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The President's secret task force has developed an unprecedented defensive weapon that relies on an extremely rare radioactive element -- and Dirk Pitt has followed a twisted trail to a secret cache of the substance. Now, racing against brutal storms, Soviet spies, and a ticking clock, Pitt begins his most thrilling mission -- to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century...

Customer Reviews:

  • Deserves a "minus stars" category
    You've got to be kidding. Great writing? Not even close. My friends and I read this clunker aloud and laughed until we just about wet ourselves.I mean, rilly, "he shot his spine in two at the base." (??) I think the title should have been "Raise the Gorge!"...more info
  • Gi'me more! NOWWWWWWWWWW!
    I got this book from my local library and couldn't take my eyes off it. At first, I wanted to read it because it was by an author my dad liked, and it was about the TITANIC. But then it was so much more than that. The main plot revolved around the SICILIAN PROJECT, which relies on a minneral called BYZANIUM. Only prob' is, there's just enough thought to exist that proves that it's for real! But, DIRK PITT comes in and finds out the only BYZANIUM on the Earth is on the wreck of the TITANIC.

    So if your looking for a suspense filled drama, then pick up RAISE THE TITANIC! from your local library (or, of course AMAZON!) ...more info
  • Although I love Cussler's work I have to give it 2 stars
    I've read a lot of negative reviews regarding this novel. Granted its not Cusslers best work, but there are sections I like. The triumphant Titanic entering New York harbor is breathtaking in my opinion. Still, if you want to read Clive at his best try TREASURE or DRAGON. Great books....more info
  • A great plot with a whopper-of-an-ending
    I still think 'Cyclops' is Cussler's best novel, but 'Raise the Titanic' is a close second. There is plenty of action in this novel. Basing a story on something as haunting as the loss of the Titanic is bound to be exciting. The only aspect of this novel that I disliked involved the relationship between Dana and Gene Seagram. It really had nothing to do with the main plot. The worst scene, in my opinion, was the opening of the vault on the Titanic. What ruined the scene was Gene Seagram's lunacy. His dismantling the head of a 76-year old corpse during his psychotic breakdown seemed odd. His marital problems and mental exhaustion were brought to light several times throughout the book. I just didn't think that the problems were extreme enough to lead to violent insanity. Perhaps his turmoil would have been better represented in movie format. Despite these minor flaws, 'Raise the Titanic' was still an energetic read from beginning to end. The production of a movie based on this novel would be great. The best part of the book was the ending. Without giving too much away, the vault scene led me to believe that the ending couldn't possibly be good. Cussler, like all fans know he can, managed to come up with a dramatic twist. The ending is what made me give 'Raise the Titanic' four stars. Overall, every minute detail was meticulously thought out. Of course, only Dirk Pitt could put all the pieces of the puzzle together in the end!!!...more info
  • Thrilling
    As usual, Clive Cussler produced a suspence-thrilling book- one that is very difficult to put down!!!Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventures)...more info
  • What can I say...absolutely THRILLING
    For me, 'Cyclops' is STILL my all-around favorite Pitt novel...but for sheer plotting style, and a storyline that unfolds with pure amazing foresight, 'Raise The Titanic' is hands down Cussler's best work. It also happens to be the ONLY Pitt book where Dirk is NOT the main character. Gene Seagram and his wife seem to be. At first it irritated me silly, but the more I read, the more I appreciated it. I also have a comment for the reviewer who remarked that Cussler insulted his 'common sense' at how irresponsibly written his accounts of the Titanic's raising actually was...well Clive would write things differently IF he wrote the novel today...but since the technology written about in the book in the late 70's did not exist THEN let alone NOW, Clive did a superb job of 'creating' the technology from scratch, and pulled it off making it sound 'real' to THIS reader. Might I remind him that Clive actually guessed the actual location of the final resting place of the Titanic to a very close degree? My fondest wish would be for Clive to write a semi-sequel to 'Raise The Titanic' and have the ship re-fitted out and sent on a 2nd 'maiden voyage' filled with intrigue and world consequences. In short, this is the BEST PLOTTED of the Dirk Pitt novels, and deserves its place alongside the best adventure stories of the past 50 years or more. Captivating...Entertaining...Fun...Exciting... all-around fantastic hum-dinger of a tale told with style. Long live Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt....more info
  • Raise the Titanic-originally published by viking press 1976
    ok high speeds i read the book about 13 years ago, but some of the thought behind the negative reviews is simply turning my top. the logic patterns behind them are simply too much to bear. lets start with the year the book was written, 1976. Id like to repeat that because it sounds, VAGUELY IMPORTANT! the year the book was written was 1976... so with this in mind just how much positive information do you think was available for study back then? humm? not a whole lot, thats how much. some of us out there are critiquing the book as if it was published last month. the ship was not even found until 1985. think about it. there were numerous reports of the ship breaking up as it went down, yes this is most definately true no arguement, however conversely several ships officers, who we will credit with being competent, if somewhat on the stressed side claimed that it did not. also keep in mind a very large number of the people who reported the break up were passengers, most in a very high state of stress. it is plausible that their testimonys might have been blown off. or maybe its something else. humm... in reality what difference does it make. in writing there is something called artistic licence, (ah ha here it is) it is frequently used in a work that is termed historical fiction. a real historical event is either used as a setting for a fictitious tale to be told. sometimes this means that the event will be described near 100% accurate and only the people involved with part of this event will be fictitious. however, yes another however my short tempered friends, sometimes it is all encompassing. the event while still based upon what happened will be twisted enough to meet the needs of the story, along with the people historically real, composites of several people in one or entirely fictitious are changed and adapted to make the story do what the author desires. i think that is part of the joy of being an author, you can alter the setting to how you want it. life does not always work that way. so, how soon shall this tirade end? soon i should think, i could have condensed all of this into about one paragraph about when the book dates from and how people critique the book on information that BEGAN to be gathered 9 years later. and the book criticized 24 years later. not to mention i wanted to give the bored among us something to read. time periods people, remember that. another question, ive got my choise in mind, ponder this, pick a great book that you have read, that involves an historical event but is not entirely accurate in its description. does that make it a bad book?...more info
  • Titanic in a new light...
    Knowing what really happened to the Titanic didn't ruin this book for me in the least. I found it exciting, filled with spies, intrigue and non-stop action. It was very, very hard to put down. The end is magnificent, truly Dirk Pitt at his finest. If you love Cussler don't skip over this one!...more info
  • The worst book I've ever finished
    When I was a little kid, I'd see this book on the shelves at the library and in used bookstores and wonder what masterful tale was contained inside, and yet somehow I never managed to pick it up. 20 years later I finally splurged and got it for a dollar at the library book sale, and read the whole thing cover to cover on a transpacific flight.

