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Another “impossible to put down” (Houston Chronicle) classic Dirk Pitt adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the NUMA Files and the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures. A deadly tide of poison flows into ocean waters. A ghost ship drifts across the empty northern Pacific. A luxury Soviet liner blazes into a funeral pyre. The Presidential yacht cruises the Potoma Another “impossible to put down” (Houston Chronicle) classic Dirk Pitt adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the NUMA Files and the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures. A deadly tide of poison flows into ocean waters. A ghost ship drifts across the empty northern Pacific. A luxury Soviet liner blazes into a funeral pyre. The Presidential yacht cruises the Potomac night—and the President disappears without a trace. Dirk Pitt takes on a sinister Asian shipping empire in an intercontinental duel of nerves. In his most dangerous, fast-paced adventure, he fights to save the US government—and to seize one desperate moment of revenge!


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Another “impossible to put down” (Houston Chronicle) classic Dirk Pitt adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the NUMA Files and the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures. A deadly tide of poison flows into ocean waters. A ghost ship drifts across the empty northern Pacific. A luxury Soviet liner blazes into a funeral pyre. The Presidential yacht cruises the Potoma Another “impossible to put down” (Houston Chronicle) classic Dirk Pitt adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the NUMA Files and the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures. A deadly tide of poison flows into ocean waters. A ghost ship drifts across the empty northern Pacific. A luxury Soviet liner blazes into a funeral pyre. The Presidential yacht cruises the Potomac night—and the President disappears without a trace. Dirk Pitt takes on a sinister Asian shipping empire in an intercontinental duel of nerves. In his most dangerous, fast-paced adventure, he fights to save the US government—and to seize one desperate moment of revenge!

30 review for Deep Six

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    One of two Cusslers I've read - this one is so over the top it feels that he's kind of the Ed Wood of thriller writing. As such, it is quite enjoyable, but if you like your stories to be about things that can actually happen and heroes that could be real people, skip this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Feliks

    After this chapter in the Dirk Pitt saga, its really time to call a halt. Sensible, rational, self-respecting readers should all retreat, beyond this point. Its the last of the Pitt episodes which has any kind of credibility or plausibility whatsoever. Clive Cussler (the author) unfortunately, does not know when to stop with this goofy series. He is dazzled by his name on movie posters and on supermarket check-out aisle paperback racks. An author of grossly immodest self-appraisal, overweening a After this chapter in the Dirk Pitt saga, its really time to call a halt. Sensible, rational, self-respecting readers should all retreat, beyond this point. Its the last of the Pitt episodes which has any kind of credibility or plausibility whatsoever. Clive Cussler (the author) unfortunately, does not know when to stop with this goofy series. He is dazzled by his name on movie posters and on supermarket check-out aisle paperback racks. An author of grossly immodest self-appraisal, overweening ambition, and plutocratic lust for riches. These are the only possible reasons he ever had, to drag out this hysterical silly series of sea-adventures possessing a knock-off American James Bond character. This particular novel is boiler-plate Dirk Pitt. Nothing more, nothing less. Sound and fury but no lasting value. Read it and toss it aside; and consider yourself the better for knowing when enough is enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    NebulousGloom (FK)

    It seems like each time I start reading a Clive Cussler book I finish the first chapter and say, "Oh my god this guy can write." This was no exception. This story is quick, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable. As I noted last time, it also has too many coincidences, takes on plot elements so big that they verge on ridiculous and diverges sharply from reality. This doesn't bother me, although I admit that I think that Tom Clancy does a better job with realism. On the other hand, I don't think It seems like each time I start reading a Clive Cussler book I finish the first chapter and say, "Oh my god this guy can write." This was no exception. This story is quick, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable. As I noted last time, it also has too many coincidences, takes on plot elements so big that they verge on ridiculous and diverges sharply from reality. This doesn't bother me, although I admit that I think that Tom Clancy does a better job with realism. On the other hand, I don't think I laugh as much while reading Clancy books. The ending of this book was truly classic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    These books are always exciting and informative. The way Pitt disposed of the villain wasn’t typical, which also intrigued me. I’m in the process of listening to any books in the series I might have missed. So, onto the next one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I enjoyed the book, but for some reason I had trouble keeping my attention. Maybe it was just me, but with so many characters and everything going every which way, it sometimes lost me. It was definitely unpredictable, to be honest, I'm not sure what happened to some of the characters. I did enjoy reading it, it was just a bit hard to keep track at points!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Ridiculous plot as a Korean matriarch, on behalf of the Soviet Union, kidnaps the hierarchy of the USA and then brainwashes the President. Pitt gets involved and saves the day against incredible odds. Couple of interesting additions to his team in Perlmeter and Hiram Yaeger and nice to see Loren Smith return as a love interest who is more substantial than others in this series. Vaguely enjoyable but that is all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra Johnson

    Deep Six by Clive Cussler Genres; Action/Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Suspense 4 Stars Published March 22nd 1984 by Hamish Hamilton This was one of the books in my previous mentioned 'Gold Mine' at a yard sell purchases. I will not freak Mr. Cussler out on what I paid for this gem. However, I often wonder what went on behind the closed doors of the woman who sold them to me after her husband found out. Hmmm This was definitely on of my top favorites on the Dirk Pitt series. The intrigue, to me, seemed Deep Six by Clive Cussler Genres; Action/Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Suspense 4 Stars Published March 22nd 1984 by Hamish Hamilton This was one of the books in my previous mentioned 'Gold Mine' at a yard sell purchases. I will not freak Mr. Cussler out on what I paid for this gem. However, I often wonder what went on behind the closed doors of the woman who sold them to me after her husband found out. Hmmm This was definitely on of my top favorites on the Dirk Pitt series. The intrigue, to me, seemed more in depth then the previous books of his I had read. I think I still secretly hold a slight crush on both Al Giordino and Dirk Pitt to this day. Great, fun reads. Intrigue and super spy/hero shenanigans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    I cannot say that I disliked the book, but I'm not sure that I need to read another Cussler story. He's a good writer, in that action and adventure sort of way, where leading men are strong, moral and all of the women love them. His stories are well plotted, lots happens, not necessarily by the way of surprise plot twists, but the action scenes are well thought out with the hero racing from one predicament to the next. At the end of the book, the hero saves the damsel and the villain perishes. N I cannot say that I disliked the book, but I'm not sure that I need to read another Cussler story. He's a good writer, in that action and adventure sort of way, where leading men are strong, moral and all of the women love them. His stories are well plotted, lots happens, not necessarily by the way of surprise plot twists, but the action scenes are well thought out with the hero racing from one predicament to the next. At the end of the book, the hero saves the damsel and the villain perishes. No surprises there. In many ways, I am surprised that they haven't made one of his books. into a movie. Perhaps the thought of filming in and under water has scared producers off the project. On on a side note, Cussler's life reads like a superhero

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Ann

    One of the better books I have read in a long time, excellent thriller. You have just got to love how Cussler pulls all these seemingly random strands together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cook

    There is a lot of science fiction in this book and the prose is often clunky, but it doesn't lack for suspense, especially at the climax. Dirk Pitt has at least nine lives and possibly a lot more since this is the seventh book featuring him. The author is very knowledgeable about diving and salvage operations, and this expertise is evident. The book has a lot of characters that are difficult to keep track of, since they are often mentioned by just their names rather than a title or affiliation. There is a lot of science fiction in this book and the prose is often clunky, but it doesn't lack for suspense, especially at the climax. Dirk Pitt has at least nine lives and possibly a lot more since this is the seventh book featuring him. The author is very knowledgeable about diving and salvage operations, and this expertise is evident. The book has a lot of characters that are difficult to keep track of, since they are often mentioned by just their names rather than a title or affiliation. I wanted to have a cast of characters in front of me. It is definitely scary to picture what would happen if the president was abducted. It doesn't make for quiet bedtime reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the 7th installment of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt NUMA action-adventure series, Deep Six, Dirk Pitt returned in this thrilling novel. A deadly tide of poison flowed into the ocean, a ghost ship drifted across an empty ocean, while a Soviet liner went on fire, and the Presidential yacht cruised across the Potomac while the President disappeared without a trace. Dirk and Al took on a sinister Asian shipping empire and fought to save the country, while seizing one moment for revenge.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hassaan Anjum

    Typical action, one man army hero type novel. A good read for people liking such novels.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roopkumar Balachandran

