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  1. Rohit Enghakat Rohit Enghakat says:

    This is the first Cussler I have read Initially I was a bit skeptical although the reviews were good The book cover also did not impress me believe it or not , so it sat on my shelf for a couple of years when I decided to finally dust it and start reading It was not a bad book at all The background of the book is why and how the Trojan war was fought by Greeks or Celts if the story in the book is to be believed and its modern day adaptation by a conglomerate to control the world s preciou This is the first Cussler I have read Initially I was a bit skeptical although the reviews were good The book cover also did not impress me believe it or not , so it sat on my shelf for a couple of years when I decided to finally dust it and start reading It was not a bad book at all The background of the book is why and how the Trojan war was fought by Greeks or Celts if the story in the book is to be believed and its modern day adaptation by a conglomerate to control the world s precious resources along with the help of the Chinese government s help in Nicaragua The plot is foiled by Dirk Pitt and his grown up children Although the author weaves an intricate story with an in depth analysis of the Iron and Bronze Age and the life and times of the Celtics who were supposed to be highly skilled artisans, after a point of time, it failed to enthuse me and hold my interest due to the complex jargons and the language used But still I would like to go for another Cussler as it was a somewhat interesting read Maybe the next one would be better


  2. Julie Julie says:

    While this was a good story parts of it are questionable I mean reallythe hurricane about tears apart a hurricane plane but a helicopter can fly through it and drop em off on a boat in the storm so they can save the day And one of the druid male victimsstarts out saying he was a rich publisher and the next thing it says is he was rich from mininghuh


  3. Jim Jim says:

    Dirk Pitt and the gang remain one of my favorite guilty pleasures, even though I ve fallen a few books behind in the series The plots are far fetched, the plot holes are sometimes gaping, and the dialogue is often stilted Someone in this day and age referring to something as heavenly Or a 24 year old woman saying I shall But there is always some interesting science and speculative fiction behind the main plot, and this one is no exception This time around, the historical question cent Dirk Pitt and the gang remain one of my favorite guilty pleasures, even though I ve fallen a few books behind in the series The plots are far fetched, the plot holes are sometimes gaping, and the dialogue is often stilted Someone in this day and age referring to something as heavenly Or a 24 year old woman saying I shall But there is always some interesting science and speculative fiction behind the main plot, and this one is no exception This time around, the historical question centers on whether the modern day Turkey location is the true site of the ancient city of Troy, along with some interesting discussion of the ramifications of an alternative theory that gets presented as part of the narrative And another thing that this one has, given that it s the 17th outing in the series, is some serious character development In the last outing, Pitt met a couple of people whose existence had been unknown to him This time around, there arechanges taking place in his life and the lives of some of those closest to him, as well So that s all good But honestly, the bad guy s in this one are silly, and their motivation is even sillier And lastly, the whole thing reads as if it had originally been two orseparate stories that were cobbled together into one narrative Not only because some of the transitions are awkward, but because, onthan one occasion, the reader is told the same thing that he has already been told earlier in the book Several characters, for example, reappear later in the story and are introduced as if they were new characters Pitt s home and its environs an aircraft hangar filled with vintage automobiles and interesting knick knacks is a setting twice, and each time gets a similar introduction Weird It just seemed as if I was reading two orseparate and partial stories tied into one complete novel with some particularly bad editing, or else there were two writers writing different parts of the thing


