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 Iceberg, Dirk Pitt #3
oswalder
Posted: Jul 6 2005, 01:00 AM


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I just finished rereading Iceberg and it is STILL one of my favorites. Not having Al in it, and the fact that it did get rather chatty at times, are not enough to take away from the fact that at least 5 of my most memorable scenes of all time come from this book. Some of the political incorrectness does date the book a little, but I have to give it at least a 9/10, and it will remain a Cussler classic in my mind for years to come.

Also, where in the book does it say Dirk gets to keep the Ford Tri-Motor? I know from future books that he has it, but can't find any reference to that in the actual book. Do future books explain how the plane came to be in his hangar? I can't remember.

Edit: Thanks to Helene's site I've narrowed it down to a reference in RTT that he purchased it while he was in Iceland. Great job, Helene! detective.gif

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matthew.miller04
Posted: Jul 8 2006, 06:30 PM


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This book lacked Al but it allowed Dirk to work alone and gave you a taste of actually how strong and complex of a character he is. Also Sandecker was great. Overall, not the best overall story but truly one of Dirk's better performances.
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QUOTE (oswalder @ Jul 6 2005, 01:00 AM)
I just finished rereading Iceberg and it is STILL one of my favorites. Not having Al in it, and the fact that it did get rather chatty at times, are not enough to take away from the fact that at least 5 of my most memorable scenes of all time come from this book. Some of the political incorrectness does date the book a little, but I have to give it at least a 9/10, and it will remain a Cussler classic in my mind for years to come.

Also, where in the book does it say Dirk gets to keep the Ford Tri-Motor? I know from future books that he has it, but can't find any reference to that in the actual book. Do future books explain how the plane came to be in his hangar? I can't remember.

Edit: Thanks to Helene's site I've narrowed it down to a reference in RTT that he purchased it while he was in Iceland. Great job, Helene! detective.gif

It actually doesn't say in this book. There is a scene in "Raise the Titanic" book where Gene Seagram is pitching the Titanic project to Pitt, and the Ford Trimotor is re-introduced. Pitt said he "bought it at a fair price" in Iceland and had it shipped to Washington D.C..

My guess in the DP universe is around 1987.
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Posted: Aug 28 2006, 11:45 PM


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I hate to say it, but this is probably my least favorite out of all of them. I didn't find Rodheim (Butera, whatever you want to call him) a strong villain and I really couldn't get into it. It would have been nice having Giordino in it, but you can't get everything.

Actually, this is probably the only book I really didn't like. I adored the others after I finished them.
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Posted: Feb 20 2013, 02:19 PM


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Just finished "Iceberg". I noticed from what many said in their reviews that they missed Al. Ok, I can go along with that, but at the same time I found it rather interesting how Sandecker played a more major part of the story in this book.
Usually he's relegated to Washington and you get bits about him meeting with the President or playing the senior politician type role. I kinda liked how he played this one a little closer to Dirk, so I found that rather intriguing.
The book and story itself was solid and moved along very well. I would give this one a solid 9/10.
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Posted: Feb 21 2013, 12:58 AM


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QUOTE (Wolfman @ Feb 20 2013, 02:19 PM)
Just finished "Iceberg". I noticed from what many said in their reviews that they missed Al. Ok, I can go along with that, but at the same time I found it rather interesting how Sandecker played a more major part of the story in this book.
Usually he's relegated to Washington and you get bits about him meeting with the President or playing the senior politician type role. I kinda liked how he played this one a little closer to Dirk, so I found that rather intriguing.
The book and story itself was solid and moved along very well. I would give this one a solid 9/10.

I just re-read it as well. Enjoyable for sure. If Al would have been it, it would have been stronger. There were places that fit him being there for sure.
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QUOTE (Mikedadski @ Feb 20 2013, 07:58 PM)

I just re-read it as well. Enjoyable for sure. If Al would have been it, it would have been stronger. There were places that fit him being there for sure.


Yes, I admit Mike, there certainly were places in the story Al would have fit in nicely. A good read none the less though. thumbsup.gif

Forgot to add that you can tell this book was one of his early ones as Dirk smokes cigarettes in this one.

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Mikedadski
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QUOTE (Wolfman @ Feb 21 2013, 11:45 AM)
QUOTE (Mikedadski @ Feb 20 2013, 07:58 PM)

I just re-read it as well. Enjoyable for sure. If Al would have been it, it would have been stronger. There were places that fit him being there for sure.


Yes, I admit Mike, there certainly were places in the story Al would have fit in nicely. A good read none the less though. thumbsup.gif

Forgot to add that you can tell this book was one of his early ones as Dirk smokes cigarettes in this one.

Forgot about that!! The earlier books didn't have the political correctness garbage in them either. Working on Night Probe now. Love it.
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QUOTE (Mikedadski @ Feb 21 2013, 07:59 PM)

Forgot about that!! The earlier books didn't have the political correctness garbage in them either. Working on Night Probe now. Love it.

laugh.gif laugh.gif True about the political correctness. Kinda brought a smile to my face when I read about Dirk firing up a smoke. With the anti-smoking police out there it's a miracle the book wasn't called back to eliminate all traces of smoking before being put back on the shelf. laugh.gif laugh.gif
I can still remember the days I used to watch Johnny Carson and he'd be sitting there live and fire one up. The good ol days for sure. smile.gif
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Or like the old Dean Martin show! A drink and a smoke! beersmilie.gif beersmilie.gif beersmilie.gif beersmilie.gif
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All this criminalizing smokers is really annoying nowadays.
Also, here in Finland one goes buyng a bottle of wine while watching around that no neighbour or co- worker sees it....and anyway on friday evening eberybody is drunk....and hiding in a corner smoking. That is just sick. Our gouvernement just doesn`t get it, that the more they forbid things, the more people do it.
Ok, this is far out of topic, sorry guys ohmy.gif wink.gif
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QUOTE (JuanitaC @ Feb 23 2013, 11:24 AM)
All this criminalizing smokers is really annoying nowadays.
Also, here in Finland one goes buyng a bottle of wine while watching around that no neighbour or co- worker sees it....and anyway on friday evening eberybody is drunk....and hiding in a corner smoking. That is just sick. Our gouvernement just doesn`t get it, that the more they forbid things, the more people do it.
Ok, this is far out of topic, sorry guys ohmy.gif wink.gif

No need to be sorry hun. It's nice to be able to talk to other members here. It is rather dumb these days with all the politically correct bullcrap going on. I was saying to a buddy just recently that the kids these days must find things pretty boring. You can't do anything anymore without getting in trouble or being judged.
Hell, it's a miracle I'm still alive with the crap we used to do...and get away with. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif Certainly looks pretty boring these days. laugh.gif Music sucks too! Hell, here in Canada musically all we hear about is that little dork Bieber. It's pathetic.
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