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 Cyclops, Dirk Pitt #8
Posted: Apr 9 2006, 04:11 AM


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Just finished this one, and it shoved its way to the #1 favorite spot (thus far at least). There was just so much fantastic stuff in it. So where to begin...

First, I thought this book had one of the better non-Pitt plots. Generally when Dirk and Al are not on-page, I find myself snoozing through the chapters. Not so with CYCLOPS. The Jersey Colony was a fantastic idea, and I got a big kick out of Ira Hagen, who despite being described by everyone as "that fat guy" kicked almost as much tail as Pitt. In addition, the scene on the moon with the Soviet soldiers and the poorly armed Astronauts almost gave me chillbumps. I could picture that scene perfectly in my mind.

Secondly, I enjoyed the comedic moments, such as Pitt arriving at Jessie's party in the giant Daimler, or Giordino and Gunn making jokes about Pitt sleeping aboard the Prosperteer.

Third, fantastic action. I loved the Pitt/Gly fight in the end, in which roughly an entire study was destroyed, and the battle aboard the Prosperteer was also good. Though I must wonder whether or not the real NUMA takes rocket launchers with them everywhere.

Finally, for some reason I enjoyed chapter 80 almost as much as the entire rest of the book. Something about the action ending, and Pitt getting right back to work was quite enjoyable. Not to mention finding sunken treasure...every fellow's dream.

Posted: Jun 4 2008, 09:54 PM


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one of my fab CC books

like so much the story.......the jersey colony, the mistery of the dorada and the prosperteer, the spystory with usa/urss/cuba........
and for me (i arrived at treasure) Cyclops has the best introduction
i like also the character of Ira Hagen

the only thing that i dislike it's the re-apparence of Foss Gly
i found it a little Cyclops Foss Gly doesn't has the same "power" of Night Probe
here it's only a bad guy that torture people.......

i give it a 9

greetings from italy
  Posted: Dec 5 2008, 03:53 PM


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Excellent book with a lot of action. In addition to the antique blimp scenes, bathtub scene, excitement with the moon base and space shuttle, I also liked the part where Pitt finally reemerged singing with the children and dogs in Cuba. I have to admit I like the cheesy parts.

I also wrote a book review on my blog if interested: My Webpage
Posted: Dec 5 2008, 07:33 PM


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QUOTE (spgass @ Dec 5 2008, 11:53 AM)
I also liked the part where Pitt finally reemerged singing with the children and dogs in Cuba. I have to admit I like the cheesy parts.

I don't think of this sceen as cheesy, to my it is just part of what makes Pitt, Pitt. The softer side he doesn't let out very often. smile.gif
Posted: Dec 5 2008, 08:08 PM

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QUOTE (spgass @ Dec 5 2008, 10:53 AM)
I also wrote a book review on my blog if interested: My Webpage

Good reviews, spgass! I was a little surprised that you left out the bathtub in your original analysis of the low-tech aspects of the adventure, but was glad to see you added it in the comments. I also agree that part of what made The Chase interesting was the technology and other descriptions from the 1900s western America. thumbsup.gif
Posted: Apr 19 2012, 06:27 PM

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Oh no....seems like I am the one to stand alone here.... ooops.
have to say, after three attemps of listening to the mp3stuff, I still don`t really understand the whole plot, but it might be that there are parts of the chapters messed up. But beside of this, that one is the only Cussler-Book, I do not like.
( But....despite that, I could not stop listening....why, oh why?? ) ohmy.gif wink.gif
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