Dirk Pitt is a fictional character appearing in twenty-four adventures novels written or co-written by the author Clive Cussler. The character has appeared in two movie adaptations of novels by the same name, Raise the Titanic and Sahara. Among his more memorable traits, Pitt is described as having a commanding presence, a quick wit and a considerable collection of classic cars. Dirk Eric Pitt, renowned adventurer, is the son of Senator George Pitt of California. Dirk graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Dirk is an accomplished pilot, qualified to fly both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, he would go on to attain the rank of major. Over the course of his service, Pitt has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters, a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and many other commendations. Dirk Pitt received one such commendation for shooting down the plane of Admiral James Sandecker; the plane was carrying his staff to a remote base north of Da Nang.
Unknown to them, the base was overrun by the North Vietnamese and their radio was malfunctioning, so they were unable to receive a warning. Pitt was flying nearby returning to his base from a bombing mission and was ordered to intercept and alert the admiral by whatever means available; when efforts to communicate with the Admiral's plane were unsuccessful, Pitt expertly shot out both engines on the transport, forcing them to ditch in the sea instead of landing at the captured base. Dirk flew cover, strafing any boats that left the shore, until everyone was taken aboard a navy patrol vessel. Dirk's service record was amended in the film versions of Raise the Titanic and Sahara, where he is said to have graduated from U. S. Naval Academy. In both versions, Dirk graduated with Al Giordino. After leaving the service, Dirk worked as a marine engineer for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, an oceanographic research organization headed by Admiral James Sandecker. In his career at NUMA, Dirk made numerous shipwreck discoveries and thwarted countless plans by villains intent on global catastrophe or world domination.
In recent novels, Dirk has become the head of NUMA, succeeding Admiral Sandecker when the latter was appointed Vice President of the United States after the sudden death in office of his predecessor. Despite his promotion, Pitt is uncomfortable with a desk job, still heads numerous projects in the field, becoming entangled in villainous plots just as as before his promotion. Dirk is 6 ft 3 in tall with craggy looks, dark wavy hair, a rangy build. Cussler refers to Dirk's "opaline green eyes," which can be both alluring or intimidating, as need be. Pitt has a commanding presence which, combined with a quick, sly wit infuriates his adversaries and superiors. Comical banter with Al is common during stressful situations, leaving the reader with little doubt that both are confident in their abilities, his weapon of choice is a Colt.45-caliber M1911 semi-automatic pistol that he received from his father. His drink of choice is blue agave Tequila. Dirk believes that quality tequila should be drunk straight with salt and lime, preferring to use cheaper tequila in margaritas.
He wears an orange-faced Doxa dive watch. When Dirk Pitt is not traveling, he lives in a remodeled and refurbished hangar on the grounds of Washington National Airport, near Washington, D. C. A cast-iron stairway leads into a cluttered apartment with maps of the sea and models of ships scattered all about; the hangar houses his substantial collection of classic and antique cars, as well as a Messerschmitt Me 262 aircraft, a Ford trimotor aircraft, a Pullman railroad dining car, a totem pole. The hangar contains items collected from prior adventures, such as a cast-iron bathtub with an outboard motor fixed to one end, is protected by a state-of-the-art security system. Pitt adds classic cars to his collection, purloined from a variety of antagonists over the course of his adventures; the character shares his affinity for cars with the author Clive Cussler. Relatedly, Pitt is named after Dirk Cussler, Clive's son and sometime co-writer of Dirk Pitt adventure stories. Throughout his life, there have been three women of significance: Summer Moran, Maeve Fletcher, Loren Smith.
Summer Moran is the mother of Dirk Pitt, Jr. and Summer Pitt. She is described as Pitt's first real love; the daughter of deranged scientist Frederick Moran, she was believed dead by Pitt when she was lost during an attempt to rescue her father as his underwater lair collapsed. As revealed by twenty-three-year-old Dirk Pitt Jr. when the two meet in the concluding chapters of the novel Valhalla Rising, Summer in fact survived, badly maimed by the incident, refused to seek him out because she wanted Pitt to remember her as he knew her. She raised them, naming them after their parents. Dirk meets Maeve Fletcher in Shock Wave. Like Summer, she was the daughter of a ruthless villain. However, she refuses to have any part in her family's dealings or with her father, the villain Arthur Dorsett. Maeve was the single mother of two children, who she raised on her salary as a tour guide aboard a cruise in the Antarctic when she and Pitt first meet, she held a master's degree in zoology. Maeve and Dirk pledged their deepest love for each other, but Maeve is fatally wounded, dies in Pitt's arms.
