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Pacific Vortex!

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Dirk Pitt, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Sunday Times best seller

The thrilling first Dirk Pitt classic from multi-million-copy king of the adventure novel, Clive Cussler.

Fully armed and with all hands onboard, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck.

'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain....'

A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains. And the captain's final scrawled, fear-crazed note locates the Starbuck's grave hundreds of miles from her last known position! The search for the Starbuck plunges Dirk Pitt into his most shattering assignment to date - a whirlpool of deep-sea mystery and terror - the Pacific Vortex!

©2017 Clive Cussler (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Cussler is hard to beat." ( Daily Mail)
"Clive Cussler is the guy I read." (Tom Clancy)
"The Adventure King." ( Daily Express)

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  • Ben
  • 14-06-2019

Not a bad first Dirk Pitt

I found the technical detail and pronunciation was a bit off but it was still an enjoyable story.

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The beginning of a beautiful relationship!😎

First of many ... what a guy! Clive Cussler I mean no cameo required! Dirk Pitt at his best!😎

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but what about the kids?

Struggling to see how the kids were conceived or how Summer survived to raise them. Good book, nicely paced, just leaves so many unanswered questions about the twins.

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Narrative to dramatic

The first Cussler book I’ve listened to and probably the last. The narrator Scott Brick was too dramatic with his take on the book. Much of the book was predictable.

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  • Mike T.
  • 05-08-2018

Exciting but flawed.

Starts out with a sense of GREAT mystery. Who, why, how. Wow I thought, this is great. And it was.

Then it changed into a Jules Verneian / James Bond type story, complete with a "dated" view of the female characters and suspension of disbelief stretching action. The female - lets say melodrama was just baad! The action however was competent and the who, why, how mystery questions begged to be answered, so I kept listening.

Clive Cussler's almost apologetic foreword makes me believe that the series will improve. ;-)

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  • Salter
  • 11-06-2019

brilliant!

I'd long avoided the Dirk Pitt novels - thinking they were all based at sea, generally the same sort of plot etc etc etc.
Well, I was very wrong, and I never should have doubted Clive Cussler.. Pacific Vortex was superb. A really intriguing plot line, some great characters, and a lead hero which I think I can really like.
I thoroughly recommend Pacific Vortex, and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with the rest of this series!
Great narration from Scott Brick.

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  • Mr Fish
  • 06-11-2018

What utter rubbish

Seriously you will never get this time back...... I listened to this on a recommendation of somebody who enjoyed Sahara... what utter rubbish

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  • Ahsineknagrom
  • 16-09-2018

Entertaining, but predictable

As always this was another top notch story from Clive Cussler. A very entertaining listen, with a bit of a predictable ending.

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  • Stephen J
  • 01-03-2019

too many "lucky" events

Boys own paper might like this story, I did not.
Too many times the hero survived impossible situations, a bit like Richard Hanney and his chums.
OK for light entertainment, but not interesting enough for a serious read by a grown up person.

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  • S. Ellis
  • 07-02-2019

escape in fiction

Great listening vivid descriptions. well narrated, will buy the second book. looking forward to it

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  • Fletchk17
  • 12-12-2018

liked the narrator, story felt rushed at the end

narrator was gripping, felt like there should have been more to the story but a good quick listen

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  • David
  • 03-12-2018

Rubbish

Rubbish!! Not worth the time. The reader was OK but the book is terrible. The author was a favourite when I was young but I must have grown up.

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  • CGM
  • 23-11-2018

a little disappointed

a little disappointed in this book. the storyline, for me, was disconnected and in many places predictable with unrealistic elements.

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  • PC Enthusiast
  • 23-10-2018

First and last Dirk Pitt story

Predictable and clichéd. Like a 60s bond film. Complete with invincible hero, villain, and mysterious lair. The tone is terrible. The author builds suspense only to ruin moments with tasteless jokes or lewd comments.

If you have no imagination then Dirk Pitt is the hero for you.

Narrator was adequate, did the job well enough without being spectacular.