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From an island off the coast of Australia, a diamond tycoon heads a reign of terror, but he has never come up against the fury of a man like Dirk Pitt


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From an island off the coast of Australia, a diamond tycoon heads a reign of terror, but he has never come up against the fury of a man like Dirk Pitt

30 review for Shock Wave

  1. 5 out of 5

    trivialchemy

    A funny story about Dirk Pitt, #13. I headed down to Hermosa Beach last weekend for some debauchery at a friend's condo, and took my bike along so I could do some riding along the sea down the Palos Verdes loop on Sunday Morning. I took along also a backpack, with my jersey and shorts, a change of clothes, some bike tools, a spare tube, an MP3 player, that sort of thing. I also throw in Shock Wave and The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations in case boredom A funny story about Dirk Pitt, #13. I headed down to Hermosa Beach last weekend for some debauchery at a friend's condo, and took my bike along so I could do some riding along the sea down the Palos Verdes loop on Sunday Morning. I took along also a backpack, with my jersey and shorts, a change of clothes, some bike tools, a spare tube, an MP3 player, that sort of thing. I also throw in Shock Wave and The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations in case boredom struck. When I got to the condo, I took the bike inside and left the backpack inside my truck. Now, a word about my truck. I drive a beige, 1988 Mitsubishi MIGHTY MAX. Yes, that is the actual name of the truck: MIGHTY MAX. It has a cracked windshield, no AC or power steering, 206,521 miles on, and either door can be opened with a well-placed side-kick, irrespective of how I have attempted to lock it. It's not much for safekeeping, so I try not to leave valuables in it. Anyway, sure enough, I wake up on Sunday morning and go out to my truck to find it has been jimmied open and rifled through. There was very little to steal, except the bag with all my biking gear which was indeed gone. However, apparently this criminal fuckin' mastermind, before making off with my bag, opened it up to see what was inside. He must have been interested in a couple tire wrenches and a pair of spandex shorts that stink of testicle sweat and that could have value only to me, but he actually removed the books and left them inside the truck. That's right, apparently Dirk Pitt, #13 is not worth stealing. No. More than that. Apparently it is worth taking special effort out of your day, in the very middle of an act of criminal larceny, to specifically AVOID stealing Dirk Pitt, #13. ------------------------ Arguably the best book I've ever read. Before 10 pages have passed, over 130 convicts have cannibalized each other on a raft, and a great white shark affectionately named THE EXECUTIONER has been eaten by -- I shit you not -- A GIANT SEA-SERPENT. I'm not yet 100 pages in, and 2 buxomous babes have been rescued from certain death by our protagonist, DIRK PITT. One from an out-of-control cruise ship, and one from an abandoned antarctic island. He's got a craggy face, and I'm pretty sure he's gonna get to porking before part II. At least I hope so.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Lucky number thirteen in the Dirk Pitt series Shock Wave actually has a few surprises to offer, elevating it from the standard Clive Cussler formula. Not that there's anything wrong with that formula - it's immensely successful for a reason - but it's refreshing to find some new twists in the read. The novel opens on an historical note, with the 1856 journey of the Gladiator. Under the command of Charles Bully Scaggs, it's on its way to deliver a load of prisoners to the penal colony in Australia Lucky number thirteen in the Dirk Pitt series Shock Wave actually has a few surprises to offer, elevating it from the standard Clive Cussler formula. Not that there's anything wrong with that formula - it's immensely successful for a reason - but it's refreshing to find some new twists in the read. The novel opens on an historical note, with the 1856 journey of the Gladiator. Under the command of Charles “Bully” Scaggs, it's on its way to deliver a load of prisoners to the penal colony in Australia when a typhoon strikes amidst the Tasman Sea. The wreck of the ship, the desperate construction of a raft, and the brutal battle that follows between sailors, soldiers, and prisoners is intense, matched only by the final journey of the raft and its few pitiful survivors. Cussler has done historical bits before, but never as well as this. Fantastic stuff. The contemporary story is a bit odd, in that it casts a billionaire diamond tycoon as villain, introduces what feels like a very science fiction threat, and hinges it all on a bold financial move to manipulate the diamond market. It sounds preposterous, but it's the characters who make it work. Arthur Dorsett is a genuine monster, a brutal tyrant who treats his rebellious daughter just about as well as his illegal Chinese mining slaves. This is a man who shrugs off the impending death of hundreds of thousands of people, all so he can add an