Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACEACE In the midst of an international crisis, Heidi Milligan, a beautiful, brilliant American naval commander, accidentally discovers an obscure reference to the long buried North American Treaty, a precedent shattering secret pact between the United States and Great Britain The President believes that the treaty offers the single shot at salvation for an energy starved, economically devastated nation, but the only two copies plummeted into the watery depths of the Atlantic in twin disasters long ago The original document must be found and the one American who can do the job is Dirk Pitt But in London, a daring counterplot is being orchestrated to see that the treaty is never implemented Brian Shaw, a master spy who has often worked hand in hand with American agents, now confronts his most challenging command Pitt s mission Raise the North American Treaty Shaw s mission Stop PittPraise for Night Probe and the Dirk Pitt novels A rich tale an absorbing, carefully told mystery with plenty of surprises Los Angeles Times Dirk Pitt is a combination James Bond and Jacques Cousteau New York Daily News


10 thoughts on “Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt, #6)

  1. Scott Rhee Scott Rhee says:

    So, I m berating myself that I have only recently discovered the joys of reading Clive Cussler Seriously, Clive, where have you been all my life Night Probe is the third Cussler novel I have ever read, and it s the sixth to feature his beloved action hero, Dirk Pitt It s clear to me now why so many people love the Pitt series.Strange name aside, Dirk Pitt is a pretty lovable hero Tough but funny, charismatic but serious when he needs to be, Pitt is basically an American James Bond minus a So, I m berating myself that I have only recently discovered the joys of reading Clive Cussler Seriously, Clive, where have you been all my life Night Probe is the third Cussler novel I have ever read, and it s the sixth to feature his beloved action hero, Dirk Pitt It s clear to me now why so many people love the Pitt series.Strange name aside, Dirk Pitt is a pretty lovable hero Tough but funny, charismatic but serious when he needs to be, Pitt is basically an American James Bond minus a political agenda His sole motivation is the thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush of adventure Pitt was into extreme living long before anyone was into extreme anything.Cussler s novels are ridiculously good fun They are not meant to be anythingMatthew McConaughey s attempt to bring Pitt to the big screen in Sahara which was the second attempt to adapt a Cussler novel to the big screen, the first being Raise the Titanic in 1980, starring Richard Jordan as Pitt captured some of the fun of the series but apparently didn t bring the fan base or the box office revenue expected I think part of the reason for the movie s lackluster success is that Cussler s machine gun pacing and clever plotting didn t translate well Not a prose stylist by any stretch of the imagination, Cussler nevertheless tells a damn good story It s perhaps no wonder, then, that other best selling action adventure authors like Tom Clancy have often cited Cussler as one of their inspirations as writers Cussler is like Hemingway with a helluva lottestosterone and minus the literary pretension The plot of Night Probe hinges on two tragedies that occurred in May 1914, one fictional and one real The fictional tragedy was the passenger steam locomotive The Manhattan Limited that went over a bridge and plunged headlong into the Hudson River, killing everyone aboard Pieces of the train washed ashore but the majority of the wreckage was never discovered The real life tragedy was the accidental sinking of the ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland in the Saint Lawrence River Of the 1,477 passengers on board, only 465 survived It is considered the largest maritime accident in Canadian history in terms of casualties.In a cosmic twist of fate, two copies of a significant document known as the North American Treaty were lost to history in these tragedies Mysteriously, all traces and mention of the treaty were purposely erased from history at the behest of the parties involved, namely the British and American governments.Fast forward to 1989, when an intrepid naval commander named Heidi Milligan, conducting research on something seemingly unrelated, uncovers mention of the treaty Her sleuthing attracts the attention of the British government, who activates a retired spy named Brian Shaw to stop her from discoveringUnfortunately for Shaw, Milligan shares her information with Dirk Pitt, who is as intrepid if not so Amidst this ensuing cat and mouse, international relations between the U.S and Canada are becoming strained, to say the least When Quebec freedom fighters unsuccessfully attempt to assassinate Quebec s Prime Minister, it opens the door for a national secessionist movement in the Canadian government s parliament The U.S will be hit hard by a potential secession of Quebec from Canada, due to a new discovery of underwater oil wells within Quebec waters The U.S is already facing a major oil shortage and skyrocketing oil prices, so Quebec s secession could result in an economic disaster.When the President of the United States discovers that the North American Treaty was, essentially, a bill of sale negotiated between President Woodrow Wilson and King George of England to sell Canada in its entirety to the U.S for one billion dollars of 1914 money, Pitt and his team at the National Underwater and Marine Agency NUMA are immediately called in to retrieve the North American Treaty from one or both wrecks, if possible.Hot on Pitt s trail, of course, is Shaw and a psychotic Canadian mountie improbably and sadly named Floss Gly The clock is tickingAs ridiculous as the plot sounds, Cussler makes it seem believable Of course, anyone who actually lived through 1989 would notice the glaring historical inaccuracies One must keep in mind that Cussler published the book in 1981, so the events in the novel were set nine years in Cussler s future.If you re good at suspending some of your disbelief and enjoy an exciting action adventure now and then, pick up an early Cussler novel if you ve never done so You may be pleasantly surprised