Pitt has a long-term relationship with Congresswoman Loren Smith, whom he marries. The Mediterranean Caper - 1936 Maybach Zeppelin Town car Iceberg - Raise the Titanic! - (no car, but reference
Trojan Odyssey is a Dirk Pitt novel by Clive Cussler, published first in 2003. The book opens with a fictional historical overview/flashback to events of Homer's Odyssey, but alters the original plot. In the present day, Dirk Pitt, his son Dirk Pitt, Jr. his daughter Summer Pitt, friend Al Giordino are involved in the search for the source of a brownish contamination in the ocean's waters, which leads to a diabolical plot that they must unravel and topple. As this is occurring, discoveries relating to the "true" tale of the Odyssey are made; the villain is the mysterious billionaire businessman Specter, a huge man who disguises his identity by wearing sunglasses, a hat, a scarf over his face. The book features a significant event between Dirk Pitt and Congresswoman Loren Smith, he and Al settle down. Pitt asks for the hand of Loren who steps down. Pitt assumes the responsibility of head of NUMA; this marks a change in Dirk Pitt Sr. series, as confirmed by his next novel, which features Dirk Pitt Jr. as the primary protagonist.
As with every Dirk Pitt novel, this one features a classic car, in this case a Marmon V-16 Town Car. A custom-built 1952 Meteor DeSoto hot rod modified with a 270 horsepower engine is mentioned. Cussler dedicated Trojan Odyssey to his wife, who died due to cancer in 2003; the main antagonist in the novel shares his alias with the father of the antagonists in Inca Gold. Loren's father mysteriously came back to life and attended the wedding, long after being killed and his body stashed on a sunken aircraft in a remote Colorado lake as depicted in Vixen 03 Where Troy Once Stood Paperbackbazaar Review of Trojan Odyssey
Treasure (Cussler novel)
Treasure is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the ninth book featuring Dirk Pitt; the book starts with a historical prologue in which Julius Venator, a Roman, along with a group of Roman soldiers and slaves, sail in a fleet of ships ferrying the treasures from the Library of Alexandria before its destruction to a secret location to be buried in underground caverns. After the treasures are buried the people, the Roman soldiers, slaves are all slaughtered by the natives. While one small ship manages to get away, they never reach land and the secret of the treasure is lost; the story shifts to an envoy of the US President having a secret meeting with a would be Aztec dictator Topiltzin. He kills the envoy, sends his skin and heart back to the President; the plot shifts to a Middle Eastern terrorist secretly hijacking a plane carrying Hala Kamil, the new United Nations Secretary-General, the hijacker bails out of the plane after ensuring that the plane crash lands in Greenland, where Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino, Rudi Gunn are trying to locate a sunken Soviet submarine.
In the area is Lily Sharp, who discovers an ancient coin. They rescue Hala from the plane wreck; as the plot unfolds, several more attempts are made on Hala’s life, since she is trying to stop would-be dictator Akhmad Yazid from taking over Egypt. It is revealed that both Topiltzin and Yazid are scions of a notorious crime family. Dirk is distracted by the promise of treasure, however. Locating a shipwreck in Greenland, they soon find a tablet detailing a mission to hide the treasure of the library at Alexandria; as Dirk, Al, the Special Operations Forces rescue Hala Kamil from a hijacked ship in the Straits of Magellan, Hiram Yaeger locates the treasure — in Rome, Texas. The final stretch of the novel involves Dirk trying to hide the treasure from Yazid and his brother Topiltzin; the treasure is discovered and Yazid and their henchmen are killed. Dirk Pitt—Special Projects Director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency Admiral James Sandecker—Chief Director of NUMA Al Giordino—Assistant Special Projects Director for NUMA.
