Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt Series #15)

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An Antarctic whaler stumbles across an aged wreck—her frozen crew guarding a priceless treasure.

A team of anthropologists is buried under a mountain by a deliberate explosion.

A ship that should have died fifty-six years ago reappears, and almost sinks a National Underwater and Marine Agency ship.

Dirk Pitt knows that somehow these events are connected. His investigations lead to an ancient mystery with ...

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Overview

An Antarctic whaler stumbles across an aged wreck—her frozen crew guarding a priceless treasure.

A team of anthropologists is buried under a mountain by a deliberate explosion.

A ship that should have died fifty-six years ago reappears, and almost sinks a National Underwater and Marine Agency ship.

Dirk Pitt knows that somehow these events are connected. His investigations lead to an ancient mystery with devastating modern consequences, and a diabolical enemy unlike any he has ever known. Now, he is racing to save not only his life—but the world. The trap is set. The clock is ticking. And only one man stands between the earth and Armageddon…

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How does an author maintain a successful career for more than a quarter century? By making each book better than the one before. Dubbed the grandmaster of adventure fiction by fans and critics alike, Clive Cussler continues to produce action-packed thrillers unlike anyone writing today. Rightly, he is the benchmark by which other genre novels are measured; to say that he's done it again with his latest blockbuster, Atlantis Found, would be a gross understatement. Whether raising the Titanic or foiling the schemes of countless villains, Dirk Pitt, Cussler's hero of 15 previous bestsellers, has become a legend to millions of readers. And who but Pitt could go after the greatest legend of them all -- Atlantis. As in his previous books, Cussler's Atlantis Found has a plot that's impossible to top, action that is bloody and frequent, and stakes as high as they can be. The cliched "roller coaster" analogy that we reviewers often tag a thriller just doesn't do this novel justice since Cussler's latest accelerates the whole way through.

With his typical sardonic wit and the aid of his NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) coworkers, Dirk Pitt faces the biggest challenge of his life. It starts for Pitt during an exploratory dive in an abandoned Colorado mine that turns into the daring rescue of archeologist Patricia O'Connell -- daring not only because the mine is about to collapse, but also because there are killers in the subterranean passages who will stop at nothing to ensure that O'Connell's discovery of some ancient runes is not made public. From this white-knuckle episode the story evolves into the twin search to understand the writing's message and uncover the identity of the killers.

In order to learn the meaning of the ancient writing, Pitt must first duel with an antique submarine in frigid southern waters, discover the secret behind a massive landlocked shipyard in the Argentine fjords, and travel to a tiny island between Africa and Australia where another piece of the puzzle has lain hidden for 10,000 years. Only when he learns the truth behind these mysteries does Pitt discover that the answers may also be the death knell of civilzation. If that's not enough to keep your eyes glued to the pages, there's also a powerful industrialist with neo-Nazi ties whose machinations aim to make him and his family rulers of a truly new World Order. Hurtling toward a literal earth-shattering climax on the Antartic coast, it again becomes clear that the fate of billions rests on Pitt's shoulders. And the final twist? Well, it's something I've rarely seen in a thriller; it will leave long-time fans of Dirk Pitt gasping.

As in any great epic, Pitt's new quest involves a number of labors, both physical and mental, where each answer reveals more questions. With a seamless blend of discovery and adventure, this is where Cussler shines -- catapulting readers from scene to scene. His imaginative set pieces are among the best in fiction. If you want globetrotting action with a heavy dose of humor, then Atlantis Found is Cussler -- and Pitt -- at their very best.

And now my excruciating wait to see how Cussler's going to top this begins.

