Title: Deep Six
Description: Dirk Pitt #7
Mostly Heep - November 7, 2004 12:45 AM (GMT)
Deep Six is the sixth Pitt book.
It's a great story but for some reason it just didn't do anything for me.
It has one of Cusslers best villians in Lee Tong and Min Bougainville.And a fitting end to the old bag.
One of his best chase scenes with the Stonewall Jackson.But again the story did nothing for me. I would have liked Sal Casio to have stuck around and become a regular character.The old tenacious gumshoe who helps Dirk at some point.
We are introduced to two new additions to the cast in the form of St.Julien Perlmutter(larger than life) and Hiram Yeager(hippie genius)
Unfortunately I am probably going to get strung up for my reveiw but I think it's the weak link in the middle period of books.
If you would like a pic of me to hang on your dart board please contact your local post office and request a copy :lol: :P
7.5 out of 10
Next week Cyclops.
Empress - November 7, 2004 01:59 AM (GMT)
I really liked the prologue for Deep Six, I thought it was a chilling start to a book that I have a hard time remembering now. I loved the Stonewall Jackson insertion because being form New Orleans I was able to really see what was going on. I'm also really good friends with the brewmaster at Dixie Beer so I loved seeing Clive use the beer in the story. It had very well developed characters and pretty descent plot and subplot outline but it's not one of my favorite books so far. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10
tonym5 - November 9, 2004 12:01 AM (GMT)
From what I remember it was a well-written and thought out story with a great villain who deserved to die. And the Stonewall Jackson sub-plot was funny. So this book has a mixed review from me because little involvement of DP and NUMA and the convoluted story of the presidential kidnapping.
oswalder - November 9, 2004 02:40 AM (GMT)
I absolutely loved the scene of the presidential kidnapping with the eucalyptus fog and whatnot. Sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite scenes for some reason. I don't remember much else from the book but I identify with it as the beginning of my favorite stretch of his books, the middle. Qualification: I have not read Night Probe, RTT, or Vixen 03 since I was young and do not remember them, so going back and re-reading them may put Deep Six in an odd period between the two groups. I dunno.
8.5 out of 10, I'd say.
Nick Kismet - November 9, 2004 03:00 AM (GMT)
|Unfortunately I am probably going to get strung up for my reveiw but I think it's the weak link in the middle period of books.|
Git a rope!
Rob, Rob, Rob....
I've got an extra copy of Moby Dick you can use for toilet paper.
Seriously, I completely understand that everyone comes to Clive Cussler along a different path, and comes away with different expectations. This is a good thing.
My own path, more than once chronicled here, involved discovering Cussler right about the time Pacific Vortex was released. Now, I'm a fan of serial fiction and Dirk Pitt was a hero I could really get behind. It took a little while for me to come up to date with the series, and before I knew it, there was a NEW Dirk Pitt novel in stores. For the first time, I was getting the new Dirk Pitt along with everyone else. Maybe it's just a nostalgia thing; you never forget your first time.
But from a storytellers point a view, there's a lot to recommend Deep Six as a great thriller. I have always touted Cussler's technique of slowly bringing Pitt into the story, and this is the prime example. Pitt appears at the outset, then, as with Vixen 03, seems to fall into the background by chasing a tangent seemingly unrelated to the ongoing masterplot--in this case, the abduction of the President of the United States.
For me, two scenes really stand out. One is when Pitt and Giordino helped rescue the passengers of a sinking cruise ship--a scene similar to (and I think superior to) the opening chapters of Valhalla Rising. Pitt is never more heroic than when he struggles to save the lives of strangers, risking his own life in the process. The other scene is Pitt on the Stonewall Jackson. It's a classic example of the collision between past and present for which Cussler novels have become famous. Just thinking about Pitt, leading an army of ordinary guys against trained killers makes me tingly all over. I also thought Cussler's cast of villains was epic in scale--not just Min Koryo Bougainville and her son, but also the Russians and the conniving Speaker of the House with his eyes on the White House.
What else? Perlmutter? Of course, though I have come to dread his frequent appearance. Loren's return? Absolutely! The first destruction of a classic car? I felt Pitt's pain. And the end...where Pitt throws a helpless old lady down an elevator shaft? What more can I say?