Rudi Gunn—Director of Logistics for NUMA. Hala Kamil—UN Secretary General Dr. Lily Sharp—researcher who finds Roman coin Paul Capesterre—aka Akhmad Yazid, son of a criminal family and would-be dictator of Egypt Robert Capesterre—aka Topiltzin would be dictator of Mexico No film, television or theatrical adaptations have yet been produced from this novel. 1988, United States, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-671-62613-2, 1988, Hardcover 1988, United States, Pocket Books, ISBN 99930-4-807-0, November 1988, Paperback. 1989, United States, Pocket Books Reissue, ISBN 0-671-70465-6, October 15, 1989, Paperback. 1991, United States, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-7924-4679-8, May 1991, Hardcover. 2011, United States, Pocket Books, ISBN 1-4516-2101-9, May 2011, Paperback
Dragon (Cussler novel)
Dragon is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 10th book featuring Dirk Pitt. In 1945, a B-29 bomber carrying a third nuclear bomb to Japan is shot down over the sea off the coast of Japan. In 1993, terrorists want to restore Japan's former glory by taking out the United States economy by planting nuclear bombs. Dirk Pitt – Special Projects Director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency Admiral James Sandecker – Chief Director of NUMA Al Giordino – Assistant Special Projects Director for NUMA. Hideki Suma - The Japanese leader to the "Kaiten Project", he plans to blackmail the world powers into treating Japan as the leading world power by secretly planting nuclear bomb cars inside the major cities of the world. Major Charles Dennings - Dennings Demons, Pilot Captain Irv Stanton - Dennings Demons, Bombardier Captain Mort Stromp - Dennings Demons, Co-Pilot Lieutenant Joseph Arnold - Dennings Demons, Navigator Navy Commander Hank Byrnes - Dennings Demons, Weapons Engineer General Harold Morrison - Special deputy to General Leslie Groves General Leslie Groves - Head of the Manhattan Project Sergeant Robert Mosley - Dennings Demons, Flight Engineer Lieutenant Junior Grade Sato Okinaga - Japanese Patrol Pilot Captain Arne Korvold - Captain, Narvik Oscar Steen - Chief Officer, Narvik Olaf Andersson - Asst.
Chief Engineer, Divine Star Boarding Party Clive Cussler – This was the first novel in which the author made a cameo appearance. 1990, United States, Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-671-62619-1, 1990, Hardcover. 1991, United States, Pocket Books, ISBN 0-671-74276-0, July 1, 1991, Paperback. 1993, United States, LGF, ISBN 2-253-06382-7, January 1, 1993, Paperback
Treasure of Khan
Treasure of Khan is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, is the nineteenth to feature Cussler's most famous protagonist, Dirk Pitt. The book is about a Mongolian oil tycoon and his attempts to gain control over the world petroleum markets, it has a secondary plot of a search for the treasures in the tombs of Genghis Khan and Khublai Khan. A small oil company headed by the antagonist, Borjin, a Mongolian, bent on taking control of the world oil market, determined to re-unite the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia with Mongolia, has stolen a machine which can create an earthquake, he has found significant oil deposits buried at unusual depths in Inner Mongolia. He uses the machine to destroy major oil production facilities through the world, crippling China's and the rest of the world's oil supply in a matter of weeks, he uses this shortage to make an offer to supply China all the oil it needs. He demands that Inner Mongolia be ceded to Mongolia, China pay market price for the oil he will supply them, which he guarantees will meet the colossal demands of the Chinese economy.
China accepts this deal, not knowing of the hidden oil deposits they are handing to him. Dirk Pitt intervenes to end the situation, discovers that the grave of Genghis Khan has been located by Borjin. A subplot centers on Kublai Khan's second invasion of Japan by Mongolia, in its failure, inadvertently discovering what we now know as Hawaii. In the present, Dirk Pitt discovers Kublai Khan's tomb is in a lava tube in Hawaii along with a great treasure, he does this after finding an ancient scroll, buried for centuries, was excavated during the early days of the War of Resistance. The pertinent clues were quickly lost, found again by Pitt
Black Wind (Cussler novel)
Black Wind is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. This book centers on a new character to the book series, Dirk Pitt, Jr; the novel centers around a terrorist plot to launch a biological warfare attack on the United States. In December 1944, the commanding officer of the I-403, a Japanese I-400 class submarine, is given orders to launch a mysterious attack on the United States, a mission involving Japan’s notorious biological warfare group, Unit 731; the I-403 reaches the U. S. is sunk before the mission can be carried out. 62 years in the Aleutian islands in May 2007, a team of CDC researchers, including beautiful field epidemiologist Sarah Matson, are unexpectedly infected by a deadly and mystery illness. Pitt Jr, with friend and coworker Jack Dahlgren, return to the site to investigate, but their helicopter is downed by gunfire from a mysterious trawler, they survive determining that the illness resulted from a toxic compound of cyanide and smallpox. In Japan, the U. S. ambassador is golfing with his British counterpart when he is assassinated by a sniper named Tongju.