    Oh, man! What I had been missing! Some of the worst dialogue ever committed to paper, the most appalling junk science since "The Core," and gratuitous sex scenes that made me actually laugh out loud. Dirk Pitt is like Doc Savage -- only twenty times smarter and stronger! The fact that this one reached the NY Times bestseller list makes you question the fate of humanity.

    Good for a laugh or two, especially with some of the utterly ludicrous scenes near the end (don't forget that sultry strip-tease, seemingly written by a ten-year-old), but probably not worth it in the long run unless you're a fast reader....more info
  • Excellent Early Pitt
    I am relatively new to Clive Cussler, having only started in on his books following the movie adaptation of "Sahara." However, even from the few titles I have read I can see a clear delineation between "Old" Pitt and "New" Pitt. The Newer Pitt is very 007-esque, with wildly improbable schemes of world domination and vivid scenes of derring-do that would make Michael Bay blush. Older Pitt on the other hand, whilst still having some unbelievable elements is much closer to an old school espionage thriller or Alistair MacLean type novel.

    So, "Raise the Titanic" is definitely "Old" Pitt, and is also my favorite of the Cusslers I have read this far. It was written before the Titanic was actually found, unsalvagable on the bottom of the sea, by Bob Ballard. The plot concerns that most vital of thriller MacGuffins, the rare mineral, believed contained on board the ill-fated ocean liner. With Russian spies moving in, Dirk Pitt and trusty pal Al Giordino have to do the unimaginable: raise the Titanic!

