Title: Night Probe
Description: Dirk Pitt #6
Mostly Heep - October 21, 2004 09:01 PM (GMT)
This is the book where I think Clive brought it all together for the first time.He has admitted that it is his best plot.It is also the only CC book that took three years to be released,because of problems with publishers and obviously the time was well spent making a very tight book.
The second book to have a prologue based on actual events.The Empress of Ireland.The first appearance of everyones favorite villian.Mr. Gly.The first book to be partially based in Canada.The first to have some of the story based on a real life NUMA expedition.The Manhatten Limited/The lost locomotive of Kiowa Creek.
Everything about this book is great.In my mind it is tied for first with Cyclops out of the second well defined period of books. RTT,V03,NP,D6,C,D,T.
I give it a 10 out of 10.
Nick Kismet - October 21, 2004 10:12 PM (GMT)
I agree with almost all of the above.
Night Probe is a great book on many levels, not the least of which is the guest appearance by a famed suave super-spy...oh, what was his name? Seriously, Cussler's Shaw is more credible than the James Bond continuation series written by John Gardiner and WAY better than the most recent contributions by Raymond Benson. Unfortunately, I think the Shaw thing is also kind of a gimmick--a great one, but nevertheless a gimmick. I guess I have a love-hate reaction to this one, but it only cost .5 in my book. NightProbe 9.5.
Night Probe also gets Pitt back into the spotlight a little more, and features lots of marine salvage which has always kind of been the hallmark of the series. I would however take issue with Heep's inclusion of Cyclops and Treasue in the 2nd period. I really feel like Cyclops was the first book of a third period, one in which Pitt was once more the focal character, and the audacious plots multiplied out of control. More about that when the time comes, but first...on to Deep Six!
Empress - October 23, 2004 12:39 AM (GMT)
I loved Night Probe. Obviously because of the Empress of Ireland but secondly because Sea Hunters was the first Cussler book I read so knowing that the Train was real also was a bonus. Foss Gly was a great introduction because I just wanted to stand over him with a gun and scream "Are you dead YET?????" I finished reading the book and jumped into Deep Six that same night because I didn't want the adrenaline (sp?) rush to stop. 10-10 for me
Foss Gly - October 23, 2004 03:35 AM (GMT)
The introduction of my namesake was one of many highlights in this great novel. The historical backstory is especially intruiging, and the novel concludes with the new "United States of Canada", a plot device that I wish Clive had used again.
The Canadian political intruige was perhaps my favorite 'sub-plot', and we got to see how truly diabolical Gly could be.
As a Canuck, I was glad to see a lot of the book play out in Canada (I liked White Death
for much the same reason). It's nice to have a Pitt adventure hit 'close to home', so to speak.
Not my favorite novel, but right up there.
tonym5 - October 23, 2004 06:36 AM (GMT)
I began reading Dr. C with Night Probe in 1982. Then after I left the Army and came back home in October of that year I bought Pacific Vortex. And immediately bought the early books right way at the book fair in November of that year. Night Probe is most definitely a 10 out of 10. And as for periods in Dr. C's writing I would say that Night Probe for me stood between the first group of books and the second. Although I do think the plot of Dragon was typical of many novels that involved some nazi connection of sorts. After that Dr. C began to step it up with more fantastical stories that he pulled off with style.
Helene Noelle - October 23, 2004 07:24 PM (GMT)
I will never get tired of reeading Night Probe! again and again and again. 10+
Sandecker Fan - October 23, 2004 10:15 PM (GMT)
I have read this book so many times I've actually worn out two copies. This book grabs you from the beginnig to the end. A wonderfully threaded plot and great characters. I give it a solid 10
Outback Brock - November 19, 2004 06:16 AM (GMT)
What can I say I very interesting book. I thought the storyline was impectable from CC. The actions was exhilirating and dear old Foss was his usual self.
I loved it get a 9/10 from me
Vortex - November 20, 2004 06:22 PM (GMT)
Always been my favorite book 10 out of 10.
Sapper - December 22, 2004 11:10 AM (GMT)
This is the first CC book i read. It is one of my favorite books.
loren1 - December 22, 2004 12:48 PM (GMT)
This is also the first of cc's books that I read. It hooked me. Couldn't wait for more after reading it. It could only be a 10!!!!!! th:
boissee - December 30, 2004 07:20 PM (GMT)
This is my second favorite Cussler book. 10/10
OkieMan - January 1, 2005 01:26 AM (GMT)
Certainly, one of the best! ...
hiramyaegar - January 3, 2005 03:15 PM (GMT)
A 9. The plot was kinda hard to follow at times, in my opinion. But it did have a great storyline and a heck of an ending. It brings up possibilities. What were to happen if Canada and the US formed one country????
