The book, Cyclops, by Clive Cussler, is a techno-thriller featuring well-loved protagonist, Dirk Pitt. The story opens with the puzzling events aboard the Cyclops, a Navy collier, in with a captain who drinks more than he works and a strange cargo with equally strange passengers that board in Rio de Janeiro. The Cyclops has been issued a no communications order by the Captain and refuses to answer a distress call from Crogan Castle fifty miles away, near the northern coast of Cuba. Shortly after, the Cyclops encounters a similar rogue wave that the Crogan Castle had mentioned; only the Cyclops did not survive. Her secrets lie deep under the water with her. Dirk Pitt is participating in a seaboard marathon near the Bahamas when a runaway blimp crosses his path and threatens the lives of the people on the beach and in the hotel.
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From Cuban waters, the blimp drifts toward Florida with a crew of dead men-- Soviet cosmonauts. Threatened in space, the Russians are about to s A wealthy American financier disappears on a treasure hunt in an antique blimp. From a Cuban torture chamber to the cold ocean depths, Pitt is racing to defuse an international conspiracy that threatens to shatter the earth!
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Dirk Pitt , Al Giordino. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cyclops , please sign up. This is such a small point but it's bugging me. In the very beginning of the book it's and the President is told about a secret lunar base. He then somehow calculates the crew has been in space for six years.
The guy telling him about the base only said it started in and there was ten years of planning. So where does being in space for six years come from??? Is this just a logic gaffe. Zach Franz I'd wondered myself. Remember, on the golf course in the beginning, he went to the bathroom and read the brief that his "caddie" had given him. I'm th …more I'd wondered myself. I'm thinking the information was in there. Cussler just didn't mention it explicitly.
See 1 question about Cyclops…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cyclops Dirk Pitt, 8. Okay, that sounds cool. From Cuban waters, the blimp drifts toward Florida with a crew of dead men—Soviet cosmonauts. Whoa, now you've got my attention. Dirk Pitt discovers a shocking scheme: a covert group of US industrialists has put a colony on the moon, a secret base they will defend at any cost.
You've got to be shitting me! This sounds awesome! Cyclops was a thoroughly enjoyable read, as cheesy and as far-fetched as Cussler got during Pitt's early days, but that's hardly a complaint. This is a vintage 80s thriller that I've only discovered because of the new edition, and that cover blurb sold me immediately. I didn't care if it was a republished classic or a new throwback, but I had to read it.
No question. As I read through this, one word kept coming to mind - Moonraker - and that's a good thing. If you remember Bond's most preposterous mission as fondly as I do, then this is the book for you. I loved the idea of a secret USA moonbase that not even the President knows about, and the high-stakes plan to assassinate Castro, destroy Cuba, and frame the CIA was just preposterous enough to be entertaining.
Throw in an antique blimp that's as a clever plot-point as it is self-indulgent, and you've got the makings of a kick-ass adventure. Personally, I would have liked more Space Shuttle action, but given that this hit shelves not long after the Challenger disaster, I'm surprised it was published as-is. The threat of a fatal crash is key to the book's final act, and that had to have made for an awkward read at the time.
Anyway, as much as I loved the Shuttle angle, I would have trimmed the final story arc, as it strays too far into politics, at the expense of the treasure hunt that began it all but, otherwise, Cyclops delivered exactly what I was looking for.
View 1 comment. Feb 23, M. Kinkade rated it did not like it. I picked this book up at a charity book swap for a dollar. After that last book, I figured I needed something fun and easy on the brain. Several Dirk Pitt books have made an appearance as family road-trip fodder, because, while basically predictable What, this story involves a secret treasure that's probably in the ocean somewhere?!
Who would guess! What's not to like? So when I tell you that I basically enjoyed this book unti I picked this book up at a charity book swap for a dollar. Now the book is 30 years old, so I'm not going to bother with spoiler tags plus I don't think you should really bother with it anyway , but if you don't want to know what happens, turn back now. So the book somehow manages to combine a secret moon base, a massive lost golden statue La Dorada , a missing millionaire, CIA agents, and a terroristic plot against communist Cuba and Fidel Castro personally.
It's important to note that this was written in and set in Essentially, these plot lines aren't actually at all related, except that it made the President pretty damn unhappy and almost killed our hero Mr. Pitt at least a half-dozen times. This is one of the reasons I almost dropped the book; once one plot line was resolved, there wasn't a lot of reason to continue.
Plus it's hard to believe Pitt made it most of the way through the novel without requiring serious medical attention. But he's Aquaman meets Harrison Ford, so that's not such a big deal. What was a big deal was the way Cussler treated his ONE female character seriously. There are, like, 8 prominent male characters.
There is one woman with a name who is important; one other appears briefly to give background and returns to her retirement home. If you think I'm just being melodramatic, consider this scenario: You're an incredibly beautiful, intelligent woman married to a millionaire her only fault is her inherent woman-ness. You can speak 5 languages, are a skilled SCUBA diver, and, oh, yes sure, you can fly the extremely rare and challenging blimp your husband managed to get kidnapped from. You make the mistake of traveling with Dirk Pitt.
In the process, you are captured by evil Soviet KGB agents and tortured the details are fuzzy, but you're naked and thoroughly bruised. Then, your husband is killed in front of you and you make a mad dash for escape. You end up on a beach in Cuba, wearing the wet and stinky uniform of a Cuban militia.
You spend the night hiding in a storm drain with Dirk Pitt. What would you do next? If your answer isn't "have sex with Dirk Pitt, a man who maligned your dead-not-evenhours husband for his adultery," then you clearly are a sane person and not in this book.
There are so many things wrong with that scene! I threw the book across the room when I read it. It was less than 2 pages, but that scene ruined the entire book for me. But I'm not one to abandon books, generally, so I finished the danged thing, but wow, it never got better, and Jessie LeBaron Ms. Richy-Rich herself just got more ridiculous and whimpering helpless woman the farther I read.
If this were the only Cussler book I had ever read, I'd think he'd never met an actual woman. Now, there were some great things writers could learn from this book.
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From wandering blimps to a colony on the moon to a Cuban friendship and the KGB threat, this book covers so much ground! For one thing, a villain from a previous novel returns, the assassin Foss Gly who wreaked havoc in Canada in Night Probe! Such a return is quite a rarity for any Cussler series. For another, Hiram Yeager uses his vast computer knowledge to uncover the history of the Cyclops ship, though I wondered why Dirk never rang up the gregarious St. Julien Perlmutter. Overall I enjoyed this book. You are commenting using your WordPress.
Dirk Pitt doesn't go looking for adventure: it finds him easily enough. His chance witnessing of an airship disaster - which nearly kills him - and subsequent discovery of the gruesome fate of the crew sets in motion the most nail-biting chain of events of his career. The hijacking on a golf course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean; the sinister intrigue of a secret power base on the moon Pitt's considerable resources and guile are about to be tested to the limit. But when he finds a trail leading towards a fabulous treasure hidden fathoms deep in the ocean, Pitt realises he is on to something very special indeed.