--Jack Du Brul

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dirk Pitt, Cussler's larger-than-life hero, butts heads with an army of elite killers seeking to destroy the world in another wickedly engrossing yet predictably scripted tale of bravery against all odds. As the story begins, artifacts from a previously undiscovered civilization, ancient but highly advanced, are popping up all over the globe. Pitt himself is on site in a Colorado mine when archeologists come across strange carvings and mysterious inscriptions. But then an explosion traps the party below ground, and a band of black-suited terrorists arrive at the scene with guns blazing. Though Pitt saves the day, the incident points toward a wider network of evil schemes. Working for the National Underwater & Marine Agency, Pitt finally identifies the terrorists as members of the Fourth Empire, an organization headed by the diabolical Wolf family, a secret clan of genetically engineered people who worship the Nazi Third Reich. But it's only after Pitt and his able sidekick, Al Giordino, battle old German U-boats, dodge surface-to-air missiles and narrowly escape death on a remote island off Australia that they find out what the Fourth Empire is up to. The neo-Nazis aim to prevent the world from discovering the artifacts of this previously unknown seafaring culture because they tell of a catastrophic event that wiped out civilization 9000 years ago and reveal when the next cataclysm will hit. The Wolfs plan to accelerate the date through their own scheme to destroy Earth, meanwhile sheltering themselves and their thousands of followers on enormous, disaster-proof ships. Pitt knows his assignment: save the world--a tall order, but one he's filled many times before. Cussler's 15th Pitt adventure (after Flood Tide) is a rampaging story of history, technology and heroism, written with Cussler's typical make-no-apologies enthusiasm. For muscle-flexing, flag-waving, belief-suspending fare, he has no equal. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A highly advanced civilization is destroyed by a comet . An ancient British ship is found frozen in Antarctica . A Nazi submarine prowls beneath the seas . If all of this sounds a bit fantastic, it's just another sign of a Cussler novel featuring his Bond-ish hero, Dirk Pitt, who has previously raised the Titanic and found the body of Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Sahara Desert; saving the world is all in a day's work. Following the discovery of a strange obsidian skull that seems to have geographic markings on it that represent Earth's continents in strange locations, Pitt and his companions find themselves tracking down the strangest mystery in history: Was Atlantis real or a fable? The answer is hinted at in the title, but even with the discovery of the secret to the ancient civilization, Pitt's travails are just beginning. He must locate and destroy a family that traces its roots back to the dark days of Hitler and who have known for years that the world is about to come to an end, based on predictions by the highly advanced civilization. Will Dirk and the rest of the NUMA crew be able to prevent this disaster? Michael Prichard has read Pitt books before and gives them the right mix of incredulity, humor, and suspense. Cussler knows how to tell a compelling tale, and his work is always in demand. This will be a highly popular title for all public libraries.--Joseph L. Carlson, Lompac P.L., CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
School Library Journal
YA-Once again, Cussler sends his superhero Dirk Pitt into the thickest of plots, against the odds and against human and natural forces that most mere mortals would never survive. Ancient archaeological sites are found containing relics of the advanced civilization identified as Atlantis, including a completely baffling written language. When finally deciphered, the inscriptions contain a prediction of the world's end in the next few months. At the same time, in South America, the Wolf family and its enterprises are assembling a massive clandestine operation. And, on Antarctica, a seemingly innocent scientific- research site proves to be a diabolical setup for destroying the known world. However, Dirk Pitt and his friend and partner, Al Giordino, destroy the dastardly plan. Offering one action-packed scene after another, Cussler guarantees to keep the pages turning at a rapid rate. There are plenty of technologically advanced gadgets and machines, along with secretive movements to add a thriller quality to the plot. Cussler writes himself into the story as a minor player in the mayhem, poking fun at his own writing. This book provides plenty of adventure, as well as top-rate entertainment.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425177174
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 79,525
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Excerpt from Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler

Impact

7120 B.C. What is now Hudson Bay, Canada

The intruder came from beyond. A nebulous celestial body as old as the universe itself, it had been born in a vast cloud of ice, rocks, dust, and gas when the outer planets of the solar system were formed 4.6 billion years ago. Soon after its scattered particles had frozen into a solid mass one mile in diameter, it began streaking silently through the emptiness of space on an orbital voyage that carried it around a distant sun and halfway to the nearest stars again, a journey lasting many thousands of years from start to finish.

