Poseidon's Arrow

Poseidon's Arrow

Book - 2012
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"Dirk Pitt is oceanography's answer to Indiana Jones," praises the Associated Press. "Exotic locations, ruthless villains and many narrow escapes--Cussler's fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers."

And now the Cusslers bring us Pitt's most dangerous adventure of all.

It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades--an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation's naval arsenal even comes close. 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 itself disappeared in 1943, lost at sea? Or was she?

It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team, aided by a beautiful NCIS agent and by Pitt's children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth, from Washington to Mexico, Idaho to Panama. What they discover at the end of it is a much, much greater threat than even they imagined.

If they don't succeed in their mission, the world as they know it might end up a very different place--and not a pleasant one.

Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, Poseidon's Arrow is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399162923
Characteristics: 520 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cussler, Dirk

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buster1953
Jan 15, 2016

This is a good read but a bit too long!

ChristchurchLib May 11, 2014

"Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt is a modern-day swashbuckler who always has the necessary skills in times of crisis. In Poseidon's Arrow, the 22nd and most recent in the Dirk Pitt series, Pitt and his two grown kids try to prevent a resourceful 21st-century slave-owner in South America from building the most powerful attack submarine the world has ever seen. As with the four previous books, Cussler wrote Poseidon's Arrow with his son, Dirk." Thrillers and Suspense May 2014 newslettter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f09d9224-1fc2-401e-887b-1c31cbdd17e1?postId=0957ed89-d774-412f-a98c-556cca0ddbb5

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susan1730
Jun 20, 2013

Once again the twists and turns of Clive Cussler's plot keeps one entralled waiting to see what Pitt and Al will do next. Alway like to see where Cussler inserts himself in the story line.

JCLDianeH Apr 22, 2013

While Cussler's Dirk Pitt series is rather formulaic, I always enjoy his action-packed, roller coaster ride adventures. Dirk Pitt is a larger-than-life character who always seems to come out on top in the end, usually after going through some harrowing escapades. Cussler's books are fast-paced and would make good airplane reads.

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canner22_22
Apr 16, 2013

I own the book and i love it.. It is the best one yet!!!!!!!!

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laurinda_ann
Apr 06, 2013

don't waste your time, big disappointment. I found the sub plot got my interest more than the actual plot, i found i only finished it to get to the end of the subplot, big bore

abkeller Mar 24, 2013

While still poised on the brink of an extraordinary advancement in underwater propulsion, two scientists suddenly disappear. Meanwhile, huge ore carriers with cargos of rare Earth elements simply vanish off the face of the planet. Remnants of their gallant crew are seared to a crisp, their bodies burned to cinders.
The mysterious disappearances arouse the interest of Dirk Pitt and the staff of NUMA. As it turns out, investigating the disappearances is a harrowing race against death. Dirk and his close friend, Al Giordino, are almost doomed to a watery grave and half a world away, Pitt’s children barely escape their submersible before running out of air. It would seem that one very determined man is capable of almost anything to keep his secrets safe.
Indeed, Bolcke thinks he has the means to corner the market on rare Earth elements, one of the primary components of the Sea Arrow’s unique submarine engines. If his Chinese ally, Zhou, remains loyal to the cause, the two men will be fabulously wealthy. Unfortunately, Zhou may have a hidden agenda of his own.
I really enjoyed the interplay among Loren and Dirk Pitt, Pitt’s son and daughter, Ann Bennett, and Pablo, a mercenary with seemingly nine lives. The corruption revealed at all levels of society was astonishing and the detailed accounts of the submersible craft were tantalizing. Once again, Mr. Cussler has treated the reader to a great read and a real page turner.

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Feb 14, 2014

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