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Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Series #21)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

American Classic

Darth Vader is a hater. Crescent Dawn is the most carefully crafted book since 1984. I'm talking about the book not the year. I feel like Dirk is the brother I never had. Clive spoiled us with this one. #dat

posted by RichardWellner on November 18, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointed

I started with the early books by Clive Cussler and thought they were the greatest. But, for some reason, Clive did not write for several years. When the dry spell ended, I was shocked by the change in writing style. Clive decided to reduce and degrade the Dirk Pit seri...
I started with the early books by Clive Cussler and thought they were the greatest. But, for some reason, Clive did not write for several years. When the dry spell ended, I was shocked by the change in writing style. Clive decided to reduce and degrade the Dirk Pit series by selling the "Clive Cussler" name and the "Dirk Pitt" name for nothing more than $$$ to other authors. Clive... you ARE Dirk Pitt, no other author can be Dirk Pitt because he comes from you. I can't figure out if Clive Cussler is unable or just plain unwilling to write the Dirk Pitt series himself.
The "Crescent Dawn" book has Dirk Pitt embracing Islam as if he is also a true beliver in Islam. Here is Dirk Pitt, a true American hero from bygone books, embracing a belief system that has a burning hatred for America and Americans. It is beyond me to understand why Clive has let this happen. Guys... just write great books and quit trying to make a political statement!!!
I have seen some good reviews of this book. If you had read the early books, penned by Clive himself, you would understand why I don't like this book. As a loyal fan from the early years, I feel betrayed and insulted that Clive has sold his name and Dirk to other authors.

posted by Texas_ on May 24, 2011

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Going Downhill

    The Dirk Pitt series started to suffer when Clive Cussler brought in his son Dirk. The previous adventure Arctic Drift had an environmental agenda. Hopefully Crescent Dawn will be better. It seems that a few of the thriller novelists are getting to old and is looking for their children to continue.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Not the best in the series . . .

    I became a fan of Dirk Pitt and Clive Cussler through seeing a movie and then reading the book . . . and got hooked on the series. One of the things that has always stood out to me is how Mr. Cussler is able to mix fiction with just the right amount of fact and a little ‘over the top’ and still have you think. . .’okay maybe . . .’ I admire him for that. However having just completed reading “Crescent Dawn’ it saddens me to admit that I was disappointed. While the base elements of a Dirk Pitt adventure where still there and very visible to the reader the last part of the book seemed to make the proverbial left turn into ‘never never land’ and in doing so became so unbelievable that it ruined the book for me.

    As a fan of the character I would recommend the read, but if you are looking for your first Dirk Pitt adventure- I’d suggest to looking at one of the older books. In my opinion it is not the best in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Good Story, but Bloated

    Dirk and Al are back for more in Crescent Dawn, a fun story which will keep Cussler fans suitably entertained. Like all Clive Cussler novels, Crescent Dawn follows the classic Cussler formula, which works, but is predictable. I only became a fan a few years ago, so perhaps I notice it more because I've read so many books in so short a time, but it's very noticeable. As always, the story is heavy on action, and has good interplay between the main characters. What I did not enjoy about the book is the unnecessary length. The book has a bloated feel- there are scenes that don't need to be there, and so much of the book is needlessly wordy. I believe the print version of this book weighs in between 500 and 600 pages. If this same book was written by an up-and-coming writer, the editor would probably lop off 20%, and the end result would be a tighter, and better book. Older books like Night Probe held my attention from start-to-finish, but I catch myself doing a lot of skimming with the newer Dirk Pitt books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Not his best.

    I am a big Cussler fan but I did not get into this book like some of his others. His story line was fine but seems as if he was filling space with details that were in many places very reduntant.

    But overall entertaining.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Not bad, but not the best.

    Pretty good story, but not as good as when Clive wrote by himself. If you are a Dirk Pitt fan pick it up.

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