Monday, October 1, 2012

Cyclops by Clive Cussler (Audiobook Review)

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by Clive Cussler
narrated by Michael Prichard

Series: Dirk Pitt, book 8
Copyright: 1993 Books on Tape
Duration: 16 hours, 22 minutes unabridged
Genres: thriller, intrigue, nautical
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: A wealthy American financier disappears aboard an antique blimp while hunting for a ship lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 1918. The blimp drifts toward Florida with a crew of dead men -- Soviet cosmonauts.

Meanwhile, Dirk Pitt discovers that a group of U.S. industrialists has put a colony on the moon, a secret base they will defend at any cost.

Threatened in space, the Russians plan a savage retaliation -- and only Dirk Pitt can stop them. From a Cuban torture chamber to the cold ocean depths, Pitt races to defuse an international conspiracy that threatens to shatter world stability!

©1993 Books on Tape

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: For centuries, the lost treasure of El Dorado has captured the imaginations of treasure hunters and archeologists, and has sent many a brave adventurer on fruitless searches. But recently, some new information has surfaced. According to legend, the centerpiece of the lost treasure, a six-foot tall solid gold statue with a 1,200 karat ruby at its heart, was carried out of the South American jungles, only to be lost again. Then, in 1910, the statue was rediscovered and loaded onto a U.S. naval ship as part of its cargo. Again, the statue was lost when the naval ship, the Cyclops, hit stormy seas and sank near Cuba.

More recently, wealthy financier Raymond LeBaron caught wind of the story, and determined what he thought was the resting place of the Cyclops. With two specialists in tow, LeBaron set out over the ocean in a hydrogen-filled zeppelin loaded with underwater sensing equipment. LeBaron’s zeppelin also went missing during its search, until showing up again ten days later under very mysterious circumstances. The airship rather suddenly appeared over a popular beach resort, it’s three-member crew all dead and strangely decomposed.

Whenever there is a mystery on or under the sea, there’s no better person for the job than Dirk Pitt, special projects director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Pitt, and his long-time partner Al Giordino, waste no time digging up some clues, and quickly discover that there is a lot more involved here than sunken treasure. This mystery will take Dirk and Al from the wreck of the Cyclops, to a secret Russian military base on Cuba, to an even more secret American colony on the moon.

Dirk Pitt is one of my favorite fictional heroes. He’s a little bit James Bond, a little bit Captain America, and a little bit McGyver all rolled into one. There doesn’t seem to be anything Dirk can’t do. In Cyclops, Dirk manages to escape from a secret military base on the island of Cuba and he doesn’t even think twice about setting off toward the Bahamas in a bathtub mounted with a small outboard motor.

One thing I like about Clive Cussler’s stories, is that he always includes some kind of grand spectacle. In an earlier dirk Pitt novel, an enemy of the United States sailed a battleship up the Potomac river and opened fire on Washington DC. In Cyclops, a rogue zeppelin comes in off the ocean and threatens to collide with a ritzy hotel on the beach. Dirk Pitt is on hand though, and he quickly grabs one of the blimps tow ropes. “For God’s sake, help me!” he shouts to the bewildered onlookers. More and more sunbathers grab onto the dangling ropes, gradually slowing the zeppelin’s progress, until Dirk can tie it off on a handy palm tree. I like Cussler’s style.

I also like the way Cussler’s books always seem to have two seemingly unrelated plot lines going. It’s almost like getting two stories in one. In Cyclops you have the story of the lost treasure, and then there’s this seemingly unrelated story of the moon colony going right alongside it. It is not until the exciting finish that Cussler finally ties the two together.

Michael Prichard has been the voice of Dirk Pitt through most of his adventures so far, and I have really come to associate him with the character. Prichard is not great at doing different voices, but he has a very natural style that I enjoy listening to.

Cyclops is another great Dirk Pitt adventure. I always enjoy settling in to one of his books.

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Special thanks to Kearney Public Library for this review copy.
Audiobook review by Steven Brandt.
This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook.
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