    This book flies by, despite the fact that there is relatively little action until the end. Dirk Pitt does occupy quite a bit of the book, but he seems less present than in the later volumes, instead appearing just long enough to interest us before disappearing again. Instead, a side-plot concerning the political angle of the Titanic's raising provides a lot of the suspense in the book, as Kremlin head games escalate. But never fear, there are plenty of show-stopping moments in the book as well. The actual attempt to raise the Titanic, the hurricane, the showdown with the Russians... It's all very well handled in this marvelous nautical thriller....more info
  • Raising the Titanic
    This book is good and holds your interest from beginning to end. Several surprises which always makes for interesting reading. Cussler captures your total interest and holds it until the book ends. Hurray!!...more info

    The book Raise The Titanic was about the ship Titanic and the people that thought the Titanic wasn't split in half. They thought that the Titanic was cut in half, but this was before they made the movie Titanic. The book Raise the Titanic was about the people that keep track how far down it really was. (2.5m). One of the steamers fell off the Titanic and the scientists searched for over 2.5 miles and didn't find the lost steamer.
    In the book Raise The Titanic, the ship didn't split in half, but in the movie it really was split in half.
    The true 1 thing is that it really was 2.5 miles below the ocean. When the people made the movie it must have been fun, but in real life it must have been HORIFYING. If I were on Titanic, I would be the first to the Lifeboats. I recommend this book to other people because it is different from the movie from the book Raise The Titanic. I also recommend it is a really HEART POUNDING, SAD STORY. They believed that the Titanic was unsinkable and not split in half in the book.

    The book Raise The Titanic was about the ship Titanic and the people that thought the Titanic wasn't split in half. They thought that the Titanic was cut in half, but this was before they made the movie Titanic. The book Raise the Titanic was about the people that keep track how far down it really was. (2.5m). One of the steamers fell off the Titanic and the scientists searched for over 2.5 miles and didn't find the lost steamer.
    In the book Raise The Titanic, the ship didn't split in half, but in the movie it really was split in half.
    The true 1 thing is that it really was 2.5 miles below the ocean. When the people made the movie it must have been fun, but in real life it must have been HORIFYING. If I were on Titanic, I would be the first to the Lifeboats. I recommend this book to other people because it is different from the movie from the book Raise The Titanic. I also recommend it is a really HEART POUNDING, SAD STORY. They believed that the Titanic was unsinkable and not split in half in the book.
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  • adventure personified
    Anything Clive Cussler writes is poetry in motion. His character development is unbelievable and is possibly why transferring these books to film is so difficult. Who can ever be Dirk or Al? It is so easy to get lost in this adventure....more info
  • A good adventure read.
    I enjoyed this story even if it ws a little unrealistic. Part political thriller, part underwater expididtion, and part mystery, I found it to be very excitting throughout the book. Very creative writing and new suprises around every corner. I found it very interesting that the book was written several years before a salvage mission was dispatched and I enjoed getting into Cussler's mind and understanding his own fantasys...more info
  • Wonderful Adventure
    My introduction to Clive Cussler was through the film, "Sahara." I really enjoyed that film and being a lover of the works of another adventure writer, Steve Alten, I decided to give Cussler's books a try. A friend of mine loaned me this book as well as two others written by Cussler.

    I really enjoyed "Raise the Titanic!" It's got plenty of adventure, espionage, sabotage, and even a little romance in it. Cussler goes into great, but not too boring, detail of how his hero, Dirk Pitt, and the gang from NUMA manage to lift the Titanic from its watery grave in order to solve a mystery dating back to 1912, when the Titanic made its fateful voyage. The U.S. Government is interested in a mineral, byzanium, that may be aboard the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. They hope to find the byzanium and use it to complete a nuclear defense weapon's construction under the codename, Sicilian Project.

    Of course, adventure just wouldn't be adventure without bad guys. For this particular book, Cussler uses the tried and true U.S.S.R. as the enemy. Primary bad guy, Prevlov, is the perfect foil to the slick, almost carefree, Dirk Pitt.