OkieMan - January 3, 2005 05:34 PM (GMT)
Yes ... in some ways this book gave me more to ponder and think about than maybe any other in the series ...
Corombat - January 27, 2005 12:15 PM (GMT)
WOOO!!! Maybe as good as Shock Wave... A great reading experience. It has romance,adventure and politics. The James Bond--oops--Brian Shaw twist is awesome, even Pitt is more energitic. One of the best performance of C.C. A real must read!
Giordino13 - April 1, 2005 02:29 PM (GMT)
The idea of Canada being part of the U.S....brilliant!! A 9.8 out of 10
piturra - April 11, 2005 06:41 PM (GMT)
|I have read this book so many times I've actually worn out two copies. |
After reading "Sahara" again a few months ago (refresh the old grey cells before the Movie), I looked for our copy of "Night Probe" and I think it's lost in my daughter's black hole bedroom!!! :unsure:
So, I down-loaded a PalmReader copy V1.1 and read it with my Palm T3!!! :P After I finished reading Night Probe again, ... I agree with the 9.8 to 10 / 10 ratings!!! th:
4runner - September 16, 2005 01:56 AM (GMT)
Somebody other than Pitt gets the girl?? Was shocked with the ending but then again, there's always alot of the "unexpected" in CC's books. Thoroughly impressed as always. th: th:
brocktoon75 - October 3, 2005 06:06 PM (GMT)
This is my favorite Pitt book so far. I started reading them in order, and of all I have read, I like this one the best.
Gly is just a wonderful villain, he better come back and come back often.
I like the mystery, and I like plot. The way it ended is weird to me - why would he end it that the U.S. gets the treaty? I mean, there is no way that happened in real like, we all know we are two different countries now - why end it that way?
But this book kept me guessing. And the political intigue, the assassination attempts, the train mystery, the supporting characters. And great Al and Pitt.
So far, my favorite.
13thMonkey - October 23, 2005 10:57 PM (GMT)
I'm jumping on the 9+ bandwagon !!
I'd give it maybe 9.5 out of 10.
A good solid story with the right mix of villians and good guys.
In regards to Foss gly.... I thought he was killed. Or am I going to get a surprise later on. I've read most of the DP books. I'm missing the books between NP and Treasure, which I'm starting the next one now.
Dear_Heart05 - October 24, 2005 02:11 AM (GMT)
cough, cough..Cyclops..cough, cough :rolleyes:
Foss Gly - October 24, 2005 05:14 AM (GMT)
Yes, poor misunderstood Foss Gly was indeed killed off in Cyclops. One of the things I would have liked in the Pitt books would have been a 'running villain', one who shows up from time to time. Gly almost fit the bill, I would have loved to have seen him return in more than one repeat showing.
Hey, if Summer can 'come back from the dead', why not Foss Gly?
oswalder - October 24, 2005 05:25 AM (GMT)
Perhaps he survived long enough to spawn a Foss Gly Jr. who will get his skull bashed in by a pipe-wrench wielding Dirk Jr. :lol:
tonym5 - October 24, 2005 06:33 AM (GMT)
:lol: I have a cousin of Foss Gly in my "Muroc" fan fiction story. p:
Foss Gly - October 24, 2005 04:12 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (tonym5 @ Oct 24 2005, 03:33 AM)|
| :lol: I have a cousin of Foss Gly in my "Muroc" fan fiction story. p: |
Heh, yes I quite liked that!
Brian Shaw 007 - August 4, 2006 05:17 AM (GMT)
I enjoy this book for the veiled James Bond references and it SHOULD be the next Pitt movie made, in my opinion. :P
Empress - August 4, 2006 09:55 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Brian Shaw 007 @ Aug 4 2006, 12:17 AM)|
| I enjoy this book for the veiled James Bond references and it SHOULD be the next Pitt movie made, in my opinion. :P |
Ahhhhhhhh, I like you already!!! Welcome to the forum!!!!!
loren1 - August 5, 2006 12:14 PM (GMT)
Great idea. Welcome to the forum. w:
Brian Shaw 007 - August 5, 2006 11:54 PM (GMT)
Thanx for the welcome. :P
coach2709 - September 15, 2006 05:24 AM (GMT)
Just finished Night Probe last night (stayed up to 2:30 am) and it was freaking awesome. I was a little put off when I started because I thought there were too many characters going on but once the book got going the characters cleared up and the book took off. It probably took me 3 - 4 days to get started but once I got going I finished it VERY quick.
