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Fire Ice: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Clive Cussler a perennial favorite

NUMA series is always exciting. Fire Ice is no different. It takes our minds through conspiracy, international intrigue and even some humor. This book is an outstanding example of Clive Cussler's writing style and imagination. You can see everything in your mind. A wond...
NUMA series is always exciting. Fire Ice is no different. It takes our minds through conspiracy, international intrigue and even some humor. This book is an outstanding example of Clive Cussler's writing style and imagination. You can see everything in your mind. A wonderfully exciting book.

posted by Socrates20 on December 24, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Bring Back Pitt!

Fire Ice is the third Cussler novel in the new Kurt Austin series. It is typical Cussler, with some mild help from Paul Kemprecos on the usually befuddled Cusslerian english. The usual wooden dialogue and unbelievable coincidences leading to the devolvement of seemin...
Fire Ice is the third Cussler novel in the new Kurt Austin series. It is typical Cussler, with some mild help from Paul Kemprecos on the usually befuddled Cusslerian english. The usual wooden dialogue and unbelievable coincidences leading to the devolvement of seemingly unrelated events into an historical, cohesive whole remains the standard by which we Cusslerians' accept our author for what his stories are: great fun. However, I must sound the warning note that there is nothing remarkable about Fire Ice. Worse, Cussler's new hero, Kurt Austin, and his trusty sidekick, Joe Zavala, are so much like Pitt and Giordino as to make it obnoxiously obvious to all that Cussler probably regrets the foolish decision to retire Dirk and Al in the first place! Austin started out with pale blue eyes in the first adventure, "Serpent". His eyes are now described as "coral green". Instead of a dark, Italian buddy, we now have a dark, Latino buddy who steals cigars like Giordino did. Nothing has changed, with this exception! With Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler, probably through no fault of his own stilted writing, had developed a personality and several ongoing relationships. We knew about his relationship with Lauren, the meaning of his car collection and so much about him. Austin and Zavala are about as one-dimensional, as woooden, as your typical Cussler dialogue. Not that the dialogue EVER sounded like two real people speaking, but these guys are BAD. There was never a reason to drop Dirk Pitt. The nonsense about aging him and slowly referencing that fact in the last few books was a mistake. The beauty about fiction, particularly light reading fiction, is that you don't have to get into all that. Kurt Austin can sink for all I care. Bring back Dirk Pitt!

posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    Drop the Leftist Agenda wisecracks

    As this was my first Cussler, I had no problem with the characters matching previous characters. It reads well if you happen to be totally ignorant of the political commentary mixed in. There's some nicely researched historical parts, and some technical intricacies of ocean research, rather like Tom Clancy. The middle aged male Bond-like fantasy action parts are even entertaining, but where does the author get off fantasizing that the new president (2002 c.) is everything the liberal media says and worse? Having to read around these bits is rather annoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    no adreniline rush here!

    I am a huge Cussler (and Pitt) fan, and I did enjoy Blue Gold with Austin, but this latest installment was flat. I found the action to lack excitment, and not enough of it. Conclusions to quickly tied up, and full of bad cliches, including a climax which left me wondering if I had missed it. I love Cussler's adventures, but this is one to skip.

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