Atlantis found

by Clive Cussler

Hardcover, 1999

Collection

Description

Agent Dirk Pitt of the U.S. National Underwater and Marine Agency battles genetically engineered neo-Nazis, seeking to establish a Fourth Reich once they wipe out humanity. They plan to unleash a flood by splitting the Antarctic ice shelf. A beautiful archeologist is on hand to help the hero.

Rating

(504 ratings; 3.6)

User reviews

LibraryThing member MsBeautiful
Adventure/Thriller, Fun to listen to on tape or cd, one of my favorites of his
LibraryThing member wingedpotato
This book was hit AND miss. Hit--very imaginative theories about ancient peoples and cool set pieces. Miss--overblown writing (character descriptions, anyone?) and plot holes that wouldn't stop bugging me.
LibraryThing member paolasp
It's a guilty pleasure of mine since Dirk is soooo macho but I love the Dirk Pitt series. I especially liked this book with the explanations of our pre-history. I wanted to look up more about the possibilities that Cussler brought up in this book. :)
LibraryThing member ct.bergeron
September 1858: An Antarctic whaler stumbles upon an aged wreck, its grisly frozen crew guarding crates of odd antiquities. March 2001: As a team of anthropologists gazes in awe at a wall of strange inscriptions, a blast seals them within the Colorado rock. April 2001: A research ship manned by Dirk Pitt and members of the U.S. National Underwater and Marine Agency is set upon and nearly sunk by a vessel that should have died fifty-six years before. Pitt knows that these incidents are somehow connected, and his investigations soon land him deep in an ancient mystery with very modern consequences . . .… (more)
LibraryThing member bertonek
My attempt at reading in a different genre than usual. Entertaining, but highly over-the-top. Designed to be of interest to those who want action, adventure, and clearly-defined good and bad guys.
LibraryThing member fr3dt3ch
It was a page-turner of sorts; I did want to find out what happens next. There's constant action. There's also what borders on unbelievable survival by Dirk. What really turns me off are the excessive descriptions of what seemed like every little thing. It's not that he got on a motorcycle, it's that he mounted a 1942 limited edition Indian with this and that. Near the end I started to skim.… (more)
LibraryThing member SonicQuack
As fictional global powerstruggles go, Atlantis Found serves up a particularly thrilling and entertaining one. You can't go wrong with Nazis, as Indiana Jones has proved. The action is shared out liberally between the NUMA team, albeit Dirk Pitt has the lion's share, and this approach allows Cussler to open up the plot, spreads out the action and allows parallel narratives to be played out. As with previous novels in the series a hearty suspension of disbelief is required - this is Bond-esque action and adventure with diabolical plans, daring action sequences and a sprinkling of romance. The only real disappointment is the title, a red herring, and if you're looking for a novel which is centrally around finding Atlantis then there are better choices, for here it's only ever upon the periphery of a cracking adventure yarn.… (more)
LibraryThing member SunnySD
Cussler never met a convoluted plot he didn't like, and this one is no exception. With DNA-manipulating Nazi-descendants, ancient predictions of world devastation, disappearing relics and apocalyptic plots, not to mention all the technical detail...

A fairly hefty recreational read, but an enjoyable one.… (more)
LibraryThing member magst
I have tried numerous times to finish this book from cover to cover and I just can't. I've skimmed though most of it and found it very borning.
LibraryThing member scuzzy
not bad, quite well written and easy to get caught up in...but naggingly far-fetched and i cannot appreciate it fully when the concept of 5 mile long ships are being built in secret????
LibraryThing member gra29
This book held my attention. It has a lot of twists and turns. It even tried to tie in real history to this book. Clyde did penn himself into this novel. Also, his love of cars was prevalent in this novel.
LibraryThing member jmcclain19
As long as you are in the right frame of mind, Clive Cussler's books serve as a the perfect diversionary tool. They are ridiculous, over the top romps with their do it all save the world characters always scraping by one amazing scrap after another. In this one, there is a crazy twisted plot line involving Atlantis, rekindled Civilzations, South America, ancient ruins buried under Antarctica and Nazi Germany. I couldn't possibly explain it without garbling it further.… (more)
LibraryThing member yahonk
I used to like Cussler.. this one was a tad long, predictable, and even less realistic than some of his others.
LibraryThing member Fonz
Good fast pace book. Im not sure if I like Dirk Pitt to much...He is kind of over the top. Too much of a superhero. I really enjoyed the story though.It kept my attention the entire time.
LibraryThing member kimmy0ne
great adventure story
LibraryThing member jimmaclachlan
WTF happened to Cussler? Did he go senile & lose his touch or has he always been this crappy a writer? I LIKED "Sarhara", but "Atlantis Found" just SUCKS. After plodding through this book on audio for days, I started to listen today & his hero uses a string to tie 3 rifles together. Then he ties the string to the triggers, runs out of a cave filled with smoke & fire, makes a head shot & then shoots down a helicopter. There is a limit to my suspension of belief & this was just way beyond ridiculous.