It's amazing how each book gets better than the one before it.
wad - July 15, 2008 09:56 PM (GMT)
I have to say that Night Probe is my favorite book of CC, I live in Canada and also one of my undergraduate degrees is a B.A. in Canadian Political Science/Constitutional Law. So Night Probe was very interesting, when Clive wrote it in the early seventies he must have been inspired by the FLQ crisis(Canadian Terrorists) and the kidnap of British Trade Commissioner James Cross and the kidnap and murder of Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour of the province of Quebec, Pierre Laporte. Canada was then placed under the War Measures Act for a while where not only the few FLQ people were arrested but also other known criminals were arrested with no regard to rights or Habeas corpus, Its kind of like a suspension of all rights for a period to help the country survive. Clive doesn't pay to much attention to the fact that Canada was and still is Constitutional Monarchy(1867 British North America Act) that isn't property of the British empire but hey, we still require the consent of the queen via her/his representative in Canada the Governor General for mostly rubber stamping of certain laws and acts so he isn't that far off. But it wouldn't be such an interesting story as to why the urgency of the document as Quebec decides to succeed if he stuck to the actual facts, I love it.
This is an awesome story including the idea of "Manifest Destiny" where the western provinces would become part of the US, not my preference as a Canadian living in Oil Rich Alberta, which by the way is one of the provinces ignored when Clive outlays the Succession and joining of the US that the provinces might consider. Oh well, maybe he will do a story where Dirk and Al defend the Oil Sand processing in Alberta one day! All in All one of my very favorites!
Also the idea of energy and the crisis and need for it is so relevant in today's world!
So in My books this is a 10/10 as it hits close to home and like so many other CC books its not short on intellectual action.
DirkPitt - July 15, 2008 11:36 PM (GMT)
Welcome to the forum, Wad!
Interesting and informative review on NP. You've got me looking into this FLQ thing. Why was the Israeli trade consul originally chosen as a kidnapping target? det:
Empress - July 16, 2008 03:11 AM (GMT)
I like you wad!!!!!!!!
Tony wait til you see the pic of the homemade Night Probe book I bought today. Imagine the paperback size as a Hardback. I'll get a pic later.
Please post often about Night Probe wad.
loren1 - July 16, 2008 08:41 PM (GMT)
This is the first Cussler book I read back in the olden days.( late 70's, early 80's) It's still my favorite!!!
I haven't miss a new cussler book since. :lol:
wad - July 17, 2008 04:30 PM (GMT)
I have read about 6 CC books so far, The Mediterranean Caper, Inca Gold, Atlantis Found(my favorite another 10/10), Night Probe, IceBerg, and Treasure of Khan. So I am a relative new comer I guess....
All of the books so far are far and away better than any other action adventure novels I have read (Tedd Bell, Ian Flemming, even Oliver North's stuff Ha Ha).
I am just starting on Vixen 03... I will try and post in the book reviews area on the ones I have read as soon as I can....
For more info on the FLQ or October Crisis you can check out this web page ( hopefully we can post links here)http://faculty.marianopolis.edu/c.belanger...nos/October.htm
I think that the Israeli Trade Council was targeted due to the activities at the time of Bourassa(Premiere of Quebec) being on a trade mission. Even though Canada is bilingual and considers Quebec just as important piece as any other province, the people of Quebec often have followed people(leaders) who offer independence(ranging from full succession to other forms of self rule) but all in all the political structure of Quebec has always wanted to perform their own foreign trade relations, not possible under the BNA act 1867 and The Canadian Constitution 1982, its federal jurisdiction. In fact on a federal level there was a split in the 1990's of our PC(Progressive Conservative party, sort of like Republicans) and a party called the Bloc Quebecois was formed, once again prompting Quebec to look towards succession. The very odd and sad thing about it was that not to long after starting this party with the mandate to break up the country the very popular leader, Lucien Bouchard was stricken with flesh eating disease and had to have his leg amputated and came very close to dying..... major Canadian Drama/conspiracy... the Bloc is still around today but has taken a different stance in Canadian politics and has pretty much given up on breaking up the country.
Now if I could just afford that Doxa watch......
Cassandra - April 2, 2013 02:06 PM (GMT)
For me, Night Probe is one of the best books of Mr. C. I really like how he twist and turn the plot. Its a very intricate and exciting book of Mr. C cheer*
DirkPitt - April 2, 2013 03:08 PM (GMT)
tonym5 - April 2, 2013 04:53 PM (GMT)
Welcome to the forum Cassandra!!! w:
Mikedadski - April 3, 2013 01:22 AM (GMT)
Hi Cassandra! Welcome aboard! w: