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.
A fairly hefty recreational read, but an enjoyable one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A secretive 'ultra-perfect' Arian family descened from the remnants of the Nazi collapse after WWII has set in motion the ultimate destruction of the world to start a new world order.
Dirt Pitt, as usual, accidentally stumbles onto something not right and spends the rest of the novel courting and otherwise desrupting the bad guy's plans.
Lots of new and interesting technology, which leads to what was wrong with this novel: Aircraft can land in Antarctic, but they cannot shut down their engines. If the pilots do they'll never get them started again.
In this novel, there is a hidden landing strip at the southpole and aircraft come, stay and goThis the first time I've caught Clive in such a blantant case of a writer ignoring the known technology.
Overall, great characters, plot and story elements.
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.