The comet's core, or nucleus, was a conglomeration of frozen water, carbon monoxide, methane gas, and jagged blocks of metallic rocks. It might accurately be described as a dirty snowball hurled through space by the hand of God. But as it whirled past the sun and swung around on its return path beyond the outer reaches of the solar system, the solar radiation reacted with its nucleus and a metamorphosis took place. The ugly duckling soon became a thing of beauty.

As it began to absorb the sun's heat and ultraviolet light, a long comma formed that slowly grew into an enormous luminous blue tail that curved and stretched out behind the nucleus for a distance of 90 million miles. A shorter, white dust tail more than one million miles wide also materialized and curled out on the sides of the larger tail like the fins of a fish.

Each time the comet passed the sun, it lost more of its ice and its nucleus diminished. Eventually, in another 200 million years, it would lose all its ice and break up into a cloud of dust and become a series of small meteorites. This comet, however, would never orbit outside the solar system or pass around the sun again. It would not be allowed a slow, cold death far out in the blackness of space. Within a few short minutes, its life would be snuffed out. But on this, its latest orbit, the comet passed within 900,000 miles of Jupiter, whose great gravitational force veered it off on a collision course with the third planet from the sun, a planet its inhabitants called Earth.

Plunging into Earth's atmosphere at 130,000 miles an hour on a forty-five-degree angle, its speed ever-increasing with the gravitational pull, the comet created a brilliant luminescent bow shock as its ten-mile-wide, four-billion-ton mass began to break into fragments due to friction from its great speed. Seven seconds later, the misshapen comet, having become a blinding fireball, smashed onto Earth's surface with horrendous effect. The immediate result from the explosive release of kinetic energy upon impact was to gouge out a massive cavity twice the size of the island of Hawaii as it vaporized and displaced a gigantic volume of water and soil.

The entire earth staggered from the seismic shock of a 12.0 earthquake. Millions of tons of water, sediment, and debris burst upward, thrown through the hole in the atmosphere above the impact site and into the stratosphere, along with a great spray of pulverized, fiery rock that was ejected into suborbital trajectories before raining back to earth as blazing meteorites. Firestorms destroyed forests throughout the world. Volcanoes that had been dormant for thousands of years suddenly erupted, sending oceans of molten lava spreading over millions of square miles, blanketing the ground a thousand or more feet deep. So much smoke and debris were hurled into the atmosphere and later blown into every corner of the land by terrible winds that they blocked out the sun for nearly a year, sending temperatures plunging below freezing, and shrouding Earth in darkness. Climatic change in every corner of the world came with incredible suddenness. Temperatures at vast ice fields and northern glaciers rose until they reached between ninety and a hundred degrees Fahrenheit, causing a rapid meltdown. Animals accustomed to tropical and temperate zones became extinct overnight. Many, such as the woolly mammoths, turned to ice where they stood in the warmth of summer, grasses and flowers still undigested in their stomachs. Trees, along with their leaves and fruit, were quick-frozen. For days, fish that were hurled upward from the impact fell from the blackened skies.

Waves five to ten miles in height were thrown against the continents, surging over shorelines with a destructive power that was awesome in magnitude. Water swept over low coastal plains and swept hundreds of miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Endless quantities of debris and sediment from the ocean floors were spread over low landmasses. Only when the great surge smashed against the base of mountains did it curl under and begin a slow retreat, but not before changing the course of rivers, filling land basins with seas where none existed before and turning large lakes into deserts.

The chain reaction seemed endless.

With a low rumble that grew to the roar of continuous thunder, the mountains began to sway like palm trees under a light breeze as avalanches swept down their sides. Deserts and grassy plains undulated as the onslaught from the oceans reared up and struck inland again. The shock from the comet's impact had caused a sudden and massive displacement in Earth's thin crust. The outer shell, less than forty miles thick, and the mantle that lay over the hot fluid core buckled and twisted, shifting crustal layers like the skin of a grapefruit that had been surgically removed and then neatly replaced so it could move around the core of fruit inside. As if controlled by an unseen hand, the entire crust then moved as a unit.