    Overall, this book carries itself quite well from beginning to end. The only place that Cussler stumbles is with the sweet talk. The "romance" that occurs between Pitt and the heroine of this book, Dana Seagram, comes across as forced, awkward, and entirely pointless to the story. To be honest, had Cussler completely left the sex out of this book, it would probably be five-star worthy. Unfortunately, Cussler writes sex scenes and romantic interludes like a fourteen-year-old--all climax, no build-up.

    Don't let this one hang-up of mine keep you from reading this book. It really is a great, fast-paced read and is perfect for people who only have a few minutes at a time to read a book. Not much thinking is necessary to tear this pocketbook up.

    Recommended to fans of fast-paced thrillers, military fiction, and authors like Steve Alten....more info
  • Raise the titamic, not Gene Seagram
    Raise the titanic was great, but as for seagram, HE STUNK!
    It's a good thing he went crazy in the end.
    Besides him, the book was filled with rollicking fun, action, and Dirk Pitt.
    Definately reccomended!...more info
  • Not Cussler's Best
    Good book but do not expect classic Cussler out of this one...more info
  • Although unrealistic, an interesting and exciting read.
    Anyone who has any remote interest in the truth about Titanic would know that this story relies upon false information. But of course, being that this is a FICTION novel, the author can do what he wishes and write about the Titnic in whatever manner he pleases. This was a fascinating and fun story to read. I often found myself daydreaming that Titanic had gone down in one peice and that this could really happen. I would recommend reading this to anyone who is not a stickler for truth in a fiction novel....more info
  • Good, but Lacking
    Essentially, a rare element called Byzantium is required for a top secret device in progress that would significantly boost the United States' defense against missile attacks. However, small traces of this element exist, hardly enough for testing let alone the experiment itself. But in the Titanic's cargo hold lies an abundance of this rare element, and it is Dirk Pitt's task to recover this element by raising the Titanic.


    I'm typically fond of Dirk Pitt novels. But I think this one seemed lacking in a few areas.

    The plot was not quite too flawed, and as always, Cussler has a talent for excellent descriptive and often figurative language. It was not difficult to picture everything, and one often looses themselves in the world his books create because the conversations, descriptions and personalities are so realistic, and often amusing. It was a pleasure reading the first few chapters. Then the books takes on the nature of a parabola, it goes up, hits a max and then dives in the negative direction.

    I was personally fond of several characters, Dana Seagram for example, and of course, Dirk Pitt. However I was disappointed that he didn't play a major role in this book. I enjoy books that have an individual hero in them. But in this book, I was disappointed to find not only a limited part in the book for Dirk, but the presence of Al Giordino. The simplicity by which they find the wreck was slightly suspicious because one might assume the National Underwater And Marine Agency would be searching for the wreck of the most famous ship, and so had Cussler taken that route by locating the wreck it may have been more believable. But instead it was just a random find at the right time. I have nothing against the find, just its timing. Had they found the wreck earlier, and by acquiring funding from the government raised it at the proper time (for Byzantium) than the plot would have been less predictable.

    Another problem was the press conference lead by my favorite character from NUMA, Dana Seagram. She was supposedly the head Marine Archaeologist for NUMA, and stated that the purpose for raising the Titanic were the sale of her artifacts brining in big bucks. This coming from an archaeologist?!! ...... Instead of say, renting those artifacts to museums, inspiring children with the ships story, turning the hulk into a museum, selling the artifacts was what Cussler came up with, and I thought it was in poor taste. Respect for the ship at times was certainly absent. This isn't to mention the skeletal remains in the ship, presented without so much as a pause.

    I don't care what the situation, a ship of Titanic's size, in Titanic's condition on the Sea Floor for so many years could never survive a Category Five hurricane. But Cussler did do a good job introducing the storm to storyline though regardless of that.

    I thought the relationship between Dana and Gene Seagram was really well developed, and scenes that involved them were very exciting. But the complete breakdown of Dana's personality was unnecessary. She just discarded any thought of her husband when he needed her most, and was so close to completing the government project. Although Dana did try to hold the marriage together, her complete negligence and loose behavior in the end destroyed the character completely. Too much freedom and the woman lost her mind!

