Iceberg (Dirk Pitt Series #2)

Iceberg (Dirk Pitt Series #2)

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by Clive Cussler
     
 

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Frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice-the charred remains of a long missing luxury yacht, vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous.  The only clue to the ship's priceless-and missing-cargo: nine ornately carved rings and the horribly burned bodies of its crew.

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Frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice-the charred remains of a long missing luxury yacht, vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous.  The only clue to the ship's priceless-and missing-cargo: nine ornately carved rings and the horribly burned bodies of its crew.

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"Cussler has developed and patented a vibrant, rollicking narrative style that seldom shows signs of relenting." -Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425197387
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Series:
Dirk Pitt Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
56,567
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 4.10(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From Chapter One "Damned sorry to drag you from sunny California, but this damned bung twister has been dumped in our lap." Sandecker, a small, fire-haired, griffon-faced man, waved a seven-inch cigar in the air like a baton. "We're supposed to be engaged in scientific underwater research. Why us? Why not the Navy? You'd think the Coast Guard could handle its own problems." He shook his head in irritation, puffed on the cigar. "Anyway, we're stuck with it."

Pitt finished reading and then laid a yellow folder marked confidential on the admiral's desk. "I didn't think it was possible for a ship to freeze up in the middle of an iceberg."

"It's extremely unlikely, but Dr. Hunnewell assures me it could happen."

"Finding the right berg might prove difficult; it's already been four days since the Coast Guard's sighting. That overgrown ice cube could have dried halfway to the Azores by now."

"Dr. Hunnewell has charted the current and drift rate to within a thirty-square-mile area. If your vision is good, you shouldn't have any trouble spotting the berg, particularly since the Coast Guard dropped a red dye marker on it."

"Spotting it is one thing," Pitt said thoughtfully, "landing a helicopter on it is another. Wouldn't it be more convenient and less dangerous to arrive by --"

"No!" Sandecker interrupted. "No ships. If that thing under the ice is as important as I think it is, I don't want anyone except you and Hunnewell within fifty miles of it."

"This may come as a surprise, Admiral, but I've never set a copter down on an iceberg before."

"It's very possible no one else has either. That's why I requested you as my Special Projects Director." Sandecker smiled mischievously. "You have the annoy- ing knack of successfully -- sha11 we say -- delivering the goods."

"This time," Pitt asked slyly, "do I have the opportunity of volunteering?"

"I wouldn't have it any other way."

Pitt shrugged helplessly. "I don't know why I always give in so easily to you, Admiral I'm beginning to think you have me pegged as a first-class pigeon."

A broad grin rode across Sandecker's face. "You said it, not me."

The latch clicked and the cabin door swung open. Pitt lazily opened one eye in time to see Dr. Hunnewell come in. The overweight doctor did a tightrope act trying to maneuver between Pitt's cot and Dover's clothes locker before he finally reached a small chair by a writing desk. Audibly, he sighed in chorus with the chair's creaking protest as he eased his bulk past the armrests.

"How in God's name does a titan like Dover get into this thing?" he incredulously asked no one in particular.

"You're late," Pitt yawned. "I expected you hours ago.

"I couldn't go sneaking around corners or slithering through ventilators as if I was on my way to a spy convention. I had to wait for an excuse to talk to you."

"An excuse?"

"Yes. Commander Koski's compliments. Dinner is served."

"Why all the subterfuge?" Pitt asked with a cagey grin. "We have nothing to hide."

"Nothing to hide! Nothing to hide! You lie there like an innocent virgin waiting for her first communion and calmly say we have nothing to hide?" Hunnewell shook his head hopelessly. "We'll both be in front of a firing squad when the Coast Guard learns we flim- flammed them out of the use of one of their new cutters."

"Helicopters have a nasty habit, they won't fly with air in their fuel tanks," Pitt said sarcastically. "We had to have a base of operations and a place to refuel. The Catawaba was the only ship in the area with the necessary facilities. Besides, you sent that phony message from the Coast Guard Commandant -- you're on the hook for that one."

"That incredible yarn about the missing Russian trawler. You can't deny that's yours from beginning to end."

Pitt placed his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling. "I rather thought everyone enjoyed it."

"I have to hand it to you. That was the slickest con job it's been my misfortune ever to witness."

"I know. There are times when I hate myself."

"Have you considered what may happen when Commander Koski sees through our devious little plan?"

Pitt stood up and stretched. "We simply do what any other two red-blooded American con men would do."

"And that is?" Hunnewell prompted dubiously. Pitt smiled. "We simply worry about it when the time comes."

Copyright © 1975 by Clive Cussler

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Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

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

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Iceberg 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
WilburRS More than 1 year ago
While the book is about the size of a paperback, it has hard covers that help to keep it tight. I have trouble holding on to paperbacks, however these books with there hard covers make it easier to handle the book and concentrate on the reading material.
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I have read a lot of books from tons of totally different authors in lots of genres. I love to read exciting action and adventure books. Iceberg is one of those books. Iceberg is not one of the best books that Clive Cussler has written, but it is definitely up there. I first started reading his books because of a friend of mine. When I read the first book, I was totally struck by the depth of the detail he goes into to make you believe you are a ghost, watching from the sidelines. He uses really descriptive and vivid words that help paint a picture out of the words, into his stories. Clive has a knack for tugging on the line where good and evil meet. I have read every one of his books that I have gotten my hands on, from one intense action/adventure to the next. Iceberg was the newest of his books that I read. After the first few pages of Iceberg I found out that this book was as exciting as any other one I've read. The book started out with its peek into the past to show how the problems the main character has to solve began. Iceberg has an incredible story line that's starts and finishes with the same burning intense story line. This story portrays the character named Dirk Pitt. Dirk is a classic hero that is not afraid to do what is necessary to save the world from destruction and chaos. He is very modest and is a charmer, but can do things that other only guys wish they could do. This book is Clive's classic story of a hero that survives against all odds. This book is a good choice for people that love a good adventure with a guy that is almost average in every place but his heart and mind. Dirk has a way of beating the bad guys in class, an inch from death and he pulls out in the end. There are times in the books Clive writes were you can see what is going to happen later on, but then he adds something that takes the end in a totally different twist. Clive is very honest in the books he writes. He relates to the reader the full spectrum of human emotion related to heroes that do great things in the real world. He gets into the feeling that a hero gets when the things they must do could hurt someone, but then doesn't hesitate when that person has done very bad things, hurt people, to do what must be done. Another great thing about Clive's books is that he ties things that happened in history into his books. The things Dirk saves people from are all possible in real life, somewhere. Clive really gets into blending the history and what is science fiction into his stories, and I love it. One more awesome thing about Iceberg is that by the end of the book, you don't want the story to go on. The ending is done up so nicely that to go on would have to be in another book. In the end Dirk doesn't leave any string untied, and the bad guys are punished in the fairest sense of the word. Iceberg is a great book for down time, or just to end or begin a day. I would recommend this book to all the action/adventure book lovers out there. I would give this book two thumbs up.
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This series draws a man into the story. I couldn't wait to turn the page.
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Clive Cussler's right on target again. He'll keep me buying his novels for years to come. Can't wait for the next one.
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