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The Storm: NUMA Files #10 (The NUMA Files)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 May 2012
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This is Cussler doing what he does best

Global climate change poses a threat in Clive Cussler's exciting 10th Kurt Austin / Joe Zavala thriller. When everyone aboard a NUMA research vessel is killed after running into a mysterious black oily substance in the Indian Ocean, As usual the poor selfless Numa experts were helping the planet and investigating water temperature anomalies when this occurred, Kurt and plucky partner Joe Zavala rush to find out what happened.
As you would expect with an action packed adventure from Cussler we have a new bad guy hell bent on mischief, this time in the form of Wealthy Yemeni Jinn al-Khaif, who's behind the killings, has dumped billions of microbots into the sea to cool it and create weather patterns that will throw the planets eco system into chaos as usual these plans are economically based and take no account of the human cost. Our heroes Kurt and Joe plan to stop him, and, as always, the fate of the world rests in their hands. This book as ever for Cussler has a nice clever twist at the end one that shows that Clive Cussler is still at the top of his game in the action adventure world.

Good fun as always
(Parm)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cussler has produced a riveting read. Fast-paced forceful action with never a dull moment. Full of incident and head first exploits. The brief prologue describes a 'Fast Freighter',in 1943, 'SS John Bury' captained by Pickett attacked by Japanese and last seen on fire sailing at full speed never to be seen again. Apparently the cargo was valuable.

In 1967, Tariq Al-Khalif's family is slaughtered by bandits in North Yemen. His son survives( Jinn) who becomes a wealthy consortium leader. His father tells him not to show pity to adversaries as it is a sign of weakness. He seeks revenge.
Forward to June 2012 when a Catamaran is recording data for the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) in the Indian Ocean encounters a charcoal coloured particulate swarm that spreads lethally from the ocean onto the deck. The three crew members die.
Dick Pitt, director of NUMA, puts Special Project Branch agents Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala on the investigation. Off to the Maldives where they meet fellow agents Paul and Gamay Trout.

Jinn is head of a powerful consortium aiming to alter water and air temperatures to produce world wide famine by whatever means. No conscience. Driven by power and money.
The procedures of factfinding results are exhilarating, energetic and hazardous non-stop activity full of death defying incidents in the Houidini style.

Cussler has produced a novel of tremendous page -turning narrative. Strong well-developed characters with twists are there. Humour between Kurt and Joe are evident as is their care for each other. The story contains so many elements of surprise and develops in an easily readable style. No disappointments for Clive Cussler fans nor of this genre. Extremely enjoyable and recommendable.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 July 2012
I may have read every Dirk Pitt novel going but I'm very behind with the other Cussler heroes. I have only dipped into the Numa series, of which this is the tenth. Not that this matters with a Cussler novel. You're welcome to dive in wherever you please and then you can take all the time you need to catch up. I've very recently been enjoying Graham Brown's Danielle Laidlaw and Hawker thrillers and so I was unable to resist The Storm. If a well-established author has to share the burden it may as well be with one of the most exciting thriller writers I've read for a while.

The Numa novels are slightly calmed down versions of the Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino novels. They're almost - but not quite - more realistic in terms of what the heroic human body can do before it should be shredded into a pulp. Dirk Pitt, the head of Numa and a little too old to play these days, supervises from afar the work of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. Needless to say, both men are extremely handsome, rugged, likeable and always hungry for a decent meal.

A ship carrying members of Numa is discovered empty and burnt almost to a wreck. There is no sign of the crew but all the signs suggest that they set fire to their own vessel. What could have driven them to commit such an act that may well have cost them their lives? We know, though, that a malevolent swarm of particles overwhelmed the ship, seeking life to destroy it. Kurt and Joe, as well as the sister of one of the lost Numa men, set out to discover the nature of the swarm, its goals and who controls it.

It's not long before they discover Yemeni Jinn al-Khaif, a rich but bitter man of the desert who aims to control the planet, especially the middle and eastern areas, with his catastrophic manipulation of the weather. And it's all thanks to billions of hungry nasty microbots.