extra zero to the legacy of billions he'll leave to his family. As for that daughter Maeve, she is not only an admirable young woman and a pretty decent heroine, but a legitimate romantic interest for Dirk Pitt. Dorsett's two other daughters are largely cartoon caricatures, with Boudicca unnecessarily (and illogically) over-the-top, but important in demonstrating their father's ruthless power and control over them. While the story is book-ended by some massive action pieces, involving daring rescues and last minute escapes from certain doom, Cussler does something different in the middle of the tale. First of all, he creates a genuine romance for Dirk Pitt, something we haven't seen for a very long time. You can almost allow yourself to believe he'll sail into the sunset and settle down with a woman worthy of his adventurous soul. Second, he allows Admiral Sandecker and NUMA to carry much of the story, putting their efforts to prevent Dorsett's shockwave from decimating the population of Hawaii at center stage. There's a lot of technical discussion and political maneuvering involved, but Cussler keeps it interesting. Lastly, he strands Dirk, his buddy Al, and Maeve on a derelict boat in the middle of stormy seas for a good portion of the story, creating a sustained level of dramatic intensity that really pays off. You know they're going to survive, but there is some read danger here, and some genuine doubt as to whether all three will escape intact. There's no underwater archaeology or salvage this time around, trading the Indiana Jones feel of the earliest books for the James Bond feel of the most recent, but the entire story is built around life (and death) at sea. Shock Wave isn't quite the breathtaking ride we've become accustomed to from Clive Cussler, but it's a more well-rounded tale, and one with some real depth to it. Definitely recommended. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    "The green-and-yellow beech-leaf sail filled out like a woman's tattooed breast" This is possibly one of my *favorite* quotes from Shock Wave . I had to reread that sentence a few times before I could actually believe it had been written, evidently in all earnestness and seriousness. As far as I know, and I'd like to think that I have this on good authority, women's breasts do not inflate and billow like sails. Also, why a "tattooed breast"? Do tattooed breasts behave differently from "The green-and-yellow beech-leaf sail filled out like a woman's tattooed breast" This is possibly one of my *favorite* quotes from Shock Wave . I had to reread that sentence a few times before I could actually believe it had been written, evidently in all earnestness and seriousness. As far as I know, and I'd like to think that I have this on good authority, women's breasts do not inflate and billow like sails. Also, why a "tattooed breast"? Do tattooed breasts behave differently from non-tattooed ones (no experience here, sorry)? For the most part, I do give credit to Cussler and/or his editor for removing most of the mind-boggingly weird and usually exploitative sexytimes so oft present in the earlier Dirk Pitt novels. However, I do feel bad for Dirk, because I think he probably now has every STD known to man and then some. Poor guy. Yet, while the book was blessedly free of Cussler's sexytime writing, we still get some really strange, what the frijole moments. One is noted above. Describing the obligatory love interest during a car chase, Cussler offers this gem of insight into the female mind: "Whatever it was, the thrill, the fury of the sounds, the speed, she was not the first woman to fall under the exciting spell of adventure. And what such women desire on the side was a good man to share it with." I kid you not, I rolled my eyes when I read that. Literally. As other readers have noted, this is a very James Bond-esque Dirk Pitt novel. Dirk, of course, escapes from certain death about 86 times in the novel, MacGyvers gadgets up the wazoo, and goes up against Dr. No an evil diamond merchant on a secluded island in the middle of nowhere, guarded by a sea serpent that eats great white sharks for funsies. Arthur Dorsett has nefarious plans to do ... well, nefarious things. People and sea life are also dying like crazy from a mysterious "plague" all over the Pacific Ocean. NUMA to the rescue! The dialogue between Dirk and Al is pretty snappy, and made me smile. Cussler needs to cut down on the weird generalizing remarks, and I think the whole intro section was totally unnecessary. In general, I like the Dirk Pitt novels that involve him looking for a treasure or sunken ship, and not so much the ones where he, Al, and Admiral Sandecker save the world (again).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Every so often I like picking up a good adventure tale. Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt/NUMA books are a great series to check out. Shock Wave is an epic (500+ pages) story that I found to be an interesting and entertaining read. The story starts out with an event that leaves fish, penguins and people mysteriously dead. A cruise ship drops some people off on a shore excursion to Seymour Island in the Antarctic. All of a sudden, people on the excursion suffer an intense headache. A few people die and Every so often I like picking up a good adventure tale. Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt/NUMA books are a great series to check out. Shock Wave is an epic (500+ pages) story that I found to be an interesting and entertaining read. The story starts out with an event that leaves fish, penguins and people mysteriously dead. A cruise ship drops some people off on a shore excursion to Seymour Island in the Antarctic. All of a sudden, people on the excursion suffer an intense headache. A few people die and one person is unwell. Also, even though it is the Antarctic summer, the weather turns cold. The shore party finds shelter in a cave and waits for the cruise ship to return. It does't. Just when things get desperate, Dirk Pitt and his pal Al Giordino shows up to rescue the people inexplicably abandoned on the island. The fate of the cruise ship and massive kill of wildlife is a mystery. Dirk and his friend Al are ruggedly handsome men and all around good guys. They are men of many talents and are able bodied seamen. Admiral James Sandecker is the head of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). The Admiral is a well connected. He is always calling in debts and pulling strings to get what he needs for his group. Dirk is the Admiral's friend. The defacto leader of Seymour Island shore excursion is Maeve Fletcher. She and Dirk have a mutual attraction for one another. The story is rich with details and backstory. Maeve is one of the daughters in a family that operates diamond mines throughout world. Arthur Dorsett and Maeve's two sisters (Maeve changed her name) are famous for their treachery and violence. They go about business without regard to anyone or environmental impact. In other words, they are a nasty lot. Adventures abound in the story as Dirk gets in one predicament after another. Some are little over the top. That is what makes these stories so fun to read. Certain parts of the story are predictable. Then there are "Hollywood moments" in the story. Like when the bad guys get the drop on Dirk, a long dialog ensues promising Dirk that he is going to experience a long and painful death. In all, Shock Wave is a great adventure thriller!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    OMG what a fabulous installment in the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Albert Giordino. This is non-stop action from page 1 all the way through page 537. At no point does this story drag. There is absolutely no filler. This is 500+ pages of pure adrenalin filled, life threatening adventure. Dirk Pitt rescues a cruise ship (and 20+ passengers) circling an island in the Antarctic Ocean after an horrific plague has killed nearly everyone onboard plus all the animal-life surrounding the island. Two of OMG what a fabulous installment in the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Albert Giordino. This is non-stop action from page 1 all the way through page 537. At no point does this story drag. There is absolutely no filler. This is 500+ pages of pure adrenalin filled, life threatening adventure. Dirk Pitt rescues a cruise ship (and 20+ passengers) circling an island in the Antarctic Ocean after an horrific plague has killed nearly everyone onboard plus all the animal-life surrounding the island. Two of the passengers (Maeve and Deirdre) are related to Arthur Dorsett a diamond mining kingpin with grand designs of ruling the diamond world regardless of who is killed in the taking. Dirk is tasked with solving the riddle of this plague that kills indiscriminately. Somehow through determination and great research it comes back to the kingpin and his deranged family. His daughters - Maeve, Deirdre and Boudicca all play a role in this spectacular saga. Maeve, the good girl/blacksheet of the family. Deirdre and Boudicca both firmly under Daddy's thumb and clearly having the familial gene of insanity. Clive Cussler is my new favorite author!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    I didn't know what to expect from Shock Wave because it got mixed reviews, but I was very amazed! In this entry of the Dirk Pitt series, Pitt is up against a ruthless Diamond Businessman who has devised a deadly threat to the world. I found this one to be very different from the previous books, I think it's because we normally find Pitt searching for Treasure or sunken ships, and this was totally different, but in a good way. And Shock Wave also shows us Pitt's softer side, and some emotional I didn't know what to expect from Shock Wave because it got mixed reviews, but I was very amazed! In this entry of the Dirk Pitt series, Pitt is up against a ruthless Diamond Businessman who has devised a deadly threat to the world. I found this one to be very different from the previous books, I think it's because we normally find Pitt searching for Treasure or sunken ships, and this was totally different, but in a good way. And Shock Wave also shows us Pitt's softer side, and some emotional moments, Cussler really didn't focus on that in his earlier books. It's got everything you'd expect from Clive, Dirk Pitt is my hero!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Greg Strandberg

