Zero Hour: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from the grand master of adventure…

It is called zero-point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it…until one scientist succeeds. Unfortunately, his intentions are far from noble.

The scientist is determined to avenge himself upon those who have scorned and vilified ...

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Overview

The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from the grand master of adventure…

It is called zero-point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it…until one scientist succeeds. Unfortunately, his intentions are far from noble.

The scientist is determined to avenge himself upon those who have scorned and vilified him, and constructs machines that will use the zero-point energy to unleash an apocalypse of earthquakes and cracks in the Earth’s tectonic plates.

With disaster drawing closer, Kurt Austin and the NUMA team race to find the machines before they’re activated. For if they fail, the world will literally be torn apart…

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For decades, the world has waited and wished for a form of energy that will be unlimited, but now that zero-point energy has arrived, it threatens to unleash unstoppable waves of earthquakes. Mad scientist Maximilian Thero has slipped off the deep end and he's now determined to take all humans with him, thus involuntarily deputizing Kurt Austin and his NUMA team on a world-saving mission that leaves no time for dawdling. Popular in hardcover; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Kurt Austin and best pal Joe Zavala, those grown-up Hardy Boys, contend with Maxmillian Thero, a hideously disfigured mad scientist, in Cussler's action-packed, fun-filled 11th NUMA Files adventure (after 2012's The Storm, also coauthored with Brown). Thero has invented a machine that in theory draws on "background fields" to produce "zero-point energy," which could solve the planet's energy needs, though it also has the potential to unleash earthquakes and affect the movement of the continental plates. So what direction will Theo's madness take? He's out to destroy the world, of course—or at least parts of it. The authors provide the usual deserted volcanic-island lair, tricked-out ships, diving exploits, and plenty of thugs and minions to give Kurt a few problems, to say nothing of a beautiful woman scientist along for the love-interest role. Readers new to Cussler should be prepared for zero believability. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
The latest from Cussler (The Storm, 2012, etc.). Cussler stalwart Kurt Austin is attending a Sydney, Australia, symposium when a boring session sends him to the Opera House's steps. He meets cute with a beautiful young theoretical physicist, Hayley Anderson, but before Austin finishes flirting, a boat-helicopter chase rages across the harbor. The boat crashes. Austin spears the helicopter with a burning boat hook. Very Bond initial opening, especially since it develops that the fetching Hayley is enmeshed in spycraft. Papers disappear amid the destruction, and Cecil Bradshaw, of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, arrives on the scene. Austin is dismissed, but he's intrigued. He calls his National Underwater and Marine Agency cohort Joe Zavala. They follow clues to a flooded, toxic Outback pit mine. Hayley's trapped in the pit. Bradshaw's wounded. An ASIO team's dead. With that, Austin and NUMA are drafted to thwart mad genius Maxmillian Thero's attempt to tap into zero-point energy: the physics of "drawing energy from background fields that are supposedly all around us." It's Tesla's Dynamic Theory of Gravity, once put into practice by a Tesla assistant, only to cause San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. The toxic mine pit was a test site. Heard Island, isolated in the Roaring Forties, is the site of the supergenerator with power sufficient to crack Australia in two. Cussler's usual supertech gadgetry is limited herein, except for a derelict cruise ship converted into a submarine. Russians are involved, and Uncle Sam too, but other nations are oblivious. The action continues post–boat-helicopter shootout with a neutrino wave sinking a NUMA ship, then there's a hovercraft-snowmobile set piece battle and a shootout in the volcanic island's bowels, which, in addition to the Tesla-inspired doomsday generator, holds a diamond mine to finance the experiment. A C-minus effort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399162503
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: NUMA Files Series , #11
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 119,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

CLIVE CUSSLER is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His most recent New York Times bestselling novels are The Mayan Secrets, Zero Hour, and Mirage. 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; the latter two 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 Colorado.

GRAHAM BROWN is the author of Black Rain and The Eden Prophecy. 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

Interviews & Essays

A 40th Anniversary Q&A with Clive Cussler

"The Grand Master of Adventure"

Q: So many of your great adventure novels revisit a key legend or occasion in history as the impetus for the story...What is the historical event you most wish you had been present to witness?

A. The Battle of Gettysburg

Q: Your vintage car collection is legendary...What classic car do you regret not getting when you had the chance?

A: 1932 Maybach Zeppelin.

Q: Is there one villain of the scores you have created in your books over the past forty years of whom you remain particularly fond? And if so, why?

A: His name is Foss Gly. I killed him off in two books—NIGHT PROBE! and CYCLOPS. He was as nasty as they come. I took his name off a tombstone in Green River, Utah.

Q: If you could share a beer with any person from history, who would it be? And if you could have a shot of tequila with any historical figure, who might *that* person be?

