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|DirkPitt||Posted on Feb 2 2009, 06:16 AM|
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|Blessed Betty||Posted on Feb 1 2009, 10:33 PM|
|I saw a comment regarding how much of the book was written by Dirk, and how much was wriiten by Clive I don't know percentages for Black Wind, etc. but in the new cusslerbooks.com in an interview, Clive said about 99% was written by Dirk. This was an interview at the Artic Drift pre-book signing Nov. 25, 2008. Artic Drift really used all the characters of Cussler. Look at the interview on the website for a most interesting bit of information about Dirk's writing. I think Dirk is doing a fine job, and he really is following in Clive's footsteps in the Dirk Pitt series. Dirk Pitt Sr. and all the characters will all be around for a long time in my opinion.|
|foxslady||Posted on Feb 1 2009, 12:31 AM|
| at this late date, I have finally gotten a copy of Black Wind, just gettin started and looking forward to my "sea voyage"
|coach2709||Posted on Sep 26 2007, 03:35 AM|
| I was very skeptical in reading this book because of all the negative posts on it but I have to say I really liked it. It was a good book and probably deserves to be in the middle of the pack.
I do hope Dirk JR and Jack do evolve into more of their own characters. I can see where they resemble Sr. and Al a little too much but things change over time. Maybe Jr. can develop hobbies that are different than Sr.
I think that DC and CC were using the similarities to sort of bridge one generation to another generation. Times change and while we all will hate this but CC can't write forever. There has to be a changing of the guard. And if you are DC you wouldn't want to write your father's creations because you would always be compared to him nor get the credit you might deserve. By doing it this way DC is taking over an established franchise but he will have to change it through his evolution of writing styles.
I do wish Jr. actually had his own name (like James or something) because it does get confusing sometimes but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
Now onto Treasure of Khan.
|Infernorhythm||Posted on Mar 29 2007, 12:52 AM|
| Wow, just finished Black Wind after cautiously approaching it due to my interest in Dirk and Jack from Treasure of Khan.
How can anyone remotely dislike this book? It is Cussler's best after Inca Gold!
Dirk and Jack are two characters that shouldn't be so unique. As much as love Cussler, he has a certain way of writing his characters that stick with every one. I'm assuming that it must be Dirk Cussler that's responsible for these new characters getting a personality. Dirk Sr. and Al are without a doubt the kings of witty comebacks and one liners, but Dirk Jr. and Jack have a certain cynic undertone in their dialogue that's very refreshing. I was a bit miffed at Dirk being a car fanatic like his dad, although he does at least go for slightly more modern cars. I'm also curious as to how he managed to get so good with a gun, especially since he didn't spend time in the military like his dad. Jack, constantly berated at a Al-ripoff on the board, was a great new character. Sure he's in the sidekick role, but he's nothing like Al. Look at the scene where they meet up at the end; aside from being hilarious, it showed the difference in the two. I particularly got a kick out of how the two characters met, specifically the bit about skipping class to catch fish to impress women.
Speaking of Al and Dirk Sr, they're handled perfectly in this book. They've aged, heck, by Treasure of Khan they're 54 years old. These guys can't keep saving the world and they know that. The best bit is that when they're introduced, they have an epic quality to them, a past hinting at amazing adventures. Lets me honest, this is as much a jumping on point for new readers as it is a new adventure for old fans. By giving Dirk and Al that mystery, it entices the reader to look for the previous books.
Kang and Tongju were amazing villains. Kang's background and cover were unique and creative, and his methods were great. I am a bit disapointed in the chimera virus though, sooner or later the incurable virus would have reached Korea and Kang would have been screwed. The use of Japan as a cover was great though, and you could tell that if not for NUMA, Kang's plan would have gone off perfectly.
The car chase, the gunfights at the end, and the NUMA family were dead on in this book. Max was funny without bugging me (usually I don't like the hologram scenes), the tech was not at all confusing, and the new generation of heroes shows amazing promise.
|outrider64||Posted on Jan 29 2007, 02:28 AM|
|I enjoyed Black Wind. It had the feeling of Dirks early adventure in Mediterranean Caper.|
|QuinShang||Posted on Jan 6 2007, 08:33 PM|
| finished black wind round dinner time friday 05 January 07
its taken me longer to read black wind than any other clive cussler simply because of work and family comitments
the story and action upto the usual cussler standards
bit dissapointed in the lack of dirk snr and al as summer and dirk jnr dont sem to have the same rapour as the others
kang is a top notch villain i like him
thought he could have been killed a better though
at times i think the story lagged in places (maybe the cusslers got writers block )
i'm looking forward to reading treasure of khan now hope it doesnt take me aslong as i had to keep going back to remind me self on about what was happening
|loren1||Posted on Oct 26 2006, 09:07 PM|
|9/10. Loved it and can't wait for Treasures of Kahn.|
|tonym5||Posted on Oct 25 2006, 05:55 AM|
|I totally enjoyed this book and the detailed research involved in the writing of this book!!!! I give it a 8/10.|
|Andy in West Oz||Posted on Aug 14 2006, 01:30 PM|
| Overall a good book with some very good ideas. I think BW is a very good base for Dirk Cussler to work from.
The good thing is that I am looking forward to the next DP (Snr, Jnr whatever!) adventure and why not, they are the best adventures around!
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