This one will always be the one against which I judge all others. A perfect 10!
Kellym - November 9, 2004 08:49 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Mostly Heep @ Nov 7 2004, 12:45 AM)|
| If you would like a pic of me to hang on your dart board please contact your local post office and request a copy |
For those hoping to get a copy, I have spoken to representatives in America, Canada, England, Australia and The rest of the world (Hehehe) and I regret to inform you that all 4,000 copies have been sent and they are now waiting for another batch to come in and that could take a while yike: However if you ask Mr Heep nicely he may send you a pic via e-mail that you can print out for your dart board ;)
I really enjoyed Deep Six and it is definitely in my top 5, I'd give it a 9 ;)
I've sat here for the past couple of days thinking and thinking and er well thinking how to put my thoughts of Deep Six into words and well I still can't do it, however Nick (10 th: up ) did it so perfectly that I couldn't possibly add anything....he covered it all!
Thanks Nick :)
Outback Brock - November 19, 2004 06:13 AM (GMT)
I actually really enjoyed this one I found the storyline brillant and twist in the tale if more interesting.
Interesting villians, and a plot only nostradamus could pick I liked this one.
Gets a 9/10 from nice one CC
Helene Noelle - December 5, 2004 10:58 PM (GMT)
Like Mostly Heep mentioned, we have the introduction of St. Julien Perlmutter andHiram Yaeger. Both are fun characters and add to the continuing adventures. Loren Smith also makes her second appearance and is abducted for the first time. Loved the scene with Charlie and Zelda Gruber! :lol: And the Stonewall Jackson scene is indeed incredible.
JoelCusslerFan - December 6, 2004 10:35 AM (GMT)
Hi everyone this was the first book I ever read and it was good enough to hook me I have been a fan ever since this book was so full of action and fast paced it just keept me trunning the pages.
MrKABC - December 14, 2004 06:31 PM (GMT)
I'll say that Deep Six is one of the better CC books, with themes that originated here that persist in CC's later books.
It was good to see Loren again after Vixen 03 - but I always wondered what happened to Phil Sawyer and their marriage?
Paul Suvorov, the KGB agent, was a good minor villian, and Min Koryo and Lee Tong Bougainville were well defined, ruthless characters with believable motivations.
I liked Sal Casio - I wished he would have returned in future books (although I did catch a hint of him in Ira Hagen's character).
I thought the Presidential kidnapping was a good setup, and very believable (even though a "virtual twin" of the Presidential yacht Eagle was a stretch) and expanded upon memorable characters such as Dan Fawcett, Douglas Oates, Alan Mercier, Sam Emmett, and General Clayton Metcalf. Humph... I remember THAT President's Cabinet better than I remember George Bush's! :lol:
THAT (unnamed) President and Vice President Margolin seemed to be stand-up guys. I wonder what influenced CC to make President Dean Cooper Wallace such an ass? But I digress...
The Gulf chase and Alan Moran's treachery kept the suspense meter ratcheted up all the way in the last part of the book - and was a grand finish. The book holds up well after a long period of time, and my paperback version of it is dog-eared due to many, many re-reads.
An EXCELLENT book. Wish I had a hard cover.
AND... I do hope someday to visit Tom's, get some Gulf oysters, and order Tom's mama's special chili pepper juice.... t:
hiramyaegar - January 3, 2005 03:17 PM (GMT)
|We are introduced to two new additions to the cast in the form of St.Julien Perlmutter(larger than life) and Hiram Yeager(hippie genius)|
That was a strong point of the book, however it seemed to focus too much on the, I guess you can call it, mind control. <_< The then-Soviets had a big part in the story, too much of a part for my liking. The chase with the Stonewall Jackson was great. I give it a 7.5
oswalder - January 13, 2005 04:16 AM (GMT)
Cyclops - March 28, 2005 05:00 PM (GMT)
Deep Six was the first Cussler novel I read. I always felt that it had potential for a movie..especially the way the book ended - it had that hollywood feel.
