United Press International
"Cussler can keep anyone on the edge of their chair with his gripping descriptions of action...."
Frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice -- the charred remains of a long-missing luxury yacht, vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous. The only clues to the ships priceless -- and missing -- cargo: nine ornately carved rings and the horribly burned bodies of its crew.
DIRK PITT, intrepid hero of Clive Cussler's smash bestsellers Dragon, Sahara, and Inca Gold, confronts the most lethal network of intrigue and murder in his war against international crime. Only his strength, skill...read more
This iceberg doesn't float, July 12, 2003 Reviewer: Ray King from Morgan Hill, Ca USA I've read most of Cussler's books and in general enjoyed them. Iceberg is clearly one of his lesser works. This is a vanilla novel that any one of a hundred nondescript writers could have authored. There was nothing of note here and some of the plot devices were past the borders of the absurd. Many authors rely on the "amazing coincidence" when they can't come up with a believable way to advance the plot. Iceberg doesn't fall prey to that device but instead goes along other equally absurd paths. A dying man identifies his killer by saying the first three words of a poem before succumbing. If he could think of a poem and say three words, why didn't he just say the name of the killer and saved Pitt the trouble of identifying the poem and having to ferret out the hidden meaning? Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident nor probably the most egregious. In this book we also get to see Pitt torture a helpless prisoner. When I read that, "What was Cussler thinking" immediately came to mind. Cussler isn't my favorite author but at his best, he is thoroughly enjoyable and Pitt displays wit and daring do. I don't know what went wrong here but if you haven't read a Pitt novel before, I'd chose one at random (with an early copyright date) and you'll undoubtedly have a higher probability of reading a second one than if you start with Iceberg.