  2. Roberta Roberta says:

    In May 1914 two couriers disappear in twin disasters taking the only two copies of the North American Treaty with them The governments of the United States and Great Britain order a cover up so it is as if the treaty never existed In February 1989 Heidi Milligan, a stunningly beautiful of course naval commander discovers an obscure reference to the long lost document which is now worth billions of dollars The race is on to rescue one copy of the treaty from the bottom of the ocean I have a In May 1914 two couriers disappear in twin disasters taking the only two copies of the North American Treaty with them The governments of the United States and Great Britain order a cover up so it is as if the treaty never existed In February 1989 Heidi Milligan, a stunningly beautiful of course naval commander discovers an obscure reference to the long lost document which is now worth billions of dollars The race is on to rescue one copy of the treaty from the bottom of the ocean I have a soft spot for Dirk Pitt even though these books can get really over the top sometimes This book is my favorite of the series because part of it is set in the village where I was living at the time The physical description of landmarks and buildings in the area was so detailed and so correct that I was convinced that a few of the other historical details were based on fact When I tried to hunt down the story at the local public library the story looked so plausible that the local history librarian was puzzled that she hadn t come across it before We wrote to Clive Cussler and he replied Don t believe everything you read saying that he had made up every single bit of historical background in the book


  3. Kallen Kentner Kallen Kentner says:

    I ve read all of the Dirk Pitt books except perhaps some of the newest ones and this definitely ranks as one of my favorites.In my opinion, Night Probe pub 1981 is the best of Dirk Pitt s earlier novel and byy earlier, I mean before books set before Treasure for no particular reason except I feel that by Treasure, the tone and style of the novels has shiftedto his contemporary style.I re read Night Probe because of my love of the deep water recovery scenes and the exciting locomot I ve read all of the Dirk Pitt books except perhaps some of the newest ones and this definitely ranks as one of my favorites.In my opinion, Night Probe pub 1981 is the best of Dirk Pitt s earlier novel and byy earlier, I mean before books set before Treasure for no particular reason except I feel that by Treasure, the tone and style of the novels has shiftedto his contemporary style.I re read Night Probe because of my love of the deep water recovery scenes and the exciting locomotive storyline The reason behind these two storylines is a fantastic plot, and by fantastic, I mean hard to believe However, its an adventure I rate it 5 stars not because this is great literature This is great entertainment It is definitely one of the best Dirk Pitt novels out there.The only reason I started reading Dirk Pitt was because my Dad has been a fan of the Clive Cussler series since the publication of Raise the Titanic These are comfortable, entertaining and exciting reads


  4. Janet Janet says:

    Dirk does it again, folks The superhuman stamina and luck Cussler gives this guy always overwhelms me I would never have accused either of them of having romantic tendencies, but the wonderful ending of Night Probe why does he end every title with an exclamation point proved me wrong This is the best novel in the series so far.