    Wow, the 13th book in the series. Will it be unlucky for Pitt? I think we both know that won't be the case. The formula is set and you know it by now. So do millions of others around the world, and that's why we buy and read these books. They're fun and a great escape from the same-old same-old. This book is another in the line. You start out with your historic opening and then move to today. Cars and women and rich tyrants - what's not to like? I'm confident you'll enjoy this book, just like you Wow, the 13th book in the series. Will it be unlucky for Pitt? I think we both know that won't be the case. The formula is set and you know it by now. So do millions of others around the world, and that's why we buy and read these books. They're fun and a great escape from the same-old same-old. This book is another in the line. You start out with your historic opening and then move to today. Cars and women and rich tyrants - what's not to like? I'm confident you'll enjoy this book, just like you enjoyed the others. Have fun!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Niel

    I can't believe it but Clive Cussler out did himself with this Dirk Pitt novel. What made this book surpass the other I've read in the series is seeing a different side of Pitt. He actually falls in love with a women and wants to spend the rest of his life with her, this is what separates this book from the others. It added a depth to the Pitt that wasn't there yet even with the Pacific vortex novel. Best book in the series so far!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paris Reynolds

    Dirk Pitt is my hero! I love, love, love Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. This was the 1st Pitt adventure I read and I had to read the rest.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Im really enjoying this series. This novel has been my favorite. As always looking forward to many more. I’m really enjoying this series. This novel has been my favorite. As always looking forward to many more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the 13th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Shock Wave, Dirk and Al return to save the day in another wild and crazy action-adventure. When Dirk investigated the baffling deaths of marine animals in Antartica, he stumbled on sonething more chilling. The passengers and crew of the cruise ship died, leaving stranded on a remote island whaling station, a small party of tourist led by Maeve Fletcher. And it lead him to her estranged father and sisters of the global diamond In the 13th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA series, Shock Wave, Dirk and Al return to save the day in another wild and crazy action-adventure. When Dirk investigated the baffling deaths of marine animals in Antartica, he stumbled on sonething more chilling. The passengers and crew of the cruise ship died, leaving stranded on a remote island whaling station, a small party of tourist led by Maeve Fletcher. And it lead him to her estranged father and sisters of the global diamond cartel Dorsett Consolidated Mining. From an escape of a Canadian mine to shark infested waters, it was up to Dirk to thwart Dorsett's plans before an unthinkable disaster happened.

  12. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Thomas

    This was easily my least favorite Dirk Pitt story to date. It's still good, just not what I've come to expect. Things started off well: action in the ocean! Then a bunch of weird stuff happened, some parts were still in the ocean but it a lot of the action had disappeared. Then the end almost got things back on track: more action, funny back and forth between Dirk and Al, even a more human side of Dirk (not sure if that's good or bad). All in all, not my favorite but better than a sunburn.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I really loved this book. Full of tension and mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ford

    Another great ride from Clive Cussler, dealing with operative extraordinaire Dirk Pitt, who investigates mysterious mass killings of wildlife in the Antarctic area that escalates into murder when a cruise ship falls victim to the plague. Pitt and his friend Al Giordino team with one of the survivors of the cruise ship tragedy, marine biologist Maeve Fletcher, to hunt down the source of the force that is decimating both human and animal alike. Unknown to Pitt and Maeve, her estranged father, Another great ride from Clive Cussler, dealing with operative extraordinaire Dirk Pitt, who investigates mysterious mass killings of wildlife in the Antarctic area that escalates into murder when a cruise ship falls victim to the plague. Pitt and his friend Al Giordino team with one of the survivors of the cruise ship tragedy, marine biologist Maeve Fletcher, to hunt down the source of the force that is decimating both human and animal alike. Unknown to Pitt and Maeve, her estranged father, diamond magnate Arthur Dorsett, is responsible for the deaths as a byproduct of his plan to take total control of the world diamond market by flooding the world with cheap diamonds from his extensive mines. It's up to Pitt and his companions to ensure a test of survival to stop Dorsett and his homicidal daughters before the magnate can cause a disaster that will kill millions. The story moves along quickly from the terrific prologue that tells the story of an 1800s shipwreck that sets up the tale in modern times. His ingenuity keeps Pitt and his companions alive through several death defying events with a satisfying conclusion that is both saddening and heartening. Great story, terrific heroes, evil villains and plenty of action makes this another winner for Mr. Cussler.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Hamilton

