of a formulaic novel with an insane billionaire and an end of the world device, we get a deep cold war thriller. The search is on for a rare earth element that just happened to be on the Titanic. None of the moral equivalence that was so prevalent then.

Very good. Highly recommended.
Ross Armstrong
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
This wasn't the first Dirk Pitt novel, but it was the one that firmly established Cussler's formula. The story opens aboard the Titanic in 1912. A mystery is set up. Move to the near future. (Yes, the future. The book was published in 1976 but set in 1987.)
The U.S. is working on a Star Wars style missile defense program but the only power source strong enough is a rare mineral that can only be found on a Russian owned island. Dirk Pitt is sent to investigate and discovers that the ore was mined
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Rory
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read in the Dirk Pitt adventure series. What a story! A brilliant twist on the story of the ill fated Titanic. Excellent prelude. Plot was built and always kept me guessing and wondering where it was going. Then with a few more pages of reading the answer became apparent over and over again. From espionage, marinetime salvaging, political conflicts, a disturbing love affair, brutal hurricanes and sabotage is an arms race between two super powers. The prize for what is thought to be on t ...more
Debra Johnson
Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler

Genres; Action/Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Suspense

4 Stars

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Bantam
Oh this trip down memory lane.
Amazing how the one constant in my life is books. Almost all the books I have read throughout my life have been adventure, suspense and mystery.
Does anyone remember the Nick Carter books? Yep, I read every one of them back in the 1970's.
Back to this book.
I remember enjoying it. Loved the action and suspen
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L.M. Mountford
I should have probably done my research before trying to read this.

You see, i am doing reasearch for my own novel based on the decks of the doomed liner. This book came up in my googling, so i bought it. However, what i didn't know was this was published in 1980. Five years before the Titanic's wreck was discovered.

There was also a lot of creative liscence taken with this story (or i hope, otherwise Cussler should have really done his reasearch more furrowly) , so that makes it practically usele
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Ken
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly entertaining 1970's Cold War thriller starring Dirk Pitt.

It's been discovered that a rare radioactive material 'Byzantium' was being transported to American on the Titanic. It's down to Pitt and the team to try and salvage the wreckage.
Whilst at the same time the Russian's want to get their hands on the rare isotope.

The plot sounds bonkers, but it really works. It's a highly enjoyable blockbuster novel (I can see why they adapted it for a movie - I really want to watch it now!)

This was
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Greg Strandberg
Good book, but certainly not my favorite in the Dirk Pitt canon. I think Iceberg was better than this one.

But this one made Clive Cussler famous, and all those expensive cars on the back covers possible.

So you should read it. And know that this series gets a whole lot better, the action more intense, and it all eventually looks like raising the Titanic was child's play.

Yeah, saving the world ain't a walk in the park, folks!
Steph
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had trouble reading the past few years or so, and so when a friend handed me this book I was a little skeptical. But it's engaging, easy to read and fun.

The only parts tough to stomach are some sexism that places the author squarely as an artifact of his time, but otherwise an engaging read. Additionally, I love the subject of the Titanic so I'm sure that added to my enjoyment.
Michael Hendrickson
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
good book... I had seen the movie Raise the titanic a few years ago and I happened to find the book at a used book store.. glad I read the book it happens to have a totally different ending then the movie itself... and as usual the book goes into more detail
Erik Tanouye
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Got this at BookOff for $1. I think I overpaid.
Noamhoffman
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like mystery and action then this is the book fore you. It has a lot of mastery and action and many, many thrilling moments
Ryan Burt
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Actually i really enjoyed this book. Hooked me right from the beginning. Don't get me wrong it wasn't like it was a masterpiece. But very entertaining. Good fun read.
Kevin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt novels never fail to amaze me. It's better then James Bond! Espionage, intrigue, deception mixed with treasure hunting and many other things. Loved this book.
Kevin Middaugh
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, good light reading but a bit unreal.
Rachel
Big YIKES to the treatment of women on these pages as well as completely unnecessary use of the n-word.

Adventure was fun, if nonsensical.
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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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