Entire continents were shoved around to new locations. Hills were thrust up to become mountains. Islands throughout the Pacific Ocean vanished, while others emerged for the first time. Antarctica, previously west of Chile, slid over two thousand miles to the south, where it was quickly buried under growing sheets of ice. The vast ice pack that once floated in the Indian Ocean west of Australia now found itself in a temperate zone and rapidly began to melt. The same occurred with the former North Pole, which had spread throughout northern Canada. The new pole soon began to produce a thick ice mass in the middle of what once had been open ocean.

The destruction was relentless. The convulsions and holocaust went on as if they would never stop. The movement of the Earth's thin outer shell piled cataclysm upon cataclysm. The abrupt melting of the former ice packs, combined with glaciers covering the continents that had suddenly shifted into or near tropical zones, caused the seas to rise four hundred feet, drowning the already destroyed land that had been overwhelmed by tidal waves from the comet's impact. In the time span of a single day, Britain, connected to the rest of the European continent by a dry plain, was now an island, while a desert that became known as the Persian Gulf was abruptly inundated. The Nile River, having flowed into a vast fertile valley and then on toward the great ocean to the west, now ended at what had suddenly become the Mediterranean Sea.

The last great ice age had ended in the geological blink of an eye.

The dramatic change in the oceans and their circulation around the world also caused the poles to shift, drastically disturbing the earth's rotational balance. Earth's axis was temporarily thrown off by two degrees, as the North and South Poles were displaced to new geographical locations, altering the centrifugal acceleration around the outer surface of the sphere. Because they were fluid, the seas adapted before the earth made another three revolutions. But the landmass could not react as quickly.

Earthquakes went on for months.

Savage storms with brutal winds swirled around the earth, shredding and disintegrating everything that stood on the ground for the next eighteen years before the poles stopped wobbling and settled into their new rotational axis. In time, sea levels stabilized, permitting new shorelines to form as bizarre climatic conditions continued to moderate. Changes became permanent. The time sequence between night and day changed as the number of days in a year decreased by two. The earth's magnetic field was also affected and moved northwest over a hundred miles.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different species of animals and fish became instantly extinct. In the Americas, the one-humped camel, the mammoth, an ice age horse, and the giant sloth all disappeared. Gone also were the saber-toothed tiger, huge birds with twenty-five-foot wingspans and many other animals that weighed a hundred or more pounds, most dying by asphyxiation from the smoke and volcanic gases.

Nor did the vegetation on land escape the apocalypse. Plant life not turned to ashes by the holocaust died for lack of sunlight, along with the algae in the seas. In the end, over 85 percent of all life on Earth would die from floods, fires, storms, avalanches, poison from the atmosphere, and eventual starvation.

Human societies, many quite advanced, and a myriad of emerging cultures on the threshold of a progressive golden age were annihilated in a single horrendous day and night. Millions of Earth's men, women, and children died horribly. All vestiges of emerging civilizations were gone, and the few pathetic survivors were left with nothing but dim memories of the past. The coffin had been closed on the greatest uninterrupted advance of mankind, a ten-thousand-year journey from the simple Cro-Magnon man to kings, architects, stonemasons, artists, and warriors. Their works and their mortal remains were buried deep beneath new seas, leaving few physical examples and fragments of an ancient advanced culture. Entire nations and cities that had stood only a few hours before vanished without a trace. The cataclysm of such magnitude left almost no evidence of any prior transcendent civilizations.

Of the shockingly low number of humans who survived, almost all lived in the higher altitudes of mountain ranges and were able to hide in caves to escape the furies of the turbulence. Unlike the more advanced Bronze Age peoples who tended to cluster and build on low-lying plains near rivers and ocean shorelines, the inhabitants of the mountains were Stone Age nomads. It was as though the cream of the crop, the Leonardo da Vincis, the Picassos, and the Einsteins of their era had evaporated into nothingness, abruptly leaving the world to be taken over by primitive nomadic hunters, a phenomenon similar to what happened to the glory of Greece and Rome after it was cast aside in favor of centuries of ignorance and creative lethargy. A neolithic dark age shrouded the grave of the highly cultured civilizations that once existed in the world, a dark age that would last for two thousand years. Slowly, very slowly, did mankind finally walk from the dark and begin building and creating cities and civilizations again in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

Pitifully few of the gifted builders and creative thinkers of the lost cultures survived to reach high ground. Realizing their civilization was lost, never to rise again, they began a centuries-long quest to erect the mysterious megaliths and dolmens of huge upright stones found across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and into the lower Americas. Long after the memory of their shining legacy had dimmed and become little more than myth, their monuments commemorating the frightful destruction and loss of life still acted as warnings of the next cataclysm to future generations. But within a millennium, their descendants slowly forgot the old ways and assimilated with the nomadic tribes and ceased to exist as a race of advanced people.

