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Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Series #16)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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This book was non-stop action from the start to the finish.. I enjoy reading Cussler

posted by NewReaderVT on April 7, 2011

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3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Welcome to absolute nonsense

First Clive Cussler read, and from the impression it left on me, my final Clive Cussler read. Holy cow...there isn't enough ridicule for this write-up. In short, worst book I've ever laid my hands on, and that's saying something. Here's a spoiler, although what s...
First Clive Cussler read, and from the impression it left on me, my final Clive Cussler read. Holy cow...there isn't enough ridicule for this write-up. In short, worst book I've ever laid my hands on, and that's saying something. Here's a spoiler, although what story there is that could possibly be 'spoiled,' I haven't a clue. This review has more story in it than Valhalla Rising. Start with a viking ship, then jump a thousand years to a sinking cruise liner, introduce a villain that is approximately the mental equal of a feral monkey, and throw in a virtually assexual yet smarmy hero as a ploy to anchor in what must be Cussler's prime audience, the 'going through midlife crisis male.' Then times that by ridiculous to the nth power and you'll be somewhere in the vicinity of what this author has put together here. If you ever questioned whether poor writing can prove to be a lucrative profession, look no further than this masterpiece o'junk. I debated using it to start a fire by the third chapter, but the overwhelming stupidity of it kept me all the way through. I just kept wanting to see if it could get worse, and believe me, it never disappointed in that category. Still, that does not stop me from being irate that I wasted the money. Summary: I would rather have SARS than read 'Valhalla' again.

posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Valhalla Rising written by Clive Cussler is the sixteenth in his

    Valhalla Rising written by Clive Cussler is the sixteenth in his series of Dirk Pitt adventure-fiction books. I found that it to be a very compelling book that really gripped the reader, making it hard to put down, until about the fifth chapter at least. Cussler did work in some good threads throughout the story however, making it very multidimensional and a slightly more complicated read. 
    The book begins in July, 2003 (written in 2001) as you read from the points of view of various crew members as they go about their daily chores on the luxury cruise liner the Emerald Dolphin. The Emerald is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships of its time, even earning the title of “the unsinkable ship” because of its complex array of warning systems and safety features. Ironically, although somewhat predictably, next the ship’s chapel catches fire and the ship begins to sink in an almost direct parallel to the infamous story of the also “unsinkable” Titanic. Of course though as it is a Clive Cussler novel, it turns out that Dirk Pitt the genius, resourceful, superhero of a main character and his team are just a couple of miles away. Pitt and his team save the day, but stumble on to a much larger problem in what actually caused the ship to sink. They then go head-to-head with an evil oil baron, attempting to steal the new engine technology used in the prototype cruise liner. 
    This is the fourth of the Dirk Pitt series that I have read, and unfortunately I found it to be by far the worst. It starts out extremely promisingly with the extremely well written, exciting ship wreck scene detailed above. However, it goes downhill from there. Throughout the book it’s much too predictable, making it somewhat boring to read. Furthermore, the characters become so cliché towards the end of the book that it’s almost laughable. Anyone even attempting to read a Dirk Pitt novel should know from the beginning that it’s going to be fairly unrealistic, and more like a superhero action story than a realistic adventure. But Valhalla Rising pushed the limits of believability throughout, whether it was breaking the laws of physics or creating video game like plane chases. 
    This book as a whole was much too predictable, unrealistic, and overall very corny. As much as it pains me to say it, since the other books in the series were very good, I would not recommend this book. 

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