  4. Rickey Rickey says:

    A friend loaned me this book to read I hadn t read any other Cussler books, and this is the 17th book in the series, so perhaps I would have rated it higher if I had a better understanding of the main characters.The book begins with a new theory of the Trojan War that it actually involved the Celts This was the first 31 pages of the book, and I had a hard time getting through this I wanted to get on with the book, soor less skimming through this introduction, I finally did get to the A friend loaned me this book to read I hadn t read any other Cussler books, and this is the 17th book in the series, so perhaps I would have rated it higher if I had a better understanding of the main characters.The book begins with a new theory of the Trojan War that it actually involved the Celts This was the first 31 pages of the book, and I had a hard time getting through this I wanted to get on with the book, soor less skimming through this introduction, I finally did get to the actual story.As I said earlier, I hadn t read any of Cussler s other books, and the main character, Dirk Pitt, surprised me at how James Bondish he was He was pretty much a cross between Bond and Jacques Cousteau He would, without thought to his own safety or the dangers involved and sometimes without even a plan of action, dive into any dangerous situation but it always seemed to turn out all right I also found it confusing that his son was also named Dirk, so we have Dirk and Dirk in the same book.As far as the storyline, it seemed to be several loosely connected stories There was a floating hotel and a hurricane, which seemed to destroy everything in its path yet Pitt the elder seemed to easily fly in and save the day Cussler convinced me through most of the book that it was researched well, with the exception that it mentioned several times that hurricanes travel east rather than west The story seemed to have some interesting speculative science in it Trojan Odyssey seemed rather long I actually read another book when I was somewhere in the middle of Trojan Odyssey, then returned to it, and I m a one book at a time person.The author had a cameo appearance at the end of the book, and I wondered if this was a trademark of his other books Guess I ll have to read another Cussler book to find out If you can suspend disbelief, it s an enjoyable book I flip flopped between 3 and 4 stars, but went with 4 simply because I hadn t read the 16 other Dirk Pitt books


  5. E.C. Ayres E.C. Ayres says:

    This potboiler is the sort of bad writing that comes of too much, or too easy success that leads one to think he or she can just knock out a book over a weekend or two and a bottle of Scotch Just in the first part, there is a hurricane barreling towards the Caribbean heading due east This is repeated several times Hurricanes do not and cannot barrel due east Especially from Africa Hello Then there is the scene in which intrepid hero Dirk Pitt arrives to rescue a battered floating hotel i This potboiler is the sort of bad writing that comes of too much, or too easy success that leads one to think he or she can just knock out a book over a weekend or two and a bottle of Scotch Just in the first part, there is a hurricane barreling towards the Caribbean heading due east This is repeated several times Hurricanes do not and cannot barrel due east Especially from Africa Hello Then there is the scene in which intrepid hero Dirk Pitt arrives to rescue a battered floating hotel in the eye of the worst hurricane ever This hurricane, with winds of supposedly 225 mph, has just torn apart a dozen ships and a Coast Guard hurrican hunter airplane No matter Pitt arrives by helicopter, no problem Is that cool or what


