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Pacific Vortex Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is “Pacific Vortex!”?
A: Pacific Vortex! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler.

Though not the first book to be released featuring the author's primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt, Cussler states that this was what?
A: The earliest story he wrote starring the popular action hero.

Begun in 1965, it was published in 1983 after what?
A: Much internal debate and a great deal of prompting from his friends, family, and publisher.

Cussler states in the foreword that he feels the novel is what?
A: Not up to his usual standards and should be treated as a sort of historical curiosity.

In the story, Dirk Pitt is enjoying a lazy day on a secluded Oahu beach at Ka'ena Point when he spots what?
A: A bright yellow container just past the breakers.

Braving the dangerous riptides, what does Pitt do?
A: He swims out and retrieves the item and finds that it is a communication capsule used by submarines who wish to communicate with ships on the surface without surfacing themselves.

Inside he finds a chilling message from whom?
A: From the commander of the U.S. Navy's latest nuclear submarine, the Starbuck, which disappeared with all hands six months earlier while undergoing sea trials.

 
Where did an investigation find that the submarine disappeared?
A: In the "Pacific Vortex", an area of the ocean north of the Hawaiian Islands where ships have been disappearing for more than 30 years.

The "Pacific Vortex" is the name given to a what?
A: A fictional area of the Pacific Ocean north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu that, similar to the Bermuda Triangle, has a history of ships mysteriously disappearing in it.

After discovering a communication capsule from the lost submarine Starbuck, Dirk Pitt is seconded from NUMA to the 101st Salvage Fleet and ordered to do what?
A: To help get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of the top-secret submarine.

Pitt discovers that the submarine went missing in an area of the Pacific Ocean north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu nicknamed what?
A: The "Pacific Vortex".

Similar in its mysterious reputation to the Bermuda Triangle, the Navy has documented how many cases of ships vanishing without a trace with all hands in this area of the Pacific since 1956?
A: 37.

When the Starbuck originally went missing, the Navy conducted a massive and exhaustive search in the area of the Pacific where what?
A: Where the submarine was last reported without finding a trace of wreckage.

Pitt determines that it is suspicious that the Navy found no wreckage whatsoever, since the search pattern took them over what?
A: The area that was reputedly the graveyard of the Pacific Vortex.

 
Even if they did not find the wreckage of the submarine, they should have found what?
A: Some wreckage from any of the 38 ships rumored to have gone down in the area.

While doing research in an ongoing hobby effort to find the royal tomb of Hawaiian King Kamehameha, Pitt learns of what?
A: The mythical island of Kanoli rumored to have existed north of the current Hawaiian Islands, and similar to the lost continent of Atlantis, rumored to have sunk into the sea killing the race of men who lived there.

Pitt intuits that the Navy has been searching in the wrong direction and that they should turn around and concentrate their search for what?
A: A sunken seamount in the area just north of the island of Oahu.

Pitt eventually discovers that in 1956 three respected men of science, Drs. Lavella and Roblemann, specialists in various areas of underwater science, and the renowned Dr. Frederick Moran met their deaths where?
A: In the same area of the Pacific.

It is revealed that Moran, a renowned anthropologist and pacifist, who believes that it is only a matter of time before the human race destroys itself with the atomic bomb, has been searching for a place where he and his followers can do what?
A: Survive the coming Apocalypse.

Pitt believes that Moran and his followers discovered the sunken seamount that was once the island of Kanoli and have been using it as a base to do what?
A: To raid Pacific shipping for the last 30 years as a means of financing their project.

When Pitt finds the sunken submarine in good condition, he determines that it cannot be what?
A: Immediately raised and also reveals the existence of the sunken fortress of Kanoli.

 
The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC elect to do what?
A: To destroy the submarine with a nuclear tipped missile in an effort to ensure that its top secret design and nuclear missiles do not fall into the hands of Moran, the Soviet Union or any other nation.

In an effort to stave off the attack, Moran kidnaps whom?
A: Adrienne Hunter, a previous love interest of Pitt and the daughter of the commander of the 101st Salvage Fleet, Admiral Leigh Hunter.

When Pitt discovers that Admiral Hunter will not tell Washington about the kidnapping of his daughter in order to delay the attack what does he do?
A: He mounts a last-minute desperate rescue operation intending to personally rescue Adrienne and, using a team of submariners and SEALs, recover the submarine as well.

Who is Lt. Commander Paul Boland?
A: The 101st Fleet’s executive officer and commander of the salvage ship Martha Ann.

Who is the officer in command of the fleet of salvage ships?
A: Captain Orl Cinana.

The captain was having a secret affair with whom?
A: Adrienne Hunter, which enabled Frederick Moran, otherwise known as Delphi, to blackmail Cinana into spying for Delphi's cause.

Who is Commander Burdette Denver ?
A: An aide to Admiral Hunter and cousin of Rudi Gunn of NUMA.

 
Who is Commander Felix Dupree?
A: He is the Captain of the top-secret prototype nuclear submarine USS Starbuck.

Al Giordino is whom?
A: Assistant Special Projects Director for NUMA.

Dr. Lavella is a prominent physicist and follower of Dr. Frederick Moran who specialized in the science of what?
A: Hydrology, and he helped make the colonization of the seamount possible.

Who is Frederick Moran?
A: Described as a giant of a man over 6'8" tall with hypnotic yellow eyes, Moran is the father of Summer Moran and the son of Dr. Frederick Moran, the original discoverer and colonizer of the seamount Kanoli.

Moran's father was known as what?
A: The Oracle of Psychic Unity, who as one the century's great classical anthropologists advocated the theory that the human mind would be the crucial factor in man's eventual extinction.

Moran the younger assumes the identity of his father becoming known as what?
A: Delphi or the Oracle of Delphi.

Who is Summer Moran?
A: A beautiful young woman in her 20s with blazing red hair, Summer Moran is the daughter of Delphi, otherwise known as Frederick Moran.

 
She mistakenly attempted to abduct and assassinate whom?
A: Dirk Pitt, but later discovered that she had romantic feelings toward him and was instrumental in saving Pitt's life several times over.

Who is Dirk Pitt?
A: Special Projects Director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA)

Who is George Papaaloa?
A: Director of the Bernice Pauahi Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural History.

He has been encouraging Pitt to search for what?
A: The tomb of the Hawaiian King Kamehameha, who is rumored to have been buried in an underwater cave.

Who is Admiral James Sandecker?
A: Chief Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency.