Ghost Ship

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The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series from Clive Cussler, the grand master of adventure.
 
When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn’t ...

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Overview

The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series from Clive Cussler, the grand master of adventure.
 
When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection.

Determined to know the truth, he begins to search for answers, and soon finds himself descending into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrime, and uncovering a pattern of vanishing scientists, suspicious accidents, and a web of human trafficking. With the help of Joe Zavala, he takes on the sinister organization at the heart of this web, facing off with them in locations ranging from Monaco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar. But where he will ultimately end up—even he could not begin to guess.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
Bestseller Cussler’s electrifying 12th NUMA Files adventure (after 2013’s Zero Hour, also coauthored by Brown) takes Kurt Austin, director of special projects at the National Underwater Marine Agency, across the globe in search of Sienna Westgate, the long-lost love of his life, and the world’s preeminent expert in cybersecurity. Pronounced dead after her family’s yacht sunk in the Indian Ocean, a revived Sienna may have surfaced in the shadows of the Iranian black market. Notorious smuggler Rene Acosta is eager to trade her talents to any number of foreign governments for a huge sum, but the nefarious Brèvard clan is also vying for control over the brilliant Sienna. Trusty colleague Joe Zavala and Dirk Pitt, NUMA’s director, provide assistance as Kurt uses a range of advanced technology in the hunt for the woman whose disappearance haunts him day and night. Cussler delivers all the usual twists and turns on the way to the explosive climax. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (May 27)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-06
Kurt Austin and his National Underwater Marine Agency team save the world yet again, this time from a criminal family that's been hijacking the innocent and taking hostages for four generations.Commandeered off the coast of South Africa by Gavin Brèvard and a gang of criminals who'd booked passage with counterfeit currency, the SS Waratah vanished without a trace in 1909. A century later, the Brèvard family is still at it. Brothers Sebastian, Egan and Laurent, along with their kid sister, Calista, have kidnapped Sienna Westgate and her two children and intend to sell her services to the highest bidder—assuming they can recover her from Rene Acosta, their double-crossing former client. The Brèvards' racket is much more high-end than sexual slavery, for Sienna, architect of the legendary Phalanx security software, is one of the most sought-after computer experts in the world. Nothing could stop their nefarious scheme save for the fact that Sienna is the one-time fiancee of Kurt Austin, who lost her to Internet billionaire Brian Westgate. Sienna and her kids were supposedly lost at sea when Westgate's yacht, Ethernet, sank, but mounting evidence shows that she's no more dead than the SS Waratah, which never sank at all. Kurt's initial encounter with fire-breathing Calista Brèvard as they battle over Sienna, who's being held on Acosta's yacht, ends inconclusively. So Acosta packs Sienna off to Korean street criminal-turned-industrialist Than Rang, head of the DaeShan Group, and the action—there's plenty of action—shifts from the African coast to the Korean peninsula, where Kurt, his buddy Joe Zavala and their NUMA stalwarts dodge everything the Brèvards can throw at them as they struggle to free Sienna before the world's computer systems all go kablooey.Once more, Cussler and Brown (Zero Hour, 2013, etc.) paint with such broad strokes that Kurt's adventures aren't so much written as whitewashed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399167317
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: NUMA Files Series , #10
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 8,495
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Mayan Secrets, Mirage, and The Bootlegger. He lives in Arizona and Colorado.
 
Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and the coauthor, with Cussler, of Devil’s Gate, The Storm, and Zero Hour. A pilot and an attorney, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    ??

    Its a really good book

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Great Cussler!

    What a great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Can't read it!

    I was not able to read this book because it came in with blank pages. Has anyone else had this issue and how do I resolve it?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Good reading

    Clive has again put together an interesting combination of events
    that could pertain to the real world. Enjoyed it and found it fast
    reading.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    As always a real good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ash

    Haley i here

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Excellent!

    As always, Mr. Cussler does a great job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Calli to David

    Hmm... well l just found out your not coming back from Ace... well its shocking and unthinkable. I will miss you so much! You dont even understand... l know you will never read this but l just had to get my feelings out. The first time l met you at viking tales, you were the nicest! Guy l had ever met! In role play and in real life, and trust me im not lieing. When l kissed your cheek the night we first met l did not know you had a girl friend until the next day... l felt very bad! I have liked you since that day... even though l knew l was nothing compared to Zerana. When l found out you had liked me l was on the next level of happiness! I was just so happy words couldnt ever describe. And the first time we kissed, l started blushing in real life. You had that big of an effect on me... your just so wonderful!!! And amazing!!! Any one would be lucky to meet you and im just so glad that l got to meet you and get to know you. I will miss you! So so so so much! And l will never forget you. I promise. I'll always be here for when or if you ever come back. Just dont forget about me, please. &#9825

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    David

    He nods. "Goodnight Calli."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    I can,t read it

    It is not showing on my nook

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Well crafted addition to the series

    Another fine example of Cussler's work. Fits in well with the other thrillers in the series. Hard to put down.. Thrilling ending and well spun. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    recommend

    Another great adventure for Cussler fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Recommended for the contemporary adventurer and thrill-seeker

    I purchased this book because I'm traveling to Madagascar this summer, and was curious to read about modern-day intrigue in this fascinating part of the world. I'd never read a Clive Cussler novel before, and was unfamiliar with the "Kurt Austin series." Nevertheless, it had my attention from the first chapter; and even though I was reading it on my Nook (the first novel ever purchased and read electronically), I found myself thoroughly absorbed in the story. Kurt Austin is a MacGyver-type hero, and the characters reminded me of those in a Stieg Larsson novel. I accepted them at face value. Although I am a methodical reader, I read the book quickly and effortlessly. Overall, it was a satisfying experience. The unique qualities of Madagascar served to unravel an important element of the mystery, and I found that particularly exhilarating.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    A Good Summer Read- Cussler Delivers

    I have been disappointed in a couple of other Cussler efforts because I felt he was phoning them in. This one almost gets back to where some of his better work has been. I say " almost" because, again, at the end, things came to a hurried up conclusion. Are they contracting for numbers of pages or full stories ? Most of this book doesn't disappoint, so if you are a fan, go for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Clive's books are getting a bit predictable. I still like to rea

    Clive's books are getting a bit predictable. I still like to read the books and I like all the characters. This was a good book not great just good.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

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    Great Book

    Another Cussler masterpiece. Fast moving lots of twists and turns. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Lilywolf

    AFF? ~ Lilywolf &hearts

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Please write something that is more than a one to five letter word?!?!?!

    Can you people at least write something that is more than a one to five letter word?!?!?!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Cannot bring up book on my nook

    Have not read yet

    0 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

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