Look Inside. Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is put to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex—a fog-shrouded area where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. As the countdown heads toward disaster, Pitt has no choice but to descend through the shark-infested depths to an ancient sunken island, from which he may never again emerge to see the light of day.
|Published (Last):||22 October 2018|
|PDF File Size:||10.29 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||6.4 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Pacific Vortex! Though not the first book to be released featuring the author's primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt , Cussler states that this was the earliest story he wrote starring the popular action hero. Begun in , it was published in after much internal debate and a great deal of prompting from his friends, family, and publisher. Cussler states in the foreword that he feels the novel is not up to his usual standards and should be treated as a sort of historical curiosity.
Dirk Pitt is enjoying a lazy day on a secluded Oahu beach at Ka'ena Point when he spots a bright yellow container just past the breakers. Braving the dangerous riptides , Pitt swims out and retrieves the item and finds that it is a communication capsule used by submarines who wish to communicate with ships on the surface without surfacing themselves.
Inside he finds a chilling message from the commander of the U. Navy's latest nuclear submarine, the Starbuck , which disappeared with all hands six months earlier while undergoing sea trials.
Investigation reveals that the submarine disappeared in the "Pacific Vortex", an area of the ocean north of the Hawaiian Islands where ships have been disappearing for more than 30 years. The "Pacific Vortex" is the name given to a fictional area of the Pacific Ocean north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu that, similar to the Bermuda Triangle , has a history of ships mysteriously disappearing in it.
After discovering a communication capsule from the lost submarine Starbuck , Dirk Pitt is seconded from NUMA to the st Salvage Fleet and ordered to help get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of the top-secret submarine.
Pitt discovers that the submarine went missing in an area of the Pacific Ocean north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu nicknamed the "Pacific Vortex". Similar in its mysterious reputation to the Bermuda Triangle , the Navy has documented 37 cases of ships vanishing without a trace with all hands in this area of the Pacific since When the Starbuck originally went missing, the Navy conducted a massive and exhaustive search in the area of the Pacific where the submarine was last reported without finding a trace of wreckage.
Pitt determines that it is suspicious that the Navy found no wreckage whatsoever, since the search pattern took them over the area that was reputedly the graveyard of the Pacific Vortex. Even if they did not find the wreckage of the submarine, they should have found some wreckage from any of the 38 ships rumored to have gone down in the area. While doing research in an ongoing hobby effort to find the royal tomb of Hawaiian King Kamehameha , Pitt learns of the mythical island of Kanoli rumored to have existed north of the current Hawaiian Islands, and similar to the lost continent of Atlantis , rumored to have sunk into the sea killing the race of men who lived there.
Pitt intuits that the Navy has been searching in the wrong direction and that they should turn around and concentrate their search for a sunken seamount in the area just north of the island of Oahu. Pitt eventually discovers that in three respected men of science, Drs. Lavella and Roblemann, specialists in various areas of underwater science, and the renowned Dr. Frederick Moran met their deaths in the same area of the Pacific.
It is revealed that Moran, a renowned anthropologist and pacifist, who believes that it is only a matter of time before the human race destroys itself with the atomic bomb , has been searching for a place where he and his followers can survive the coming Apocalypse. Pitt believes that Moran and his followers discovered the sunken seamount that was once the island of Kanoli and have been using it as a base to raid Pacific shipping for the last 30 years as a means of financing their project.
When Pitt finds the sunken submarine in good condition, he determines that it cannot be immediately raised and also reveals the existence of the sunken fortress of Kanoli. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC elect to destroy the submarine with a nuclear tipped missile in an effort to ensure that its top secret design and nuclear missiles do not fall into the hands of Moran, the Soviet Union or any other nation.
In an effort to stave off the attack, Moran kidnaps Adrienne Hunter, a previous love interest of Pitt and the daughter of the commander of the st Salvage Fleet, Admiral Leigh Hunter. When Pitt discovers that Admiral Hunter will not tell Washington about the kidnapping of his daughter in order to delay the attack, he mounts a last-minute desperate rescue operation intending to personally rescue Adrienne and, using a team of submariners and SEALs , recover the submarine as well.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is briefly referenced in relation to its having been based loosely on the sinking of the whale ship Essex , the only known ship to have been sunk by a whale. More specifically; Doc Savage and Citizen Chauvelin.
While discussing the history of the Pacific Ocean as an ocean that rarely gives up its secrets and has claimed its fair share of ships the author briefly references a number of historical events, including: the mutiny on the Bounty and the stranding of Fletcher Christian on Pitcairn Island ; the sinking of Essex , the loss of the United States submarines USS Thresher , USS Bluefin , and USS Scorpion ; and the raising of the submarine F-4 off the mouth of Pearl Harbor in Though it is not directly referenced in Pacific Vortex!
Since the exact date that the author wrote Pacific Vortex! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An adventure novel by Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt. Vixen 03 Night Probe! Al Giordino Rudi Gunn St. Julien Perlmutter Dirk Pitt, Jr. Raise the Titanic Sahara. Works by Clive Cussler. Hidden categories: Articles with short description. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file.
Published by Sphere, UK From: Cosmo Books Shropshire. Seller Rating:. About this Item: Sphere, UK, Condition: Fair. First Edition. Available Now.
Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler, First Edition
Pacific Vortex! Though not the first book to be released featuring the author's primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt , Cussler states that this was the earliest story he wrote starring the popular action hero. Begun in , it was published in after much internal debate and a great deal of prompting from his friends, family, and publisher. Cussler states in the foreword that he feels the novel is not up to his usual standards and should be treated as a sort of historical curiosity. Dirk Pitt is enjoying a lazy day on a secluded Oahu beach at Ka'ena Point when he spots a bright yellow container just past the breakers.
A mysterious area at sea just off the coast of paradise, a missing advanced Navy submarine, and a dashing Air Force pilot that loves the sea and women just seems like adventure. Pacific Vortex! It was okay. Enjoyable enough to continue reading until the end. I have read that it's considered his least well written book, though. So perhaps the others are much better.