    My 9th outing with Dirk Pitt adventures. Clive Cussler the master storyteller, this is yet another feather to his cap. I was awestruck by his skill of interweaving various sub plots in the story. The novel starts in the year 1966, with Arta Casilighio the teller of Beverly-Wilshire bank steals 120000 dollars and hatches a plan to escape from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand in a cargo ship, but she was killed by Korean seamen. Another sub story, in Augustine Island, Alaska a poison leak in My 9th outing with Dirk Pitt adventures. Clive Cussler the master storyteller, this is yet another feather to his cap. I was awestruck by his skill of interweaving various sub plots in the story. The novel starts in the year 1966, with Arta Casilighio the teller of Beverly-Wilshire bank steals 120000 dollars and hatches a plan to escape from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand in a cargo ship, but she was killed by Korean seamen. Another sub story, in Augustine Island, Alaska a poison leak in sea kills many, the nature of the agent is that it is absorbed through skin which turns out to be a deadly biological weapon, called Nerve Agent S. Years back the nerve agent was to be buried in desert, however some of the containers disappeared. NUMA is asked to find out the source of the poison. Working along with Dr.Julie Mendoza, Pitt finds out the sunken ship and all the containers of Nerve Agent S. But unexpected eruption of the volcano tilts the ship and accidentally kills Julie. Through the help of Alhambra Iron and Boiler Company and St. Julien Perlmutter, Pitt comes to know the ship Pilottown name has been changed several times and that the San Marino, the Belle Chasse and the Pilottown are indeed one and the same ship. The ownership points to Bougainville Maritime Lines, ruled by 89 year old Madame Min Koryo Bougainville. Sub plot number 3, the President of the United States, Vice President Margolin, President Pro Temp-ore Marcus Larimer and Speaker of the House Alan Moran were abducted from Presidential yacht and mind controlled by a psychologist Aleksei Lugovoy in a secret lab, a part of plot of Soviet Union and Min Koryo. Meanwhile Paul Suvorov a KGB officer misunderstands the mind control plan and tries to release, but he takes only Alan Moran and Marcus Larimer to a Russian cruise ship Leonid Andreyev. There Pitt's love interest Loren Smith who happens to be in the cruiser sees Moran and Larimer, she informs to her secretary. She notifies Pitt. And Pitt along with Al Giordino disguises as a couples enters the cruise ship, but the ship was detonated many were killed. Pitt, Al and Loren tries to board nearby boat. As Moran and Loren boards, Pitt was attacked by Lee Tong, the grandson of Min Koryo and he takes Loren with him. The President under mind control returns to White House, rules as a Dictator. The Congress tries to impeach. Pitt not fully recovered through help from Yaeger and Perlmutter finds out the secret lab and tries their best to save the United States, Vice President and Loren Smith. How he accomplished is told in the final chapters. I like to quote some of Pitt's one liners: 1. What in hell are these? Giordino mumbled, emerging from the cobwebs. Welcome gifts from the sanitation department. (When hood and gloves given to wear for protection against nerve agent S) 2. Deducing the murderer in an Agatha Christie novel is kindergarten stuff compared to finding a lost derelict under hundreds of square miles of water. Sometimes you get lucky early. Most of the time you don't. (Pitt's poetic response to Dover on finding the shipwreck) 3. No one in the world is immune from curiosity. (Pitt asking to release news about finding of two ship wrecks instead of one) 4. What was that all about? Giordino inquired. My travel agent Pitt answered, pretending to be nonchalant. (Pitt's answer to Loren's Secretary Sally on finding Loren Smith in Leonid Andreyev cruise ship) 5. Y' all play the violin when ya fly? Hogan asked curiously. Soothes my fear of height, Pitt replied. (Colt Thompson sub machine gun carried by Pitt in a violin case) 6. Nice place you have here, came a voice from the doorway. but your elevator is out of order. You! he gasped. Pitts face tired, haggard and dark with beard stubble lit up in a smile. Lee Tong Bougainville. What a coincidence. You're alive! A trite observation. (Climax dialog between Pitt and Lee Tong) 7. Happen to know Lee Tong Bougainville personally, said Emmett. He is a respected business executive who donates heavily to political campaigns. So does the Mafia and every charlatan who's out to milk the government money machine, said Pitt icily. 8. Why have you pursued my grandmother and me, Mr.Pitt? he demanded, stalling. Why have you set out to wreck Bougainville Maritime? That's like Hitler asked why the Allies invaded Europe. In my case, you were responsible for the death of a friend. 9. Sal Casio? she asked. With his daughter. And Min Koryo Bougainville? In hell. (Pitt answers to Loren in the end) A penthouse suite, he corrected her. And who's going to pay for this opulent interlude? Pitt looked down at her in mock astonishment. Why the government, of course. Who else? (Pitt answers to Loren in the end)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Colin Winter

    Bravo, Clive Cussler, you've done it again! This was recommended to me a few weeks ago, and I saw it the other day. I don't read much adventure, preferring fantasy or science fiction, so my curiosity was piqued. I just finished it, and I have to say, my expectations were blown out of the water! The plot was riveting and fast paced, keeping me hooked until the end. I love Clive's style of writing, drawing you in with a fascinating prologue. Once the story begins, it seems the plot thickens and th Bravo, Clive Cussler, you've done it again! This was recommended to me a few weeks ago, and I saw it the other day. I don't read much adventure, preferring fantasy or science fiction, so my curiosity was piqued. I just finished it, and I have to say, my expectations were blown out of the water! The plot was riveting and fast paced, keeping me hooked until the end. I love Clive's style of writing, drawing you in with a fascinating prologue. Once the story begins, it seems the plot thickens and thickens. I will admit that it got very confusing, but it quickly resolved. The plot was not just threads intertwined, it was a veritable rope! My favorite part was the ending! (view spoiler)[ The ending with the Stonewall Jackson made me quietly giggle as I read in bed. I reread it twice! I loved how Clive combined the old with the new, and the unlikely scenario made it even better! (view spoiler)[ I would recommend this book to teens and young adults around 15-25. It was an amazing read, though isn't too realistic. I wouldn't read it if I was younger, because of the language and themes interspersed. I feel that this is the obvious choice if you have read Spy School, and comparisons can be drawn to other books like Warcross, Obsidio, and others. An amazing read that I give credit for fostering my love of adventure novels. Bravo, Clive Cussler, Bravo! (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcey McKay

