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Author: Clive Cussler / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 January 1988 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: Pacific Vortex! / ISBN 13: 9780751505030 / ISBN 10: 0751505030

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      03.05.2012 09:19
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      A very good first book

      Pacific Vortex is the first book in the Dirk Pitt series written by author Clive Cussler. The book was published in 1981.

      Dirk Pitt is a Major in the Military as well as he works for NUMA. He does special projects for them such as revive old wrecks. His most famous project was to raise the Titanic in a future book in the series.

      Dirk Pitt works under a man named coronel James Sandecker.

      NUMA stands for National Underwater Marine Agency.

      The best way to describe Dirk is he is very similar in my opinion to James Bond.

      This book is not suitable for children because Dirk's experiences with woman are very sexual in nature. The books do contain swearing as well.

      There are 21 books in total in the series this one included.

      Dirk Pitt Series Books

      1. Pacific Vortex!

      2. The Mediterranean Caper

      aka Mayday!

      3. Iceberg

      4. Raise the Titanic!

      5. Vixen 03

      6. Night Probe

      7. Deep Six

      8. Cyclops

      9. Treasure

      10. Dragon

      11. Sahara

      12. Inca Gold

      13. Shock Wave

      14. Flood Tide

      15. Atlantis Found

      16. Valhalla Rising

      17. Trojan Odyssey

      18. Black Wind

      19. The Treasure of Khan

      20. Arctic Drift

      21. Crescent Dawn


      The book starts off when a ship by the name of Starbuck goes missing in an area known as the Pacific Vortex. Starbuck is not the only ship to be claimed by the Pacific Vortex.

      Dirk Pitt finds a canister while swimming in the sea. The canister contains a note as to the location last recorded of the ship known as Starbuck.

      The ship contains nuclear material and it is up to Dirk Pitt to find the vessel before it explodes.


      This was very good for a first book in a series. First books are usually very long and are spent explaining storyline and characters. This book does not do that and I am grateful it moves straight into the action. I really enjoyed the book as it had lots of action and no dull moments. This book is the shortest in the series and it is only 270 pages long. I really love Dirk's take no non-sense attitude and the way he is quick to make the odd quirk. This is very different from the Isaac bell series as there is not one bad guy there are several.

      This book is a standalone Novel.

      I would recommend this book and give it a five out of 5.


      Paperback £5.91

      Kindle edition £4.99

      ASIN: B002TZ3E5C


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      12.01.2010 14:56
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      Enjoyable. I'd recommend it!

      Pacific Vortex was originally published in 1983 and is the first book written by Clive Cussler featuring Dirk Pitt.

      The submarine Starbuck vanished in the Pacific Ocean whilst on sea trials, there was no wreckage, no mayday call, and it just disappeared. Dirk Pitt is sun bathing on a beach when he rescues a yellow pod from the sea which turns out to be the log book from the missing submarine and a note from its terrified captain.

      Dirk Pitt is asked to act as a liason between the Navy and NUMA as they attempt to locate the submarine. On closer investigation it turns out that over 30 ships have disappeared in the area where Starbuck vanished, an area named by sailors as the 'Pacific Vortex.' However when their salvage boat is attacked and the crew barely escape with their lives, Pitt realises that there is more to this area of the sea than a supernatural force, whatever is going on in this area of the sea is entirely manmade.

      As the first novel in the Dirk Pitt series, this was certainly a very engaging novel, you can see however, how Cussler's story telling ability has developed as he has written more and I thought the storyline was perhaps overly complex and ambitious, with not quite as much explanation as it really needed. For a first novel, it was an excellent attempt and I've certainly read much, much poorer offerings than this.

      I think my main fault with the plot was that there was too much time spent on the build up and not enough time given over to the climax of the plotline - it is one of Cussler's shorter novels.

      As I've come to expect from a Clive Cussler novel, the narrative is engaging and exciting and the irrepressible characters of Dirk Pitt and his faithful sidekick Al Giordino are brought to life by the author.

      I did enjoy the book very much, I've read loads of Clive Cussler's books and I enjoyed being able to read the first book he wrote about Dirk Pitt. The historical context of the book doesn't really feature in the way that it does in other books, aside from a few mentions of the threat from Russia, you probably wouldn't realise that the book was 25 years old.

      I'd definitely recommend this book, if you've not read any of Clive Cussler's novels before then this would be a great place to start. You don't need to start with this novel though, all of Clive Cussler's novels are perfectly readable as stand alone novels so the order you read them in doesn't really matter


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