- Trojan Odyssey
infobox Book |
name = Trojan Odyssey
image_caption = 1st Edition Hardcover
cover_artist = Lawrence Ratzkin
language = English
genre = Thriller,
G.P. Putnam's Sons
November 24, 2003
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 496 p. (hardback edition) & 480 p. (paperback edition)
isbn = ISBN 0-7181-4702-2 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-425-19932-0 (paperback edition)
followed_by = Black Wind
Trojan Odyssey is a
Dirk Pitt novelby Clive Cussler, published first in 2003.
The book opens with a fictional historical overview/flashback to events of
Homer's famous Odyssey, but alters the original plot. In the present day, Major Dirk Pitt, his son Dirk Pitt, Jr., his daughter Summer Pitt, and friend Al Giordinoare 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 ultimately topple. As this is occurring, discoveries relating to the "true" tale of the Odyssey are made.
The villain is the mysterious Specter, a huge man who disguises his identity by wearing sunglasses, a hat, and a scarf over his face.
The book also features a significant event between Dirk Pitt and Congresswoman Loren Smith. He and Al retire from their life of daredevilry and settle down. Pitt asks for the hand of Loren who also steps down.
Pitt assumes the responsibility of head of NUMA as Admiral Sandecker accepts the Vice Presidency.
This marks the end of Dirk Pitt Sr. series, as confirmed by his next novel, which features Dirk Pitt Jr. as the protagonist.
As with every Dirk Pitt novel, this one features a
classic car, in this case a MarmonV-16 Town Car. A custom-built 1952 Meteor DeSoto hot rod modified with a convert|270|hp engine is briefly mentioned.
Allusions/references to other works
The version of the Odyssey recited in this book was inspired from the Iman Wilkens book, "" [cite web | title=Troy in England | url=http://www.troy-in-england.co.uk ]
Cussler dedicated "Trojan Odyssey" to his wife, who died due to cancer in 2003. [cite web | title=Adventure Continues | url=http://www.numa.net/articles/adventure_continues.html ]
The main antagonist in the novel shares his alias with the father of the antagonists in
Where Troy Once Stood"
* [http://www.paperbackbazaar.com/pulp/week1.shtml Paperbackbazaar Review of Trojan Odyssey] (about halfway down the page).
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