    Deep Six is Clive Cussler's seventh Dirk Pitt adventure and for most people reading it, they would have read at least some of the other Pitt adventures. Those people know what to expect from Cussler and would be more than satisfied with another tale of a marine engineer saving the free world once again. For myself, I would probably lump myself into that category as well. Cussler is into a groove by this point in the mid-80s, at that's not necessarily a bad thing. An Asian shipping empire, Cold Wa Deep Six is Clive Cussler's seventh Dirk Pitt adventure and for most people reading it, they would have read at least some of the other Pitt adventures. Those people know what to expect from Cussler and would be more than satisfied with another tale of a marine engineer saving the free world once again. For myself, I would probably lump myself into that category as well. Cussler is into a groove by this point in the mid-80s, at that's not necessarily a bad thing. An Asian shipping empire, Cold War era Soviet plots, and a presidential abduction all provide the background for Pitt to weave his way through another adventure with his sidekick, to go up against the enemy, save the girl, the ultimate rebel, all the while doing so on behalf of the U.S. government. I always love to read the early works of authors that have gone on to become perennial bestsellers to read what got them to the top. I think this book, Cussler's 7th, is the start of the transition from one phase in his career to another. On to the next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Another Cussler masterpiece. What can I say. Dirk Pitt saves us all once again, from the Machiavellian wiles of an evil Shipping magnate with ambitions to take over the US government. As I have come to expect from Custler, the writing is high standard, and the story keeps you enthralled and tuning pages. One thing struck me as fascinating. The main story line in this book is about a US President who is 'got at' by the Russians, then begins making irrational decisions, ignores advice, sacks all his Another Cussler masterpiece. What can I say. Dirk Pitt saves us all once again, from the Machiavellian wiles of an evil Shipping magnate with ambitions to take over the US government. As I have come to expect from Custler, the writing is high standard, and the story keeps you enthralled and tuning pages. One thing struck me as fascinating. The main story line in this book is about a US President who is 'got at' by the Russians, then begins making irrational decisions, ignores advice, sacks all his white house advisors and shuts down Congress and the Senate so he can get his own way. What a plot! Who would have thought????? This book was written last century - the author must be a prophet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shane Phillips

    Ok, this was creepy. Set in 1980's, the book is about the president being manipulated by the Russians. As I type this indictments went out to arrest 13 Russians who manipulated the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump. This story was fun and while the technology is non-existent even today, it works.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wolf (Alpha)