    Personally, I really like to think of Dirk as a hero. However, in the final chapters of the book, Cussler also shatters all of Dirk's heroic qualities as he did with Dana Seagram. I can't respect a hero who sleeps with someone's wife, in a gravesite, knowing she's married. And I also couldn't believe Dirk's advice to Gene about women. Disgusting, regardless of the year when this book was written. This ties in again with the respect issue.

    The last flaw was the constant insults to Russia. I understand relations between them may not have been as lighthearted as one would have liked them to be, but less bashing was in order. Yet it was done with moderation, and at proper times, said to appropriate people {villains}.

    This book was full of such rich language and vivid imagery. I've pointed out the main points at which Cussler stumbled in his thinking, but otherwise this really was a good book. I enjoyed it very much, as it was entertaining and at times, relaxing. I'd recommend it to anyone, except a Titanic enthusiast.
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  • Raise The Titantic
    The novel "Raise the Titantic!" is the most intriguing and exciting book of the year! It has got to be the best book by clive cussler to date. The star of the story, Dirk Pitt, is under the sea once again searching for the famed Titantic. Clive Cussler, the author of "Saharah" and "Deep Six" send's our hero Dirk Pitt in a race against time and other countries to salvage the giant ship with a secret cargo that could prove to be the key ellement to the defense of the United States! No one can do it like Clive Cussler, no one!...more info
  • You have to admit, this is a fun idea to take and run with
    When Robert Ballard discovered the two halves of the H.M.S. Titanic on the floor of the Northern Atlantic any fanciful ideas of raising the ship were dashed. But Clive Cussler's novel and the movie based on it were responsible to some degree for the renewed interest in the Titanic and the underwater expeditions that eventually located the wreck. In term, Ballard's footage of the Titanic 13,000 feet below the surface of the ocean in turn inspired James Cameron's movie. So we had a real event, that inspired a novel that became a film, that led to discovering the actual wreck, which inspired the biggest money making movie of all time.

    This matters because it is the relationship between fact and fantasy that makes Cussler's idea of raising the Titanic so fascinating. "Raise the Titanic!" begins the night in April 1912 when the ship sank, as one of the ship's officers, John Bigalow, has a confrontation with a desperate man who ends up locking himself in the ship's vault as it sinks beneath the waves. The secret of the Titanic's vault becomes of national importance when some clues from a frozen corpse and the record of a century-old mining accident in Colorado lead to the conclusions that a rare mineral, necessary to fuel the ultimate weapon, is what is to be found inside. In the name of national security the Titanic has to be raised from its watery grave. If that was not enough of a challenge, there are Soviet spies intent on sabotaging the mission and a big hurricane that can also resink the ship.

    The problem with "Raise the Titanic!" is that both the plan and its execution are over simplified. Maybe it is because I am a fan of Tom Clancy's techno-thrillers and the level of detail he provide. True, those are invariably beyond me, but I appreciate the attempt to explain what is going on and Cussler keeps things really simple here. I do not require Clancy's sense of detail in this regard, but a bit more of the nuts and bolts of the process would have nice. All the months of preparation are glossed and in the end the best laid plans go by the wayside, leaving it to Pitt to do things by the seat of his pants, which is just how he likes to do it. But if the sense of technological accomplishment is kept to a minimum Cussler does go overboard with piling on the action and keeping up the pace so that this novel is a fun read that pretty much delivers the bigger than life adventure it promises.

    This is the fourth of Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures and the second that I have read, but it is really not until the last part of the book that Pitt becomes a major actor in the drama. Granted, the nature of the adventure puts him in a minor role until the time comes to actually raise the Titanic, but it does seem strange there is so little of the hero in the first half of the book. Besides, I am waiting to read one of these adventures where the rest of the gang at NUMA have as much to do in a novel as they did in the movie "Sahara," which is what inspired me to start reading these stories in the first place. ...more info
  • Titanic novel
    Good mixture of historical events with fictional adventure story. Well written and fast paced. Has elements of unbelievable, but that is what fiction is about. ...more info
  • Nobody cared what hapened to the iceberg...
    Remember when Clive Cussler used to write quite good books? This was the first Dirk Pitt book I read and I loved it. Of course that was before they actually found the Titanic and discovered it was a knackered in wreck, but reality shouldn't be allowed to enter Mr Cusslers world.

