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Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt Adventure) (edició 1996)

de Clive Cussler (Autor)

Sèrie: Dirk Pitt (13)

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Títol:Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Autors:Clive Cussler (Autor)
Informació:Pocket (1996), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
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[b:Shock Wave|41704|Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt, #13)|Clive Cussler||41240] is yet another crazy book. Par for the course at this point. This time around, we have shipwrecks, sea serpents, diamonds, and a strange 'acoustic plague' that kills every living thing within a hundred kilometers. The bad guys are evil, the good guys are going to win in the end, and it's going to be a crazy story along the way.

Characterwise, it's more of the same. It's fascinating to see a fairly believable love interest for Pitt in Maeve[^fin]. And we have more and more from the side characters, in particular Giordino with Pitt and Rudy Gunn and Admiral Sandecker doing their own part to save the world. Giordino even gets a big show hand to hand fight at the end, although why in the world he didn't just shoot her, I'll never know. Also another transgender villain? Why? Again, it's just a few lines, but ... why?

Unfortunately, there's not even a hint of the salvage that I particularly like about these series, although there are shipwrecks, building your way out of bad situations, and island survival, so I guess I'll take it. Also, wasn't Canada part of the United States at one point? That seems to not have been a thing any more. Perhaps to tie more tightly to real history? They don't mention the Titanic as much either. On the other hand, the unit conversions that so plagued [b:Inca Gold|198332|Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt, #12)|Clive Cussler||191850] are gone as well, with different characters using the units they would mostly likely know, so that's a good thing.

Womanwise, Cussler still has some really weird sections at times:

He also felt a disconcerting desire for her that angered him. Not now, he thought, not under these circumstances. He turned away so she wouldn't see the rapt expression on his face.

Progress? Still bizarre.

This time she screamed, a high-pitched scream such as only a female could project.

You certainly have a way with words Mr. Cussler.

This is solidly among my favorites of the series thus far, which actually surprised me. It's a solid adventure story and really shows how far Cussler had come in his craft by this point.

Sandecker offered to drive Loren to her townhouse, and she gladly accepted, having arrived at Pitt's welcome-home party in a cab. They sat in reflective silence until the car passed over the bridge into the city.

"I've never seen Dirk so dispirited," said Loren, her face sad and thoughtful. "I never thought I'd ever live to say it, but the fire has gone out of his eyes."

"He'll mend," Sandecker assured her. "A couple of weeks of rest, and he'll be champing at the bit again."

"Don't you think he's getting a little old to play the daring adventurer?"

"I can't think of him sitting behind a desk. He'll never stop roving the seas, doing what he loves to do."

"What drives him?" Loren wondered aloud.

"Some men are born restless," Sandecker said philosophically. "To Dirk, every hour has a mystery to be solved, every day a challenge to conquer."

Loren looked at the admiral. "You envy him, don't you?"

Sandecker nodded. "Of course, and so do you."

"Why is that, do you think?"

"The answer is simple," Sandecker said wisely. "There's a little of Dirk Pitt in all of us."

Intentionally, Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt share a lot of the same spirit. On top of 80 books in 85 years, Cussler started a real life analogue to NUMA and has found quite a number of shipwrecks. With his passing, this quote hits even harder. Quite the life and quite the legacy.

Leaving on a more humorous note:

"Then I'll walk out of here in my bathrobe and this stupid hospital gown. Whoever invented these things, by the way, should have them stuffed up his anal canal until the strings in the back come out his ears."

"I can see arguing with you is wasting my other patients' time." The doctor shrugged. "It's a bleeding wonder your body still functions. I've seldom seen so many scars on one man. Go if you must. I'll see the nurse finds you some decent street clothes so you won't be arrested for impersonating an American tourist."

[^fin]: So of course she has to die. Come on. :( ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Around the Pacific Ocean zones of death are springing up with animals and humans the victims with NUMA racing to find out what is responsible and learns it is greed. Shock Wave is the thirteenth book of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, the titular character races from islands off the coast of Antarctic in the South Atlantic to various points across the Pacific to stop a greedy businessman who aims to destroy the diamond market at whatever cost.