    This was a great read. After reading The Silent Sea, I had to read this one. The mystery was amazing and kept me reading this book. I loved the mystery behind the President’s disappearance. This book was intriguing and very interesting. If you are looking for a good read with tons of action, definitely read this one. The characters were amazing and it was great. Overall 5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    It has been about five years since I last read this book, and I enjoyed revisiting it. Even with being a shorter book, it still moves at a brisk pace overall (some parts of the book do slow down a bit, but the author was able to maintain the general pacing of the book, for the most part). I was surprised at the ending of the “section” (chapter) right before the final chapter in the book, to be honest, with the way it ended. Dirk and Al seemed more ‘human’ in this book, especially Dirk towards th It has been about five years since I last read this book, and I enjoyed revisiting it. Even with being a shorter book, it still moves at a brisk pace overall (some parts of the book do slow down a bit, but the author was able to maintain the general pacing of the book, for the most part). I was surprised at the ending of the “section” (chapter) right before the final chapter in the book, to be honest, with the way it ended. Dirk and Al seemed more ‘human’ in this book, especially Dirk towards the end. The character development of the secondary cast of characters is decent; there is not really much character change or growth for Dirk or Al – they tend to remain pretty constant in who they are and how they act. It was good to “see” Loren in this book, too – I always thought she was the ‘best foil’ and ‘only girl’ for Dirk, to be honest, out of all his lovers. Despite what the blurb on the dust jacket says, (Cussler has created a novel of compelling originality and rich detail that remains totally believable), one does have to suspend some disbelief in the premise of the story. (view spoiler)[Some rich, angry South Korean matriarch godmother-type character agrees to kidnap the President, Vice-President, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on behalf of the Russians and assist in having then brainwashed so that the Russians can ‘control’ the United States government, steal secrets, and provide Russia with amazing trade deals via mind control. It is a crazy scheme, as it involves kidnapping the President of the United States as well as the next three men in line for succession if the President were killed or incapacitated. It is kind-of amusing, as it keeps going back and forth between how difficult mind control is and how difficult it is, that the brain is both easily understood and not easily understood. Plus, this book reminded me of some of his more current books, where the ‘enemy’ (villain) has people everywhere, which makes one wonder how the hero(es) will pull off the ‘win’ and save the day. Another thing that has ‘always’ struck me as funny is how often there are zero military assets in a particular area to send forces in to rescue somebody or stop some act from taking place or capturing the villains, yet there always seems to be a NUMA vessel or team in the area. It is no coincidence, I am sure, that Dirk is always on (with) (leading) those teams, too! I also like how Dirk is like MacGyver, using what is available, at hand, to use to foil the villainous schemes. In this case, he convinces a group of Civil War enactors to assist him in rescuing the Vice-President and Congresswoman Loren from the villains before they are sunk in one hundred fathoms of open ocean to die. One might wonder why it has to be one hundred fathoms, but that is what the plot calls for. It would seem that drowning at any depth means the person (or persons) drowned are dead no matter what. It must have to do with being able to retrieve the dead bodies, I assume? In this case, if the Vice-President’s corpse were retrieved, it would show the Speaker of the House was lying about when and where the VP died, which would cause even more chaos in the federal government. (hide spoiler)] One thing I do like in his earlier stories is how he tended to keep some of the same characters introduced in one story around over the next few stories, depending on the nature of the subsequent adventures. I like it when references are made to prior stories; it helps create a kind of continuity and also helps to “develop” the primary characters over time as opposed to each novel (granted, Al has tended to regress as a character more the grow, which is a sad state of affairs, considering how smart he truly is). In this novel, mention is made a few times of the treaty that joined Canada and the United States into one nation (revealed in Night Probe!) (first mentioned on page 45, and then a time or two later) and how it made the two nations stronger as a result. I recognized Speaker of the House Douglas Oates as well as General Clayton Metcalf as appearing in subsequent novels. Vice-President Margolin, I believe, also appears in subsequent novels, too. One of these times, maybe if I ever decide to reread each story in chronological order, maybe I will keep track of who is in each novel and their “position,” ‘just for fun,’ to see how many appear over the course of various novels. There were some lines in the book that really stood out to me; most of the made me chuckle. (view spoiler)[ “She suddenly realized that her stock had shot up on the Dow Jones. Men admired a woman who could ramrod a dirty job and not be a bitch.” (75) I thought that was an interesting perspective. I think it is a reasonable statement to make, as it could also hold true for a male. I just am not sure if it was meant as patronizing or not, considering when it was written (early to mid-80s and published late mid-80s). This struck me as hilarious – “An icy chill crept up the back of Pitt’s neck and spread throughout his body, and he realized the batteries operating the heater in his suit were nearly drained.” (78) At first, it sounds like Pitt was frozen with fear for a moment, which would have been a ‘true first’ for him, only to have the author do a nice job of switching gears and changing direction. Well done, Mr. Cussler! Well done! That was a nice bit of misdirection! “I’m addicted to German cooking,” Perlmutter laughed, patting his ample stomach. “Lots more substance than that candy-ass French fare, which is nothing but an exotic way to prepare garbage.” (112 – 113) A pert blond waitress in a micro-skirt and mesh stockings stopped by his table. “You’re the most pitiful person in the place,” she said with a motherly smile. “Lose your best girl or your wife?” “Worse,” said Pitt sadly. “My car.” “She laid a look on him reserved for Martians and weirdos, shrugged and continued her rounds of the other tables. (254) (hide spoiler)] Some other ‘random thoughts’: (view spoiler)[ The beginning of this book is so tragic, so sad! It starts out with a beautiful young thief trying to flee her ‘boring, normal life’ only to die after booking passage on a small cargo vessel traveling to Auckland in New Zealand. It felt like it was such a pointless death in the book, too! She just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. As it turns out, it is an important plot point, as her father is a private investigator and has been investigating her death for over twenty years by the time this story takes place (she died in 1966). At one point, her father (Sal Cascio) is described as “a proud, hardened old man, battling his own private windmill” after so many dead-ends while investigating his daughter’s murder. (Arta Casilighio had found a lost passport belonging to an Estelle Wallace, a woman who bore a remarkable resemblance to Arta; Arta became jealous at Estelle’s life as a “world traveler” and used the passport to create a new identity for herself. She then stole $128,000 from