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Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt #16)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  18,686 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off?

What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship? NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt® races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the
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Published September 1st 2002 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 2001)
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Randal
Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think the A-Team was a documentary
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Sonja
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out all right, on a three-star level. There was a lot of action which kept me interested. Pitt saved the day, and then... he did it again. And again. And again. It was just too much, and it grew more unlikely with every time. Furthermore, the story is packed with gorgeous, frightened women who stare up at Pitt in wide-eyed admiration and enjoy cleaning up after him in his a-ma-zing museum of a home. Truly disgusting. And last but not least, every motorized vehicle (and there ar ...more
Scott Bagley
Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first Cussler book, and it will be my last. Before anyone sends me a nasty-gram about this review, remember, I'm not taking away your right to enjoy this book, it's just that I didn't. Dirk Pitt is just a little too much, don't you think? I mean, your ancient rare plane isn't showing up for your air show? Call Dirk Pitt! Need to know the exact year that some submarine crashed? He's your guy! I won't give it away, but I was glad that the ending of the book presented Pitt with a situation where ...more
Joe
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best organized of the clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series, that reaches across centuries to create a fiction that is incredibly beleiveable.

The book pulls on history, old fiction, old mysteries, science, science ficition and adventure to create an unforgetable novel that leaves you asking how much of this could be true. In an Alfred Hitchcockish manner, Mr Cussler, weaves himself, his automobiles, his beloved sea craft, and his penchant to be an adventurer into his novel as he a
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Rebecca
I enjoyed this book a lot for being a thriller and an action adventure but its use of Vikings in the plot proved to be a bit of 'all talk and no substance'.
The very first chapter is about Vikings settling and discovering North America but not an event that has a happy ending.
The rest of the story focuses on new technologies regarding water propulsion on huge luxury cruisers, some scientists new ultimate engine oil and the corruption and power behind many of America's top homeland oil companies.
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Morris Graham
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Clive Cussler book to read. Cussler is a master of the historical novel. He tied the Vikings and Captain Nemo to a modern-day power play of a truly evil corporate leader. This was layered with many twists and turns, and never relaxed its grip on you until THE END. Even the ending was laced with intrigue and had a surprise at the end for the MC. Cussler is very knowledgeable about the sea and all things marine. His own personal experience working with NUMA and his maritime trip ...more
Allison
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand how everyone drools over Cussler so much. Dirk Pitt is an asshole, and the entire thing just seems like one big Cussler Love fest. He's far too into himself for my tastes... I mean... Writing yourself into your own novels? Come on.
Try a James Rollins book. Much better action, more research into the technical and historical aspects, and more interesting characters.
Ann Keller
The luxury liner, Emerald Dolphin, was unsinkable. She was so opulent and spacious that her passengers basked in the height of luxury, being pampered by an attentive staff of officers and stewards too numerous to count. Suddenly, a fire ignited in her chapel, racing through the bowels of the ship with astonishing speed. Fire extinguishers and back-up systems failed and the lifeboats proved useless in the firestorm.

The NUMA vessel, Deep Encounter, races to the rescue. Dirk Pitt, the captain and h
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Nata
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
Cititorii cărților lui Jules Verne le vor plăcea, cu siguranță, și această operă scrisă de Clive Cussler

E prima mea carte citită de acest autor și spre surprinderea mea, mi-a plăcut destul de mult.