    Sadly, since these days, Mr Cussler has disappeared so far up his fundament it is getting silly, and I am sure that now he writes "for a laugh" too see how many ridiculous things he can squeeze into his stories, capped by the idiotic appearances of himself. I think he believes that he himself is actually Dirk Pitt. Now, his stories involve plot devices like the following. Pitt has his arms and legs broken, his head placed in a bucket of cement, he is sealed into a 10 billion tonne pyramid of granite, which is then blasted into the sun by giant lasers.

    Ten minutes later, he is sipping cocktails in Hawaii after freeing himself using nothing but his manhood, piloting the giant pyramid back to Earth, where it lands in the desert uncovering a vast chamber containing all the ships and planes from the Bermuda triangle, Elvis, Lord Lucan, Shergar and the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens whose plane had fallen through the space time continuum. Pitt shags the best-looking girl whilst Al Giordino gets the ugly one (and is grateful for it) and as Al smokes his post coital cigar (pilfered from Admiral Sandpeckers personal humidor) the woman takes off a mask revealing herself to be Clive Cussler himself, and then "she" rides off into the desert on some sort of mule, or a vintage car called something like a 1923 Linebacker Dudenberg Express.

    Oh, and there is some sort of baddie who falls into a giant mincing machine.

    But before all of this, I used to quite like him, Deep Six, Pacific Vortex, Iceberg.. those ones....the wheels started to come off in Night Probe I thought and now the wheels are so far off, you would need to ride 3 days on a fats horse just to get to a point where you can see the wheels with a powerful telescope, possibly the Hubble, which Dirk Pitt tapped into from his space pyramid to spy on some chick sunbathing topless on a beach. Ho ho, he is a card.
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  • Underwater Adventure Hero
    Dirk Pitt has it all, looks brains, cars and the women and this is one of my favorite books, probably more so because it is one of the first books I read of his more than anything else. I am not sure it is his "best" book but it is worthwhile anyway if you like his other books.

    This one centers on the Titanic itself and some secrets materials it holds.. Cussler is a researcher in real life and his passion for the sea comes through once again with enough points to add cedibility to something, which of course, is by its nature incedible (good guys/bad guys/evil plots), but that is what his books are about.

    There are some weak points along the way (sometimes the romance writing is not quite up to par) but the action and adventure aspects makes it a fun read, like the rest of Cussler's writings....more info
  • Ehh...
    It wasn't all that great, but it could have been much worse. Mr. Cussler obviously did no research. On some things, even common sense would tell better! Example: Do you REALLY think that a ship of that size would be in almost perfect condition after so long? At that depth? Six tons per square inch of pressure? Another example: A sixty or fifty something year old (at the time of the writing) wreck being raised, and withstanding a hurricane?? Yet another example: Do you really think that that same wreck would remain intact on it's way up, especially at the speeds and the angles he described? Being a Titanic buff, this book was basically very offending. It insulted my intelligence when it described the wreck and put my common sense to shame. I'm impressed that Titanic buffs everywhere aren't insulted of the almost total lack of accuracy (he did get the date of sinking right, though! *grin*). It was great for a fiction. However, if the Titanic just sparked your interest and you're just now starting to read stories and do research, this should be one of the later things you read, so you don't get any kooky ideas. NOTE - If you're looking for a fiction, then by all means read it. If you're reading it because it's supposedly about the Titanic, then put down the book NOW....more info
  • Rasie the Titanic
    Clive Cussler has yet to write a bad book! Always a great adventure and interesting characters....more info
  • Come on, now
    Cussler novels are always a little out there in their plots, but the simplicity with which they raise the Titanic makes this one pretty unbelievable....more info