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Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler

Atlantis Found (1995)

by Clive Cussler

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Series: Dirk Pitt (15)

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    Bjoernelv: Humorous actionthrillers, both the Myron Bolitar-series and the Dirk Pitt-series are extremely exciting and fun readings! :-)

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Dirk Pitt = adventure! Clive Cussler has created one of my favorite characters in the Dirk Pitt series. And, this one has it all... Nazis, ancient cities, messages to be deciphered, fights on ice, intrigue, adventure, the list goes on and on! Clive Cussler has never let me down, nor has the Dirk Pitt series, and this one lives up to all expectations! ( )
  bearlyr | Sep 10, 2015 |
Dirk Pitt discovers Atlantis, in a breathtaking novel from the grand master of adventure fiction. September l858: An Antarctic whaler stumbles upon an aged wreck, its grisly frozen crew guarding crates of odd antiquities--and a skull carved from black obsidian.

March 200l: A team of anthropologists gazes in awe at a wall of strange inscriptions, moments before a blast seals them deep within the Colorado rock. April 200l: A research ship manned... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Thoroughly enjoyable and completely ridiculous! At the final show down I laughed myself silly for a good five minutes (which my husband can attest to). There are Nazis, a lost civilization, missing relics, and a pending world destruction that will either be from the heavens or man made. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 13, 2014 |
NUMA specialists Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino face down terrorists bent on causing worldwide destruction by separating the ice shelf in Antarctica. But where does an ancient civilization play into their scheme? From a mine deep underground in Colorado to the frozen South Pole region, Dirk and Al battle their way to the answers, unearthing tales of fleeing Nazis in Argentina, U-Boats still running under the sea, and caches of priceless artifacts. With the clock ticking on total annihilation, can they stop the villains in time? ( )
  NancyJCohen | Jan 5, 2014 |
WTF happened to Cussler? Did he go senile & lose his touch or has he always been this crappy a writer? I LIKED "Sarhara", but "Atlantis Found" just SUCKS. After plodding through this book on audio for days, I started to listen today & his hero uses a string to tie 3 rifles together. Then he ties the string to the triggers, runs out of a cave filled with smoke & fire, makes a head shot & then shoots down a helicopter. There is a limit to my suspension of belief & this was just way beyond ridiculous.

The book is completely inane, not just the basic plot, but all the little things that make up a decent story. Characters constantly have conversations to explain what is going on about things that should have been decided long before the action started. For instance, as Pitt is getting ready to scuba dive into a wreck, he & Cox have a conversation about how he should take another diver with him. This is not what you talk about as the man is getting into the water. Such details are discussed well before you even get to the water.

The characters are all one dimensional. The good guys are so good they can judge how hard to hit a man in the back of the head to get within a pound of a killing blow - seriously, Cussler writes that at one point. The bad guys are so bad that they're always right on the spot, no matter how secretly or fast our heroes move, but they're inept enough to plant a bomb on a plane that blows up after the heroes have landed , but just before they get back into the plane. Why not during the 3 hour flight out? A while later, the heroes are outnumbered 7 to 2, armed with just rocks, while the bad guys have automatic weapons, pistols, body armor, radio headsets & a helicopter with a machine gun & missiles. The bad guys manage to lose. Yuck.

Oh, & no one uses a pistol or any other piece of equipment. No they use a 'model xyz limited edition by So&So company'. Please! If the hero just whacks someone over the head with a pistol, what difference does the model number, laser sight or caliber make? A rock could have been swapped in with absolutely no problem. I think it's supposed to sound cool, but it just sounds like extraneous crap.

I could go on, but I've wasted enough time on this book. I spent 500 minutes listening to it, trying hard to forgive the inanities, & I can't deal with another 700 minutes, so I quit. Cussler owes me 500 minutes of my life back. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Jun 19, 2013 |
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Lie, FrankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425177173, Mass Market Paperback)

Dirk Pitt, indestructible hero of 14 previous Clive Cussler novels and special-projects director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (which is something like the CIA of the ocean depths), makes James Bond look like a tuxedoed, martini-swilling poseur. Pitt has raised the Titanic, escaped massive volcanic eruptions, ducked nuclear explosions, foiled criminal plans for world domination, saved everyone on earth from germ warfare, and mastered the ins and outs of various electronic gizmos and futuristic vehicles while evading every imaginable form of almost certain death. (Of course, he's also wildly successful with brilliant, beautiful women, but in an admirably circumspect, sensitive-guy way.) It stands to reason Pitt's the right man to handle a crisis of millennial proportions.

When mysterious black obsidian skulls and other artifacts of an exceedingly ancient culture begin to turn up in odd places, Pitt jumps in with both feet. It soon becomes dangerously apparent that a powerful, amoral group of fanatics calling itself the Fourth Empire wants the strange discoveries to remain underground. Pitt teams up with a beautiful red-haired expert in ancient languages to decipher the meaning of the artifacts. They were made 10 millennia ago in a then-temperate Antarctica by a seafaring civilization advanced enough to predict its own destruction by a comet impact. Now the Fourth Empire (whose literal and figurative progenitor comes as no surprise) is predicting a similar disaster in only a matter of months, and preparing to take control of the earth.

Cussler's known for hands-on research--his hobbies are the backbone of Pitt's adventures: flying, climbing, diving, racing. The scientific and historical riffs that fill in the background of Atlantis Found are the weakest parts of the book--they're Pitt-less, and they give every discovery in the book away early. But what the heck--Cussler's not the king of suspense, he's the emperor of nonstop action. Atlantis Found bounces along on a good-humored techno-joyride, and for Cussler's legion of fans, that will be more than enough. --Barrie Trinkle

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Agent Dirk Pitt of the U.S. National Underwater and Marine Agency battles genetically engineered neo-Nazis, seeking to establish a Fourth Reich once they wipe out humanity. They plan to unleash a flood by splitting the Antarctic ice shelf. A beautiful archeologist is on hand to help the hero.… (more)

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