the bank where she worked in order to fund her ‘new life’ abroad and fled the country on a small cargo vessel. The cargo ship ended up being hijacked by a group of South Korean crew members who killed everybody onboard by dropping their chain-wrapped bodies over the side.) Unfortunately for Sal, he, too, dies at the end before he can see ‘justice’ brought against the murderer of his daughter. I found myself wondering if Pitt would have reacted as strongly to Mendoza’s death if she had been a man (82). He has gotten upset at ‘pointless deaths’ before, in other books, but he has a pretty strong reaction to Julie Mendoza’s death (she was from the EPA and was in charge of a mixed team searching for some kind of pathogen that was killing all life above and below the ocean’s surface around Alaska). Granted, he had been flirting with her before getting her to agree to have lunch with him after “losing a bet” (that Dirk would find the source of the pathogen in less time than anticipated; Mendoza said it would take weeks, if not months, and he bet her he could find the source of the contamination in less than forty-eight hours; his ‘reward/prize’ would be whatever she could imagine [come up with] (49 – 51). He found the source with plenty of time to spare and practically ‘goads’ her into acquiescing to a dinner with him; she naturally dies a short time later due to a natural event causing an injury which gets her killed from the nerve agent). The story about Dirk receiving a commendation for shooting down an American plane during the Vietnam War, and the ‘fact’ that Admiral Sandecker was aboard the plane at the time, was pretty amusing to read. I had forgotten about that story (apparently an air base had just been overrun by Communists just before the Admiral’s plane was going to land; Dirk tried to warn the Admiral’s plane off using other means as the radio on the Admiral’s plane was no longer working. Dirk ended up shooting the plane down so that it landed in the water offshore; he then stayed overhead, providing protection, until more American forces could arrive to rescue the Admiral and his staff. He remembered Dirk’s actions and offered Dirk a job at NUMA after he himself was placed in charge of this new, fledgling government agency) (337 – 338). The whole Leonid Andreyev “section” was crazy! Loren is aboard this Russian “cruise ship” to learn from the Russians on how to ‘expertly maintain a cruise ship’ so either the S.S. America or the S.S. United States could be renovated and the United States have its own functioning cruise line. While aboard, she sees Senator Marcus Larimer and Congressman Alan Moran being brought onboard as prisoners. Not believing her eyes, she contacts her secretary and tells her to investigate the whereabouts of these two congressional leaders. When her secretary calls back to say neither man can be found, Loren only has time to tell her to tell Dirk Pitt before the call is cut-off and Loren is locked in the brig. Prior to being reached by Loren’s secretary, Dirk is nearly killed in a car bombing incident (a bomb with a timer had been planted on his vehicle and a remote device activated the timer as he approached his vehicle; only the ‘timely’ appearance of Al prevented Dirk from being assassinated in NUMA’s parking lot). After being given Loren’s message, Dirk and Al fly out to one of the port stops for the cruise ship and join the passengers onboard, posing as a married couple (Al, of course, plays the ugly wife to Dirk’s drunken-tourist husband). While aboard the ship, Dirk unknowingly encounters the grandson of the South Korean “gang’s” matriarch, who recognizes him and is shocked to see Dirk is still alive. Dirk saves Loren from being raped by the KGB officer who had brought the two leaders of Congress onboard, killing the dude in the process. He then squirrels the three government officials away in his and Al’s cabin, hiding the three of them in the small shower with Al at one point to fool the Russians. While discussing how to escape, the South Korean grandson, Lee Tong, plants a bomb deep in the bowels of the ship and flees with the other survivors when the bomb goes off. Unable to face the coming inquest over the loss of both his ship and so many lives of crew and passengers, the Russian captain “does the honorable thing” by committing suicide – he dives off of a Russian launch and swims as deep as he can in order to drown because he cannot overcome the guilt of not being able to prevent such a tragedy or the consequences of his ‘failure’ (both to the Russian government, at losing three leaders of Congress, and to the world at large). Loren is captured by the South Koreans while Al helps to save Dirk’s life as some US Navy helicopters from Guantanamo Bay arrive just in time to prevent Lee Tong from ensuring Dirk’s death. Congressman Moran was an officious ass and weasel. He refused to assist in saving anybody from the flames onboard the sinking, burning vessel or from drowning in the water (he saved his own miserable life instead of the life of Senator Latimer, who was much older and in poorer health). When he returned to the United States, he then made a deal with Madame Min Koryo Bougainville - Matriarch of the Bougainville shipping dynasty, to see to the death of Congresswoman Loren Smith and Vice-President Vincent Margolin in order to ensure his ascension to President of the United States after the current President was removed via impeachment (after his ability to serve as President had been compromised due to the Russian brain washing and mind control experiment(s)). Fortunately, the Vice-President is rescued with Loren and is able to prevent Moran from becoming President of the United States. Senator Latimer was a hero. After being rescued from the Russians and mildly recovering from his ordeal, he did everything he could to help save lives, including ensuring people made it overboard and throwing flotation devices and buoyant objects into the water before he himself went over with Loren. He ended up dying while awaiting rescue. He probably would have died, anyway, but Congressman’s actions in taking the ‘last seats’ on one of the U.S. Navy’s rescue helicopters ensured Latimer would not make it out alive. It is kind of interesting, but they never actually mention the name of the President in this novel. What is even more interesting is that this story takes place a few months after Night Probe! (which I was surprised to discover). On a whim, I picked up my copy of Night Probe! to see if it had the President’s name listed in that book, and it is not listed in there, either. He is referred to as “the President” throughout every page I saw “President” when skimming that book. Yet, the VP’s name is mentioned in this book. Kinda funny! Also, I saw Mercier and Oates were in that book, too, which only make sense, considering the take place a few months apart during the same Presidential term. I had forgotten about the ending! I was sorry to see Sal be killed at the end, but at least he had closure and peace. It was pretty ‘harsh’ that Dirk launched the old matriarch down an open elevator shaft like he did; I get it (she had too many connections and would never see a prison cell, let alone a court room), but it was still pretty harsh. (hide spoiler)] It was a fun book to revisit, and I am glad that it was still fun to reread.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    The prologue pulled me right into the story. The action continued, the tension increased. Years ago, while in the Navy, I fell in love with being on ships. This story brought naval memories. So much happens in this story, scuba diving, ship traveling, mystery solving, to name only a few. Even though I thought the plot was a little far-fetched, I enjoyed it anyway. President kidnapped and brain-washed. I look forward to more Dirk Pitt adventures.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jack Laschenski