  6. Johnny Johnny says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m the kind of guy who buys reprints of pulp fiction I m delighted that Charles Ardai s Hard Case Crime series reprints gritty novels from that era and I even buy reprints of Doc Savage, Justice, Inc., The Shadow, and The Spider when I see them I have often lamented the fact that there isn t anything comparable in the modern fiction scene, but when I read Trojan Odyssey, I realized that there is pulp adventure being produced today Pulp adventure is merely under the guise of the scientific ex I m the kind of guy who buys reprints of pulp fiction I m delighted that Charles Ardai s Hard Case Crime series reprints gritty novels from that era and I even buy reprints of Doc Savage, Justice, Inc., The Shadow, and The Spider when I see them I have often lamented the fact that there isn t anything comparable in the modern fiction scene, but when I read Trojan Odyssey, I realized that there is pulp adventure being produced today Pulp adventure is merely under the guise of the scientific exploration novel in the works of Clive Cussler.This was a disappointing discovery to me because I love pulp adventure and Trojan Odyssey left me as hollow as the last Bond movie produced during the writer s strike and with a screenplay that demonstrated why writers are needed There was plenty of action and there was lots of interesting speculation, but it didn t all hang together I used to think that Cussler was the civilian s Tom Clancy,interested in scientific discovery than military application Now, I see him as a very clever author who must be laughing down his sleeve at his readers Trojan Odyssey isn t really one story Yes, it begins with the Mystery of the Brown Sludge sounds like a Franklin W Dixon novel, doesn t it Can Frank and Joe be far behind Indeed, they aren t far behind, merely disguised as Dirk and Summer sibling offspring of the great Dirk Pitt even as Frank and Joe are offspring of the famous detective and that thread runs through the book, but there is a trilogy of other storylines that don t quite reach their full potential We have the floating hotel and the hurricane story Its conclusion is, in my not so valuable opinion, a Pitt iful deus ex machina wherein our hero comes directly out of the sky to handle the emergency procedures and effect a most improbable rescue using resources that the readers have already been told are not suitable We have the eponymous story of the revisionist Odyssey Cussler is most enad with the Iman Wilkens theory that the so called Trojan War was fought by Celts near Cambridge, England and that the so called Odyssey launched from Cadiz, Spain Instead of adequately dealing with the arguments for relocating the legends, Cussler s characters rely on the old academic gambit of claiming evidence without unveiling evidence For example, we are told that the geographical locations in the Odyssey don t match geographical locations in the Mediterranean, but we are not given a list of specific evidence I suppose this is okay in a fictional novel, but it grated on my history professor nerves I know the Wilkens theory has much to commend it, but I was sick to my stomach that it was force fed to me as a reader The third storyline was the secret base in Nicaragua In classic fashion, we have the base in the volcano well, under it , the pirate legend and super advanced technology supporting it to frighten away those who wander too close, and the massive plot to destroy the world We then make that larger than life by having an ultimate villain known only as Specter, reminding us of the SPecial Executive for Counter intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion S.P.E.C.T.R.E directed by Stavros in the James Bond novels In Trojan Odyssey, Specter controls a vast organization with distinctive corporate colors, immense political reach, and massive corporate capital and Specter is willing to invest that capital in such a way as to kill millions in order to make trillions Of course, Cussler has a great sense of humor, so there are times when the minions controlled by Specter remind oneof raw T.H.R.U.S.H Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity recruits in a bad episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. than of serious threats to the free and not so free world I m particularly thinking of the uniforms coded for gender and the image of Al Giordano discovering that he was dressed in the female uniform I could so easily picture Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in those roles as Dirk Pitt tells Giordano to stuff something in his uniform to lookfeminine The cataclysm that Pitt was trying to foil was fascinating, but I found myself so distracted by the phony Trojan scenario, the divine rescue of the floating hotel, and the Bond like or U.N.C.L.E like scenes in Central America that it was hard to savor the crisis I really had trouble suspending my disbelief However, there were a few minor bits in the book that appealed to me personally In one scene, Cussler introduces an obese man in a white suit named Percy Rathbone I instantly enjoyed the conversation with Rathbone certainly a play off the late Basil Rathbone best known as Sherlock Holmes and as Guy of Gisbourne and perhaps, humorous character actor Percy Herbert best known for his roles in Bridge on the River Kwai, Guns of Navarone, and The Green Buddha because his description and his speech pattern were clearly based on Sidney Greenstreet in many of the famous Humphrey Bogart films like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca Indeed he did, indeed he very much did sound like Greenstreet s characters in those films And, call me inconsistent, but I do enjoy the cameos where Cussler puts himself in the books in this case, visiting Pitt s hangar base and I relived the taste memory of the only time I ve dined at L Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia I could imagine the facility in my mind and how incredible the meal was I didn t have the calve brain or tongue that Pitt s group had, but I remember having veal medallions and asparagus in a lemon wine sauce along with escargot and pate I also enjoyed Cussler s reference to the delightful couple who owned and ran the place at the time It probably won t mean much to the average reader but it was fascinating on a personal level to me.Finally, I commend Cussler on the name of the female villain in the book Epona Celtic goddess name Eliade last name of a great scholar in comparative religion makes a nice touch Such efforts in name selection Percy Rathbone and Epona Eliade make me want to check out some of the other names that I might have missed But in spite of all the light, deft touches that made me smile, the overall feeling of the book was that it was disjointed, overblown a pretty bad pun when part of the book involves a massive hurricane , and incredible in the worst sense of making even me give up my suspension of disbelief