The book is completely inane, not just the basic plot, but all the little things that make up a decent story. Characters constantly have conversations to explain what is going on about things that should have been decided long before the action started. For instance, as Pitt is getting ready to scuba dive into a wreck, he & Cox have a conversation about how he should take another diver with him. This is not what you talk about as the man is getting into the water. Such details are discussed well before you even get to the water.

The characters are all one dimensional. The good guys are so good they can judge how hard to hit a man in the back of the head to get within a pound of a killing blow - seriously, Cussler writes that at one point. The bad guys are so bad that they're always right on the spot, no matter how secretly or fast our heroes move, but they're inept enough to plant a bomb on a plane that blows up after the heroes have landed , but just before they get back into the plane. Why not during the 3 hour flight out? A while later, the heroes are outnumbered 7 to 2, armed with just rocks, while the bad guys have automatic weapons, pistols, body armor, radio headsets & a helicopter with a machine gun & missiles. The bad guys manage to lose. Yuck.

Oh, & no one uses a pistol or any other piece of equipment. No they use a 'model xyz limited edition by So&So company'. Please! If the hero just whacks someone over the head with a pistol, what difference does the model number, laser sight or caliber make? A rock could have been swapped in with absolutely no problem. I think it's supposed to sound cool, but it just sounds like extraneous crap.

I could go on, but I've wasted enough time on this book. I spent 500 minutes listening to it, trying hard to forgive the inanities, & I can't deal with another 700 minutes, so I quit. Cussler owes me 500 minutes of my life back.
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LibraryThing member SMG-JLenigas
edge of your seat adventure novel
LibraryThing member queenoftheshelf
Dirk Pitt, the good-looking, humorous action hero is back in this divergent, if scientifically improbable adventure. Pitt just happens to be in the same town in Colorado where a mine with ancient ruins of a long-lost empire are found, but he's not the only one who knows about the ruins. The story takes us from Colorado,off the tip of South Africa, to the icy plains of Antarctica, while Pitt fights to stave off an earth-wide disaster.
Sure, the story is a bit on the far-fetched side, and the situations are always somewhat ridiculous, but Cussler excels at a good action adventure story and Atlantis Found is just that. The action is well-timed and the story will keep you wanting more. A perfect book to curl up with while on vacation.
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LibraryThing member marysneedle
I have been a huge Dirk Pitt fan ever since I saw the Sahara movie.
If there is another Dirk Pitt movie in the works it should be this one.
I have always been attracted to stories about Atlantis and Clive Cussler does not disappoint with the twists, turns and adventure in this book.
I'd recommend it to all adventure story lovers.
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LibraryThing member pussreboots
Thoroughly enjoyable and completely ridiculous! At the final show down I laughed myself silly for a good five minutes (which my husband can attest to). There are Nazis, a lost civilization, missing relics, and a pending world destruction that will either be from the heavens or man made.
LibraryThing member JBarringer
This is one of my favorite Cussler novels, with the bizarre post-Nazi conspiracy plot and all the clones and almost sci-fi ancient relics. The story, as a result of these elements, requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, but the story is internally consistent enough that it is easy to get into it despite the fact that it is one of Cussler's less realistic stories in many ways.… (more)
LibraryThing member bearlyr
Dirk Pitt = adventure! Clive Cussler has created one of my favorite characters in the Dirk Pitt series. And, this one has it all... Nazis, ancient cities, messages to be deciphered, fights on ice, intrigue, adventure, the list goes on and on! Clive Cussler has never let me down, nor has the Dirk Pitt series, and this one lives up to all expectations!… (more)
LibraryThing member Lelue
Atlantis Found By Clive Cussler Smoothie Review

