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Clive Cussler, author of over twenty consecutive New York Times bestsellers, brings back beloved hero Dirk Pitt in this electrifying, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Japan, 1945: Two US bombers take off with atomic bombs. Only one gets through.

The Pacific, 1993: A Japanese cargo ship bound for the United States is instantly, thunderously vaporized, taking with it a Norwegian vessel. Japanese fanatics have developed a chilling plan to devastate and...

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Overview

Clive Cussler, author of over twenty consecutive New York Times bestsellers, brings back beloved hero Dirk Pitt in this electrifying, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Japan, 1945: Two US bombers take off with atomic bombs. Only one gets through.

The Pacific, 1993: A Japanese cargo ship bound for the United States is instantly, thunderously vaporized, taking with it a Norwegian vessel. Japanese fanatics have developed a chilling plan to devastate and destroy the Western powers. From the ocean depths to the discovery of cache of lost Nazi loot, Dirk Pitt is untangling a savage conspiracy and igniting a daring counterattack. While Washington bureaucrats scramble, a brutal industrialist commands his blackmail scheme from a secret island control center. And Dirk, the dauntless hero of Sahara and Inca Gold, is taking on death-dealing robots and a human-hunting descendant of samurai warriors. Pitt alone controls the West’s secret ace in the hole: a tidal wave of destruction waiting to be triggered on the ocean floor!

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Editorial Reviews

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"UNRELENTING . . . DRAGON IS A SWELL ADVENTURE STORY."

New York Daily News

San Diego Union

"Pure fun.... Cussler's ability to dredge up forgotten facts and link them to imagined future events lends fresh twists to the techno-thriller.... Watch ou for paper cuts as you turn the pages faster and faster to keep up with Cussler's intense pace."

"CUSSLER IS A MASTER OF BUILDING SUSPENSE AND TENSION. . . . HIGH-TECH ADVENTURE, A LITTLE ROMANCE, AND A WHALE OF A STORY."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Publishers Weekly

"A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast- paced action and derring-do that Robert Ludlum ...might well envy.... Solidly entertaining."

Sunday Oklahoman

"Action-packed... Cussler grabs the reader in the opening chapter, starting a rollercoaster ride of heart-stopping adventures, disasters, and coincidences.... Dragon is every bit as thrilling as his earlier Raise the Titanic!

Atlanta Journal and Constitution

"Chock-full of marine technology, gentle twistings of historical fact, and enough undersea action to keep readers turning pages. Lovers of undersea adventures who have yet to pick up a Cussler novel should get to know Dirk Pitt."

Kirkus Reviews

"Cussler keeps a tight plot under a favoring wind. ...Much fun, crisply told, with exciting special effects."

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Pitt has been compared to other popular adventure heroes, but Cussler has created a one-of-a-kind... [DRAGON is] an imaginative and suspenseful novel."

Chattanooga News-Free Press

"From one hair-raising scene to another, Dragon is an incredible and satisfying thriller.... Full of swashbuckling drama and enough twists and turns to keep the reader's attention to the last page....

Ocala Star-Banner

"Cussler once again bounces to the top of his field by combining current events with an active imagination.... A fine writer.... A spectacular ending."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671742768
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of twenty-nine books, which have been published in more than forty languages in more than 100 countries. In his life away from the written word, Cussler has searched for lost aircraft, led expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, and garnered an amazing record of success. With his own NUMA crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. A world-class collector of classic automobiles, Cussler lives in the mountains of Colorado.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    To be honest, I don't believe this review will help anyone who i

    To be honest, I don't believe this review will help anyone who is contemplating reading this title. Regardless, I chose to review this book because of what it has done for me already. I am about 140 pages into this book and so far I am very intrigued and find it to be a smooth read. Since I am still near the beginning of this book, my review won't hold any weight, but I am giving it a five star regardless because it was recommended to me from my father. 
    My father and I do not have the closest relationship. Whenever I have a chance to relate an experience with him, I take it. That is why this book deserves a place on my shelf. Without it, my father and I may not be talking right now....Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    Very Good Action

    This book has the usual mix of action, adventure, mystery and suspense that you would expect. But it has an added mix of humor and over the top suspense with great writing that will make you feel in the story. The characters have great personality and are well developed. The best action book I have read in years. Cussler went the extra yard with this one.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Oldie, and definitely a goodie!

    Dirk Pitt rules!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Good book

    This is a real page turner, Had to stay up late to finish it, couldn't put it down. As always, Mr Cussler turns a great tale. Can't wait for his next book

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    A great book!