    This was a thrilling read! Dirk Pitt, a cross between James Bond and Jacques Cousteau, is on the trail of an evil diamond tycoon who uses new acoustic wave technology in his mining operations with the unfortunate side effect of killing any living creature in its way. The writing is crisp and thoughtful. Cussler is an expert researcher as evidenced in part by Pitt's activity in Ottawa and the Queen Charlotte Islands with the Haida. I found this the most interesting part of the story, especially This was a thrilling read! Dirk Pitt, a cross between James Bond and Jacques Cousteau, is on the trail of an evil diamond tycoon who uses new acoustic wave technology in his mining operations with the unfortunate side effect of killing any living creature in its way. The writing is crisp and thoughtful. Cussler is an expert researcher as evidenced in part by Pitt's activity in Ottawa and the Queen Charlotte Islands with the Haida. I found this the most interesting part of the story, especially the local Ottawa connection when Pitt has to meet with officials from Environment Canada. I'm not a huge fan of 3rd person omniscient narration, but I like what Cussler does with it. Never dull or boring. The only minor bothersome part was the fact that this novel is longer than it really needed to be. The first part - the back story - is fascinating and could develop into its own story. But it's stapled on to this one and really doesn't need to be there. Still, I'm hooked. This is a thrilling ride!

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    A typical Dirk Pitt book. Ruthless supervillains. Beautiful women. Impossible situations that Dirk somehow escapes. Lots of fun - a really enjoyable read. In this particular book, the ruthless supervillain is a diamond mogul who has a plan to destroy the world diamond market, and oh by the way, might accidentally kill a few million people along the way. As with most (all?) Dirk Pitt books, the first few chapters of the book are a historical accounting of something that happened a long time ago A typical Dirk Pitt book. Ruthless supervillains. Beautiful women. Impossible situations that Dirk somehow escapes. Lots of fun - a really enjoyable read. In this particular book, the ruthless supervillain is a diamond mogul who has a plan to destroy the world diamond market, and oh by the way, might accidentally kill a few million people along the way. As with most (all?) Dirk Pitt books, the first few chapters of the book are a historical accounting of something that happened a long time ago (usually some truth mixed with some fiction) that ends up being relevant. That particular story (about 10% of the book) was 5-star worthy - some of the best reading I've done in a long time. The rest of the book was very good too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gable Van Cleave

    This was a masterfully written piece, a long read and very complex but nonetheless a page turner. The imagery in this book was stunning, even though it is third person, the reader still feels like they are really there while the complexity makes it really fun to read, there are often up to seven characters in the story at one time, so there is never a dull moment. The author seems to have an impressive knowledge about, be it a car, aircraft, or ship, the author knows all about, bringing the This was a masterfully written piece, a long read and very complex but nonetheless a page turner. The imagery in this book was stunning, even though it is third person, the reader still feels like they are really there while the complexity makes it really fun to read, there are often up to seven characters in the story at one time, so there is never a dull moment. The author seems to have an impressive knowledge about, be it a car, aircraft, or ship, the author knows all about, bringing the reader even closer into the story. The historic value of this book also made it very interesting, most of the time the ship or shipwreck the author is talking about is real. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, history, and a little suspense.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nitzchiya Mutiso

    Clive Cussler is my all time favorite: I read every book he writes about these heroes The Fargos The Pitts The Oregon And Kurt. Joe. Game, and Paul All feel like family Clive Cussler is my all time favorite: I read every book he writes about these heroes The Fargo’s The Pitt’s The Oregon And Kurt. Joe. Game, and Paul All feel like family

