Trojan Odyssey

Version: Abridged
Author: Clive Cussler
Narrator: Ron McLarty
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yet.

In the final pages of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known-twenty-three-year-old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake. Both have inherited his love of the sea: the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist; the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer. And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetime.

There is a brown tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. The twins are working in a NUMA(r) underwater enclosure, trying to determine its origin, when two startling things happen: Summer discovers an artifact, something strange and beautiful and ancient; and the worst storm in years boils up out of the sky, heading straight not only for them but also for a luxurious floating resort hotel square in its path.

The peril for everybody concerned is incalculable, and, desperately, Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA(r) crew rush to the rescue, but what they find in the storm's wake makes the furies of nature pale in comparison. For there is an all-too-human evil at work in that part of the world, and the brown tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon, its work will be complete-and the world will be a very different place.

Though if Summer's discovery is to be believed, the world is already a very different place...

Reviews (10)


Written by Thomas A H on October 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Having listened to nearly all of Clive Cusslers books most of which were narrated by Scott Brick, who has an excellent talent for Bringing you right into the action, was, this time, extremely disappointing.He read so fast it was mostly impossible to understand and distracted emensly the ability to follow the story. Most disappointed and should get a refund. Thanks


Written by The Colonel from Alpharetta, GA on April 20th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This work was very confusing and jumped all around, probably because it was an abridged version. It took a good while to figure out what it was all about. Would strongly recommend the unabridged version.

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Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on September 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an abridged book so the action was none stop with out the in between build up to the events. The historical hypothesis was interesting. Enjoyed the fact that Dirk Pitt had grown children. The ending was a surprise with the new job offer for Dirk and Al. Cussler showed up at the end of the book.

slow start, but well worth the read

Written by Anonymous on February 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found that there was a bit of confusion transforming from the historical recount of the trojan war to the present day, however I did find that once the storys introduced the first bits of action it picked-up quick and was surprising unpredictable. I felt that the story line was kept fairly realistic and the several surprises in the summation were worth the read


Written by Anonymous on November 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

very good read but i hate to see dirk changing jobs really liked his character

The usual stuff...

Written by Dan Pressley on October 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Clive Cussler is usually hit and miss. This one seemed to be somewhere in-between. I always find it interesting how he ties in historical "facts" and then fast forwards to present day. Perhaps abridged versions of his work are just no good but this book seemed to rush too quickly and never quit tied up all the loose ends for explanation.

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Written by Jeff Wesenberg on May 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. I listened to it twice before returning it. The plot keeps the listener involved with lots of twists and turns. Super ending

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Written by Doug Quinn from Bradenton, FL on February 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am a big Clive Cussler fan but this one left me with the feeling that he is past his Dirk Pitt character. The historical perspective that is his hallmark lost me. I can see the references to Homer's work but he went off on a tangent that I found almost humorous. I recommend you read all his other works before you attempt this one.

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Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on June 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book. It moved very well and easy to follow. The way the arthor intertwined the story of the Trojan HOrse and other bits of info from that period really added to the overall story. Good listen

very entertaining - a delight to listen to

Written by lisa on March 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was fun to listen to, and I particularly enjoyed the references to the Odyssey. I liked the reader's voice, and although it was abridged, I could follow it easily. I highly recommend this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Cussler, Clive

Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California. He attended Pasadena City College for two years, then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon discharge he became a copywriter and later creative director at two of the nation's leading ad agencies. He wrote and produced radio and television commercials in Hollywood that won numerous international honors including an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries and have a readership of more than 90 million avid fans. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, The Sea Hunters (non-fiction), Flood Tide, and Clive Cussler Dirk PittĀ® Revealed. Cussler is also the author, with Paul Kemprecos, of the first in a new Dirk Pitt spinoff series - The NUMA files.

Cussler was married to his wife, Barbara Knight, for more than 44 years. They have three children, two grandchildren. Regrettably, Barbara passed away in January 2003.