Shock Wave, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A mysterious plague in the Antarctic.A diamond empire run by an evil genius.A devastating new technology that threatens to annihilate millions.

Tasman Sea, 1856. A British clipper ship bound for Australia's penal colony is crushed in a raging typhoon.

A few pitiful survivors wash up on a deserted island.

Among them are Betsy Fletcher and Jess Dorsett, who discover an immense supply of exquisite diamonds...

Seymour Island, Antarctica, 2000. Dirk Pitt rescues Maeve Fletcher, a descendant of Betsy and Jess, after an unknouwn cataclysm kills thousands of marine animals and nearly two hundred people aboard a cruise ship.

Pitt traces the carnage to the global diamond operations of Maeve's father, Arthur Dorsett, and her callous sisters.

From a chilling escape at a high-security Canadian mine to a tiny boat adrift on lonely, shark-infested seas, the ingenious Pitt is racing to thwart Dorsett's ruthless plans - before an unthinkable disaster claims millions of innocent lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780743449670

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Shock Wave's plot is fresh, however the ongoing torture that Pitt endures through the book is somewhat over the top. In the past Pitt has been through some pretty gruelling experiences and in Shock Wave Pitt faces his toughest challenges yet. Cussler tends to stretch the scenes out, creating a heavy going action novel, with the required cliffhangers peppered throughout. The good news is that the villains of the piece are nefarious and loathsome - just right. Overall, Shock Wave isn't the easiest Dirk Pitt adventure to read, however it will keep you going until the end.

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