I very much enjoy reading stories with characters I've come to like and plots that are fun and surprising. Just when you thought the book was complete, there's another two hours to go. Even though the This was a surprisingly good novel by Cussler. Sure, there is the cheesiness and the Hollywood-style action, but that is part of its inherent charm and what makes it equally entertaining and fun at
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The book, Cyclops, by Clive Cussler, is a techno-thriller featuring well-loved protagonist, Dirk Pitt. The story opens with the puzzling events aboard the Cyclops, a Navy collier, in with a captain who drinks more than he works and a strange cargo with equally strange passengers that board in Rio de Janeiro.
The Cyclops has been issued a no communications order by the Captain and refuses to answer a distress call from Crogan Castle fifty miles away, near the northern coast of Cuba. Shortly after, the Cyclops encounters a similar rogue wave that the Crogan Castle had mentioned; only the Cyclops did not survive. Her secrets lie deep under the water with her. Dirk Pitt is participating in a seaboard marathon near the Bahamas when a runaway blimp crosses his path and threatens the lives of the people on the beach and in the hotel.
His desire to save perfect strangers embroils him in a plot that has bigger secrets than any he has ever encountered before. His ability to see through subterfuge, his calm in stressful situations, and his unique way of approaching problems make Pitt the perfect addition to a plot that threatens possession of the moon, of Cuba, and the very principles and strengths of America.
Because of his vast aircraft experience combined with his NUMA expertise, Pitt is a logical choice to retrace the route last taken by financier Raymond LeBaron. It is his blimp that appeared in front of Pitt during the race, and now Pitt is a passenger, heading toward what he believes to be sunken treasure.
He believes they are looking for the Cyclops, and her treasure aboard, the La Dorada. They are taken close to the shores of Cuba. They are prepared for this event, and while they are in the vicinity, they dive down to the Cyclops to see if her treasure is still aboard. It is not. Back on the surface, they face a hurricane, a treacherous boat ride to a nearby island, and a very unfriendly greeting from the Soviet military who are part of a top secret military installment on an island just a couple hundred miles off the coast of Florida.
Pitt escapes back to the U. They are just in time to save the lunar colonists who have secretly created Jersey Colony on the moon, a colony the Russian intend to seize. The Russians are foiled on the moon, and then Pitt further ruins their plan by reaching the space shuttle before she attempts to land in Cuba and be shot down by friendly fire.
Once his friends are rescued, Pitt and Jessie head back to the military ship, but Jessie has other ideas and with a gun at his chest, they turn toward Cuba. Once the two men are out of office, the Russians intend to take over Castro's regime and establish a Soviet foothold in the Western Hemisphere. Because Dirk Pitt is involved, the Russian plan does not go as planned. There is an explosion, and while it does kill a few people, it does not cause the vast devastation that is required for the Soviets to take over Cuba.
Finally, Pitt is able to continue his search for La Dorada, the fabled female statue that is to have the heart of a ruby and a head and hair of an emerald. Once Pitt saves the world, he can finally finish his initial task of locating La Dorada.
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The book, Cyclops, by Clive Cussler, is a techno-thriller featuring well-loved protagonist, Dirk Pitt. The story opens with the puzzling events aboard the Cyclops, a Navy collier, in with a captain who drinks more than he works and a strange cargo with equally strange passengers that board in Rio de Janeiro. The Cyclops has been issued a no communications order by the Captain and refuses to answer a distress call from Crogan Castle fifty miles away, near the northern coast of Cuba. Shortly after, the Cyclops encounters a similar rogue wave that the Crogan Castle had mentioned; only the Cyclops did not survive. Her secrets lie deep under the water with her.
Dirk Pitt doesn't go looking for adventure: it finds him easily enough. His chance witnessing of an airship disaster - which nearly kills him - and subsequent discovery of the gruesome fate of the crew sets in motion the most nail-biting chain of events of his career. The hijacking on a golf course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean; the sinister intrigue of a secret power base on the moon Pitt's considerable resources and guile are about to be tested to the limit. But when he finds a trail leading towards a fabulous treasure hidden fathoms deep in the ocean, Pitt realises he is on to something very special indeed. For somewhere in the raging waters lies the legendary lost lady of El Dorado, the golden prize that had already lured thousands to their graves Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California.
From wandering blimps to a colony on the moon to a Cuban friendship and the KGB threat, this book covers so much ground! For one thing, a villain from a previous novel returns, the assassin Foss Gly who wreaked havoc in Canada in Night Probe! Such a return is quite a rarity for any Cussler series. For another, Hiram Yeager uses his vast computer knowledge to uncover the history of the Cyclops ship, though I wondered why Dirk never rang up the gregarious St.