    Typical, exotic Cussler. The President is kidnapped and the Russians plant a mind control chip in his head. He declares the US a dictatorship. Deadly poison in the Artic ocean. A huge fleet of ships stolen. Ugly, brutal Korean family is responsible for it all. Can Dirk Pitt help?? Of course, but not until the last pagef1

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teo Hoppe

    Clive Cussler has made a very successful career at producing fast paced, entertaining adventures which provide us with a clean cut hero in the form of Dirk Pitt as he finds himself battling yet another villain out to ruin the world. While Cussler's fans, who number in the legions, faithfully purchase each new novel as it comes out, there has been a change in the novels as they have become longer in length, with more exotic locales and more fantastic in their stories. Deep Six is one of the older n Clive Cussler has made a very successful career at producing fast paced, entertaining adventures which provide us with a clean cut hero in the form of Dirk Pitt as he finds himself battling yet another villain out to ruin the world. While Cussler's fans, who number in the legions, faithfully purchase each new novel as it comes out, there has been a change in the novels as they have become longer in length, with more exotic locales and more fantastic in their stories. Deep Six is one of the older novels, written in the 1980s, and does not suffer from some of the far fetched coincidences that plague the latest stories. The novel concerns itself with the machinations of the Bougainville Shipping corporation. This Korean based company has used hijacking, bribery and murder to grow to its influential status and has become involved in a plot, with the Soviet Union, to kidnap and brainwash the President of the United States. Into this steps our hero, Dirk Pitt, of the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) who loses a friend to one of Bougainville's old crimes. While investigating this crime, he stumbles across the Presidential kidnapping plot. Like most of the Pitt novels, this one motors along at breakneck speed as we are introduced to a surprisingly large cast of characters and spend our time moving between US government figures trying to hide knowledge of the kidnapping plot, Soviet agents aiding and trying to block the success of the kidnapping/brainwashing scheme, a private investigator seeking revenge, and a host of myriad characters. The novel nevers spends long at any one location and there is a refreshing lack of multi-dimensionality. The good guys are always good. They are willing to risk their lives for the cause of truth and justice. The bad guys are uniformly bad with no redeeming qualities. There are, admittedly, gaps in some of the logic and you have to decide to go along for the ride at the beginning of the novel if you hope to enjoy it. However, the novel never strays into fantasy and though it may seem improbable, it never seems unbelieveable. In the later Dirk Pitt stories, the novels are jam packed with extra information as we learn about, among other things, the diamond trade and the trade in illegal antiquities. The earlier novels, like this one, don't seek to educate but merely to entertain. There are no extraneous scenes here, everything happens for a purpose. Simply put, it is a fun adventure. Great for those times when you just want to turn your brain off and live in the moment. For accomplishing all that it seeks to do, this novel rates a 5 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christian D. Orr

