Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Series #3)

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The President's secret task force develops the ultimate defensive weapon. At its core: byzantium, a radioactive element so rare sufficient quantities have never been found. But a frozen American corpse on a desolate Soviet mountainside, a bizarre mining accident in Colorado, and a madman's dying message lead Dirk Pitt to a secret cache of byzantium. Now he begins his most thrilling, daunting mission--to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century.
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Overview

The President's secret task force develops the ultimate defensive weapon. At its core: byzantium, a radioactive element so rare sufficient quantities have never been found. But a frozen American corpse on a desolate Soviet mountainside, a bizarre mining accident in Colorado, and a madman's dying message lead Dirk Pitt to a secret cache of byzantium. Now he begins his most thrilling, daunting mission--to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671725198
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.11 (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)

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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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Chapter TwoSid Koplin was sure he was dying.

His eyes were closed and the blood from his side was staining the white snow. A burst of light whirled around in Koplin's mind as consciousness gradually returned, and a spasm of nausea rushed over him and he retched uncontrollably. Had he been shot once, or was it twice? He wasn't sure.

He opened his eyes and rolled up onto his hands and knees. His head pounded like a jackhammer. He put his hand to it and touched a congealed gash that split his scalp above the left temple. Except for the headache, there was no exterior sensation; the pain had been dulled by the cold. But there was no dulling of the agonizing burn on his left side, just below his rib cage, where the second bullet had struck, and he could feel the syruplike stickiness of the blood as it trickled under his clothing, over his thighs and down his legs.

A volley of automatic weapons fire echoed down the mountain. Koplin looked around, but all he could see was the swirling white snow that was whipped by the vicious arctic wind. Another burst tore the frigid air. He guessed that it came from only a hundred yards away. A Soviet patrol guard must be firing blindly through the blizzard in the random hope of hitting him again.

All thought of escape had vanished now. It was finished. He knew he could never make it to the cove where he'd moored the sloop. Nor was he in any condition to sail the little twenty-eight-foot craft across fifty miles of open sea to a rendezvous with the waiting American oceanographic vessel.

He sank back in the snow. The bleeding had weakened him beyond further physical effort. The Russians must not find him. That was part of the bargain with Meta Section. If he must die, his body must not be discovered.

Painfully, he began scraping snow over himself. Soon he would be only a small white mound on a desolate slope of Bednaya Mountain, buried forever under the constantly building ice sheet.

He stopped a moment and listened. The only sounds he heard were his own gasps and the wind. He listened harder, cupping his hands to his ears. Just audible through the howling wind he heard a dog bark.

"Oh God," he cried silently. As long as his body was still warm, the sensitive nostrils of the dog were sure to pick up his scent. He sagged in defeat. There was nothing left for him but to lie back and let his life ooze away.

But a spark deep inside him refused to dim and be extinguished. Merciful God, he thought deliriously, he couldn't just lie there waiting for the Russians to take him. He was only a professor of mineralogy, not a trained secret agent. His mind and forty-year-old body weren't geared to stand up under intensive interrogation. If he lived, they could tear the whole story from him in a matter of hours. He closed his eyes as the sickness of failure overcame all physical agony.

When he opened them again, his field of vision was filled with the head of an immense dog. Koplin recognized him as a komondor, a mighty beast standing thirty inches at the shoulder, covered by a heavy coat of matted white hair. The great dog snarled savagely and would have ripped Koplin's throat open if it hadn't been kept in check by the gloved hand of a Soviet soldier. There was an indifferent look about the man. He stood there and stared down at his helpless quarry, gripping the leash in his left hand while he steadied a machine pistol with his right. He looked fearsome in his huge greatcoat that came down to booted ankles, and the pale, expressionless eyes showed no compassion for Koplin's wounds. The soldier shouldered his weapon and reached down and pulled Koplin to his feet. Then without a word, the Russian began dragging the wounded American toward the island's security post.