A: Abraham Lincoln. And George Washington.

Q: If you were not a writer, what career would you have wanted to undertake? During the Sixties you had a successful stint in advertising...But what about a profession that you never had the chance to try?

A: Acting.

Q: Do you recall where and when you had your first taste of tequila? Your dedicated fans know it has long been one of your favorite libations.

A: When I was in the longest bar in the world in Tijuana, when I was eighteen.

Q: As the author of five different bestselling adventure series—Dirk Pitt, the NUMA Files, the Oregon Files, the Isaac Bell novels and the Fargo adventures—with four of them appearing each year, how are you able to manage all of those complicated plots and the ever-growing stable of characters? It must require a flow-chart the size of an entire wall.

A: I lean to my coauthors, who are very creative. Overall it's like a juggling act.

Q: Does it seem to you that there are fewer Adventure writers these days, compared to other popular fiction categories such as Mystery and Espionage? When you were growing up, it was the dominant form of fiction, wouldn't you say?

A: Thriller and adventure tales are actually booming. Mystery and spy novels are still out there, but they are not as strong as they once were.

Q: If you ever met Dirk Pitt in person, is there anything for which you'd like to apologize, putting him in constant peril as you do time after time?

A: As long as he is still alive, I have no guilt.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

A: Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

Q: And what was the worst?

A: Become a new car salesman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Pit, Al, Dirk and Summer all get their share of fun and exciteme

    Pit, Al, Dirk and Summer all get their share of fun and excitement in this book. Once again Clive Cussler kept the suspense and excitement going from the first to the last page. Excellent book!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    The last two books with Isaac Bell and the current book I did no

    The last two books with Isaac Bell and the current book I did not like. I have read every book Cussler has written. I think the last two or three books are ghost written. I did not finish them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Zero Hour

    I love and eagerly await Clive Cussler books. That said, Zero Hour was flat, boring and the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. At a mere 302 pages I felt quite cheated and hope that Mirage is back up to his usual excellent standards.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    While I love all books by Cussler, this one was certainly not up

    While I love all books by Cussler, this one was certainly not up to his usual standards.  I found this book lacking any excitement, hopefully this was just a fluke and the next one will be better.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Highlly recommended

    Alot of scientific concepts

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Good,great excellent

    I love this book i had to read every minute i could the supence was killing me! I recommend it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Another Great Addition to Kurt Austin series!!

    Cussler again proves why he is the grandmaster of adventure fiction with this latest entry into the Kurt Austin adventures. I'm an avid reader and read alot of adventure fiction, no one can weave what seems like totally unrelated plot points together into a cohesive whole with a whiz-bang ending like Cussler does. Always cool how he can pull in various items from history to his stories and create an action-packed thrill ride of a novel. Highly recommended, can't wait for the next installment!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    same old plot

    Same old plot

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This is just as good as all previous novels. Loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Great Cussler novel as always

    Like always could not put it down and will pre-order the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    recommend

    Cussler is as good this time as we have come to expect.
    It's a great read, hard to put down.
    I'm looking forward to the next adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    An entertaining and suspensful book. I some times wonder what i

    An entertaining and suspensful book. I some times wonder what it will take to put Kuurt and Joe out of business? They seem to have more lives than a cat. The theory of zero- point energy was cerrtainly very convincing, and is likely to cause some discussion and arguments among the engineering community. Tesla must have been disturbed in his grave, if he got wind of this book. An adventure not to be missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Cusssler. What else needs to be said

    As usual Cussler takes on the bad guys, and wins. I love these characters. I would like to read a book where he has everone of his characters involved in one big gang buster read. Now that would be something.
    This read was a little slower than most of his past adventures, but if it has Cussler in the name it cant be bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Excellent suspenseful story right up to the end. Strong recommendation

    Enjoyed reading this book. Excellent way to get the NUMA charactors into the story line. Kept me in suspense trying to figure out the story line and why the villian held such a large revengeful mind and wanted to destroy entire countries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Another great Cussler NUMA book!!! Action and mystery all wrapped up in one!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    Another fun read.  Don't know what some of the one and two star

    Another fun read.  Don't know what some of the one and two star people were talking about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Highly recommended.....another great read from Clive Cussler.

    Another good book from Mr. Cussler. I have added Kurt Austin to my list of Cussler heroes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    High Praise

    Once again Cussler has woven a well crafted tale that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. This is definitely a MUST READ!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I love the Cussler stories. They contain improbable situations that you know have very little chance of developing but are fun none the less. His characters are well developed. If you enjoy excitement from one page to the next it is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    recommended

    As usual I enjoyed this Cussler work. I love this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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