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Poseidon's Arrow (Dirk Pitt Series #22)

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It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades—an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing—and the man who developed it is dead.

At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard…burned to a crisp. What is going on? And what does it have to do ...

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Overview


It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades—an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing—and the man who developed it is dead.

At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard…burned to a crisp. What is going on? And what does it have to do with an Italian submarine that vanished in 1943? Or did it?

It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team, aided by a beautiful NCIS agent and by Pitt’s children, Dirk, Jr., and Summer, to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth. But what they discover is a much, much greater threat than even they imagined…

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In this exciting nautical thriller series entry, intrepid engineer Dirk Pitt and indeed his entire brood race around the globe, attempting to track down the missing prototype and plans of a super-submarine. Behind their theft and the murder of the inventor is an avaricious multimillionaire. Vintage Cussler; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. In hardcover, Clive Cussler's first Dirk Pitt novel since 2010 received excellent reader reviews.)

Publishers Weekly
The fifth Dirk Pitt novel from bestseller Cussler and son Dirk (after 2010’s Crescent Dawn) features expanded roles for Pitt’s two grown kids. Both Summer and Dirk Jr. help their dad try to corral ruthless Austrian entrepreneur Edward Bolcke, who runs a slavery compound in Central America where kidnapped sailors are forced into servitude to assist in his many criminal enterprises. In particular, Bolcke has managed to steal a crucial component of the U.S. Navy’s latest submarine technology—and he has found a way to hijack the world’s supply of rare earth minerals. The three Pitts, along with longstanding sidekick Al Giordino, use their usual mix of brains and brawn to see that justice is served. While some readers may have a problem with sluggish action sequences and a surfeit of story lines, ardent followers of the Pitt clan and their nautical escapades will appreciate the family dynamics and camaraderie. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
The United States is on the brink of approving the fastest, most powerful attack submarine ever when its designer is killed and his plans are stolen. In his efforts to recover a crucial piece of the prototype, superseaman Dirk Pitt faces a series of violent encounters on land and water. In his 22nd adventure (Crescent Dawn, 2010, etc.), Pitt, director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, is matched with Austrian baddie Edward Bolcke. A grudge-bearing villain out of James Bond who made his fortune in mining in Colombia and Panama, he has been adroitly manipulating the Chinese by selling them their own rare earth elements. The magnetic properties of the minerals are vital to the development of weapons systems and other computer-based properties--which may explain why ships transporting the materials have been disappearing and bodies have been found burnt to a crisp by irradiation. Teaming with the attractive and dangerously impulsive NCIS agent Ann Bennett--as well as his oceanographer daughter Summer and marine engineer son Dirk Jr.--Pitt applies all his skills as an ex-Air Force man to outsmarting and, in some cases, outrunning Bolcke's henchmen. The action scenes can be predictable, the dialogue wooden. But to their credit, the Cusslers (collaborating for the fifth time) overcome the factory aspect of these novels with bursts of energy and efficient storytelling. They also sustain a level of intelligence not always found in mass-market adventure fiction. Ranging from Panama and Mexico to Idaho and Washington, D.C., this book is constantly on the move--one reason it avoids dull spots so well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399162923
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #22
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 219,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

CLIVE CUSSLER is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His most recent New York Times bestselling novels are The Race, The Storm, and Poseidon’s Arrow. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; the latter two describe the true adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.
DIRK CUSSLER, an MBA from Berkeley, worked many years in the financial arena and now devotes himself full-time to writing. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of Crescent Dawn, Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, and Arctic Drift. As president of NUMA®, he has researched and directed many of the nonprofit organization’s searches for famous historic shipwrecks. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    $14.99 No!!!!

    THIS IS TOO MUCHTO PAY FOR AN E-BOOK. I don't think anyone should pay this. You bouht a Nook to eventually save money. Purchase responsibly.