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Vintage Cussler, though a little bit more emotional than I was expecting. I had hoped he would get to sail off into the sunset but alas it wasn't to be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    Action packed Good read, same great cast with additions. Pitt and his friend Al, appear to have 9 lives. Some parts were a little drawn out, but still worth the read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This was another good Dirk Pitt book. It was a fascinating look into the world of diamonds, and how driven someone can become by greed. And at the end, yes, sea serpents do exist! I always enjoy the Dirk Pitt series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Kubicki

    Older Dirk Pitt book, but very enterntaining. Cussler is a little wordy here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cik Aini

    I read Vixen 03 before reading this. I agree with one of the Goodreads member, regarding the resemblance to James Bond, the difference only lies between the scenery/actions-packed adrenaline rush are being played out at the sea instead. Pitt would come across to me between Mc Gyver and James Bond (the recent ones, without the over reliance to gadgets) Be warned though, the prints are small, but as I was reading this, the characters seemed to leap out of the pages. That's how fast it's moving! I read Vixen 03 before reading this. I agree with one of the Goodreads member, regarding the resemblance to James Bond, the difference only lies between the scenery/actions-packed adrenaline rush are being played out at the sea instead. Pitt would come across to me between Mc Gyver and James Bond (the recent ones, without the over reliance to gadgets) Be warned though, the prints are small, but as I was reading this, the characters seemed to leap out of the pages. That's how fast it's moving! The story starts off with the story of Maeve's ancestors - Betty Fletcher who was among the convicts sent to serve her sentences, and the groups of convicts were sent on a ship. A storm battled the ship, from the 200++ convicts plus the officers in charge, only 8 survived after foods depleted, battles within them due to starvation and fresh water, being pushed out from the fish into the sea and eaten by the sharks! And that's the only starting part of it! The first part was quite intriguing, with Pitt as usual became a hero while doing his research. He saved a group of people including Maeve, and then, the twist started. An epidemic caused hundreds of people to drop dead and they try to search for a reason why that happened! And then, as the story moves along, we found that Maeve's father (a diamond billionaire) and her sisters are in charge. The crooks here are extremely bad. Sometimes I feel reading through the pages feel akin to watching a movie with gory murder details, ewww! The most interesting part would be when Pitt, Al & Maeve were left on a small boat in a middle of nowhere and trying to survive. Now this is one action packed novel. I was trying my best to read this as soon as possible, but I couldn't skip any part of the book. So, it was a bit slow moving for me :P (not the novel!)..Was trying my best to guess how they survived the ordeal. Definitely, I'll be looking for his other novels too!