  7. Tom Tischler Tom Tischler says:

    To Dirk Pitt s shock and amazement he finds out that he has two grown children thathe has never known They are 23 year old twins born to a woman he thought had diedin an underwater earthquake 23 year old Summer is a marine biologist and her brotherDirk is a marine engineer and they are about to help their father There is a brown tideinfesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua The twins are there trying to find it s origin when two things happen Summer discovers an old artifact and the wo To Dirk Pitt s shock and amazement he finds out that he has two grown children thathe has never known They are 23 year old twins born to a woman he thought had diedin an underwater earthquake 23 year old Summer is a marine biologist and her brotherDirk is a marine engineer and they are about to help their father There is a brown tideinfesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua The twins are there trying to find it s origin when two things happen Summer discovers an old artifact and the worst storm in years boils up heading not only right for them but also for a luxurious floating hotelthat is square in it s path The pearl for everyone is incalculable and the NUMA crew rushes to the rescue In the storms wake there is an all to human evil at work and the brown tide is only a by product of it s plan Soon it s work will be complete and the worldwill be a very different place This is book 17 in the Dirk Pitt series and it s another fine tale from Clive Cussler I gave it a 4


  8. D.A. Fellows D.A. Fellows says:

    2 5 stars It s hard to tell whether Clive Cussler is actively trying to destroy the Dirk Pitt franchise, or whether even before his son got his name on the cover he was already writing the books This is the last Dirk Pitt book that claims to be written by Clive alone, but either he s lying or has forgotten how to write And if this book was edited at all, the editor needs to sit down and have a serious word with himself herself Here are a few gems from the book words used repeatedly and very 2 5 stars It s hard to tell whether Clive Cussler is actively trying to destroy the Dirk Pitt franchise, or whether even before his son got his name on the cover he was already writing the books This is the last Dirk Pitt book that claims to be written by Clive alone, but either he s lying or has forgotten how to write And if this book was edited at all, the editor needs to sit down and have a serious word with himself herself Here are a few gems from the book words used repeatedly and very close to each other, and NOT for effect The average hurricane takes an average of six days the plane that we are told touched down at six in the evening twice in as many sentences descriptive anomalies such as a blue helicopter that half a page later is described as painted yellow and red grammatical errors it was an McDonnell Douglas and brainless other minutiae such as telling us what Sandecker looked like despite the interaction with him being a telephone conversation, where our protagonist would have no way of knowing how the other man looked at that moment in time There is much fan service to recall previous adventures but a lot of it only serves to remind us how far this series has declined since its hey day Pitt spends a lot of this book feeling the most exhausted he s ever felt despite his exertions being probably below the average for this series , and it seems to be gearing towards Pitt taking a backseat and allowing his newly discovered grown children taking centre stage instead Something about this brother sister combination seems beyond cheesy to me, as if before long Lassie will be putting in an appearance to inform them that Giordino is trapped down the well again As a side note, I thought the annoying in story cameos of Clive Cussler himself might be eschewed for this book, but no he sticks himself in right at the very end for no other reason thanI don t really know It s not clear what the reason is, other than his formula dictates that he must now appear in every story, and so must his old buddy Leigh Hunt.The story itself is standard for a Pitt book, but that s alright I personally don t read my favourite writers to be surprised there are plenty of new writers for that I go back to someone because I know what I m going to get Sadly, I don t know if I ll be coming back to give this series another chance I may just decide to step out before t gets any worse.P.S The hurricane in Part 1what was that all about I thought it would turn out to be something that the bad guy had somehow engineered as a superweapon but noit was hardly mentioned again Thinking back, it seems nothingthan a 150 page pre credit sequence in a James Bond movie that turns out to have no bearing on later events


