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Fire Ice: NUMA Files #3 (The NUMA Files) by [Cussler, Clive, Kemprecos, Paul]
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Synopsis

Kurt Austin, the leader of NUMA's special Assignments Team, and his colleagues match wits with a billionaire mining tycoon claiming Romanov ancestry who has proclaimed himself czar of Russia and is seeking to topple the Russian government.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of 20 previous books, most recently, the bestseller Valhalla Rising. He divides his time between Colorado and Arizona. Paul Kemprecos co-authored Serpent and Blue Gold with Cussler. He lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399148728
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084FBCQE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Clive Cussler has done what some other accomplished writers have tried and failed to do. He started a new series that he co-authors, he has kept the quality of the reading very near that of his own books, and now they have gone from a paperback format to hardcover. The last step is a major one and speaks very well of the care this new series was created with. Other authors have tried the same diversification and they are not worth the soft cover format they were introduced with, and will never see the more expensive binding.

The central organization is the same; specifically NUMA, but the central character and the events he is involved in are stepped down from the more outrageous elements that sometimes turn a Dirk Pitt adventure into something akin to Indiana Jones. The famous bathtub escape comes to mind. The Pitt adventures have become classic in the genre and they make for great reading, they also have had occasion to go over the top at times. Kurt Austin is Dirk Pitt on a smaller scale. Austin collects antique dueling pistols while Dirk accumulates World War Two German Jets, railroad cars, and fantastically rare cars.

The idea of introducing a Romanov theme into a story is a gutsy decision for it has been used countless times, and in the majority of uses has become an overused cliché. Cussler and Paul Kemprecos handle the idea well, and while it is still a bit fantastic it does not cross the line in to storytelling that really is a pretty wild stretch to suspend disbelief.

I don't know the science of the Methane (Fire Ice), but again it strikes me as being credible. These books almost seem to take their cue from some of the countless ships that Mr. Cussler has located in real life, and which history will always owe him a debt.
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Format: Hardcover
Fire Ice has all the ingredients of a classic Cussler story: it starts with the account of a ship sailing to its doom with a mysterious cargo; there's an utterly evil villain trying to make use of what's in the wreck for his own personal glory, aided by the complimentary ugly demonic psychopathic killer serving as his right hand guy.
In their way is, by pure chance, Kurt Austin and the other three members of NUMA's Special Assignments Team.
Unlike the Dirk Pitt Adventures, the tasks and odds to which the Special Assignements Team is set are usually not as fantastically daunting as those encountered by Pitt and Giordino, although the danger is no less lethal.
This time the stallwart US citizens are helped out by a Russian agent nicknamed Ivan by Austin, who heads something called the Siberian Pest Control office. If anyone can tell me where I could have heard or read about that Russian agency before, I'd be most gratefull... It did have a familiar ring to it.
Anyway, Fire Ice made a delightful light read. Keep the Special Assignment Team adventures coming, I'd say!
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Having started to read Cussler books - The NUMA files,I enjoy the historical links at the start and the way all the threads come together - eventually. With fire Ice the ending seemed flat - rushed and left too many unanswered details.
One thing is for sure with this authors novels. Kurt Austin is all action. He is always supported by the wisecracking,Joe Zavala.Money is no object to NUMA,the villain always dies and Kurt always gets the girl.
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This book was on special offer at £1.99 in the Kindle store, which was why I bought, added to the fact I had nothing else to read. The story is the usual Clive Cussler silliness. However, there is good and bad dumbness/silliness, and this was bad, very bad. The main character, kurt Austin, was less than 1-D. He was soooo great and good, it was like he was superman, action man etc all rolled into one. He is able to beat any bad guy without too much strain, and is still able to appear charming to women who instantly fall for him. It just all seemed cliched and completely unoriginal. At least heroes like Bond have a dark side, and are gritty, fully faceted characters; Austin is none of these. In fact he is so bland, he might as well be celery. you just don't get to know him enough to care. This is all a shame, as the plot actually sounds quite good. Unfortunately, This is not good enough to warrant purchasing any more of this series.
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International intrigue and a despotic potential world leader. It might be heresy to say but I actually prefer Austin and his team to the Dirk Pitt adventures. Cussler really knows how to turn on the testosterone!
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As always another griping story from Clive Cussler The NUMA Files, I have been a great fan from reading "Raise the Titanic" and Fire Ice has not disappointed. The research has been well done, This book was very hard to put down once, I had started to read,
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I have learned a lesson buying this on Kindle - that you do not know how old a book is or when it is set when browsing on line. I say this because this book feels very dated due to the technology or the way it is described. I have read more than a dozen books by the author and this is entertaining enough, just not his best.
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I do like the format of Cussler adventures and the relationships he builds on with the key characters - this adventure is another compelling read - if you like Cussler and the NUMA stories of ocean heroics - this is for you
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