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Podlaski

    I've been a follower of Clive Cussler for many years and have enjoyed many of his books. In Shock wave, something is killing every living creature within certain grids of the Pacific ocean and surrounding seas, which draws Pitt and NUMA into investigating the events and searching for the cause. When Pitt discovers a cruise ship filled with corpses, he checks a nearby island and discovers a group of surviving passengers and their tour guide, Maeve, who becomes Pitt's love interest in the story. I I've been a follower of Clive Cussler for many years and have enjoyed many of his books. In Shock wave, something is killing every living creature within certain grids of the Pacific ocean and surrounding seas, which draws Pitt and NUMA into investigating the events and searching for the cause. When Pitt discovers a cruise ship filled with corpses, he checks a nearby island and discovers a group of surviving passengers and their tour guide, Maeve, who becomes Pitt's love interest in the story. I always enjoy the first story in a Cussler book, in this case, the beginnings of a diamond dynasty almost two centuries earlier. Arthur Dorsett, the current day descendant, is also Maeve's father, whom she ran away from at a younger age. Mr. Dorsett has recently kidnapped Maeve's twin boys and blackmailed her to infiltrate the government and steal secrets related to the diamond industry. Pitt promises Maeve that he will rescue her two boys from Dorsett"s heavily fortified island. Dorsett is so rich that money solves all his problems. It is humorous to see how many pockets in the world hold payola from this man, and thus, allow him to run rampant and get whatever he wants while circumnavigating laws, policies, et al. Mr. Dorsett's and his other two daughters are within weeks of crushing the diamond industry. Their new technology makes it easy to mine the raw diamonds from his four island mines, which circle the Pacific, and produce enough raw stones to crash the market and make diamonds worthless. They are also aware of a by-product of their new technology; harnessing it to achieve their goals, and then covering up the destructive evidence. Once Pitt and company learn about the byproduct, they set out to destroy a dynasty and save the world. But at what cost? I felt certain parts were bogged down with excessive technical information that I had absolutely no interest in learning. However, Shock Wave is a good story and worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My husband is a Clive Cussler fan. I found myself between books and needed something that wouldn't be too challenging but would keep me interested. Cussler's Dirk Pitt is an action hero and supposedly based upon Cussler's own experiences in life. I was intrigued and knowing how much my husband liked the Dirk Pitt books -- I jumped in. The plot is different than I've read before - there's a plague affecting the animal and human population but it isn't based on normal disease causing elements - My husband is a Clive Cussler fan. I found myself between books and needed something that wouldn't be too challenging but would keep me interested. Cussler's Dirk Pitt is an action hero and supposedly based upon Cussler's own experiences in life. I was intrigued and knowing how much my husband liked the Dirk Pitt books -- I jumped in. The plot is different than I've read before - there's a plague affecting the animal and human population but it isn't based on normal disease causing elements - this time it is noise. Cussler comes up with a potentially plausible method and it is up to Dirk to stop it. Well, sort of... but that's the story that Cussler tells. I enjoyed reading this and it was fast paced as well as action oriented. I could see this being a movie some day. Not being familiar with the Dirk Pitt aura and mystique, I found some of the fight scenes and superhuman heroics a tad bit stretching my credulity but since this is fiction - I'll let it go. I'll read another one or two of Cussler's tales now that I have "met" Dirk Pitt - I'm curious about the back story which was referred to in this book. I also am curious about how this fits into the series. Having picked it up randomly, I don't have a sense if this is book 4 or book 10 - I know Dirk has a history and the book had other characters who clearly had a past connection with Dirk so there's more to explore. Overall, I liked it. It wasn't my favorite adventure but it wasn't bad. It was entertaining, I learned a little and had fun following the adventures and mis-adventures of our gallant hero.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adarsh

    Clive Cussler's protagonist Dirk Pitt is a James Bond style hero, but one that prefers sea to land. In this book, Pitt takes on the wealthy owner of a diamond empire whose secret mining operations are causing scores of unexplained deaths across the Pacific. I found the first part of the book incredibly exciting. The two centuries old tale of Captain Scaggs at the seas is simply fantastic. The story gets a little less exciting as we return to the present, but the author managed to keep my Clive Cussler's protagonist Dirk Pitt is a James Bond style hero, but one that prefers sea to land. In this book, Pitt takes on the wealthy owner of a diamond empire whose secret mining operations are causing scores of unexplained deaths across the Pacific. I found the first part of the book incredibly exciting. The two centuries old tale of Captain Scaggs at the seas is simply fantastic. The story gets a little less exciting as we return to the present, but the author managed to keep my attention till the very end of the long book. Perhaps makes for a good movie script. Although I enjoyed reading the book, I wasn't too impressed. Simply because I like my characters more down-to-earth, more human, more real. Pitt in the other hand is one of those too perfect characters that I can't really believe in. However, if you enjoy reading Bond, you might like this too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JP

    Shock Wave 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 Shock Wave 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 (view spoiler)[he didn't just shoot her, I'll never know (hide spoiler)] . Also (view spoiler)[another transgender villain? (hide spoiler)] 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 Inca Gold 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]: (view spoiler)[So of course she has to die. Come on. :( (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Philip Andrews

