Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Series #21)

Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Series #21)

by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

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Deep sea explorer and NUMA director Dirk Pitt encounters the last direct descendants of the Ottoman dynasty as they prepair to incite a revolution in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

In a.d. 327, a Roman galley with an extraordinary cargo barely escapes a pirate attack. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions.

What ties them all together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team are about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire. From Washington to London to the treacherous shores of the Near East, dangerous men and desperate acts fill their path, and at the end of it, the most dangerous thing of all: the rumored existence of a mysterious “manifest,” lost long ago, which if discovered again could shed new light on early Christianity and just might change the history of the world as we know it.

Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, Crescent Dawn is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425242391
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #21
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 124,752
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.52(h) x 1.42(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 

Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of six previous Dirk Pitt® adventures: Black WindTreasure of KhanArctic DriftCrescent DawnPoseidon’s Arrow,  Havana Storm, and Odessa Sea. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and has served as president of the NUMA® advisory board of trustees. Cussler lives in Arizona.


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

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"Arctic Drift has exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes and derring-do by Dirk Pitt, oceanography's answer to Indiana Jones. Cussler's fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers." -Associated Press

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Crescent Dawn 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 568 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to buy these novels for my Nook, but not when I can get the paperback for around $5.00. Thought that was kinda the point for digitizing books. Cuts down on production cost. Work on that will ya!
azarmor More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Clive Cussler and Edgar Rice Burroughs have a lot of parallels. Found writing later in life after previous occupations didn't satisy them. Good vs Evil. Good wins out. You don't always get the girl with Cussler, like you do with Burroughs, but still an outstanding read. Entertainment wins out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book certainly brings out the research that went into producing it in the first place. So much of the Middle East history and the characters that might have been. Reading it opened my eyes to the Muslim world and Christianity as well. Well done, overall. I thought the idea of discovering the manifest cargo onboard a Roman vessel certainly had a lot of merit. It is really too bad that all this was only fiction. I was a bit puzzled by the title, but I'm sure the authors could explain. Another well thought through novel by the Cussler's for sure.
Texas_ More than 1 year ago
I started with the early books by Clive Cussler and thought they were the greatest. But, for some reason, Clive did not write for several years. When the dry spell ended, I was shocked by the change in writing style. Clive decided to reduce and degrade the Dirk Pit series by selling the "Clive Cussler" name and the "Dirk Pitt" name for nothing more than $$$ to other authors. Clive... you ARE Dirk Pitt, no other author can be Dirk Pitt because he comes from you. I can't figure out if Clive Cussler is unable or just plain unwilling to write the Dirk Pitt series himself. The "Crescent Dawn" book has Dirk Pitt embracing Islam as if he is also a true beliver in Islam. Here is Dirk Pitt, a true American hero from bygone books, embracing a belief system that has a burning hatred for America and Americans. It is beyond me to understand why Clive has let this happen. Guys... just write great books and quit trying to make a political statement!!! I have seen some good reviews of this book. If you had read the early books, penned by Clive himself, you would understand why I don't like this book. As a loyal fan from the early years, I feel betrayed and insulted that Clive has sold his name and Dirk to other authors.
RichardWellner More than 1 year ago
Darth Vader is a hater. Crescent Dawn is the most carefully crafted book since 1984. I'm talking about the book not the year. I feel like Dirk is the brother I never had. Clive spoiled us with this one. #dat
BrayElder More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Dirk Pitt and Clive Cussler through seeing a movie and then reading the book . . . and got hooked on the series. One of the things that has always stood out to me is how Mr. Cussler is able to mix fiction with just the right amount of fact and a little ‘over the top’ and still have you think. . .’okay maybe . . .’ I admire him for that. However having just completed reading “Crescent Dawn’ it saddens me to admit that I was disappointed. While the base elements of a Dirk Pitt adventure where still there and very visible to the reader the last part of the book seemed to make the proverbial left turn into ‘never never land’ and in doing so became so unbelievable that it ruined the book for me. As a fan of the character I would recommend the read, but if you are looking for your first Dirk Pitt adventure- I’d suggest to looking at one of the older books. In my opinion it is not the best in the series.
lapTX More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge Clive Cussler fan for the past few years. Anticipating the next book. This book was a big disappointment. Though I finished the book, it was a struggle to complete.
OldeTurtle More than 1 year ago
There has never been an author upon whom you could so consistently rely as Clive Cussler. His books are hard to put down. Unfortunately, with Crescent Dawn, it was easy to put down and hard to pick up again. The locations could not be less interesting, or at least they are made dreadfully dull in this book. The place names are so esoteric and obscure as to solicit a heart-felt "Who cares?". The reading is as dry and tedious as the dig sites described. If you can make your tortuous way through the first 250 pages, you might catch a glimmer of adventure, only to be disappointed that the glimmer fizzles much more quickly than it arrived. We are forced to slog through more than 500 pages of deadly prose and stilted dialogue. It feels odd saying 'skip this one' to a Clive Cussler book, but trust me; you will do your self a favor by taking a pass on this one.
TomWheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this to be another typical cussler Dirk Pitt read. I didn;t find it any better or worse than any of the other Pitt books that I have read.
DavidLErickson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly entertaining action adventure novel, replete with multiple interwoven plots, intriguing characters, believable actions on the part of the characters, enough factual background to give the story depth and meaning, and compelling scenes.This has to be one of the most entertaining books I've read. I've already picked up another Clive Cussler novel and if it proves to be as fun, I'll seek out more by Clive and his brother.There were a couple places where I felt the protagonist's emotions were held too firmly in check, but it wasn't enough to stilt my pleasure in reading this busy and fun story.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Pitt family are sucked into an election in Turkey with the terrorist backed fundamentalist against the reform party as well as a race to find the holy relics of Jesus and save the relics of Islam from destruction. A good read and excellent story.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mix of old school and new, Cussler returns with Dirk Pitt and his crew in the center of a conflict in the Middle East. I almost got the Indiana Jones feel out of this one, with the way the adventures in Turkey and Greece were displayed - mostly due to the archeological signifigance of the plotline. I was glad to see Dirk Jr. and Summer pulled in more, and almost balanced in time with Dirk himself, a nice chance of pace, and makes for a good progression, even if Dirk still seems like his 30 when he's probably pushing 60. All in all a great read onc again by a great author. Cussler shows his talent off with wonderful new types of boats, the likes of whihc I'm sure any Navy or marine research group would love to be able to afford to build.
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Very well written
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I will recommend this book.
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Great book will make you wonder
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