    21 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Pitt is back in a fun and thrilling ride as he chases down the t

    Pitt is back in a fun and thrilling ride as he chases down the theft of some high tech secrets while solving the mystery of a string of missing ships. Plenty of action keeps the pages turning as he hops from Chile to Mexico to Panama with his crew from Numa alongside. Highly recommended for fans of action adventure!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Decent but not outstanding

    The book was a bit disappointing in that it was not as suspenseful as previous itinerations of the series. Especially the historic component, which was always an important part of the plot in past books, felt like it was added as an afterthought. You could scratch the story of tje Barbarigo from the book and the plot would not suffer. Too bad since the historic part was always my most favorite one in the seried and I was sad to see that the authors failed to provide a solid link between the past and the present as was usually the case.
    A must read for fans of the series, but I wouldn't recommend it as a book to people unfamiliar with the series. Hopefully the next one will be better.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    In my opinion Dirk Pitt has literally gone off the tracks on thi

    In my opinion Dirk Pitt has literally gone off the tracks on this one.  I am half way through the book and yawning.  What a letdown as I have ready every Cussler novel printed.  By the same token Isaac Bell series is off the tracks as well.  They were not bad at all through The Wrecker but very boring after that.  The Juan Cabrillo series remains readable along with most Kurt Austin books but the insufferable Sam and Remi Fargo series have been just readable. It is quite obvious that Clive isn't doing much writing at all.  Oh well, onward to the next great one?  Any tips?

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Meh...

    After this one, I feel the need to go back and reread The Mediterranian Caper. I am desperate for a dose of the old Cussler wit and sense of adventure sorely missing from this tale.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Try sending review request later!!!

    This book isn't availablle to read until 11/13/12.................so has I might give it a review, I'll respectfully wait until AFTER I read the book.

    5 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Cussleer loses his momentum

    Not a great read. This series used to be good, but has gotten progressively worse. It could be because Dirk is doing most of the writing (you can clearly tell the difference). Plots are thin and character development poor. Hopefully the next outing is better.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Just because Cussler got too old to write is no excuse for the d

    Just because Cussler got too old to write is no excuse for the droves of horrible material being put out in the name of "clive". Everything after the discover of Dirk Jr and whatever the female Dirk dingbat's name is, this series lost its magic long ago. I tried to get back into the books, but a quick perusal of this one was so intolerable I chucked it back onto the shelf without a second thought. Its a shame that the Cussler name has come to this seedy, desperate, profit driven garbage. Gave it one star because site won't let me leave zero.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Cussler scores again

    Another strong Dirk Pitt offering that combines action, a little obscure history and respect for the ocean.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    need a sample version

    they should put a sample for goodness sake

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    If you like reading Clive Cussler then please purchase this book. He always has interesting themes and does insert a unique description of himself in each book. Fun and fast reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I've been reading about Dirk Pitt since 1986. I didn't care for

    I've been reading about Dirk Pitt since 1986. I didn't care for the more recent "off shoots". But in Poison Arrow...Dirk is back, very enjoyable as always. Clive is the best.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Not the best

    In several spots it just didn't make sense. I've read several of his books but this one was not his best effort.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Have loved his books from the very first...but they've gone down

    Have loved his books from the very first...but they've gone downhill rapidly. Go back to the Oregon Files, etc. Give Junior another job....not writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Book

    I think this book defeats the whole purpose of a nook beause you bought it to reaf cheaper not read for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Typical Cussler

    Not as good as the old rough and tumble Dirk Pitt. I've read every one of the Dirk books over the years, and this was not up to par. I guess we all get old sooner or later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I found this novel to fall below the standard that I have come t

    I found this novel to fall below the standard that I have come to expect of Mister Cussler.  I found the actions of the characters to be not only stupid but very predictable.  Most of the time I felt like reaching out and smacking them on the back of the head with the words why don't you think for 2 seconds and avoid this.  Mr Cussler's previous books were very well written and well received by this person, but not this one.  I found this book to be a big disapointment but hopefully other and better ones will soon follow.  Clive Cussler and the other people he has writing for him put out some great novels that are worth the read and the money but I am afraid that this one is not one of them. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Very enjoyable read

    The Dirk Pitt fun continues. A very fast read because the story segments are reasonably short and the story lines are fast paced. The whole gambit of characters involved with Dirk Pitt over the years are in this plot. Challenging adversaries, exotic locations, impossible situations overcomed which keeps the enjoyment maxed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Good but miss the old Pitt

    Book was good but not great as they used to be before the kids joined the storyline. Pitt & Al's roles are greatly diminished, which is a huge error... mussed with a winning formula.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Bad

    The book is costs more than its worth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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