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Vixen 03 (edition 1981)

by Clive Cussler

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Title:Vixen 03
Authors:Clive Cussler
Info:Bantam (1981), Paperback, 359 pages
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Vixen 03 - Clive Cussler *****

The fifth book in the Dirk Pitt series (as usual ever macho, womanising, hard drinking and seemingly indestructible) has Cussler’s hero investigating an aircraft high in the Colorado mountains around three decades and many hundreds of miles from its last known location. Pitt seems to have a sixth sense for mystery and after probing where he shouldn’t , uncovers a mystery that would have better off forgotten but now it has resurfaced could end up wiping out millions of lives.
This book is really two tales combined, where alternating chapters flick back and forth from the situation that Pitt finds himself embroiled in and a civil war in Africa. At first I couldn’t see how they would possibly become linked but Cussler does a really nice job of tying up all the loose strands over the final few chapters.
The book is very typical of its time – written in 1978, and very typical of the genre. Probably not one for those readers that get bogged down in scientific or historical accuracies (or easily offended), but for people like myself that love a big of escapism accompanied by fights, blood and guts, then you can’t go wrong. As I have said, this is the 5th book in the Pitt series but you don’t really need to have started at the beginning and this would be an ideal place to begin. I found it much more advanced than the previous novels and assume this is where Cussler really started making a name for himself as an author. ( )
  Bridgey | Oct 12, 2016 |
The first third and last third are GREAT, but it's the middle which is almost so strange as to seem like it was written by someone else (not that I would think it actually happened...). All in all 'Vixen 03' is an entertaining story, mixed with a 2nd story that is just barely connected to the rest of the novel. Good, but NOT Cussler's best. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Review Dirk Pitt [is] oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones.”—Associated Press Product Description
  1. Vixen 03 is down. The  plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six  Doomsday bombs—canisters armed with quick-death  germs of unbelievable potency—vanishes. Vixen has  in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in  Colorado. 1988. Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised  the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of  _Vixen 03_. But two deadly canisters  are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist  group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship  seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast  Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop  them.
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Another Dirk Pitt adventure. I enjoy listening to them quite a bit. But I admit that they are all very similar. The same kinds of things happen in similar ways in every book, but in a way that is what makes them fun. Not a whole lot of thinking is required which makes them ideal for listening in the car while commuting.

This one Pitt discovers a plane that had crashed into a lake shortly before Korea that happened to have a payload of the most deadly biological weapon ever discovered by man. He also discovered it was missing some of the ordinance. Finding it before they are used is paramount.

The white South African government is dealing with an insurgence by a warlord trying to topple them with minimal directed carnage. It appears to be working and the South Africans are starting to get worried. Some have even started drastic steps to prolong their rule. Just how far are some people willing to go to get and hold power? These two stories collide and millions of lives are at stake. ( )
  readafew | Jul 8, 2013 |
Vixen 03 flips back and forth between Dirk Pitt's discovery of a plane wreck in a Colorado lake and a civil war brewing in South Africa. The connection between the two is pretty clever, but unfortunately, the portions of the book that focus on the South African plot just drag. For a while, I forgot I was even reading a Dirk Pitt novel. Dirk's sections flew by in excitement, but the rest just did not mesh. After enjoying [book: Raise the Titanic] so much, I was surprised by how much of a step backwards this book took. Glancing over some reviews online, there seems to be a consensus that this is Cussler's weakest novel, so I'm expecting to be back on track with his next book in the series.

As a side note, there is stuff in here that seems racist, but I had a hard time deciding if I should be offended. Unlike some books, it was hard to tell if the comments were the author's voice or not. And, more to the point, since this was written in the '70s before I was born, and before the current PC era, I'm unsure that I should apply my 2008 views to it. At this point I figure that it's a product of an era that I never experienced. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 23, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553273906, Mass Market Paperback)

1954. Vixen 03 is down. The  plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six  Doomsday bombs -- canisters armed with quick-death  germs of unbelievable potency -- vanishes. Vixen has  in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in  Colorado. 1988. Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised  the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of  Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters  are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist  group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship  seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast  Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop  them.

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1954, Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday bombs-canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency-vanished. Vixen has in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado. 1968, Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group. Their lethal mission; to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop them ...… (more)

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