Giordino13 - March 31, 2005 02:16 PM (GMT)
I thought Deep Six was great!! The ending was terrific. For that I'll give it a 9 out of 10 th: th:
Stachel - April 9, 2005 04:29 PM (GMT)
I found your great web site/forum last night and I just finished Deep six this morning. I am new to Clive and find myself ravenously devouring the books. I have read Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Vixen 03, Night Probe, and now Deep Six in that order. I'm headed out to the store to look for Cyclops in about an hour when they open. I have a question though...
What happened to Lee Tong, he was such a great bad guy and his end was somewhat befuddling. He has a standoff with Dirk and then gets shot in the throat with buckshot. Dirk leaves the room and when he comes back Lee Tong is gone...
...Now had this been a movie there would have been a whole other scene where Lee jumps out at the end when Dirk is trying to get the VP up the elevator shaft. Then Dirk could have used his head as a ladder rung and drownwed him or something...but there wasn't. instead he just dissappears.
Does he ever surface again?
Sapper - April 20, 2005 01:26 PM (GMT)
Deep Six is one of my favorite CC books. I would give it 10 out of 10 but i will give it only 9 out of 10 because of too big part of that mind control thing.
Corombat - July 21, 2005 07:58 PM (GMT)
One of the best Pitt adventures. The mind control thing, confederation ship, Bougenvilles (Min Koryo and Lee Tong) and Sal Casio. ( A very interesting character he was.) It's also good to see Perlmutter. It's good. Very very good.
brocktoon75 - October 3, 2005 05:54 PM (GMT)
Finished Deep Six this weekend. My thoughts
I liked it alot. I liked the plot, and I liked Dirk Pitt this time around. I always like Pitt, but this book he used his brain and his brawn. I like that.
All the scenes already mentioned are great examples why this book is a good and interesting read. I did not get bored in this one, unlike in Vixen 03.
I thought the chapters without Pitt were fun to read, and the mystery was satisfactory. The kidnapping, the villains, the ending - yes, I think this book definitely has great movie potential.
A little dated with the Russians behind the plot. The Asian villains - always creepy, those smart Lex Luthor-type villains. And these two were certainly that.
I liked this one alot. I think I enjoyed Night Probe a little more, but I enjoyed this one a heck of a lot.
Started Cyclops this morning. Just got through the prologue on the train.
13thMonkey - November 9, 2005 09:37 PM (GMT)
While some of the scenes in this book were entertaining, i.e the end battle, I never really got into the Presidential mind control thingy.
as mentioned, Good villians, Good heros, but a lack in a great story (imho).
So I'll have to say 7 out of 10. It didnt make my top 5.
brandonw - December 14, 2005 10:44 PM (GMT)
i read CC books in my own order and This one happened to be near end. i like the Austin adventures and really like the Oregon files much more. But the best Dirk book that i liked was Deep Six. this one does have the movie feel to it and it wouldnt surprise me if it was made into a movie eventually
oswalder - December 14, 2005 10:47 PM (GMT)
Welcome brandonw! The hijack/abduction scene would make a great scene in a movie. th:
spgass - December 1, 2008 04:04 PM (GMT)
Iíve seen Clive Cusslerís novels described as intellectual junk food, but I have to admit that Iím a big fan of Clive Cusslerís work. Iíve read several of his novels and so far Deep Six is my favorite in the Dirk Pitt series. I would go so far to say that Deep Six it is my personal favorite novel of all time.
More thoughts, if interested, at: My Webpage
oswalder - December 1, 2008 07:32 PM (GMT)
Welcome to the forum, spgass! Sounds like you've got a few more Cussler books to read. :)
Enjoy your time here and post often!
mark niks116 - December 3, 2008 04:13 AM (GMT)
Welcome spgass to this great group
spgass - December 5, 2008 03:47 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (mark niks116 @ Dec 3 2008, 04:13 AM)|
| Welcome spgass to this great group |
Thanks, I'm working my way through from the beginning and just finished Cyclops over the Thanksgiving holiday. Treasure is next. I also started reading the newer work, having read Treasure of Khan and The Chase. Arctic Drift is on my Christmas list. I know hardcover is a bit expensive, but I enjoy reading those with the larger font, space between the lines, better paper, etc. And the price isn't that bad; I think I saw Arctic Drift for less than $20 at Walmart. You can drop that much for a movie for two at the theater.