Friday, January 1, 2010

Pacific Vortex

I first got this book for my dad at Booksale. My dad introduced me to Clive Cussler’s world starring Dirk Pitt when I was a high school freshman. I first read Raise the Titanic. He was a serious collector. So serious that after I read it, he made sure its back at his shelf. 18 books later, I found it again in a set up of a book sale at a lobby near Papelmerotti Glorietta. I was shocked to see it in good condition (my definition of a good condition is at least complete pages and still has the cover). It comes with a die-cut cover revealing a scene in the story.

Synopsis: Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is put to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex - a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is the awesome super-sub Starbuck, America's deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. Pitt's job is to find it, salvage it, before the sea explodes. In a furious race against time, Pitt's mission swirls him into a battle with underwater assassins - and traps him in the arms of a Summer Moran, the most stunningly exotic and dangerous woman ever to enter Pitt's life. As the countdown heads toward disaster, Clive Cussler plummets his hero onto an ancient sunken island - the astonishing setting for the explosive climax of Pacific Vortex!

Review: This is actually the first Dirk Pitt story. Cussler “was reluctant to submit it for publishing.” Because of the demands of his family, friends, readers and fans, Pacific Vortex was published after 5 Dirk Pitt adventures.


WARNING: Part of the review will reveal parts of the book. Since this is Dirk Pitt’s first adventure and “it does not weave the intricate plots of his later exploits”, I was struck by one of the statements made by Cussler in Pacific Vortex. Dirk Pitt and his long time friend, Al Giordino’s escapades, “were considered legend throughout the oceanographic agency” (National Underwater Marine Agency). And there was Adm. Sandecker, another regular character, made a point that with Dirk Pitt, “almost anything is possible. It seems that Dirk Pitt has already made a name for himself even before the adventure. Probably, the escapades just don’t include him risking his life or fighting a devious fiend or rescuing a beautiful woman from danger.