Devil's Gate: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

Devil's Gate: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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by Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
     
 

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The “action-packed” (Publishers Weekly) new novel in the New York Times bestselling Kurt Austin Adventures…

A Japanese cargo ship bursts into flames near the Azores, and a gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster—but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? Is it connected to the kidnapping of a

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The “action-packed” (Publishers Weekly) new novel in the New York Times bestselling Kurt Austin Adventures…

A Japanese cargo ship bursts into flames near the Azores, and a gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster—but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? Is it connected to the kidnapping of a top scientist from the streets of Geneva? Or the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the seafloor?

As Austin and the rest of the NUMA® team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginable audacious plan to extort the world’s major nations.

The penalty for refusal? The destruction of the world’s greatest cities. Starting with Washington, D.C....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Kurt Austin and his NUMA (National Underwater Maritime Agency) Special Operations Team investigate a burning Japanese cargo ship, they find themselves locked in a deadly confrontation with a gang of bloodthirsty pirates intent on plundering the sinking ship. But this encounter is just the beginning of a vast conspiracy that threatens the lives of thousands and may potentially alter the world's balance of power drastically. Once again, Austin and NUMA will have to risk their lives to stop an evil as dark and ruthless as the deepest depths of the sea. Brick's narration is smooth and easy, and he adroitly conveys the book's action and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Additionally, Brick's characterizations are simple but unique. Despite the somewhat over- the-top melodrama of the novel, Brick keeps his storytelling sincere and real, and this audio edition and its listeners are the better for it. A Putnam hardcover.
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From the Publisher
“Cussler's latest is the most breathtakingly suspenseful, wildly inventive, enjoyable thriller in the ‘NUMA Files’ series to date!”—Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
In Cussler's latest, this time with Brown co-authoring, an African dictator decides he gets no respect, and so woe betide the world. Djemma Garand, head of state in Sierra Leone, has big plans for his small country, which he feels has been dissed quite as much as he himself has been. Minerals, precious metals and docile geopolitical behavior, historically that's been the Sierra Leone pigeonhole. Garand has vowed to change all that: "He desired a legacy that would leave his people better off for all eternity." Garand may be a borderline megalomaniac, but since he's no fool he understands the difference between a dream and a scheme. To accomplish his grandiose goal, he knows he needs leverage, the kind inherent in a particularly fearsome weapon, for instance, an item his own scientific community has been unable to develop. As a consequence, an international super scientist finds himself snatched off a street in Geneva and forced to experiment at the point of a gun. Meanwhile, Kurt Austin and his NUMA (National Underwater Maritime Agency) colleagues have been bearing witness to some unsettling events. In the Atlantic, not far from the Azores, a Japanese cargo ship bursts into flames. Badly wounded and obviously helpless, it's a rich, sitting duck of a prize, custom-tailored for the opportunistic predator. So, it's hardly a surprise when a pirate speedboat hones in, but then it, too, suddenly self-destructs. Coincidence? No seasoned NUMA professional believes that for a moment, but at this point not even the astute Kurt Austin is in a position to perceive the manipulative hand of Garand at work. But when he is it will be almost too late to save the world. Almost. Vintage Cussler (Crescent Dawn, 2010, etc.), and just right for the armchair techie who likes his action nonstop and his characters uncomplicated. Nuance-seekers look elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410440730
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
12/16/2011
Series:
NUMA Files Series, #9
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
421
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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From the Publisher
“Cussler's latest is the most breathtakingly suspenseful, wildly inventive, enjoyable thriller in the ‘NUMA Files’ series to date!”—Library Journal

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of fifty previous books, including twenty-one Dirk Pitt® adventures, eight NUMA® Files adventures; eight Oregon Files books; five Isaac Bell thrillers; and three Fargo novels. His most recent New York Times bestsellers are Crescent Dawn, The Jungle, The Kingdom, and The Race. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt®, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.

Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun. A pilot and an attorney, 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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Devil's Gate: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 104 reviews.
PatriciaCO More than 1 year ago
We start in the Azores with Hudson Wallace (great name!) and his Lockheed Constellation and the adventure quickly goes into high gear. Then starts the story of the Kinjara Maru and where we first see our main character Kurt Austin about to embark on a journey, he thought, to join his friend Joe Zavala for a submersible race in their prototype Barracuda and some much needed R&R. Of course if they actually GOT their R&R we wouldn't have a story, would we? We travel all over the world in some very interesting manners (what could be more terrifying or cool than the Lunatic Express?). We also get a story that includes the realism of life and death situations that don't always turn out quite the way you expected them to causing injury and emotional turmoil, even the good guy gets hurt sometimes. We go through explosions, near drownings, being shot at, a hair raising car chase, sinking ships, boa constrictors, underwater landslides, an ultralight escape...good lord, it's exciting even reading about all the excitement in this book! The NUMA gang is all here, Kurt, Joe, Paul & Gamay Trout, we even get some serious input from our beloved Dirk Pitt and Admiral (now Vice President) Sandecker. This book was a great adventure from beginning to end and I loved it! I can really say that I didn't feel like I was reading a Dirk Pitt adventure with a younger, silver haired Dirk but I could actually see the differences (and similarities) between the two characters, they are similar enough that they can easily understand where the other is coming from but they are two very different men! My favorite quote in the book is actually made by Dirk Pitt to Kurt and Joe: "As I've gotten older I've learned a few things," he said. "One of them is: you get what you pay for. You and Joe are like one of my cars. Expensive, bad for the environment, and often a pain in the backside. But you're worth every penny." Devil's Gate is a great read from start to finish and I loved the book. Graham Brown is an excellent choice to continue this series with Mr. Cussler and I do believe this is the best Kurt Austin adventure yet. I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All hands on deck! Kurt and Joe; Paul and Gammy; and even Dirk and Hiram back at the office unravel seemingly unrelated events that all point to the same source. The best Kurt Austin novel yet! Clive Cussler has done it again. Keep 'em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful, exciting adventure featuring Kurt and Joe. Well though out technical possibilities providing the background for this story. There were moments where I thought Kurt and Joe were being written off, only to emerge to fight the bad guys one more time. Nice twist of involving all of NUMA's personnel, including Dirk Pitt as the new director.
stegre More than 1 year ago
Another great Clive Cussler novel. I couldn't put it down. Kurt Austin rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Numa saves the world fantastically again.
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tracksidetom More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. Out of all the Cussler books I've read, this was the slowest. It's ok, but not that good.
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This reader continues to return to books authored by Clive Cussler because they are entertaining. The blend of fiction with a nod to events from the past, whether real or imagined, is a winning one, as evidenced by Cussler's many books. In addition, the appeal of being able to read of further adventures of a core group of characters is like reuniting with old friends.
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mwkca More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler is know for his high energy and switch-ups. Never ending adventure with a team of experts ready to fool and/or solve the trickiest of world problems. Start the book and you won't put it down.
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A great edge of the seat read.
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