    Classic, vintage Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt novel that still holds its entertainment value even having read it three times (first at age 11,then again in my late 20s, and now at the ripe ol' age of 40). The great action, humor, geographical and nautical adventure, plot twists, and intriguing characters that made Clive's early Dirk Pitt books so great. Certain elements of the novel are dated, such as the existence of (1) the World Trade Center and (2) the Soviet Union (but then again, given how the Classic, vintage Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt novel that still holds its entertainment value even having read it three times (first at age 11,then again in my late 20s, and now at the ripe ol' age of 40). The great action, humor, geographical and nautical adventure, plot twists, and intriguing characters that made Clive's early Dirk Pitt books so great. Certain elements of the novel are dated, such as the existence of (1) the World Trade Center and (2) the Soviet Union (but then again, given how the fictitious KGB head shares both his first name and last initial with former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, maybe not entirely dated after all),but that does not detract from the book's entertainment value. Also contains many examples of old-school Cussler's delightful way with words, including (but not limited to): --p,39: "ungainly finesse of an inebriated goose," Haha, nice metaphor! --p. 44: "'[Pitt] could con a great white shark into becoming a vegetarian." Haha! --p. 56: "'You won't get a chorus of the Notre Dame fight song from me." As a USC Trojan alum (Fight On!), I especially approve of this one. This was also one of the last one what I considered Cussler's more "hardcore" novels in terms of profanity and sexual innuendo, i.e. before Clive's writing style went from the equivalent of a R-rated movie to a more PG-style. While the newer Cussler-branded novels, written by the ghost writers (including his own son Dirk) are still VERY entertaining, older and bona fide Cussler books like "Deep Six" are proof of the proverb "They don't make 'em like they used to."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This actually ended up being better than I expected. After being disappointed by too many books in a row, I decided to go for the next Dirk Pitt novel on my TBR list. I figured that at least I'd know I was getting into melodramatic and over-the-top situations. Clive and Dirk delivered what I was looking for and then some - a Russian scheme to brainwash the President of the United States, emotional promises of vengeance coupled with pounding fists, and a half a dozen ridiculous reasons for female This actually ended up being better than I expected. After being disappointed by too many books in a row, I decided to go for the next Dirk Pitt novel on my TBR list. I figured that at least I'd know I was getting into melodramatic and over-the-top situations. Clive and Dirk delivered what I was looking for and then some - a Russian scheme to brainwash the President of the United States, emotional promises of vengeance coupled with pounding fists, and a half a dozen ridiculous reasons for female characters to be tearing their clothes off. Excellent brain candy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Death is stalking the coastline of Alaska and on the Potomac River the President and the first three men in succession are kidnapped, these two events have thing in common and soon Dirk Pitt will figure out what. Deep Six is the seventh installment in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, featuring the titular protagonist racing to stop a deadly nerve agent on one coast before getting wrapped up in a constitutional crisis when the President is kidnapped and subjected to mind manipulation leading to Death is stalking the coastline of Alaska and on the Potomac River the President and the first three men in succession are kidnapped, these two events have thing in common and soon Dirk Pitt will figure out what. Deep Six is the seventh installment in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, featuring the titular protagonist racing to stop a deadly nerve agent on one coast before getting wrapped up in a constitutional crisis when the President is kidnapped and subjected to mind manipulation leading to a race to find the missing Vice President. A ship from San Francisco to Auckland is hijacked in 1966 by Korean seamen resulting in the deaths of the crew and the lone passenger, a female former bank teller who embezzled $120,000 from her employer. Twenty years later a deadly biological weapon is seeping into the Gulf of Alaska from an unknown point of origin, killing everything—man and animal—in its path. Dirk Pitt and NUMA is called in to find the vessel along with an EPA senior scientist, who Pitt bets a date on if he can find it in less than a day. True to his word, Pitt finds the vessel emerging from the upheaval of an island with an active volcano but as they begin clean up the volcano wakes up and the trimer causes the death the EPA scientist which leads Pitt to seek vengeance on the people responsible for stealing the biological agent in the first place. Meanwhile, the President tries to convince his own Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority Leader to support his aid package to the Communist bloc but the four are kidnapped with the Presidential yacht replaced with a lookalike. Pitt is pulled from his investigation into finding the yacht, finding it sunk in the Potomac with the crew dead as well as Korean bodies as well. The kidnapping is sponsored by an international shipping corporation and the USSR to mind manipulate the four leaders into following policies friendly to the USSR with the President being the first subject. For 10 days the White House hides the fact the leaders are missing until the President returns with a story about a secret conference with his USSR counterpart then begins acting like a dictator due to instructions received from his Soviet doctors. Pitt links his Alaskan ship to the missing 1966 ship and the fake Presidential yacht to Bougainville Maritime Lines but is sidetracked when his on-and-off flame Loren Smith is abducted on a Soviet cruiser line. Pitt mounts a rescue and finds the Speaker and Majority Leader on the ship as well, but Bougainville’s black ops head sabotages the ship and almost kills Pitt while abducting Loren while the Speaker is finished out of the Caribbean by the U.S. Navy and heads to Washington wanting to impeach the President and become the new President. Pitt, saved by best friend Al Giordino, searches for where the Bougainville’s are holding the Vice President, and mostly like Loren as well, focuses on Louisiana. With the FBI, Coast Guard, and Navy helping Pitt and Giordino discover the barge the Bougainville’s are holding the Vice President. In desperation, Pitt convinces a captain of a riverboat and a regiment of Civil War reenactors to mount a rescue and in the nick of time save before Loren and the Vice President, who makes it Washington just after the conviction of the President to take the oath of office. Pitt and the father of the woman who died in 1966 go to Bougainville headquarters and kills Matriarch of the clan—the black ops head being her grandson—to end their criminal activities. Like the previous book, Cussler’s total lack of understanding of the Constitution once again rears its ugly head once the mind control President begins becoming a dictator with an assist from the Pentagon until he attempts to leave NATO. Frankly what he has the military due would never happen because of being unconstitutional and the military takes an oath to preserve the Constitution not the President. The fact that the Soviet leadership has the President do these unconstitutional things makes sense as not understanding the American government, but Cussler having the military brass be ignorant is just bad. Besides one complaint, this was a fun mishmash of action-adventure and political thriller book. Pitt takes a beating but has just enough to survive and outwit the Bougainvilles to save the day and get vengeance. The main protagonist in the person of Lee Tong, the Bougainville black op head, is probably the best straight-up evil villain in the series so far with a plan for everything that is only foiled by the combined efforts of Pitt, the military, and the Civil War reenactors at the end of the book. The female characters in the book are good for the most part with one passage of Cussler going back to the attitude of his earlier books, but the quality of the female characters is showing improvement. Pitt’s best friend Al Giordino is given more to do and is followed more than in previous books. Deep Six improves a tad over the previous installment, though it could have been better if Cussler had thought out the Constitutional issues and had not taken a tiny step back in his attitude to female characterization while still getting better at writing them. Personally, I can’t wait for the series to get beyond the Cold War spy thriller aspect in later books because it results in some bad elements being written into the book which detract from interesting plots.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Shumway

    This is the same comment for all the Dirk Pitt books: Great set of books, I had to stagger these books into my reading rotation since they are so similar. Dirk Series Book in less then 50 words. (introduction to bad guy, introduction to hot chick, introduction to Dirk, Dirk gets in impossible dangerous situations to stop the bad guy, Dirk wins, Dirk gets the hot chick.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul Andrews

    Another strong early Dirk Pitt adventure that I loved. Once again a cool mix of history, international intrigue, and one of the best villainess of the series. These earlier Cussler novels are amongst his best in my opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Fantastic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    Yet another reread... and each Cussler I pick up gets better than the last! I am remembering why I loved these so much!

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

    It was so ridiculous that it took me nearly forever to read. Some other Cussler books are fun and light, but this was way over the top.

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