Overall Rating: Only Meant For A Audience Who Like Things That Go Boom

Clive Cussler. I really don’t know much about this author other than he tends to write these Indiana Jones like adventures. A friend in high school was a real book worm. (Bigger than I am, if you can believe that) said I might like him since I like Crichton and Ludlum. So she gave me three books. Vahalla rising, Sahara and Atlantis Found. I read Sahara way back when and found I didn’t like it and gave Vahalla Rising to another friend because she loves those “Dirk Pitt” novels. And Atlantis Found was lost until spring cleaning came along. When I found this book, I was like “Maybe I’ll give Clive Cussler a second chance.” All I knew, it was a Dirk Pitt novel. Sahara was one too, but seriously the book is erased from my mind for some reason. Now I felt I should have accepted that as a warning and not read it at all. But here’s the review.
The book starts out with a couple archeologists who arrive to Pandora mines, where the owner had found a secret ancient shrine. It is a circular room where ancient writings are all over the walls and great black skull is in the center of the room. In the investigation the mine entrance is collapsed and it begins flooding. But to the rescue comes a man named Dirk Pitt who seemed to amazing pop out of no where to save them all. When escaping the mine, the one neatly killed by those mysterious men who want them dead And then again after that, but Dirk always has a plan in the works. Soon after Dirk and his cliché side kick Al Giordino investigate, they find that these are the remains of the possible Atlanteans who are predicting the end of the world and the people who want to hide this information is a crazy neo Nazi family who even altered their own genetics with Hitler’s DNA. Yes. I’m not lying. This is too stupid to make up. The Atlanteans predicted that a comet is going to hit the earth to flood it, so the Nazi’s want to keep it secret and are building four great ships so certain people will survive. And they attack Pitt and Giordino as much as they can along the way. The style of the book is written at a fast place, a “let’s have fun” format that clearly isn’t trying to be realistic. It has about the same vibe as a James Bond or Indiana Jones movie. Clearly Cussler likes excitement, fast cars and pretty women because it reflects greatly here.
So let’s start with the bad. I said earlier it’s unrealistic. That is an understatement. Dirk Pitt is Mr. Perfect in this novel. Every choice he makes, plan he had, or every gun fight he’s in comes out smelling like a rose. A whole deck is gunned down and everyone is injured and he doesn’t have a scratch. There isn’t anything this man does wrong. He has all the right moves, snappy comebacks and all the women love him. I mean, this character is so unreal where I know he is invincible. So during all the action scenes, I was asking, “Why should I care whether he is going to make it or not, if I already know he’s going come out with a scratch every time?” It really sucked the excitement out. Then there was the stuff that happened which was impossible. Such as a car chase between two muscle cars in a busy city, yet amazingly during the chase there is no mention of cars on the road. So I’m assuming they all magically disappeared. Then there’s the magical robot computer that is smarter that Einstein it self. There’s shoot outs where a squad is losing against a thousand Nazi’s but when Pitt shows up, the Nazis lose. How does that work? And then toward the end, when I thought the silliness is over, they have one last impossible scene between an aircraft having a shoot out with SUVs in the busy streets Of Washing DC. Then the plot is entirely laughable. The idea that this shares the same plot as 201 is laughable. But get’s worse.

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Through out the book we’re under the belief that the Nazi’s were trying to kill them because they found these shrines and prophecy was true. We spend four hundred pages on these shrines and then on page four hundred one, it turns out that the Atlanteans were wrong and it really means nothing. What the hell? The story then jumps to the Nazis making a massive machine to destroy the world. So we just spent four hundred pages on the topic and to throw it out the window.
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Then after every thing, the author actually inserts himself into this as a cameo. Is he actually proud of this pile of BS? I mean after four hundred pages I wanted to reach into the book and strangle the man.
And get this, Atlantis is found. But there only is one line. Seriously Dirk walls into the city and then describes the walls of the buildings. Then the author must have gone “Who cares about Atlantis? Let’s blow some stuff up. “I’m serious, it’s knee existent in this book.
The good? Yeah, there was actually one line. It stated the end. Seriously because of Mr. Perfect, I can even say that the action wasn’t good. Unless you’re a guy who likes books that resemble movies such as 2012, The Expendables and Transporter, it isn’t any good.

So overall, unless you just like things that go boom, such as explosion and gun shots and never care for any sort of script, this is for you. For the rest of uis, we can do with out.

½ smoothies out of four.
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LibraryThing member repb
Another over-the-top, preposterous tale of Dirk Pitt and friends. This one deals with the planned killing of all of earth's inhabitants by a family of uber-evil German badniks. Again, against overwhelming odds, Pitt and company come though at the last minute. You've just got to take these as them come realizing they are quite silly - yet entertaining. I give Cussler and his bevy of writers credit for keeping the copy clean and family oriented, within reason.… (more)
LibraryThing member jamespurcell
Lots of action, some mystery and a little history has become a proven format for this good series. This one does not disappoint. Read and enjoy.

Series

Publication

New York : Putnam, c1999

Original publication date

1995
1999-12

Pages

534

ISBN

0399145885 / 9780399145889

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