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Pacific Vortex (Dirk Pitt Adventure) (edition 1984)

by Clive Cussler (Author)

Series: Dirk Pitt (1 (written), 6 (published))

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Undersea adventurer Dirk Pitt faces the toughest challenge of his life when he plunges into a deadly sea zone to rescue the gigantic Starbuck, America's nuclear arsenal, while battling deep-sea assassins.
Title:Pacific Vortex (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Authors:Clive Cussler (Author)
Info:Bantam (1984), Edition: Reissue, 288 pages
Collections:Disk 2, Your library
Tags:to-read, audiobook1

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Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler



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Fairly dated and a bit sexist but what’s to expect from a bond type of story. The characters in this despite Dirk are forgettable even our villain with the yellow eyes who I’ve already forgotten his name. ( )
  capiam1234 | Oct 30, 2019 |
Weet niet eens echt wat te zeggen over dit boek. Zeker niet een van Cusslers' beste boeken.

Dirk Pitt zou een James Bond-achtig figuur moeten worden, volgens Cussler in het voorwoord, maar dat is hem zeker niet gelukt.

Al meer dan 30 jaar verdwijnen er schepen bij Hawaii, en wat een soort Bermuda-driehoek is. De Amerikaanse onderzeeër Starbuck (is dat een referentie naar de 'koffie'-keten) is het jongste slachtoffer. Van het schip wordt taal nog teken vernomen. Tot Dirk Pitt tijdens zijn vakantie op Hawaii iets in het water ziet drijven. Ondanks dat het een gevaarlijke kust is, probeert hij het object te redden.
Dit is het begin van een avontuur waarin Dirk Pitt te maken krijgt met een moordaanslag, mooie vrouwen en een man met goudkleurige ogen.

Het idee van een verloren gegane onderzeeër is een goede, en was zeker een heel eigen boek waard. Ook het idee van een soort Bermuda-driehoek bij Hawaii is goed.

De hoofdkarakter Pitt is redelijk ontwikkeld, soms arrogant en afwijzend. Maar de andere personages zijn minder ontwikkeld. Zeker zijn vriend Al Giordino komt naar mijn idee te weinig uit de verf. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Stupid airplane read. Read like the script of a sleazy 70s Bond Cinemax flick
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Cussler introduces his hero, Dirk Pitt, in this thrilling Pacific adventure. Good, cheesy fun. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
A mysterious area at sea just off the coast of paradise, a missing advanced Navy submarine, and a dashing Air Force pilot that loves the sea and women just seems like adventure. Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler was the sixth Dirk Pitt book published, but was the first story written by Cussler featuring Pitt that he finally relented in having published and as all the classic elements that signify a book in the series.

A new advanced Navy submarine is taking its shakedown cruise when its commander decides to investigate an anomaly of both weather and sea floor, the sub disappears and resulting search finds nothing. Six months later, Dirk Pitt is on vacation in he spots a communication capsule from the missing submarine and after delivering it to Naval base is seconded from NUMA to 101st Salvage Fleet and learns of titular Pacific Vortex in which 38 ships have disappeared. Bringing both a fresh expression and information he’s learned from a local native Hawaiian, Pitt deduces that everyone has searched in the wrong area and a potentially lost island might be near where the ships are. In the resulting search, Pitt and the Navy find the sub but can’t begin salvaging because they are attacked forcing them to retreat. The attack continues on Oahu as the daughter of the admiral heading the 101st is kidnapped and Pitt almost murdered by the leader of the mysterious group. The Pentagon decides to strike the area with missiles to destroy not only the sub but any threat from the area in the future, but Pitt mounts a rescue mission for the admiral’s daughter and the sub before the strike. Unfortunately his plan fails, but luck allows both the rescue of the sub and admiral’s daughter to workout but not without a sacrifice on Pitt’s part.

Overall this is a quick paced book that keeps the reader engaged with its action and doesn’t slow down even when exposition occurs in the text. While Pitt himself is fleshed out, other characters are for the most part two-dimensional though given the type of book this is. Obviously there are a lot of clichés throughout the text, but even Cussler is smart enough to flip some on their head especially when book’s antagonist chides Pitt for thinking he can trick him into telling him his evil plan. The classic car and legendary location that connects to the sinister plot are the primary motifs that this series is known for that make major appearances showing that from the beginning were always there. The biggest flaw is that given what occurs later in the series about events taking place in this book, there is a major plot hole.

Pacific Vortex! is good adventure story that has shades of James Bond, but is very much something completely different. This first adventure of Clive Cussler’s character Dirk Pitt, it does not have to be read first or sixth but whenever you decide to if you’re reading any books in the series. If you’re into adventure, thrills, and quick books to read this is one to consider. ( )
  mattries37315 | Sep 5, 2018 |
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Vortex: tourbillon creux qui prend naissance dans un fluide en écoulement (Définition extraite de l’Encyclopédie Larousse)
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Every ocean takes its toll of men and ships, yet none devours them with the voracious appetite of the Pacific.
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Aussi longtemps qu’il existera des mers, des navires et des hommes, il y aura aussi des mystères étranges et sans solution.
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