Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Series #16)

Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Series #16)

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Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Series #16) by Clive Cussler

An ancient massacre unveiled. A fictional monster come to life. A stunning conflagration on the high seas. In Valhalla Rising, #1 New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler delivers a thrilling ride packed with adept plotting, high-tech conspiracies, and nonstop action...

It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the fire control systems work? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship? NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him.

Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever...

"[A] nonstop thriller.... Cussler speeds and twists through the complex plot and hairbreadth escapes [with] the intensity and suspense of a NASCAR race." (Publishers Weekly)

"The master of action/adventure fiction strikes oil. This nonstop thriller...tangles ancient Viking runes, water propulsion engines, [and] murderous oil magnates...into a knot that only Dirk Pitt can unravel."(Publishers Weekly)

"Action-filled adventure...great fun." (Library Journal)


"Full of all the adventurous plotelements that Cussler fans have grown to expect... This novel is great fun to read and will prove to be as popular as the rest of the series." (Booklist)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399147876
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 08/13/2001
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #16
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.67(d)

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Huntersand The Sea Hunters II; these 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 ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Series #16) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
NewReaderVT More than 1 year ago
This book was non-stop action from the start to the finish.. I enjoy reading Cussler
bas609 More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler continues the adventure of Dirk Pitt with the addition of his children. Very well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an action hero that would be a great leader for our country today. He is dependable and smart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler struck gold in this great thriller of viking adventures and modern day story of gold and treasure. The transition from viking ship to the merciless ship twice the size of the titanic was genius. The tansition from dark gloomy water to the carribean is so awakining. Valhalla rising is not just a book but is a non-stop adventure that will blow your mind.I recommend it to anyone trying to live a time where anything goes through a fascinating book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Clive Cussler's works back in 1996 by a friend of mine. No one that I have read so far (and I've read a lot) has compared to this man. With each of the Dirk Pitt novels, you are submerged into an adventure that you just don't want to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts out a bit strange with the ancient ships, though still captivating on where he is taking you. I have read many Clancy books, All Jefrey Archer and a lot of other Fiction. Mr. Cussler is now on my collection list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of you Dirk Pitt fans out there, this one is one of the best! Another great book from Clive. A very twisted plot, but as always, very descriptive. INTENSE!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cussler, once again, proivdes readers wtih a good suspenseful tale which features the exploits of Dirk Pitt and his trusting sidekick, Al Giordino. On the plus side, he provides us with a thorough description of various ships and submarines and puts the reader right in the midst of the action. He also gives us some educational insight on the pre-Columbus expdedition and a good history lesson. I also get a kick out of the obese St. Julien Perlmutter. He's quite a character. The downside is that he puts Pitt in too many situations that would kill the average Joe 10 times over but somehow, he manages to come away unscathed every single time. If Cussler does this every once in a while, it would be more believable. However, with Pitt, he does it way too often. There were many instances where I simply heard myself saying, 'Aw, gimme a break' while reading a few paragraphs. Overall, a good story with interesting characters. Definitely would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of the Dirk Pitt novels and have never been disapointed. Cussler writes grown up adventure novels for the child in us all. This novel is up there with his best and I loved the surprise ending are we seeing the next generation of NUMA adventures? I highly recomend all of these novels to anyone who loves a good story and a bit of history thown in for good measure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt does it again. I have read each and every one of Mr Cussler's books and I have never been disappointed with his writing. And this book, as with all, provides an immense amount of reading pleasure. How Dirk and Al get into and out of jams (and how Cussler works them all out) is part of the fun. You will not be disappointed with Valhalla Rising.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first book was SHOCKWAVE which capdivated me. I then started with the first Pitt adventure and read them all until the emergence of Kemperos, which I struggled halfway through before throwing it on the floor vowing never to read Cussler again, unless ofcourse it was a Pitt adventure. Thanks Clive, for Vallhalla Rising. Dont cheat on the movie. My first thoughts were 'what great films these stories could be.' Enjoy this book , love the ending, brilliant Clive, leave line open for the children to follow Daddy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Clive Cussler book that I had ever read. It was awesome, the characters are great. The story is very intense. Anyone who is a fan of Indiana Jones will be drawn to the Dirk Pitt novels.
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Another Dirk Pitt great read, love this series! Barnes & Noble, publish the whole series! Why only a select few?
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I think it's a good book, recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Valhalla Rising written by Clive Cussler is the sixteenth in his series of Dirk Pitt adventure-fiction books. I found that it to be a very compelling book that really gripped the reader, making it hard to put down, until about the fifth chapter at least. Cussler did work in some good threads throughout the story however, making it very multidimensional and a slightly more complicated read.  The book begins in July, 2003 (written in 2001) as you read from the points of view of various crew members as they go about their daily chores on the luxury cruise liner the Emerald Dolphin. The Emerald is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships of its time, even earning the title of “the unsinkable ship” because of its complex array of warning systems and safety features. Ironically, although somewhat predictably, next the ship’s chapel catches fire and the ship begins to sink in an almost direct parallel to the infamous story of the also “unsinkable” Titanic. Of course though as it is a Clive Cussler novel, it turns out that Dirk Pitt the genius, resourceful, superhero of a main character and his team are just a couple of miles away. Pitt and his team save the day, but stumble on to a much larger problem in what actually caused the ship to sink. They then go head-to-head with an evil oil baron, attempting to steal the new engine technology used in the prototype cruise liner.  This is the fourth of the Dirk Pitt series that I have read, and unfortunately I found it to be by far the worst. It starts out extremely promisingly with the extremely well written, exciting ship wreck scene detailed above. However, it goes downhill from there. Throughout the book it’s much too predictable, making it somewhat boring to read. Furthermore, the characters become so cliché towards the end of the book that it’s almost laughable. Anyone even attempting to read a Dirk Pitt novel should know from the beginning that it’s going to be fairly unrealistic, and more like a superhero action story than a realistic adventure. But Valhalla Rising pushed the limits of believability throughout, whether it was breaking the laws of physics or creating video game like plane chases.  This book as a whole was much too predictable, unrealistic, and overall very corny. As much as it pains me to say it, since the other books in the series were very good, I would not recommend this book. 
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The luxury liner, Emerald Dolphin, was unsinkable. She was so opulent and spacious that her passengers basked in the height of luxury, being pampered by an attentive staff of officers and stewards too numerous to count. Suddenly, a fire ignited in her chapel, racing through the bowels of the ship with astonishing speed. Fire extinguishers and back-up systems failed and the lifeboats proved useless in the firestorm. The NUMA vessel, Deep Encounter, races to the rescue. Dirk Pitt, the captain and his stalwart crew take on more than their fair share of passengers, saving them from a fiery death. The Deep Encounter is overloaded and quickly in danger of sinking herself. Thankfully, help arrives in time, but a band of Vipers sent to silence her knows no bounds. The Deep Encounter is hijacked. Pitt and his friend, Giordano, bravely manage to free the ship and crew before all are destroyed to eliminate the evidence. The chase is on! Dirk Pitt returns to the United States and offers to help Kelly Egan and her group of disabled children. The dog fight between the Fokker triplane and Ford Trimotor was incredible! I also enjoyed the chase between the SUV and the vintage Packard. Cussler also zeros in on the vulnerability of New York harbor to a loaded, runaway LNG tanker before linking the story to the appearance of Norsemen in America just past the year 1000. As usual, an awesome ride with one of the kings of suspense and intrigue.
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