Koplin nearly passed out from the pain. He felt as though he'd been dragged through the snow for miles when actually it was only a distance of fifty yards. That was as far as they'd got when a vague figure appeared through the storm. It was blurred by the wall of swirling white. Through the dim haze of near unconsciousness, Koplin felt the soldier stiffen. A soft "plop" sounded over the wind, and the massive komondor fell noiselessly on its side in the snow. The Russian dropped his hold on Koplin and frantically tried to raise his gun, but the strange sound was repeated and a small hole that gushed red suddenly appeared in the middle of the soldier's forehead. Then the eyes went glassy and he crumpled beside the dog.

Something was terribly wrong; this shouldn't be happening, Koplin told himself, but his exhausted mind was too far gone to draw any valid conclusions. He sank to his knees and could only watch as a tall man in a gray parka materialized from the white mist and gazed down at the dog.

"A damned shame," he said tersely.

The man presented an imposing appearance. The oak- tanned face looked out of place for the Arctic. And the features were firm, almost cruel. Yet it was the eyes that struck Koplin. He had never seen eyes quite like them. They were a deep sea-green and radiated a penetrating kind of warmth, a marked contrast from the hard lines etched in the face.

The man turned to Koplin and smiled. "Dr. Koplin, I presume?" The tone was soft and effortless.

The stranger pushed a handgun with silencer into a pocket, knelt down to eye level, and nodded at the blood spreading through the material of Koplin's parka. "I'd better get you to where I can take a look at that." Then he picked Koplin up as one might a child and began trudging down the mountain toward the sea.

"Who are you?" Koplin muttered.

"My name is Pitt. Dirk Pitt."

"I don't understand...where did you come from?"

Koplin never heard the answer. At that moment, the black cover of unconsciousness abruptly lifted up, and he fell gratefully under it.

Copyright © 1976 by Clive Cussler

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    INCREDIBLY BELIEVABLE!!

    This is only the third Clive Cussler book I've read, but now I will definitely read more. "Raise the Titanic" was fast-paced, and totally believable - A REAL PAGE TURNER. It's amazing he originally wrote this 10 years before the real Titanic was found. You will not be disappointed!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    Why am I here? I mean on this web site - not on Earth.

    They literaly (or is it literally?) raze - oops!, I mean raise the Titantic! Are there two or three t's in Titanic / Titantic? Titantic just sounds funny. There are people in my head. Have you seen by bow-tie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    The best political suspense book I've read!

    Well, written and captivating right from the first page. Cussler really knows how to keep you reading! This is one of the few books that I would read twice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    A Titanic Spellbinder

    This is a gripping tale of historical mystery and intrigue; the numerous sub-plots make each chapter a delight to read. I have read every Dirk Pitt novel and Mr Cussler has never let me down. Excellent entertainment from the first page to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    Wonderful!

    This was a great book and it had me staying up late to try to finish it. It had some amazing twists and I never would have thought the ending would have been that way! If only we could really raise the Titanic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    Man what a good book!

    I have ALWAYS been into the sweet valley books (they are like the ultimate teengirl reads!) well I had a list of books to pick from I saw Raise the Titanic. It caught my eye and I read it and realized it was an awesome story with unexspected twists and turns through out the story. It actually makes you love the Titanic alot more! If you get the chance to read it please do its really awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Very Good book, Amust read!

    I think this is one of the better books that I read about the Titanic. I am very interested in the Titanic and it fascinates me greatly! But there are not very many good books about the Titanic left. This is one of the better books of them all! Good job Clive Cussler. If you could I would like you to write me back on how my review went.Thank you for such a wonderful book! -Michelle Stone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    Good Book

    I hate to read anything!! But I had to read this book for one of my classes and at first it was boring because i wasn't paying attention but then, i started to get in to it and it turned out to be a relly good book. it had action and adventure with a twist of smarts in it. This is one of my favorite books. P.S. sorry for the bad grammer and speeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    One of Cussler's better plots!

    Cussler is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of his best works! He certainly can weave some intricate plots, and this is probably one of his most intricate, yet interesting plots!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    This book is thrilling

    I think this book is the best Dirk Pitt adventure book. This book like many other books by him keep me on the edge of my seat. This book kept me excited especially how they raised the Titanic. This book just kept me on the edge of my seat. The Titanic was a sad story and here is how it happens.

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