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Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Lia

Its not the same justin...this justin is for years old.

posted by 10757620 on June 5, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An Enjoyable Read - but not memorable

Lost City is the best of the Kurt Austin books published to date - but still not as good as the 'vintage' Cussler Dirk Pitt stories. Still, if you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, you should find it with Lost City.

posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Lia

    Its not the same justin...this justin is for years old.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Fantabulous

    The Lost City is a novel of a mixture of suspense, hope, and treachery. This is a ¿Can¿t put down `til I¿m done¿ type of book. This story deals with the troubles and obstacles that the main character, Kurt Austin deals with as a part of the NUMA agency. Creating a tremendous theme, the author, Clive Cussler, also sets up the characters characteristics that all falls into place. The riveting and heart pounding action keeps you focused to every detail of the book. The need for wanting to know what happens next will keep your head in the book. Cussler¿s realism of events in the book will have you thinking that things in the novel can possibly be real. The theme of this novel is how good almost always triumphs over the seeds of evil and not to underestimate the desperation and the science if in the hands of evildoers. The novel not only tells us about these things but also gives us examples throughout the story of everyday advantages we have in life. The significance of the main character, Kurt Austin, is to be the protagonist in the novel and create trust in other characters to follow his actions. He also takes on the responsibility of protecting another character in the story possibly for his feelings or that character may be a burden. A major conflict in the novel is when the main character faces his nemesis for the second time face to face that end up in a dramatic turn of events and leaves the reader shocked. This conflict is the climax of the novel and ends up at the living quarters of the antagonist. In the novel, the author uses metaphors to announce the beauty of the antagonist as an eclipse because it¿s beautiful and ugly at the same time. He doesn¿t use a lot of verbal irony in this story. It uses a lot of dramatic irony. The significant quote in the novel is when Kurt Austin tells the adversary that the ¿bigger they are the harder they fall.¿ He talks about the family of the Fauchards

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Damion

    He picks up the little boy. This is a problem. He laghs.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Nookville moving to nookville all results

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Highly recommended

    If you're a lover of plot-twisting action, character ingenuity, and sly humor, you'll enjoy Clive Cussler's books. If you've never read one of his books before, read a sample chapter and I guarantee you'll be hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    A WINNING PAIR OF READERS

    If an audio book could receive ten stars, Lost City should get them simply because both editions are read by two who are tops in their field. Veteran Broadway, film and television actor Len Cariou does a stellar job of delivering vintage Cussler in the Abridged CD edition. As audio book listeners have come to know - if a book is read by Scott Brick it's in more than capable hands. Thus, whether you opt for the Unabridged cassettes read by Brick or the Abridged you're in for fast forward action, heart stopping chases, and all the Cussler trademarks fans have come to expect. As we've learned this author doesn't shirk when it comes to sub plots and imaginative scenarios. In Lost City listeners discover a mysterious body frozen in a glacier, an enzyme that will prolong life plus the random killing of those who would gather it, the disappearance of scientists in a Greek laboratory, and more. Clearly, hero Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA Special Assignments Team, has never faced anything like this before. Listeners haven't heard anything like this from Cussler before either. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    Could not put this book down!!!!!

    This book is very well written and is the first Clive Cussler book that I have read. The plot flows very well. The characters are very beleivable. A must for anyone that likes a good adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Lately it would seem Kurt is more exciting than Dirk...

    As most fans of Clive Cussler, I was skeptical of his introducing a new hero in addition to his amazing Dirk Pitt. But I have found the Kurt Austin stories to be as good as pretty much the bulk of the 'average' Dirk Pitt tales, and the last 3 have been better than most of the more recent stories involving the man who Raised The Titanic. It pains me to say this, but Kurt has become more interesting. For the most part, the two adventure heros are virtually interchangeable. Just look at their history, family and hobbies and tell me they aren't similar in almost every way. Dirk collects vintage cars, Kurt has classic firearms. Dirk has a sidekick in Al Giordino, and Kurt has Joe Zavala (these two characters, aside from one being Mexican and the other Italian, are almost clones). Both have that hero quality and are a sucker for the ladies. I don't fault Clive for duplicating his own writing style which has proved to be rather successful over the past 3 decades, in fact I have found that more recently, the NUMA Files novels have been all out more entertaining than the last 2 or 3 with Dirk. With Lost City we have a mystery that involves the possibility of extending human life -- maybe to an unlimited state. Taking center stage is an evil empire based on an ancient family caught up in the arms race who just may have had a hand in creating a need for the use of their weapons in a particularly gruesome manner. Kurt once again happens to be in the right place at the right time and saves the day only to discover a more sinister plot to damage the worlds oceans for a nasty purpose. As with virtually all of Cusslers tales, it begins with a trip back in time with a nervous pilot who attempts to escape from rather shady people who desperately want him dead, and who succeeds in shooting him down over a European glacier only to be discovered years later, and the results unlock a deadly Pandora's Box of events which our hero finds himself stuck squarely in the middle of. This is vintage Cussler and Kemprecos, who has managed to take fine notes when continuing the Clive style which has served him so well over the years. Entertainment, chases and a few explosions and a downright fun story make this yet another fantastic read for fans of both the Dirk and Kurt series. Nothing earth shattering. Nothing particularly thought-provoking, but just a whole lot of thrills, which is quite simply why I read Cussler to begin with.

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