The Storm is a hugely enjoyable thriller. Kurt and Joe move the action on apace with both deed and dialogue. They are never less than entertaining and brave. The novel is helped along with the feisty Leilani and the eccentricities of the billionaire who lives aboard an ever-moving mechanical, sailing island. The odd twist doesn't hurt either.

No deep thought is required. All the reader is asked to do is sit back, relax and race along with the always amusing Kurt and Joe as they race to save the world in the nick of time.
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"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21 (NKJV)

Clive Cussler must rank somewhere near the top of authors who can dream up the most imaginative evil schemes, obscure technologies for accomplishing the schemes, and how to undo the harm. It's just amazing. I, for one, am glad that he is enlisting coauthors to flesh out these wonderful plots so that we can enjoy more of them.

I am partial to stories about Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. They remind me of the early Dirk Pitt books in their swagger and derring do.

The Storm is a timely tale that explores how important the oceans are as a global resource and how they might be used to accomplish more (for harm or for good) in the future. You'll find yourself with plenty of "what if" thoughts as you read the story. The technologies described in the book are also intriguing, independent of the plot. There's nothing like fiction that causes you to think differently about the possibilities in fact.

I very much liked the action in The Storm. The ratio of doing to talking is about right in this story.

My only complaint about the book is that Graham Brown doesn't do enough to flesh out his characters. For all the differences you perceive in some of them, they might as well be simply called Character 1, Character 2, Character 3, and so forth.

If you are about to head off on vacation . . . or a long plane flight, take The Storm with you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
A good read as ever with Cussler. As the Head Lie says I found he story far fetched and that detracted from the read. Usually he has a better grasp on the reality of his stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
I haven't read all of this book yet, but the part I did read was very exciting, and up to Clive Cusslers' usual standard - EXCELLENT!
I don't understand how someone can keep writing books that are so enjoyable, keeps you on the edge of your seat and with characters that you really care about, I'm only glad that he does.
The death of the crew on the original NUMA boat was very sad, but I am sure that the next crew will be able to get to the bottom of what is happening, after some cliff hanger moments, and the world will be a safe place again.
The pairing of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala is an excellent choice, even if they are make believe characters, and I can't wait to find out what has happened in the book, and how Kurt and Joe deal with the propblem.
As a Clive Cussler fan from his first book, I have collected all of his novels up to date, then just when I think he cannot 'top' his last book, he does it again!!
Give this one a try, if you haven't already become a fan, as you will really enjoy it, I'm sure.
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on 15 August 2012
I have been reading Clive Cussler for over 15 years and have rarely been disappointed. His attention to detail and tension building style have kept me addicted to his novels including the news series 'Fargo Adventures' which i find fascinating for the historical detail and the great stories. I found 'The Storm' much too predictable and at points far fetched even for a Cussler book. I was also disappointed with some of the diving related narration. I'm sure if Clive Cussler had read this book he would not have made the mistake of saying 'Kurt and Joe pulled on oxygen tanks' for a dive. Divers in such situations breath compressed air up to depths of 75 meters or so. Breathing compressed Oxygen at depth would be very dangerous!

I will be avoiding all future collaborations that feature his co-writer Graham Brown but still remain a staunch Clive Cussler fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2015
Classic Cussler. Always great plots, lots of twists. Would recommend to everyone, looking forward to reading next book by Cussler.
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on 17 November 2014
The two heroes are on the move again, with adventures that exceed any that have gone before. Who.has heard of Microsoft's and floating islands coupled with WW2 soldiers still existing on an island in the Indian Ocean. A few words had me puzzled. One in particular - nonnatives. Even this Kindle does not want to accept that word. I can get used to it and coworkers, for the sake of the riproaring adventures.
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on 14 March 2013
This is Cusseler back to his best. I've read and own most of his books and am a big fan of his escapist style of writing, but a few of the more recent efforts have not really lived up to the mark of the older Dirk Pitt adventures. This one puts that right. A terrific rollercoaster of a read with some first class set pieces. This book would lend itself well to a film.
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