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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18) [NOOK Book]

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Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.


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Overview

Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.


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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101546130
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #18
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 19,106
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler
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.


Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Exciting

    As always, Cussler "Black Wind" keeps your attention and can't stop reading. Just look for more his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Elders deb

    WindClan

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    The Book

    The book sounds really good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Great read

    I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Great read

    Cussler's usual excitement, the sea and special stuff

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Good, But Not the Best

    I read almost all of the Dirk Pitt novels. This one wasn't as suspenseful as the others, since Dirk and Al are clearly thrown in the background. Clive Cussler's son just doesn't have the skills for the job.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Junior or Senior? Senior!

    I don't care if the elder Dirk is getting the 'special' discount, I still prefer him over Jr. Sure, the adventure was still there and the mega world threatening plot still threatens the world, but I still prefer the eldest Pitt. It could be that I'm biased, having read just about all of Cussler's previous books, but if it ain' broke...you know the rest. Probably a good read for those new to Cussler, but for us long time fans it might not measure up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    |Forest|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Black Wind written by Clive Cussler is the eighteenth in his ser

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Farrah

    He let out a warning growl and stood crouched low. "I never attacked you, and i never will. I couldnt control when i snapped at you." He growl, a low warning growl at her. "And if you attacked me, it would be easily to put you back in the omega's section of my pack."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Akasha

    *She growled back at him and crouched* you dont intimidate me Farrah. You may be alpha, but lll die first before you think about running away from your problems or attacking me *her voice changed to a very dominating voice*

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    I've read several of the Cussler books and, although they may be

    I've read several of the Cussler books and, although they may be formulaic, have enjoyed them all. Except for this one.
    Maybe it's because his son wrote most of it. But I didn't find the writing as crisp as the others. Also -- I find the constant wise-cracking getting tiresome.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Mistyclaw

    Is sundapple here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Lunaclaw to Dawnpaw- STUDY

    *Mouse bile- remedy for ticks*
    *Stinging nettle- can stop poison*
    *Tansy- cures coughs*
    *Thyme- for shock*
    *Watermint- for bellyache*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Ravenwing

    Gets a stick cobwebbs moss and grass

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Rosefire

    Robinpaw? You here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Flameclaw

    No ones on so he follows her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Mistystar

    *slips in* Guys, a kit fell from 20 tail-lengths at "Allen Anderson Angel Animals," first result. She needs your help!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Darkrose to rosefire

    *grabs marigold and cobwebs and two poppyseeds* come here rosefire i can help

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