Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18)

Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18)

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by Clive Cussler
     
 

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Clive Cussler's dazzling new Dirk Pitt(r) adventure.

Clive the Mighty!" hailed Kirkus Reviews about Cussler's last Dirk Pitt(r) novel, Trojan Odyssey. "Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous." Nobody has been able to match Cussler yet for the intricate plotting and sheer audacity of his work, and Black Wind sets the bar even higher.

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Clive Cussler's dazzling new Dirk Pitt(r) adventure.

Clive the Mighty!" hailed Kirkus Reviews about Cussler's last Dirk Pitt(r) novel, Trojan Odyssey. "Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous." Nobody has been able to match Cussler yet for the intricate plotting and sheer audacity of his work, and Black Wind sets the bar even higher.

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure-a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target.

But that does not mean they were lost.

Someone knows about the subs and what they bore, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside-a scheme that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA. Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, and has even teamed up with his children to track them down. But never has he looked upon the face of pure evil . . . until now.

Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Black Wind is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

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Publishers Weekly
About halfway through this rip-snorting adventure thriller, a "white-haired man" rescues heroes Dirk Pitt Jr. and his sister, Summer, from death by drowning. That man is revealed to be author Cussler (Trojan Odyssey, etc.), reminding Dirk of "an older version of his own father," legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt, hero of Cussler's previous novels. Just as the primary action baton is passed in this tale from Pitt Sr. to Jr., readers may note that Cussler's coauthor is his own son. But even if Cussler is beginning to pass on his writing baton, he's doing so with panache: thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land- and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details on matters from biochemical weapons "chimeras" to rocket launches. The villain is a South Korean industrialist working for the North Koreans with an eye toward unifying Korea by ridding the country of American troops, allowing for an invasion of the South. His plan is to aim a sea-borne rocket filled with a combo of deadly viruses at Los Angeles, with clues laying blame on Japanese terrorists, thus distracting America while the North makes its move. But villain and modus operandi matter less than the series of exciting hairbreadth escapes wrought by Dirks Jr. and Sr. and Summer-including Dirk Sr.'s escape from being poached alive in a minisub trapped underneath massive rocket boosters spewing an inferno of flames. There's a slight, nasty gloss of "yellow peril" on the villain and his actions, and it's only the Americans who greet likely death with a grin and a quip, but that's a minor knock on some major entertainment that's bound toward the top of the charts. Agent, Peter Lampack. 750,000 first printing. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Two Japanese submarines loaded with deadly chimera virus head for the west coast of the United States during the waning days of World War II but are sunk before ever endangering the coast. Sixty years later, South Korean industrialist Kang learns of their whereabouts and tests the deadly potion on some animals and a few people in Alaska. When the death reports start coming in, research sends Dirk Pitt, the younger; his sister; his crew from NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency); Dirk Pitt, the elder; and other forces on a race against time to prevent Kang from unleashing the virus. He dreams of creating a frenzy of blame between the countries for such an attack even as he takes joy in the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in agony. The Cusslers provide a high tide of ocean-based adventure and creepy bad guys. Featuring plenty of intense action, the plot fairly runs across the pages, with even the quieter moments full of intrigue. Lots of historical facts and science thread their way into the story, giving it a sense of realism. Filled with submarines, technical discussions on all sorts of ocean machinery, and some facts about chimera viruses, the novel provides some basic knowledge of bioterrorism. As always, the Pitts remain steadfast and true leaders, and the story leaves readers eager for their next adventure.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Eighteenth Dirk Pitt underwater sea-thriller (Trojan Odyssey, 2003, etc.), now co-authored with Cussler's son Dirk. The year 2007 finds the aging Pitt still in charge of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), but the story begins with the usual strong historical sea-mystery, this time set in 1944. The Japanese navy knows that defeat lies ahead after the sinking of the bulk of its fleet at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. But top planners have come upon a horrific biological agent developed in China; they plan to bomb the US West Coast and devastate so much of the population that America will call for war's end. The delivery system for this killer agent rests on Japan's two largest submarines, which house two disassembled dive-bombers now converted into floatplanes that can be reassembled when the coast is reached and launched from catapults down the center of the bow. The first submarine is sunk, however, when rammed by a US destroyer off the coast of Washington. Enter the new head of NUMA, Dirk Pitt the elder, who is helped by his young son, Dirk Pitt, a marine engineer, and a marine biologist named Summer. Later the story leaps forward to the future-present. A father-son action thriller penned by a father-son team that more than maintains the supercharged Cusslerian danger. Don't stir that silt!First printing of 750,000. Agent: Peter Lampack/Peter Lampack Agency
From the Publisher
“CUSSLER HAS NO EQUAL.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141020686
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Dirk Pitt Series, #18

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“CUSSLER HAS NO EQUAL.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

DIRK CUSSLER, has an MBA from Berkeley, worked many years in the financial arena and has been an active participant in the real-life NUMA® expeditions, and served as president of the NUMA® advisory board of trustees. He lives in Arizona.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Phoenix, Arizona
Date of Birth:
July 15, 1931
Place of Birth:
Aurora, Illinois
Education:
Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 83 reviews.
genrose1 More than 1 year ago
As always, Cussler "Black Wind" keeps your attention and can't stop reading. Just look for more his books.
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I couldn't put it down.
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Black Wind written by Clive Cussler is the eighteenth in his series of Dirk Pitt action-adventure books. From the very beginning, I found it to be a very compelling book that really gripped the reader, making it hard to put down until the end.  Cussler worked in some amazing threads throughout the story, making it very multidimensional and a slightly more complicated read. But, I think this really added to the overall theme of the book, making it more exciting and fun to read. Black Wind started out with an interesting historical, although purely fiction, flashback. The narrator describes the top secret assignment of a Japanese submarine during World War Two to deliver a deadly biological agent that has the potential to bring the United Sated to their knees. Alas, in true story book standards, the submarine just-so-happens to go missing, and is never seen or heard from again. Until 2007 that is, when the crew of a marine research vessel off the coast of Korea suddenly becomes violently ill. It also just so happens that Dirk Pitt, and his son’s research vessel was only a few miles from this, and thus comes to their rescue. From this point on the reader in launched into a complex series of predicaments. One after another, everything from having their company helicopter shot down, to being infected themselves and formulating an antidote for the deadly toxin happens in a fairly short period of time. Of course as is custom in Dirk Pitt novels there is still an evil genius billionaire who Pitt and son must battle throughout the book as well. All before in the end, with all of the odds stacked against them, the good guys miraculously win. After reading Valhalla Rising last marking period, I was very disappointed in where the series was going, and almost put it down for good. However I’m glad that I didn’t. Black Wind did have its flaws, such as its lack of believability or actually becoming a bit dry content wise at points throughout. The fact that all of the main characters could do no wrong also became a little cliché, but all of this is to be expected. When picking up a copy of a Clive Cussler book, specifically the Dirk Pitt series, one shouldn’t be expecting a ultra believable, factual novel. They should be expecting a fun, action packed book, which is fun to read in your spare time. When taking this into account, all things considered, I thought that this was one of the better book that I have read in the series to date. Cussler has revitalized the plot of the series by adding in some new characters, like Pitt’s son Dirk Jr. and daughter Summer, while also phasing out older characters like Pitt’s partner Al.  Overall I enjoyed the book greatly, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, exciting, although not very serious book.
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sassyshoez More than 1 year ago
Clive does it again! Great reading. He does an excellent job building the characters and the plot. Cussler displays his expertise in this "ocean arena"! Another fantastic Pitt adventure. I only wish Barnes & Noble had all the Pitt Series available for Nook.
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