Tongju assassinates the ambassador’s deputy and a semiconductor executive, leaving clues that appear to identify him as a member of a Japanese terrorist group. Investigating the toxin, Pitt Jr. consults marine-history researcher St. Julien Perlmutter, who finds records of the I-403. Pitt Jr. and Dahlgren find and dive on the sunken I-403, but its mysterious ordnance has been removed. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Dirk Pitt senior and his friend and colleague Al Giordino are discovering forgotten Japanese ordnance, poisoning marine life. In Incheon, South Korea, Dae-jong Kang, a multi-millionaire industrialist, is secretly a North Korean sleeper agent, using corruption to press for rapid reunification of the divided peninsula under the DPRK's rule. Kang reviews his plans with his assistant. S. serviceman for the murder of a South Korean girl to foment unrest, while Tongju retrieves more of the World War II toxin from a second sunken submarine. Learning of the interference of Pitt Jr. Kang sends assassins to eliminate him.
The assassins fail to kill Pitt Jr and Matson on Vashon Island in Washington. NUMA researcher Hiram Yeager has discovered that the toxic ordnance was carried by a Japanese submarine lost in the South China Sea. Pitt Jr. joins his sister Summer and father aboard a NUMA salvage vessel that locates the wreck, but Tongju and his commando team seize the vessel. After taking the recovered toxin and kidnapping Pitt Jr and Summer, the North Koreans sabotage the salvage ship and leave the imprisoned crew to drown, but Dirk is able to help everyone escape. Pitt Jr. and Summer are taken to Kang’s yacht, where the multimillionaire taunts them with a general threat of infecting the U. S. with the hybrid toxin leaves them to drown. They are able to make their way back to the United States. Unaware of the exact nature of Kang’s plan, the NUMA team coordinates with government agencies to search for cargo vessels that might be carrying the toxin. However, the real plan goes forward as Tongju and his commando team pirate Sea Launch, a seaborne rocket-launching platform, preparing to fire a toxin-laden warhead at a G8 summit meeting in Los Angeles.
When Dirk and Giordino spot the launch platform from a blimp, a deadly countdown is underway. However, Dirk manages to infiltrate and alter the launch, resulting in the rocket crashing into the sea. In the final showdown, Pitt Jr. and a team of SEALs infiltrate Kang's base as he prepares his final getaway aboard his luxury yacht. After an epic showdown, ignoring the chief SEAL, Pitt Jr. grabs him and jumps off the luxury yacht, letting it – and Kang – crash and explode into the North Korean side of the river. 2004, United States, Putnam Adult, First Edition, ISBN 978-0399-15259-7, November 2004, Hardcover 2006, United States, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Reprint Edition, ISBN 978-0425-20423-8, June 2006, Paperback. 2004, United States, Norwood Press, Limited Edition, ISBN 978-0399-15259-7, November 2004, Hardcover
Poseidon's Arrow is a Dirk Pitt novel, the twenty-second of that series. The hardcover edition was released November 6, 2012. Other editions were released on other dates; this book is about a secret prototype attack submarine the United States is developing and the efforts of a ruthless multimillionaire who wants to seize it by any means and sell it for a hefty profit. This millionaire antagonist is bent on monopolizing most of the world's rare earth mineral mining operations and sell these minerals for a huge profit; this novel is set in a variety settings throughout the world. These subplots involve many characters, as well. Clive Cussler makes a habit of writing himself into cameo appearances in his books. In this one he makes a short appearance, working as a barge captain who gets roughed up by those working for this tale's antagonist. Judy Gigstad wrote in September 2012 on the Book Reporter website, "Poseidon's Arrow is a must read for Dirk Pitt fans." In September 2012 a review on the Kirkus Reviews website said, "Ranging from Panama and Mexico to Idaho and Washington, D.
C. this book is on the move--one reason it avoids dull spots so well." An Associated Press review in November 2012 said, "It's no "Inca Gold," but it's one of the better ones in the series written with Dirk Cussler."