Valhalla Rising - Dirk Pitt, Bk 16 Author:Clive Cussler An ancient massacre unveiled. A fictional monster come to life. A stunning conflagration on the high seas. In Valhalla Rising, #1 New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler delivers a thrilling ride packed with adept plotting, high-tech conspiracies, and nonstop action... — It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury crui... more »se ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the fire control systems work? 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 disaster, 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
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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.
Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler's aging but still potent superhero, returns in the 16th adventure in this popular series about the director of special projects for the National Underwater Maritime Administration (NUMA). Pitt's NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world's newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the ship to her watery grave; while Pitt is unable to save Dr. Egan, he rescues his beautiful daughter Kelly from the sea, and later from a murder attempt aboard the rescue vessel