For hundreds of years after the convulsion, humans were afraid to venture down from the mountains and reinhabit the lower lands and coastal shorelines. The technically superior seafaring nations were but vague thoughts of a distant past. Ship construction and sailing techniques were lost and had to be reinvented by later generations whose more accomplished ancestors were revered simply as gods.

All this death and devastation was caused by a hunk of dirty ice no larger than a small farm town in Iowa. The comet had wreaked its unholy havoc, mercilessly, viciously. The earth had not been ravaged with such vehemence since a meteor had struck 65 million years earlier in a catastrophe that had exterminated the dinosaurs.

For thousands of years after the impact, comets were associated with superstitions of catastrophic events and considered omens of future tragedies. They were blamed for everything from wars and pestilence to death and destruction. Not until recent history were comets considered nature's wonders, like the splendor of a rainbow or clouds painted gold by a setting sun.

The biblical flood and a host of other calamity legends all had ties to this one tragedy. The ancient civilizations of Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs of Central America had many traditions relating to an ancient cataclysmic event. The Indian tribes throughout the United States passed down stories of waters flooding over their lands. The Chinese, the Polynesians, and Africans all spoke of a cataclysm that decimated their ancestors.

But the legend that was spawned and that flourished throughout the centuries, the one that provoked the most mystery and intrigue, was that of the lost continent and civilization of Atlantis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

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    I love this book but i never finished it. It was a great story from what i had read though. Clive had a great story line, so i recomend this book.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Wild story, great read!

    It may not be classical literature, but it sure is a great adventure! I so appreciate having a creative story like this told in a way that is fun, with characters that have been developed and matured over the years. The book is devoid of unnecessary garbage language, which is refreshing. I highly recommend this book or any of the later works by Cussler.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Highly recommend

    This was non stop action I had a hard tme putting my nook down a must read

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    Gripping action-adventure at its very best.

    What do you expect when you see the title of this book? Nothing more than a cheesy, simple-minded sci-fi adventure that has been written for the fiftieth time? Nothing could be farther from the truth for this book, one of Cussler's greatest masterpieces. Admittedly, it's farfetched; but then again, a novel was never praised for being feeble. Cussler's beloved knack for superb, nail-biting action is ever present, diluted briefly by scenes stuffed with scientific fact and fiction which is seamlessly intertwined. The plot is endlessly twisting and turning, but ultimately satisfying. Upon discovering various bizarre artifacts of ancient historical mystery, the 'perfect protagonist' Pitt ventures off around the world with his good friend (and fantastic foil) Al Giordino, to unravel a plot which only Cussler's ingenuity could produce. Featuring several exotic locations from the mountains of the Rockies to desolate islands and the ends of the earth.well, that's all I will say about that. Perhaps the best aspect for me as a reader was Pitt's character. Sure, following highly trained MI5 agents would be fun, but travelling with Pitt and Giordino in their 'ordinary' jobs at NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) makes it all the more exciting when you see them discover a bomb set as a booby trap or shoot down a helicopter. Suffice it to say, you will almost get a feeling of pride for these characters when they accomplish such tasks. In my reading experience, such literary ecstasy is unmatched. Lastly, Cussler has yet again forged an array of diverse and enjoyable characters, all of whom have realistic descriptions and influence the story from their own, unique niches. Cussler can introduce new characters in the blink of an eye, which the reader will instantly become accustomed to. Overall, the plot is enjoyable to follow and is of traditional (a.k.a. incredible) Clive Cussler caliber. Cussler enhances the experience by moving outside the box; my favourite example being how he implants himself as a character in every novel-these things are what make his books truly unique. The only negative aspect of this book apparent to me was the sheer level of fiction incorporated into the plot. Most of Cussler's other books push the limits of historical/scientific reality (Trojan Odyssey, for example), but Atlantis Found blows them out of the water. Whilst this is usually an upside for me, the rational implications of what Cussler portrayed were simply too great for me to be as engrossed in this book as I have in his other works. Despite this, the simplistic pleasure obtained from unraveling this crazy yet epic plot is reason enough for anyone who can read to pick up this book. Another work I would recommend.well, probably all of them. If you see a book with this god of historical fiction thriller's name on it, pick it up and give it a read. Overall, this book easily receives a 10/10, as the very few shortcomings are easily overcome by the multitude of characters, enjoyable plot, and superb writing which are characteristic of any Clive Cussler book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    AWESOME!!

