Iceberg (Dirk Pitt Series #2)

Iceberg (Dirk Pitt Series #2)

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Just seventy-two hours ago, Dirk Pitt was lying in
the hot California sun with a beautiful woman, a
Scotch-rocks in one hand, but an urgent call from
Admiral James Sandecker, his commander at the
National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA),
brings Pitt out of the warm Pacific breezes and straight
into a North Atlantic deep freeze. The reason: the dis-
covery of a long-missing luxury yacht, en route to a
secret White House rendezvous, frozen solid in a mil-
lion-ton tombstone of ice.
Tunneling his way into the core of the berg, Pitt
comes upon a gruesome scene -- a crew of corpses, hor-
ribly incinerated at their posts -- but the vessel's price-
less cargo, which could alter the balance of world
power and put the threat of annihilation at America's
doorstep, has vanished.
This discovery is the springboard from which Clive
Cussler -- The Grand Master of Adventure -- launches a
compelling and powerful story that takes Dirk Pitt from
the remote, uninhabited tundra of Iceland to the frigid
abyss of the North Atlantic, determined to force his
deadly, unseen opponent -- a multibillionaire in the
business of playing God -- to make his next move. But
first Pitt will have to penetrate the shroud of mystery
concealing a titanic network of international financial
intrigue -- and mass murder.
Lives, nations, continents are at stake. And
although his enemies may have the firepower as
always, Dirk Pitt has the skill and the daring, the ruth-
lessness and resourcefulness to meet it. He also has
Kirsti Fyrie, an Icelandic beauty whose twin brother
died on the ice-encased yacht and who carries in her
heart the secret that Pitt needs to destroy his opponents
in this deadly game.
Iceberg is classic Cussler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671786267
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #2
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

Read an Excerpt

From Chapter One "Damned sorry to drag you from sunny California, but this damned bung twister has been dumped in our lap." Sandecker, a small, fire-haired, griffon-faced man, waved a seven-inch cigar in the air like a baton. "We're supposed to be engaged in scientific underwater research. Why us? Why not the Navy? You'd think the Coast Guard could handle its own problems." He shook his head in irritation, puffed on the cigar. "Anyway, we're stuck with it."

Pitt finished reading and then laid a yellow folder marked confidential on the admiral's desk. "I didn't think it was possible for a ship to freeze up in the middle of an iceberg."

"It's extremely unlikely, but Dr. Hunnewell assures me it could happen."

"Finding the right berg might prove difficult; it's already been four days since the Coast Guard's sighting. That overgrown ice cube could have dried halfway to the Azores by now."

"Dr. Hunnewell has charted the current and drift rate to within a thirty-square-mile area. If your vision is good, you shouldn't have any trouble spotting the berg, particularly since the Coast Guard dropped a red dye marker on it."

"Spotting it is one thing," Pitt said thoughtfully, "landing a helicopter on it is another. Wouldn't it be more convenient and less dangerous to arrive by --"

"No!" Sandecker interrupted. "No ships. If that thing under the ice is as important as I think it is, I don't want anyone except you and Hunnewell within fifty miles of it."

"This may come as a surprise, Admiral, but I've never set a copter down on an iceberg before."

"It's very possible no one else has either. That's why I requested you as my Special Projects Director." Sandecker smiled mischievously. "You have the annoy- ing knack of successfully -- sha11 we say -- delivering the goods."

"This time," Pitt asked slyly, "do I have the opportunity of volunteering?"

"I wouldn't have it any other way."

Pitt shrugged helplessly. "I don't know why I always give in so easily to you, Admiral I'm beginning to think you have me pegged as a first-class pigeon."

A broad grin rode across Sandecker's face. "You said it, not me."

The latch clicked and the cabin door swung open. Pitt lazily opened one eye in time to see Dr. Hunnewell come in. The overweight doctor did a tightrope act trying to maneuver between Pitt's cot and Dover's clothes locker before he finally reached a small chair by a writing desk. Audibly, he sighed in chorus with the chair's creaking protest as he eased his bulk past the armrests.

"How in God's name does a titan like Dover get into this thing?" he incredulously asked no one in particular.

"You're late," Pitt yawned. "I expected you hours ago.

"I couldn't go sneaking around corners or slithering through ventilators as if I was on my way to a spy convention. I had to wait for an excuse to talk to you."

"An excuse?"

"Yes. Commander Koski's compliments. Dinner is served."

"Why all the subterfuge?" Pitt asked with a cagey grin. "We have nothing to hide."

"Nothing to hide! Nothing to hide! You lie there like an innocent virgin waiting for her first communion and calmly say we have nothing to hide?" Hunnewell shook his head hopelessly. "We'll both be in front of a firing squad when the Coast Guard learns we flim- flammed them out of the use of one of their new cutters."