    The book Dragon by Clive Cussler is another Dirk Pitt adventure about Japan starting a nuclear holocaust. The main theme of this book is adventure. Clive Cussler comes at this from a little bit of a different perspective. The main character isn't a superhero or a war hero. He is a professional diver that works for NUMA, national underwater and marine agency. This makes for an interesting story because he isn't the best at saving the world.
    A common thing for Clive Cussler to do is write a past story first and then have the story tie in with it somehow. In this book, they past story is about a b-29 bomber carrying out one of the first atomic bombs. The next chapter he writes about a ship coming across an abandoned ship and how there was a nuclear explosion. After this, Dirk Pitt and others set out to find out whose bombs they were and how to stop them from doing it again.
    One thing about this book that I like is that it is very real. When Dirk is hurt, he will be out of the picture for a few days to months. It isn't like the Bourne movies, where he gets shot in the leg and he limps for 2 seconds and then starts running again. Also he is cautious, rather than just running in and trusting everything will go to plan. One thing that doesn't seem very real, however, is the fact that they have technology in 1980 that we don't even have now.
    I really liked this book. It had enough action and adventure for me. It also had plenty of humor. In one instant, Clive Cussler put himself into the book. It is believable enough that I think it is an actual possibility for a threat. The characters are believable and not perfect. The technology did bug me a little, but that's all it was, a minor bug.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Cussler's Usual

    Dirk Pitt as usual. Not that it is bad. It is good The evil guys are well developed in their character and have a well planned agenda, which We have come to expect The plot is well developed and detailed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

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    Cussler is one of the best authors ever. This books though fictional is quite possible. I especially loved the robo-guards. Dirk is cool and funny while still beating up the bad guy. Speaking of the bad guy, he was super bad. Clive can make a Bond villian look like Barney with his evil-master-minds. Dirk and Al work great together and you feel like they are the best of buds. Action was great too. I love how Dirk finds the hard-ware shop. I was wondering how Dennings' Demons were going to work in and once I found out my mind said 'Duh'! The ending is great. Pure escapist adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Dirk rocks!

    Many of my friends have been trying to get me to read Clive Cussler and Dragon was my first. Let's just say it won't be my last. Great great storytelling. I also got to love an author that can make a cameo appearance in his story. That was great. I am going to read Raise the Titanic next and start buying up the rest of the Dirk Pitt series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    A great read

    I've read about half of Clive Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" novels, and I think this is the one I enjoyed the most. Although it was written over a decade ago in a time when Americans were more paranoid about a takeover by the Japanese (both economically and politically), it still makes for a good read today. As is customary with a Cussler novel, the book is really more like three adventures in one with each section hooked together by yet another attempt on Dirk's life. A great book for a plane trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2002

    WOW!!!!!

    I am in the middle of reading this book for my novel study at school!This book is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and suspense! 'Dragon' is one of the best Clive Cussler has put together!Dirk Pitt as always comes out of no where and saves the day! WE LOVE DIRK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    The best ending ever

    Well if you read the review above mine, I guess you already know what happens but this could have the best ending ever and even though another review tells you what happens it is still worth reading has any Clive Cussler novel is. When I read my first Clive Cussler novel is was shocked to find that it is just about a scientist who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dirk Pitt works for NUMA but he is just there to look in the deep ocean. Dirk pitt collects fancy cars and restores them. This book could quite possibly be the best Clive Cussler ever made. Usually along Pitt's side is Al Giordino, a street smart man who is just like Pitt in several ways

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    His best ever?

    In this book Dirk Pitt faces more hairraising adventures than ever before. A ship filled with japanese cars is drifting through the Atlantic. A group of brave men enters the ghostlike ship, but something is wrong. The men suddenly start dying and when one of the crew shoots himself to end his suffering he set of a nuclear explosion. The american government hands the case to NUMA where Dirk Pitt works. Soon the clues directs him towards Japan. His partner and best friend Girdino infiltrates a huge underwater base belonging to a powerful japanese corporation. At the same time powerful people from the american government are kidnapped in their own country. Pitts and Girdinos misson is now to free the american hostages that were taken and to set a permanent stop to the terror of the fanatic japanese corporation. To stop the illegal corporation from threatening the rest of the world, Pitt tries to use a nuclearbomb that was once used during the second world war but that never exploded, instead it fell to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Pitt moves the bomb using a underwater CAT-machine and sets the timer. But will he escape before the bomb spreads its devestation?

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