Valhalla Rising - Dirk Pitt, Bk 16 Author:Clive Cussler It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship? NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disa... more »ster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him.
Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever. . . .« less
On the up-side, there is plenty of action, and the premise of the book is intriguing. However, if you enjoy even a modicum of character development, then look elsewhere. You won't find it here. The hero of the book, Dirk Pitt, is as one dimensional as characters get. All his decisions are always right, and he never makes a mistake. Yawn.
There isn't a Dirk Pitt adventure that I haven't loved! Clive Cussler writes fantastic novels that stretch the believability factor but never the imagination. His adventures are all something that really could happen using smarts and technology. Dirk always gets the bad guy (or gal). The books always introduce a few different plots happening at the same time which seemingly have absolutely nothing to do with each other but somehow are all tied together. The process of tying them together is fascinating and really keeps you turning pages. This one has Vikings, pirates, luxury liners, luxury submarines, oil tankers, oil conglomerates and one really really bad character with more money than brains. This is one of the few series that really don't have to be read in sequence. Simply spectacular!