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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,345 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dirk Pitt Adventures Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9781101154373
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In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure—a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of deadly virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target.

But that does not mean they were lost.

Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside—a plan that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA.

Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, has even teamed up with his children to track them down and end their menace, but never has he looked upon the face of pure evil until now.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Pashkoff | 2/18/2014

    " So, how many times can the word "GUSHED" be used in a Cussler novel?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " a good read with gripping suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aden Holmes | 2/6/2014

    " A great book, very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 2/5/2014

    " This book was okay.. It was a light and quick read, which was why I enjoyed it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/3/2014

    " was an entertaining read, but I agree with some of the others out here in that it's pretty smarmy in its dialogue. It seemed canned and forced in many ways. The younger Pitt's romance rang unnatural as well. I don't feel they adequately fleshed out the relationship for the intermittent "intensity" between the two to be believable. But, it sufficed for my something entertaining to read, when I needed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 1/31/2014

    " Disapointing, even for Cussler. The story was typical for a Dirk Pitt novel. But the characters, which were never very rounded before, seemed stamped from a mold. Nothing happens that makes the reader feel invested in the characters. The dialogue was abysmal. I can't help feeling that Dirk Cussler writing with his father is a serious detriment to the family name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Morey | 1/30/2014

    " I thought this book was a great and fast read. The Pitt's continuously get out of trouble and that gets a little old but all in all I still love Cussler! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 1/27/2014

    " This book went on for way too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Sharp | 1/26/2014

    " A good book if you like Cussler. At some point it dragged a little long and after about the 12th time seeing the good guys escape capture/certain death it was a little on the unrealistic side. All the same it was a mystery combined with submarines combined with World War II, so I am a sucker for that formula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Hill | 1/20/2014

    " A smattering of history and alot of high adventure. A fast-paced novel and thoroughly enjoyable, especially the main character, Dirk Pitt, a combination McGiver, James Bond, and Tom Swift. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 1/18/2014

    " I listened to this book on audio CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Hall | 1/5/2014

    " Clive did it again. This book kepyt me on the edge the entire time; right when you got a little settled in, a twist would come out of nowhere. He then manages to pull the entire book together at the end with a great ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hylon Heaton | 1/1/2014

    " It's a pretty typical Dirk Pitt novel. Good fun, plenty of action... bit of romance, based in reality but stretched just enough to keep you questioning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony L | 12/31/2013

    " well bit of a rollercoaster ride, love the start, bit farfetched but why not, action is what you want read on, brought for my son, saw it in book case gave it a go, enjoyed it, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/30/2013

    " Old Biological weapons on a sunken submarine forms the basis for the plot in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 12/9/2013

    " In contrast to my usual reading, there was nothing particularly mysterious about this. It's adventure all the way. Basically it's James Bond as a civilian. Some aspects were rather silly, including some technology that doesn't exist. Like Bond, it's fun as long as you just accept the story as it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 10/4/2013

    " Started out slow but glad I finished..I'll be reading mor of his books!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Halloran | 9/22/2013

    " Another great Clive. This one included his son and daughter which I have not read before - enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 6/5/2013

    " As with every Dirk Pitt adventure it follows the same outline as the previous book but as with every one I enjoyed the ride completely. Just like a James Bond movie you know he is going to save the day but you can't wait to see how. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lew | 5/14/2013

    " Not a good Cussler read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Tallmadge | 3/25/2013

    " I like Dirk Pitt stories, some are better than others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 12/5/2012

    " I had no idea that the Japanese had launch the .......... at America and that they actually landed causing deaths on our own shores during WW2. Good story Cussler at his best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keeley | 8/18/2012

    " his book was too political for me. All of his books are well researched and very dramatic and climactic, and this was not an exception. But the story was not interesting to me at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 2/20/2012

    " Not bad. Typical Cussler/Dirk Pitt. Good villian. Sometimes I wish he would make the villians suffer more. They sometimes get off too easy for how evil he makes them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookworm Amir | 2/9/2012

    " Deavastatingly charming how the Japanese operated and manned their submarines. Possibly a chimera might even exist. This book is definitely a must for Dirk Pitt fans, for it follows up AFTER Trojan Odyssey, and can somehow be recognized as a Dirk Pitt Book with a new storytelling typeface. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 9/25/2011

    " Listened to the audiobook with my parents as we drove to and from Philadelphia and Chicago. Suspenseful and fun, the book led to some fun dinner-table discussions as we debated what would happen next and how the bad guys would finally get caught. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ilnyb | 8/15/2011

    " I thought it was amateurish to say the least. Definitely for readers who aren't too fussy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 6/7/2011

    " Excellent, suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 5/22/2011

    " I learned from this book that North Koreans are sneaky bastards, rockets can be launched from the ocean, and if anyone develops a chimera of HIV-smallpox, we're all gonna die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/11/2011

    " I loved the book - the focus on Dirk Pitt Jr. was a surprise, but loved the cameo of Clive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/15/2011

    " This book was okay.. It was a light and quick read, which was why I enjoyed it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/8/2011

    " Action packed from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thebutterflycastle | 12/22/2010

    " It took me forever to read this one... it was a phase in life when I couldn't devote much time to secular reading so my recollection of this one is very sparce.. it was OK. I really like the dives and adventure and conspiracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/15/2010

    " I usually love Cussler's books but I had a really hard time getting into this one. It seemed hampered by too much technical detail. There were still some good suspense scenes though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/10/2010

    " A pretty good thriller, but this book could really use a good editor to get rid of redundancy, incorrect phrasing and just plain dumb statements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/3/2010

    " a good read with gripping suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 8/2/2010

    " Typical Dirk Pitt with son and daughter. Heard on audio book while on a road trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 5/10/2010

    " The two dirk pitts will be in this one, and I didn't realize it atfirst, so it made for some fun reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/21/2010

    " Clive Cussler books are nothing if not predictable, but it's enjoyably predictable not boring. Ridiculous, madcap plot full of inexplicable events and lucky coincidences, all topped off by the most Mary Sue action hero protagonist I've ever encountered. Cussler is the Alexandre Dumas of scuba. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, began writing novels in 1965. He published his first work featuring continuous series hero Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a PhD 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. His books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, have been published in more than forty languages in more than one hundred countries. He splits his time between Arizona and Colorado.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.