  9. Chris Wolfgang Chris Wolfgang says:

    I have read the Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler It is a fiction and historical fiction book The main characters of the book are, Pitt, Giordino, Dirk, Summer, Admiral Sandecker and Rudi Gunn The book is about a big man named Specter who controls a big operation that tunnels underneath Nicaragua to the Pacific to the Atlantic the catch is he has made a new renewable energy to power cars and are replacing batteries and oil So when Specter opes up the tunnels the Ocean will flow through and wi I have read the Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler It is a fiction and historical fiction book The main characters of the book are, Pitt, Giordino, Dirk, Summer, Admiral Sandecker and Rudi Gunn The book is about a big man named Specter who controls a big operation that tunnels underneath Nicaragua to the Pacific to the Atlantic the catch is he has made a new renewable energy to power cars and are replacing batteries and oil So when Specter opes up the tunnels the Ocean will flow through and will cause major climate and weather change every year, turning Europe and the east coast of the US into snow kingdoms year round I would recommend this book for young teen guys like me who are into action and adventure stories.I would recommend this book because, this book contains a lot of tense moments and fear with a touch of graphic violence Clive goes into some great detail in the action scenes but not to graphic Only one description he goes into graphic detail which is the last shootout Clive details vigorously about the adventures the characters go through He always describes the most obvious things all the way down to the dot, which is basically the things most people wont think of I really encourage young readers to read this book, because its incredible I would recommend this book to young teen guys like me because I was looking for a book with action and adventure and found one If you are one of those picky readers and only like action, or adventure, I recommend this book to you Any young teen male would find the book interesting or some, like me, would love this book I highly recommend teen guys to read this book because it is wonderful


  10. Glamgirlm Glamgirlm says:

    Dirk Pitt is at it again The catagory 5 hurricane Lizzie is tearing its way through the ocean, leaving death and destruction in it wake A giant floating hotel is left to the mercy of the storm and the only hope for the over one thousand crew and passengers is the as always amazing Dirk Pitt Dirk and his totally funny sidekick Al save the day and the storm leaves mysterious clues to an awe inspiring mystery including, a Celtic woman who is convinced she will take over the world and is fond Dirk Pitt is at it again The catagory 5 hurricane Lizzie is tearing its way through the ocean, leaving death and destruction in it wake A giant floating hotel is left to the mercy of the storm and the only hope for the over one thousand crew and passengers is the as always amazing Dirk Pitt Dirk and his totally funny sidekick Al save the day and the storm leaves mysterious clues to an awe inspiring mystery including, a Celtic woman who is convinced she will take over the world and is fond of giving men a sacrifices to strange pagen gods, a large group of women who wear shimmering dresses and all have red hair, a man called Spector, who is the head of Odessy and up to his eye balls in an insain plot, Dirk s long lost children, Summer and Dirk Jr., plenty of action, adventure, and excitment All these andexciting ingredients make this book a thriller that you won t be able to put down even at the most nessicary times such as when you are supposed to take a shower or eat I really enjoyed the book I is also a great book to get read aloud on CD at your local library and enjoy without tiring your eyes Five Stars for Clive Cussler s Trojan Odessy


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Trojan Odyssey ❰Read❯ ➳ Trojan Odyssey Author Clive Cussler – Thomashillier.co.uk Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels Now, with a surprising twist, he gives Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yetIn the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known twenty three year old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake Both have inherited his love of the sea the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetimeThere is a brown tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua The twins are working in a NUMA r underwater enclosure, trying to determine its origin, when two startling things happen Summer discovers an artifact, something strange and beautiful and ancient and the worst storm in years boils up out of the sky, heading straight not only for them but also for a luxurious floating resort hotel square in its pathThe peril for everybody concerned is incalculable, and, desperately, Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA r crew rush to the rescue, but what they find in the storm s wake makes the furies of nature pale in comparison For there is an all too human evil at work in that part of the world, and the brown tide is only a by product of its plan Soon, its work will be complete and the world will be a very different placeThough if Summer s discovery is to be believed, the world is already a very different place.