"Helicopters have a nasty habit, they won't fly with air in their fuel tanks," Pitt said sarcastically. "We had to have a base of operations and a place to refuel. The Catawaba was the only ship in the area with the necessary facilities. Besides, you sent that phony message from the Coast Guard Commandant -- you're on the hook for that one."

"That incredible yarn about the missing Russian trawler. You can't deny that's yours from beginning to end."

Pitt placed his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling. "I rather thought everyone enjoyed it."

"I have to hand it to you. That was the slickest con job it's been my misfortune ever to witness."

"I know. There are times when I hate myself."

"Have you considered what may happen when Commander Koski sees through our devious little plan?"

Pitt stood up and stretched. "We simply do what any other two red-blooded American con men would do."

"And that is?" Hunnewell prompted dubiously. Pitt smiled. "We simply worry about it when the time comes."

Copyright © 1975 by Clive Cussler

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From the Publisher

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When the going gets tough, I read Clive Cussler, for no one can spin a yarn that's so thoroughly spellbinding and entertaining as he can.

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Iceberg 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
tororojo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another case of the intrepid hero foiling yet another world domination scheme.There's nothing terribly good or bad about the plot, but what really turned me off about the book was the hero's affecting effeminate behavior and mannerisms to make the evildoers think he's gay. Their disgust and hatred cause them to underestimate the red-blooded American fully-heterosexual he-man!That's how novels were written in the 1970s, I guess, but it's very, very dated.Read this if you are obsessively compelled to read series in order, as I am. Otherwise, find a more contemporary novel that you won't find so embarrassing.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yawn!!! I will not be in a big hurry to read the next one.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adventure/Thriller, Fun to listen to on tape or cd
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Worst Dirk Pitt novel ever. Instead of the charming, rakish Pitt of the later novels we get this really offensive version. I don't know if it was just a sign of the times (the book was published in 1975) or what, but I didn't like it. His usual sidekicks are conspicuously missing, and the mystery just wasn't as interesting as I'm used to from Cussler.
WilburRS More than 1 year ago
While the book is about the size of a paperback, it has hard covers that help to keep it tight. I have trouble holding on to paperbacks, however these books with there hard covers make it easier to handle the book and concentrate on the reading material.
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I have read a lot of books from tons of totally different authors in lots of genres. I love to read exciting action and adventure books. Iceberg is one of those books. Iceberg is not one of the best books that Clive Cussler has written, but it is definitely up there. I first started reading his books because of a friend of mine. When I read the first book, I was totally struck by the depth of the detail he goes into to make you believe you are a ghost, watching from the sidelines. He uses really descriptive and vivid words that help paint a picture out of the words, into his stories. Clive has a knack for tugging on the line where good and evil meet. I have read every one of his books that I have gotten my hands on, from one intense action/adventure to the next. Iceberg was the newest of his books that I read. After the first few pages of Iceberg I found out that this book was as exciting as any other one I've read. The book started out with its peek into the past to show how the problems the main character has to solve began. Iceberg has an incredible story line that's starts and finishes with the same burning intense story line. This story portrays the character named Dirk Pitt. Dirk is a classic hero that is not afraid to do what is necessary to save the world from destruction and chaos. He is very modest and is a charmer, but can do things that other only guys wish they could do. This book is Clive's classic story of a hero that survives against all odds. This book is a good choice for people that love a good adventure with a guy that is almost average in every place but his heart and mind. Dirk has a way of beating the bad guys in class, an inch from death and he pulls out in the end. There are times in the books Clive writes were you can see what is going to happen later on, but then he adds something that takes the end in a totally different twist. Clive is very honest in the books he writes. He relates to the reader the full spectrum of human emotion related to heroes that do great things in the real world. He gets into the feeling that a hero gets when the things they must do could hurt someone, but then doesn't hesitate when that person has done very bad things, hurt people, to do what must be done. Another great thing about Clive's books is that he ties things that happened in history into his books. The things Dirk saves people from are all possible in real life, somewhere. Clive really gets into blending the history and what is science fiction into his stories, and I love it. One more awesome thing about Iceberg is that by the end of the book, you don't want the story to go on. The ending is done up so nicely that to go on would have to be in another book. In the end Dirk doesn't leave any string untied, and the bad guys are punished in the fairest sense of the word. Iceberg is a great book for down time, or just to end or begin a day. I would recommend this book to all the action/adventure book lovers out there. I would give this book two thumbs up.
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This series draws a man into the story. I couldn't wait to turn the page.
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