Un roman plin de suspans, acțiuni riscante și mult mister. Dirk Pitt are misiunea de a zădărnici acțiunile unui puternic mogul al petrolului, Merlin Zale. Acesta din urmă, înființase un cartel și atrase acolo majoritatea companiilor petroliere importante. Planul era să devină mai puternic decât guvern
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Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler's aging but still potent superhero, returns in the 16th adventure in this popular series about the director of special projects for the National Underwater Maritime Administration (NUMA). Pitt's NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world's newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the sh ...more
Patrick Gibson
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preposterous action adventure lovers
Shelves: testosterone
Who in their right mind would name a corporation Cerberus? I would! And so would Clive! So the naming of the evil conglomerate attempting to hoard the worlds oil supply and suppress a new engine that runs on faerie poo after the Janus-challenged guardian pet of hell isn’t a bad idea. Unfortunately that’s where the ideas stop. Unless you have the dark-haired blue-eyed hero meet the green-eyed woman of his dreams who turns out to be a lesbian and forces him to submit to a painless (heros feel no p ...more
DutchWaG
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
It was very hard for me to rate this book because the idea for the story itself was nice, the action was fast-paced and the way I like it. But then there are things like: How many boats and lives can Dirk Pitt save in one novel? How come that he again beats the best trained people in these books? But what struck me most: Why the heck must the writer of this book be in the story itself? Give me a break!
But I would still have given it a four-star rating. But then the story had to finish and answer
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Andrea
Dirk Pitt, man...he's ruggedly handsome, mild-mannered, smart, clever, witty, selfless, and so many other things. He saves the day about FIVE TIMES in this book alone. He lives in a hangar by himself and collects antique airplanes and cars...cool. He's dashing and charming all of these other things. Oh, and he's got women all over his balls, too. All I really figured out in this novel was how awesome and good at everything Dirk Pitt was. I listened to this book on audio tape and it was a pretty ...more
L.  (My Woes, My Woes, They Continue To Grows)
It doesn't make much sense why this book references Viking lore. (Then again, there's not much in this book that does make sense.) There's a scene in the beginning concerning an early Viking settlement in pre-Columbiann America, and then the rest of the book goes on about an evil billionaire (is there any other kind?) wanting to have power over the country. At the end, Dirk Pitt finds out where the Viking settlement was hiding in a cave. Otherwise, Vikings and Valhalla have absolutely nothing to ...more
Dharma Kelleher
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The story was decent, but his characters were so nauseatingly cliched that it was an effort to keep reading. Also, there is a lot of info dumping, and much of the early chapters are telling rather than showing. In short, Cussler is just phoning it in.

If you like stories with "Harlequin romance"-type cardboard characters (i.e. perfect brawny men and timid, fainting women), then you'll love this.

However, if you prefer stories with complex, interesting characters, where scenes develop the plot or
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This is the first Clive Cussler book I read and probably the last one too. I couldn't even finish it, which rarely happens to me:( Dirk Pitt is too much of a super hero/boy-scout type for me and there are too many descriptions of ships & aircrafts. I finally decided to give up on the book when I got to page 200 and realized the "Viking part" of the story had yet to be mentioned.
Chuck
Cusler tries to tie in Viking history and Jules Verne technology to defeat an international oil company that is killing thousands and corrupting our political system. I thought that I was reading a a new expose from MSNBC.
Jeff
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Clive Cussler book - and perhaps still my favorite. Dirk Pitt is so much better than Kurt Austin. This was a great, fresh style for me at the time that I read it several years ago, and is the reason I'm a Clive Cussler fan today.
Nathan Hurst
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Rather enjoyed this one, although Mr Cussler turns up again in a cameo. There are some rather good adventurous happenenings in this book, followed by some rather eye popping clunks and wobbles where science fiction is rather over egged. Fun and funny - probably for the wrong reasons.
Madison
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Dirk Pitt novel but it moves from 4 stars to 5 because of the ending. I love those two characters can't wait to read more. The only way these novels could improve in my books is increasing the amount of content with congresswoman Loren smith.
Maynard
I'm a sucker for Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures.
Kyle Holt
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worse than Sahara. I am pretty sure that is the only time I'll ever be able to type that statement. My brother thought this book was funny...but it was so bad it never even made me laugh.
David
Jun 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm afraid to read anything else by him. Shallow, misogynistic, ego-stroking, and childish; not even good by pulp fiction standards.
Jessica
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skip this one...it's only mildly entertaining as far as plot, and oh boy is it outdated in its treatment of women!!!
Jess
Nov 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Contrived, weak plot. Trite dialogue. Over-used figures of speech. I finished this book because I kept expecting a plausible story-line. I was WRONG!!!
Sally Witt
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Way better than I expected, rich in history and interwoven story lines!
Timothy Boyd
Another good book in the Dirk Pitt series. Nice adventure stories. This was the first book I read about this action/adventure character and was very impressed. Recommended
Ron
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fun, but silly.
Andrew
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Pitt novel. Fun adventures. Maybe a little too much at times but a fun easy read.
Nicholas
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, but any author that has to write himself into a story to save his own main character from a hopeless situation deserves a low rating.
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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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