    WOW!! SO AWESOME! YOU CAN'T BEAT CLIVE CUSSLER AND DIRK PITT!!!

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    What a waste of time

    WOW this book was horrible the characters were as basic as they come fight scens wernt written with any emotion and when did dirk pitt become chuck norris he is a diver not a supersoldier and the story isnt even about atlantis and the plot was sooooooooooo far fetched don waste your time stay away from this book

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    In just the first 100 pages I was breathless from the never ending excitement and thrilling joy ride. Loved the plot, the characters, the premise of the story- the whole thing. Don't be daunted by the length of the book it's great fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    James Bond meets Indiana Jones

    Well I must say that the beginning of this book is intriguing. Cussler sets up the scenes very well and throws Archaeology a curve ball. But that's where the fun ended for me. After the third chapter it developed into a roll play between characters who resembled a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond. A light novel with a historical twist....that's about all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Loved it!

    Great book! I love the mix of action, adventure & history. A page turner, it kept me interested from start to finish. I reaally love this series. Again B&N, please publish all the books for Nook...why only a select few???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Good read

    I usually love Dirk Pitt novels, but this was over the top in terms of the number of times Dirk and friends escaped from the bad guys with just a few bumps and bruises. I know it is fiction, but really? Vehicles that miraculously show-up when they need them on ice and in the water, the rescue (twice) on the high seas...this was way over the top in terms of survival rates - even for Dirk Pitt!

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Great Story--Action

    I read the hardcover a long time ago; since I knew it was a great book, I just had to buy the book so that I could always have it--when I first read it, it was through a library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Atlantus found

    Another in the line of excellent Cussler reads. Go for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Amazing book

    One if the best booksni ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Awesome

    Could not stop reading

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Glad I hung on and read this one I read Crescent Dawn recently

    Glad I hung on and read this one

    I read Crescent Dawn recently and was rather disappointed in what I believe may have been the sections written by Mr. Cussler’s son, Dirk. Nevertheless that is another thought process . . .

    Atlantis Found however, I finished last night with a smile. This book stayed true to the writing style that I had grown accustomed to when reading Mr. Cussler’s works; a great adventure that hooks you in within the first few pages and keeps a good mix of fact and fiction throughout; making you want to check your history occasionally. Or in my case get out of bed and go look up the Snow Cruiser on the internet . . .

    I’ve noted some reviews mentioning the lack of character development in Mr. Cussler’s books. Having read the majority of the Dirk Pitt series over the last few years I can see where someone who picks up one book in the series would think that. However, take it from those of us who have read the series from start to finish-you’ll find that the characters grow throughout the telling of their life journey through the series. That doesn’t necessarily come out in a one book read.

    In closing; not necessarily a work of art but a great read with lots of excitement along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Cussler has done it again

    I like when Clussler builds the adventure into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    It's a page turner

    Only 1/3 way through - this guy knows how to pull the reader in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Incredible

    If you call yourself a Clive Cussler fan, you have to read this. Amazing.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    really enjoyed reading

    Cussler keeps the action going!

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Something horrible is planned from antarctica!

    Somebody tries to bring down the world from a hidden operation in antarctica. Very fascinating to read, can only recommend this novel!

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