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like Cussler's thrillers. He really is prob the best thriller writer in English out there. I've read some Oregon files, which are OK but a bit 21C for my liking. I prefer his Dirk Pitt series. I can relate to 20C hero Dirk Pitt as I'm also of the 20C. So, I'm reading all his Dirk Pitt novels in order. They are all pretty good and certainly I can't wait to get to the next adventure. Cussler is brilliantly imaginative and creative. Ultra sound diamond mining causing an acoustic plague is a I like Cussler's thrillers. He really is prob the best thriller writer in English out there. I've read some Oregon files, which are OK but a bit 21C for my liking. I prefer his Dirk Pitt series. I can relate to 20C hero Dirk Pitt as I'm also of the 20C. So, I'm reading all his Dirk Pitt novels in order. They are all pretty good and certainly I can't wait to get to the next adventure. Cussler is brilliantly imaginative and creative. Ultra sound diamond mining causing an acoustic plague is a pretty good 'save the world' scenario. His villains are really nasty. Spoiler Alert! I have 3 quibbles. His villains are always seemingly giant, superhuman, larger than life. Here in Shock Wave we have an Amazon Woman, Boudicca, aka The Emasculator, who can pick up men with one arm... She's probably about 6'10 and built like a brick outhouse. She is sure to get all his male readers rushing to see how they deal with her. (Sometimes I wonder if he isn't implying that maybe she is a woman built like a guy...sort of androgynous?) But then in fight scenes Cussler is very confusing. Is she stronger than the men or isn't she? You get her in a last fight with Al Giordini who is supposedly built like a brick outhouse but half her size...and he wins... Hm... I don't really like his fight scenes. I'm a Bruce Lee fan...I think he is a Hollywood barroom brawl fan... His fights are messy. Oh well thats just my view... then he's poor on anything foreign. He has Aussies pronouncing 'bed' as 'byd'. Well its not Aussies but Kiwis who have that (pEn is pYn, bEd is bYd, etc.). Yanks just don;t get foreign At All and Cussler is no exception. This lets him down badly when the action goes abroad. But then I guess his readers are probably 90% American so why should it bother him...if it doesn't bother them? I can't wait to go to the next Dirk Pitt adventure...they're that good. So, quibbles aside, he is prob the best thriller writer in Anglo-america. Well done Mr Cussler!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bmounier

    Although this is my first Clive Cussler book and I was quite enjoying it, I was SHOCKED to read the exact same scene I had, by coincidence, just read the day before in Hungry as the Sea, by Wilbur Smith. Namely, the female interest sneaking into the heros ship quarters as he sleeps and snooping around his wallet and watch and then watching him sleep and lusting after him. Then theres a party in the mess, and the female is wearing something pretty and then the hero recalls her bringing in a Although this is my first Clive Cussler book and I was quite enjoying it, I was SHOCKED to read the exact same scene I had, by coincidence, just read the day before in Hungry as the Sea, by Wilbur Smith. Namely, the female interest sneaking into the hero’s ship quarters as he sleeps and snooping around his wallet and watch and then watching him sleep and lusting after him. Then there’s a party in the mess, and the female is wearing something pretty and then the hero recalls her bringing in a suitcase from the rescued ship. Reading those exact scenes two days in a row stunned me. I hurried to check the copyrights. Although I didn’t enjoy Hungry as the Sea at all, I did not even finish it, Wilbur Smith wrote it in 1978. Shock Wave was written in 1996. There’s no possible doubt about whom borrowed almost verbatim from whom. And if that’s the case, what does it say about Clive Cussler as an author? That his books are only borrowed material smartly re-arranged? Plagiarism shocks me and I’m very disappointed. Has nobody caught it before?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Usually I breeze through these Dirk Pitt adventure/thrillers but I got a little bogged down after about halfway through this novel. I think it could have been a lot shorter which would have made it feel more tense instead of an eye-rolling, "oh another obstacle that threatens his life" Giordino viewed it as ceasing "to be amazed at Pitt's fortitude and love for adversity. Pitt thrived on disaster and calamity." I swear he had more than his share of death-defying moments this go around. I know he Usually I breeze through these Dirk Pitt adventure/thrillers but I got a little bogged down after about halfway through this novel. I think it could have been a lot shorter which would have made it feel more tense instead of an eye-rolling, "oh another obstacle that threatens his life" Giordino viewed it as ceasing "to be amazed at Pitt's fortitude and love for adversity. Pitt thrived on disaster and calamity." I swear he had more than his share of death-defying moments this go around. I know he is a larger-than-life character, & I usually go with it, but this time too much. The overarching storyline was interesting and the main villain really was evil incarnate with a few henchmen and women on the side to root against. I always admire the strong bond/relationship between Dirk & Al and in this novel it is highlighted as they end up stranded together, oh & of course there's a woman. "who else but Dirk Pitt could tramp off into a blizzard on an uninhabited backwater island in the Antarctic and discover a beautiful girl?"

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