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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt Series #17)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not bad

My father recommended this book and I did enjoy it. Will buy more clive books

posted by Anonymous on May 15, 2008

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Worst Dirk Pitt Novel

I just finished reading this book and found it to be boring, not as thoroughly researched, and full of errors - more so than usual. While the plot is OK and enjoyable enough, I still think Inca Gold or even Atlantis Found as better books. This read like a tired version ...
I just finished reading this book and found it to be boring, not as thoroughly researched, and full of errors - more so than usual. While the plot is OK and enjoyable enough, I still think Inca Gold or even Atlantis Found as better books. This read like a tired version of Dirk Pitt novel - it really didn't 'feel' like a Clive Cussler novel was this written by a ghost writer?? A number of errors that I can remember in particular include: (1) The ship that Jason sailed on was the 'Argo' not the 'Argonaut' the Argonauts were the Greek heroes that sailed with Jason! (2) Fuel Cell technology that uses Nitrogen and then produces water as its output waste??? I mean at least do a little research on fuel cell. The reason why Hydrogen produces water in the first place is because the hydrogen ion produced bonds with oxygen to produce water while generating electricity. How can you produce H2O WITHOUT the H??? (3) How could Summer be the 'Daughter-In-Law' of Loren Smith Pitt?? Shouldn't she be the Step-daughter?? (4) Pumps in the tunnel... why would you need pumps in the tunnel when the water pressure at that depth is enough to induce water flow? He probably meant a turbine which can produce electricity when connected to a generator. Some additional comments: Why does he kept referring to China as 'Red China'? Nobody refers to China as that any longer - even in 2003 when this book was published. He never did place a connection between what Odyssey was doing and Hurricane Lizzie! I suspect he meant to include that in the book, i.e. that the freakish super hurricane was brought about by climactic changes that occurred because of the experimentation or whatever by Odyssey. What happened to that gentleman Dirk and Al met at the tavern on their way to the heavily guarded Fort? Clive made it sound like there was something fishy about this character and never followed up on this thread. And what is the deal with that 'low cost' fuel cell thingymagingy that can produced with 8 parts?? 8 parts?? Are you hallucinating? Even the most rudimentary wind-up toy requires more than 8 parts, let alone an ultra-sophisticated piece of technology. Why didn't he just leave well enough alone. Clive puts too much useless details in this book that made it even less plausible than it already is. I would have been willing to gladly suspend disbelief given the genre of the book, but this calls for beyond even that! It's ok to inject Sci-fi elements into a book of this kind, but please at least do some research and put some semblance of plausibility scientific or otherwise into your stories. Clearly Clive is very well versed in automobiles, marine science, sailing, piloting choppers - but for those that he is not, I wish he'd stop cutting corners just to get a book out in print. Mr. Cussler please do your research or fire your editor!

posted by Anonymous on February 3, 2007

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    Posted February 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    The end of Dirk Pitt!!!!

    One would need to dig very deep to find anything worthy of Dirk Pitt and his usual gang of 'World Domination Stoppers' in this worst of all the Clive Cussler 'Dirk Pitt' novels. It is a poor way to end the saga of Dirk Pitt. I was very disappointed with the entire book and the very awkward ending to the Dirk Pitt era left me wondering if Clive Cussler actually did write this book. It did not fit the Clive Cussler literary style in my opinion. Mr. Cussler should have let the novel 'Valhalla Rising' be the end of the Dirk Pitt era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Bad Taste

    I have been a Clive Cussler fan for years. After purchasing and reading this book though, I believe it is time for Clive to give up trying to write as he once did. This is a book I wish I had never bought, and I agree with the critical comments others have written. Placing Dirk Pitt in the political arena of directing NUMA is something I just can't see; nor can I see a helicopter fly into the worse hurricaine ever and drop into the eye. Somethings just aren't believeable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    The worst of all Cussler books

    This is the worst of all Cussler books. The intial premise of overturning the popular comception of a Greek Odyssey to a Celt Odyssey was clever, but building enormous tunnels under Central America to divert a gulf stream, give me a break. We have difficulty building normal train tunnels. That the US Government would be too worried about politics not to stop the potential death of hundreds of millions of people, is stupid. That a known murderous woman and her clan cannot be prosecuted due to her murders are not in US jurisdiction. And Pitt being allowed into the US House Chamber with a knife and attack the killer without being immediately shot...give me a brake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Waste of Money and Time

    I read his last few books, and they are not what they once were. In his recent work, the dialogue is tired, antiquated, and boring. Also, why is it that Dirk Pitt has to go rescue his children all the time? Is that what he's going to be doing when he's 70? I don't believe that Dirk or Al would ever do such mundane things like retire, it would be like asking James Bond to settle into a retirement home with some chick and play checkers for the rest of his days. This was a truly disappointing book that read like a series finale, everyone remembers the terrible ending of Seinfeld, this might and probably is just as bad. It is distasteful that Dirk and Al went out the way that they did, to tie up some loose ends and give a happy ending to a lovable pair. Mr. Cussler should not have given these characters such an inadequate conclusion, nor should he have written such stilted, stiff dialogue for Dirk's children. The editor to this book should be fired for not reading this book more carefully in reference to the manner that young adults converse with each other. Please have someone age appropriate go over the material beforehand. Hopefully this was not written hastily so that he could finance another car or boat. If it was, I would like my money back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Calling Clive Cussler

    I am a long-time, avid fan of Clive Cussler¿s Dirk Pitt adventures, but I disagree with the rave reviews on this book. First, though, let me get my complaint about the copy editing out of the way. I was horrified. The book is chock full of typographical, grammatical and punctuation errors. I found myself wincing every few pages. Now to the story itself. The characters and dialog are contrived and wooden. The plot is outrageous even for Mr. Cussler, who is the master of far-out villainy. The story is strained and poorly developed; it rushes from place to place and shows little effort to give it substance. Even the banter between Pitt and Giordino, usually great fun, is stilted. It seems as if Mr. Cussler has grown weary of his heroes and wants to move on to something else. I, too, grew weary, and two-thirds of the way through I finally gave up--something I rarely do and have never done on any Dirk Pitt adventure.

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