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Vixen 03

de Clive Cussler

Sèrie: Dirk Pitt (5)

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"1954, Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday bombs-canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency-vanished. Vixen has in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado. 1968, Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop them."--P. [4] of cover.… (més)
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[b:Vixen 03|41700|Vixen 03 (Dirk Pitt, #5)|Clive Cussler|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1340904695l/41700._SY75_.jpg|1272298] was a surprisingly good listen. From the reviews, I expected something far worse. It's Pitt to the core, with crazy action scenes, ocean (more lake really) salvage, weird ships where they shouldn't be, and Pitt getting himself mixed up in situations he has no reason to be involved in. Oh, and a sprinkling of racism and misogyny. At least it's getting better?

Plotwise, the story of the doomed Vixen 03, it's discovery, and the involved salvage mission is the best part of the book. The final conclusion with a retired battleship, retrofitted, and sailed up the Potomac to train their guns on Washington DC is ridiculous and would make an excellent blockbuster sequence. The plot about the African revolutionaries feels... rather racist and bizarre? I'm not actually sure, but it certainly feels very strange. That level of hatred between races and peoples is something that I thankfully have little personal experience with and felt odd in the story. It probably could have been traded out for any sort of terrorist group with little change to the plot.

Overall, a good book. Not quite as good as [b:Raise the Titanic!|41706|Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4)|Clive Cussler|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1439783780l/41706._SY75_.jpg|81973], but a fun listen nevertheless. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I really enjoyed the plot and action of this and the tense, cliffhanger atmosphere. Dirk Pitt again excels! ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 2, 2020 |
Vixen 03 springt heen en weer tussen Dirk Pitt's ontdekking van een vliegtuigwrak in een meer in Colorado en een dreigende burgeroorlog in Zuid-Afrika. De twee verhaallijnen zijn knap verbonden, maar het Afrikaanse gedeelte sleept zich soms voort.

Hoewel Dirk Pitt de naamgever is van deze serie boeken, kwam hij in dit verhaal , tot aan de laatste hoofdstukken, niet echt aan bod.

Het boek is een typisch boek uit het einde van de jaren '70, vol met macho-mannen, wapens en sexy vrouwen.

Niet een van de beste van Cussler. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
A deadly biological weapon thought long-lost is suddenly out in the world and a South African-planned black-op terrorist attack on the United States meant to discredit an insurgency to white rule intertwine with only one man finding himself at the crux to stop them. The fifth book of the Dirk Pitt series, Vixen 03, by Clive Cussler finds the intrepid NUMA Special Projects Director racing to first solve a mystery and then racing to save the nation.

An Air Force transport plane takes off in a January Colorado blizzard carrying a deadly cargo, but the storm results in the plane crash landing on top of a snow covered lake then sinking. The Pentagon, under orders from Eisenhower, alters the records of the plane to hide its deadly secret. Thirty-four years later in South Africa, Scottish naval captain-turned-farmer Patrick Fawkes goes to a meeting with the South African Defense Minister and discusses the feasibility of a black-op, which Fawkes explains is impossible yet during the meeting his family is murdered during an attack seemingly by the African Army of Revolution run by an American-born black against the white South African government. As a result Fawkes talks the Defense Minister into letting him do the black-op, which the AAR finds out about and gets the info to the American government though they regard it highly unlikely to take place. Meanwhile in Colorado’s Sawatch Mountains, Dirk Pitt is at the cabin of his current girlfriend, Congresswoman Loren Smith, when finds parts from an old aircraft in the garage that Loren believes her deceased eccentric father found while hiking. Bored while not having sex, Pitt begins investigating and stays at the cabin after Loren returns to Washington where she runs afoul of a black congressman who supports the AAR for his own political ends and attempts to blackmail her after getting racy photos of her and Pitt sleeping together. Pitt’s investigation results in him identifying an aircraft that shouldn’t be in Colorado but in the Pacific and along with his friend Al Giordino and an Air Force Colonel Abe Steiger investigate a nearby lake and find the wreck along with the body of Loren’s father—he supposedly blew himself up. Steiger is stonewalled in Washington while Pitt heads to his assignment raising a Union ironclad, but travels to Virginia to talk with the man who assigned the plane’s mission and finds out it carried a deadly biological weapon. Pitt finally informs his boss Admiral Sandecker and NUMA raises the aircraft but find that 8 out of the 36 shells are missing. Pitt, Giordino, and Steiger confront Loren’s neighbors who killed her father and sold them to an arms company for extra money. After conning the arms company Pitt and Steiger track down six of the eight, but the last two were accidently purchased by the AAR but really the South Africans for their terrorist attack. Fawkes with his unwitting black crew and the kidnapped AAR leader in an overhauled battleship go up the Potomac to within range of Washington and start bombarding the capital on December 7. The U.S. government “warned” by the South African Prime Minister launches an attack on the battleship since Fawkes doesn’t know he has two biological weapons. Pitt is able to get onboard the battleship and neutralizes one of the weapons, but the other was already loaded into a tube. The shell is fired, but do to it being a biological warhead it parachutes and a helicopter piloted by Steiger intercepts it and flies it out to the Atlantic. Pitt travels to South Africa to bury Fawkes and meets with the South African Defense Minister, who orchestrated the murder of Fawkes family and who sent the Prime Minister warning, is killed by a member of his own staff and a member of the AAR then buried in Fawkes’ grave.

Set a 1988, Cussler’s guess at the overall situation in the world was off but still made for interesting alternate history in which to set his book’s narrative. The two main plots following Pitt and Fawkes were well written while the two main subplots of the AAR and Loren Smith were underwhelming. Fawkes as a good tragic figure who setup by the Defense Minister was easy to guess, while Loren Smith’s first appearance as Pitt’s on-and-off girlfriend was just showing off Pitt’s sexual greatness and given his characterization in these early books isn’t surprising. The science behind the biological weapon was a little farfetched if one really thought about it, but overall it wasn’t the worst thing in the book. Critically nothing was bad, but there were a lot of things that alright.

Vixen 03 is a nice next installment in the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler, building up on Raise the Titanic! Overall it’s a good book with only a few bits that were unfortunately off putting but nothing compared to earlier books. While the not the best book of the series I’ve read so far, it’s shows a lot of improvement on Cussler’s part. ( )
  mattries37315 | Mar 26, 2019 |
Vixen 03 - Clive Cussler *****

The fifth book in the Dirk Pitt series (as usual ever macho, womanising, hard drinking and seemingly indestructible) has Cussler’s hero investigating an aircraft high in the Colorado mountains around three decades and many hundreds of miles from its last known location. Pitt seems to have a sixth sense for mystery and after probing where he shouldn’t , uncovers a mystery that would have better off forgotten but now it has resurfaced could end up wiping out millions of lives.
This book is really two tales combined, where alternating chapters flick back and forth from the situation that Pitt finds himself embroiled in and a civil war in Africa. At first I couldn’t see how they would possibly become linked but Cussler does a really nice job of tying up all the loose strands over the final few chapters.
The book is very typical of its time – written in 1978, and very typical of the genre. Probably not one for those readers that get bogged down in scientific or historical accuracies (or easily offended), but for people like myself that love a big of escapism accompanied by fights, blood and guts, then you can’t go wrong. As I have said, this is the 5th book in the Pitt series but you don’t really need to have started at the beginning and this would be an ideal place to begin. I found it much more advanced than the previous novels and assume this is where Cussler really started making a name for himself as an author. ( )
  Bridgey | Oct 12, 2016 |
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"1954, Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday bombs-canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency-vanished. Vixen has in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado. 1968, Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop them."--P. [4] of cover.

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