  5. Eric Bauman Eric Bauman says:

    You know that one favorite restaurant of yours Sure you do the one that you go into so often that they know you on sight, and where you order pretty much the same thing every time so that you almost don t have to order they just bring it to you And it is always so good You know the place For me, Clive Cussler s Dirk Pitt series is like that restaurant except that Clive Cussler doesn t know me at least, I don t think he does I have read all but the last two Pitt books and am rereading them You know that one favorite restaurant of yours Sure you do the one that you go into so often that they know you on sight, and where you order pretty much the same thing every time so that you almost don t have to order they just bring it to you And it is always so good You know the place For me, Clive Cussler s Dirk Pitt series is like that restaurant except that Clive Cussler doesn t know me at least, I don t think he does I have read all but the last two Pitt books and am rereading them now so while the details aren t remembered, I at least know what I m going to get a fast read, a great adventure with beautiful women and fast cars, extremely unlikely escapes, coincidences that strain credibility, but I get to the end exhilarated and having enjoyed myself.This time, the story starts in 1914, before World War I begins An English envoy is carrying an important paper back to Britain when the ship he s on collides with a coal ship and sinks in the St Lawrence River Meanwhile, an American envoy with another important piece of paper is on the Manhattan Limited, a train headed back down the Hudson towards Washington during a storm when a bridge spanning the river collapses and the train disappears.In future times for the book anyway 1989 , the United States is having a financial crisis and the President is considering defaulting on all of the nation s debts Meanwhile, Quebec is making noises like it wants to separate from the rest of Canada The pieces of paper that the men 75 years previously come to life, and Pitt now finds himself in charge to salvage operations to find those papers, which could have a monumental effect of history.That s all I ll say Read the book and enjoy the discoveries in one of Pitt s best books


  6. Bev Taylor Bev Taylor says:

    an early dirk pitt but giordino does put in an appearance small 1914 2 top diplomats hurrying home by sea and rail each carrying a document of world changing importance a north american treaty however, both the train and the ship are sunk and they die, together with their documents fast forward 3 4 of a century and with energy a top priority these documents could make a huge difference enemies and allies alike fight to find them first and in the process many people good and bad die an early dirk pitt but giordino does put in an appearance small 1914 2 top diplomats hurrying home by sea and rail each carrying a document of world changing importance a north american treaty however, both the train and the ship are sunk and they die, together with their documents fast forward 3 4 of a century and with energy a top priority these documents could make a huge difference enemies and allies alike fight to find them first and in the process many people good and bad die was surprised that they mentioned the lifting of cuban sanctions in 1984 when the copyright for the book was 1981 also i could not see how heidi could love and return to shaw when surely trust was lost bev


  7. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    This is a superb example of Cussler s oeuvre It has action, great scenes, suspense and even a homage to James Bond.Although Raise the Titanic broke Cussler into superstardom, this book was, to this reader, his best.Nowadays with his co written books on the best seller list monthly, its a good idea to go back and read the books that got him there.


  8. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    In 1914 the United States, Canada, and Britain sign a secret treaty selling Canada to the United States When two couriers carrying copies of the treaty disappear a cover up takes place Decades later when world energy supplies dwindle, the American president renews efforts to find and enforce the treaty despite the efforts of both the British and a radical French Canadian group.


  9. Isaac Langley Isaac Langley says:

    It had a lot of action I thought that it was very good Clive Cussler does a very good job at writing the Dirk Pitt collection In this book Dirk has to find a treaty that has been buried in the sea for a long time, but the British don t want him to.


  10. Lee Lee says:

    This Dirk Pitt adventure was a dangerous one for our hero With a high body count, corrupt politician s imagine that , and a retired British spy called back in to service This had the feel of a spy novel, with the action of a Pitt novel Fun read.