While investigating the deaths of a large number of marine animals in the Antarctic Ocean, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino encounter a group of stranded tourists lead by guide Maeve Fletcher on Seymour Island. Their Australian cruise ship—the Polar Queen—disappeared after a mysterious "disease" three of the tourist group. After the tourists are ferried to NUMA research vessel Ice Hunter, Pitt and Giordino find the Polar Queen going in circles while the current is moving it on a collision course with a group of jagged islands. Pitt is able to board the ship manages to narrowly avoid the crash then explores the floating coffin as the crew and passengers are lying dead across the ship until he finds only one survivor on board Deirdre Dorsett, one of Maeve’s estranged sisters. After a skeleton crew from the Ice Hunter takes over the Polar Queen, Pitt and Al uncover evidence that suggests extremely high-powered soundwaves were the cause of the deaths. This is latter backed up by more outbreaks of mass deaths on a cargo ship, a Chinese junk, and a Russian whaling fleet. Spotting leaving one of the scenes is a futuristic yacht belonging to Dorsett Consolidated Mining Company, a gemstone mining company head by the ruthless Arthur Dorsett. He is also the father of Maeve—who took the name of a great-great grandmother when she cut ties with her family—and Deirdre as well as their older sister Boudicca. Due to her leaving the family and giving birth to twin sons out of wedlock with a young man Dorsett disapproved of, Maeve was set up to die on Seymour Island by her family only for the fact she was in a cave at the time of the attack did she survive. Based on the yacht and borrowing the US Navy’s sonar net in the Pacific, NUMA discovers that the acoustic plague is caused by a convergence of soundwaves from four sources around the Pacific all owned by Dorsett Consolidated including the family’s privately owned Gladiator Island near Australia. Pitt is sent to investigate the Dorsett mine off the coast of British Columbia, enlisting the help of Mason Broadmoor, a local First Nations fisherman. Broadmoor and others from his tribe, help smuggle Pitt onto the island and is given a tour of the mine by a disgruntled employee which includes the revolutionary mining method that uses soundwaves to dig through the clay to find diamonds. As he attempts to leave the island, he is discovered by Boudicca and learns Maeve’s sons are being held hostage in return for her to spy on NUMA and mislead them if necessary. Broadmoor rescues Pitt and the two use jet skis to escape the island. Pitt, Al, and Maeve travel to Wellington to another NUMA vessel with the plan to infiltrate Gladiator Island to save Maeve’s sons. However, Dorsett finds out and his security team is able to capture the trio after a chase around the docks. The next day, the three are abandoned in the southwest Pacific Ocean in a small craft away from the shipping lanes in the path of a tropical cyclone. Through, luck and deciding not to die without a fight they make it to a small island that has a wrecked sailboat. Using material from both craft, they construct a new ship and head to Gladiator Island. Upon arrival they infiltrate the island, discovering Maeve’s twins are in the main house they break in. While Maeve and Al get the boys, Pitt encounters Dorsett and kills him. Before Boudicca can kill him, Al bursts in and the two fight before Al kills Boudicca who turns out to be Maeve’s brother not sister. Unknown to the trio, NUMA discovered a future kill zone right off the coast of Honolulu and through blood, sweat, and guile are able to obtain a giant reflector from a government agency, dismantle it, load it on the famous deep-sea recovery ship Glomar Explorer, and take it to the convergence zone. Just in time, NUMA gets the reflector into the sea and send the soundwaves to Gladiator Island with the knowledge it’ll set off the two volcanos on the island. Just after the successful operation, Sandecker gets a call from Pitt and tells him to evacuate. Pitt’s group races towards the Dorsett yacht and the helicopter on it, once onboard Deirdre shots Maeve, mortally wounding her, as well as Pitt who is wounded but snaps Deirdre’s spine. Al takes the twins in the helicopter while Pitt launches the yacht and gets far enough away to survive the pyroclastic ash cloud. Pitt is later found by Al and Sandecker on the derelict yacht, taken to a hospital to mend, and returns to D.C. sad that he lost Maeve.

Like Inca Gold before it, this book’s main plot has stuck with me for over twenty years since I listened to the audiobook. Overall, the book has held up well in fact the megalomaniac Arthur Dorsett who cares only for profit even at the expense of family—in fact willing to kill some members if they aren’t with him—comes off as really believable especially today. Cussler’s writing of Dirk was mostly good but there were times were he came off as “too good to be true” in abilities that while not stretching believability giving it a lot of tension. Maeve as the “lead” female character was alright for the most part, but in general the descriptions of actions, physical characteristics, and thoughts of female characters were stereotypes and caricatures in an effort to paint Boudicca as different for the reveal near the end of the book. Unlike the previous book, the subplots didn’t tie in very well with the main plot of the book the main culprit was the knockoff Trilateral Commission group aiming for a “One Economic Government”, it felt like Cussler was unsuccessfully tapping into conspiracy theories in the mid-90s for a little boost when he could have just had it be the DeBeers-led diamond monopoly group be the subplot and tie in better with the rest of the novel.

Shock Wave was a very good follow up installment in the series, while not at the level of Inca Gold it still showed that Clive Cussler was creating quality stuff on a consistent basis and looked like he would be for a while. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jun 25, 2020 |
My first Dirk Pitt book, at 18.5 hours, it's too long. At book 13, there's apparently, some things that are self Pitt's home in a hangar at the Washington DC airport and his relationship with a Senator. Both were very tangential in this book. The bad guys live on an island near Australia and daddy wants to corner the rare gem market by violence. NUMA to the rescue, despite little help from the USA politicos. Adventure abounds! Still, too long--cut it in half and it would get another star or two. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 4, 2020 |
My first Dirk Pitt book, looking for solutions to the acoustic plague. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Ook dit boek volgt het bekende stramien van de overige boeken uit deze reeks.

Het eerste deel van het boek, het verhaal van kapitein Scaggs het meest interessante. Het verhaalt het avontuur van het schip 'Gladiotor', de struikrover Dorsett en de dievegge Fletcher. Het schip raakt tijdens een zware storm ernstig beschadigt en zinkt. De bemanning en de opvarenden (allemaal veroordeelden die naar de straf-kolonie Australie werden gestuurd) werken met man en macht om een vlot te bouwen. Het lukt de kapitein om alle opvarenden op het vlot te krijgen, maar door stormen, vechtpartijen en ziekten overleven slechts een handje vol mensen de helse tocht en belanden op een afgelegen eiland.

In het hedendaagse blijkt het eiland een bron te zijn van vele diamanten en de basis van het Dorsett-imperium.

De nabestaanden van Dorsett en Fletcher proberen om de diamantmarkt in te laten storten door in een keer al hun diamanten op de wereldmarkt te gooien. Hier voor hebben zij een speciale procedure ontwikkeld die echter een dodelijk gevaar bevat.

Het verhaal wordt op een gegeven moment langdradig, en herhaalt zich soms. Hoevaak moeten we horen/lezen dat Al en Dirk elkaar al vanaf hun schooltijd kennen. Dat alle vrouwen vallen voor Dirk.

Dirk en Al ontsnappen een paar keer op het nippertje aan de dood. Samen met Meave Fletcher overleven zij lange tijd op een reddingsboot in de oceaan, maar weten toch nog op tijd te komen om de wereld te redden.

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  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
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