Shock Wave

Shock Wave

by Clive Cussler

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

  • Series: Dirk Pitt
  • Language: English
  • Category: Adventure
  • Rating: 4.01
  • Pages: 537
  • Publish Date: January 1st 1996 by Downtown Press
  • Isbn10: 0743449673
  • Isbn13: 9780743449670

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When I got to the condo, I took the bike inside and left the backpack inside my truck. He must have been interested in a couple tire wrenches and a pair of spandex shorts that stink of testicle sweat and that could have value only to me, but he actually removed the books and left them inside the truck. That's right, apparently Dirk Pitt, #13 is not worth stealing. Apparently it is worth taking special effort out of your day, in the very middle of an act of criminal larceny, to specifically AVOID stealing Dirk Pitt, #13.

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. As for that daughter Maeve, she is not only an admirable young woman and a pretty decent heroine, but a legitimate romantic interest for Dirk Pitt. While the story is book-ended by some massive action pieces, involving daring rescues and last minute escapes from certain doom, Cussler does something different in the middle of the tale. Lastly, he strands Dirk, his buddy Al, and Maeve on a derelict boat in the middle of stormy seas for a good portion of the story, creating a sustained level of dramatic intensity that really pays off.

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. For the most part, I do give credit to Cussler and/or his editor for removing most of the mind-boggingly weird and usually exploitative sexytimes so oft present in the earlier Dirk Pitt novels. As other readers have noted, this is a very James Bond-esque Dirk Pitt novel. In general, I like the Dirk Pitt novels that involve him looking for a treasure or sunken ship, and not so much the ones where he, Al, and Admiral Sandecker save the world (again).

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. Just when things get desperate, Dirk Pitt and his pal Al Giordino shows up to rescue the people inexplicably abandoned on the island. Dirk and his friend Al are ruggedly handsome men and all around good guys. The defacto leader of Seymour Island shore excursion is Maeve Fletcher. Adventures abound in the story as Dirk gets in one predicament after another.

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 the passengers (Maeve and Deirdre) are related to Arthur Dorsett a diamond mining kingpin with grand designs of ruling the diamond world regardless of who is killed in the taking.

It's got everything you'd expect from Clive, Dirk Pitt is my hero!!

They're fun and a great escape from the same-old same-old. I'm confident you'll enjoy this book, just like you enjoyed the others.

From an escape of a Canadian mine to shark infested waters, it was up to Dirk to thwart Dorsett's plans before an unthinkable disaster happened.

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. Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history.