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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure) A typical Cussler story. Bloody… (edition 2011)

by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

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Title:Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure) A typical Cussler story. Bloody marvellous! Plenty of action going on with history thrown in, Two adventures happening at once with two teams. Dirk Pitt Sr, Giordino and wife Loren, and Dirk Pitt Jnr with sister Summer all make amazing discoveries. Once again; well done Mr Cussler.
Authors:Clive Cussler
Other authors:Dirk Cussler
Info:Berkley (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 640 pages
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SUMMARY: Dirk Pitt returns, in the extraordinary new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious "manifest," lost long ago, which if discovered again...just may change the history of the world as we know it.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
There are lof things going on in "Crescent Dawn", the 21st Dirk Pitt novel from (now) Team Cussler. In this novel, daddy Dirk, son Dirk, and daughter Summer, are each involved in adventures wrapped around a submerged Roman vessel, stolen Muslim religious artifacts, and the possibility of the discovery of a document written by Jesus.

The book is laced with plenty of action on the three fronts and the Cusslers do a nice job weaving the three plots into one as the book moves along. Inveterate Cussler fans will find all of the Pitt regulars reunited - including Al, Rudy, Loren, Vice President Sandecker, and St. Julian Perlmutter. And, don't forget the cameos by Clive Cussler and a legendary antique car (this time it's a lime light green 1948 Delahaye).

Some may say that the Pitt franchise has lost a little luster over the years, but for this reviewer, there's still plenty to enjoy in the series. Weighing in at over 600 pages, "Crescent Dawn" is a hefty reading investment, but for fans of the Pitt series, it will be worth the commitment. ( )
  coachtim30 | Apr 29, 2013 |
Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the twenty-first Dirk Pitt novel. Dirk, his son and daughter, and of course the NUMA crew are brought on board to both thwart an international terrorist plot by Turkish anarchists and to recover an extraordinary cargo from a Roman ship.

I've read half of series, roughly every other one, so I've seen how Dirk and friends have evolved and aged as characters. I've also gotten used to formula of these plots. The typical Dirk Pitt adventure goes like this:

lengthy flashback showing the treasure being lost (and these prologues seem to be getting longer with each novel)
chapters from the villains' points of view to show that they are EVIL GENIUSES
Some oceanography stuff with the NUMA crew
Dirk and company accidentally run into the bad guys
an authorial insert to the rescue
Dirk and company plan their attack
Villains get what's coming to them
Oh hey... let's find that treasure
Epilog

When I read these books, I've found it's best to skip the prolog because I like to be surprised both by what and where the treasure is. I also tend to skip the villains' scenes because they tend to be too long and don't really contribute to the adventure / treasure hunting aspects of the novel. In the case of Crescent Dawn, skipping these scenes cut out about one and a half discs of the nine disc set.

Crescent Dawn is set in Istanbul, Jerusalem, and in parts of England, as well as different sites in the Mediterranean sea. This was also the first book I've read where Dirk Jr. and his twin sister, Summer, have such major roles. Basically it gives the plot the opportunity to have Dirk and his helpers in three places at once. I'm not sure, yet, how brother and sister are different except for their names and genders. Frankly, though, I didn't care because I was more focused on the mystery / adventure parts.

Long story, short, Crescent Dawn is what it is. It's very much a typical late in the series Dirk Pitt mystery. If you're a fan of the series, you'll probably like it. If you're not but like adventure-mysteries, you'll find it a decent beach read. Although Dirk Pitt does age over time, the individual books can be read out of order as the mysteries themselves are self-contained. ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 21, 2013 |
A tremendously garbled novel. Too much going on at once, and thus no storyline was really dealt with at any point. Uhgh. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
Dirk Pitt adventure set in various places with loads of action, suspense, etc. Discovering shipwrecks, political plotting, romance, plans to blow up Jerusalem, Roman vessels, WW1 and Lord kitchener - they're all here! ( )
  cbinstead | Feb 3, 2013 |
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In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious "manifest," lost long ago, which if discovered again...just may change the history of the world as we know it.
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