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Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA files

Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA files [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Paul Kemprecos
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"Clive Cussler has created a new bunch of NUMA supersleuths and they infuse his work with ... a jolt of energy."--The Denver Post

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The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers unleashes a hero for the next millennium in an electrifying new series of unrelenting action and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Clive Cussler introduces us to Kurt Austin, the courageous leader of the NUMA exploration team.

When Kurt Austin, the leader of a courageous National Underwater & Marine Agency exploration team, rescues beautiful marine archaeologist Nina Kirov off the coast of Morocco, he becomes the next target of Texas industrialist Don Halcon. A madman bent on carving a new nation out of the southwestern United States and Mexico, Halcon’s scheme hinges on Nina’s recent discovery involving Christopher Columbus, and a priceless pre-Columbian antiquity buried in the battered remains of the sunken Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria. Only Kurt Austin and his crack NUMA team stand between Halcon and the Andrea Doria’s silent steel hull—and if their deadly mission fails, Halcon will ride to power on a wave of death and destruction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451627106
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 May 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ0YU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
SERPENT is the second novel by Clive Cussler that I have read. The first one was INCA GOLD. A Canadian friend of mine wrote a review of it on his website; when he said that there was a lot of archeology in SERPENT, I thought 'This is a book for me', so I decided to buy it. As soon as it arrived in my mailbox, I started reading it. Most of the time, I enjoyed reading this new novel. Sometimes, it was difficult because some passages are full of technical details, but as a whole, it was really worth reading: the reader is taken a little everywhere in the world, from Morocco to Central America, from Washington to the South West of the USA. He is also taken to three different periods of History: the Present time of course, but also back in the days of Christopher Columbus, and in 1954 when a liner floundered off the coast of Nantucket after being hit by another ship. As in INCA GOLD, the plot is intricate: there are many characters who don't seem to be connected and many events which seem to have nothing to do with one another. The reader's attention is permanently challenged. But as a whole this novel is really good, and should not be missed by anyone who is already devoted to Clive Cussler. Therefore, my advice is: READ IT ! All the more so as it is the first of a new series, with a new central character called Kurt Austin.
Gildas (from France)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Serpent misses the mark 7 Dec 1999
By A Customer
I found Serpent a little disappointing in comparison to other Clive Cussler books. Although the book had all the usual Cussler ingredients, I didn't find it to be as gripping as his previous books - it just seemed to lack the ususal fast paced adventure and passion of a Dirk Pitt epic, and left me feeling flat at the end. I'm sure that Kurt Austin will be a worthy successor to Pitt eventually but this book just doesn't make the grade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing a new Cussler Hero!!! 24 Nov 2001
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Introducing a new Cussler hero Kurt Austin in what I hope is the start of a new series of books as enjoyable as his Dirk Pit era though I hope he doesn't kill Pitt and Giordino off. I was glad to see that Cussler allowed Pitt and Austin to meet, albeit in a lift, could they team up some time?? who knows!! An enjoyable read and a good start for new comers to Cussler, maybe it will inspire them to read the older books, or just to continue with this new series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Cusler's books are memorable for the two action heros Dirk Pitt and Al Giordano but it is Cusler's crisp and compelling writing that keeps the reader turning the pages trying to read each new book in a single sitting. This latest pseudo-Cusler book is an enjoyable read, it's just not Cusler. Why give us the shadow when we can have the substance? The Kurt Austin/Jose Zavala characters don't really do anything, and what action there is, is flat and unimaginative. Yes, there is a tantalizing combination of mysteries to be solved and yes, there is an attempt to weave the series' regulars into the plot, but the book lacks the genius that characterizes the earlier books in which each new paragraph, sentence and word compelled the soul of the reader to gnash teeth, shiver in excitement or even shed a tear for the NUMA team. If Cusler is gone forever, then RIP Dirk and NUMA, the new team isn't getting the job done.
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I have read every one of Clive Cussler's books, and have re-read several of them a second time. His latest, SERPENT, lacks something. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are also lacking if they are the "younger versions" of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. The book starts out on a high note, but quickly becomes bogged down in archaeological jungles. After almost 400 pages, an attempt is made to conclude the whole story and wrap up hundreds of loose ends in the last two dozen pages. Hopefully the next Cussler novel will go back to the characters and format that made his work so enjoyable. This one was almost a chore to get through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the punch of the Dirk Pitt series 13 Aug 1999
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You dyed-in-the-wool Cussler fans, have probably heard about Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino's replacements, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. Correct. I'll admit I missed Dirk and Al, but soon forgot them (well, not completely). We begin on July 25, 1956, aboard the Swedish-American liner, Stockholm. Helmsman Lars Hansen gradually turns the ship onto a intercept course with the Andrea Doria. The ships collide. The Doria sinks while the Stockholm docks. Hansen disappears. Housed in the Doria's cargo hold is an armored car and inside are four murdered bodies and an artifact that will change history. Forty years later, Dr. Nina Kirov and her twelve-member expedition investigate an ancient Phoenician seaport on an isolated Moroccan shoreline. She discovers an artifact that will also change history; a link between the Old World and the New--two thousand years before Christopher Columbus' famous voyage. Restless, Kirov takes a midnight walk. Machine-gun fire shatters the night. Racing back to camp, she finds the team murdered. She escapes, but the bad guys chase her into the ocean and try to kill her with a hydrofoil. Diving just offshore for NUMA, Kurt Austin saves her. He joins the investigation to find who murdered Kirov's team and discovers that dozens of archaeological teams around the world have mysteriously disappeared during the past two decades. Using private resources Pitt developed, Austin finds that Christopher Columbus claimed to have found a treasure richer than King Solomon's. Austin also finds that Columbus made several mysterious voyages to the Yucatan Peninsula. Using CIA and NUMA files, Austin unearths a global conglomerate based in San Antonio, Texas, linked to a mafia-type group thought disbanded 300 years earlier, the Spanish Brotherhood of the Sword. Read more ›
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