Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18)

Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Series #18)

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Overview

Legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt must work with his children to unravel old battle plans from WWII to prevent a present-day massacre in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling adventure series.

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure. Kept secret from all but a few select officials, two submarines were sent to the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus, their mission to unleash hell.

Neither sub made it to the designated target.But that does not mean they were lost.

Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in mind for the prize inside—a plan that could reshape America, and 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, has even teamed up with his children to track them down. But never before has he encountered such pure evil—until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525495826
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #18
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 578,245
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from 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 ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 

 
Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of six previous Dirk Pitt® adventures: Black WindTreasure of KhanArctic DriftCrescent DawnPoseidon’s Arrow,  Havana Storm, and Odessa Sea. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and has served as president of the NUMA® advisory board of trustees. Cussler lives in Arizona.

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 0 ratings. 99 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Lots of action start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so engrossing that I read it through in one setting.
RGraf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There isn¿t a Clive Cussler novel I don¿t like. Each one gets me sucked in and refuses to let me go until the book is completely read. What makes the action packed novel even better is the way Cussler incorporates history into each of his books. He didn¿t disappoint me in Black Wind.Toward the end of World War II, a Japanese submarine reaches the shores of America ready to disperse biological warfare that had never been seen to that date. It is unable to unleash the Black Wind as an American naval ship plows into it sinking it to the bottom of the ocean. All remains quiet until mysterious Asian men begin a dance with the world to retrieve the deadly cargo and create something even more lethal. It is up to Dirk Pitt, Dirk Junior, and Sumer Pitt to save the day though each one is faced with losing their life more than once.Black Wind was full of the usual intricate plots and subterfuge Cussler is well known for. Action, mystery, betrayal, and romance all can be found in this novel.Having the children of Dirk Pitt involved in the story was fun. I really enjoyed it. It made a Dirk Pitt novel different than it had been before. Many have complained of this, but I saw it as an expansion of a line of novels that is heading into a new generation.As I said before, the fact that Cussler incorporates history into the story makes it even more interesting. He takes historical facts and adds to them giving them a more sinister twist and explores more `what if¿ scenarios. For me, after reading his books I want to explore the true history of what he brings in and learn more about it. That makes it a very successful `history¿ book in my eyes.It is full of technical jargon though the author explains most of it for those of you like me who can¿t understand all of it including the science side of it. Those parts of the book do take me longer to read, but the majority of the time the information is critical to understanding the plot.Want some adventure? Want some action? Like gun scenes? Love history? Like science? Then any Cussler book will be a good read for you. If World War II, specifically the Pacific Theatre, is what you are interested in, this is for sure a book you need to look into.Note: This book was purchased with my own funds.
nursewidener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good book that involves Dirk Pitt with addition of his twin children playing the dominiant saving the world forces. Good adventure book and I hope to see more of the twins as the series continues.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Its been a while, close to a year since I've read any Clive Cussler. This was very well worth it. Combining our beloved Dirk Pitt, and his children Dirk and Summer, this proved to be an excellent novel and tale for the current day.Here, terroism comes from North and South Korea in a runification desire by a madman who is a top businessman in South Korea. Working with the remenants of the Japanese Red Army, Kang hatches a plot to use a airborne bio-weapon with technology the Japanese attempted to use on the US in WWII, only more modern, and deadlier. the plot is uncovered little by little by accident, as Pitt stumbles across Kangs men retriving the old ordinance from a sunken WWII Japanese sub off the coast of Washington state. The trip takes them from there to Japan, then to Kan's private residence in South Koerea, where they learn of the extent of Kangs plot, to shoot a rocket over southern California during an economic summit to server as a distration so North Korea can ovverrun South Koera in a reunification attempt.Thrills abound, this is to me, one of Cussler's best works.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black Wind is the first of the "new" Dirk Pitt novels written by Clive Cussler with his son, Dirk. Apparently, Clive is retiring and Dirk is taking over the series. So, it should come as no surprise that with this novel, Dirk Pitt has been promoted and most of the action falls upon Dirk Pitt (that is, Dirk Pitt, Jr.) The old role of Al Giordano is now effectively split between Dirk's sister Summer and his friend Jack Dahlgren. In fact, Junior is so much like Senior that I mostly forgot that I was reading about the exploits of a different character (at least until the climax of the story, but no spoilers here). In almost all other ways, Black Wind is just like any of the preceding books in the series. (Dirk Pitt, Sr. and Al Giordano do get some "screen time"). I enjoyed the book, although I didn't love it. Too much of it was too much like too many prior books; then again, I keep reading Dirk Pitt novels precisely because they are much like their predecessors and I sometimes like knowing exactly what I'm getting before I open to page 1. In this way, Black Wind did not disappoint. My biggest gripe with the book is that I was hoping to get more deeply into Summer Pitt's character and I certainly hope that she does not remain as a mere sidekick for Dirk in future books.
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again like most of his books the good guy always wins. Out side of that it was fun to read and held my interest.
feralchicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another easy to read, page-turner from Cussler, featuring improbable feats of daring and survival from the protagonists. A good romp on face value, with an amusing cameo and a rather optomistic conclusion.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's almost totally Dirk junior now. That's part of my problem, though I think most of the reason I didn't enjoy this one as much as I normally would have is that I was interrupted too often while I was reading it. Like all the other Cussler books, it jumps around from thread to thread, and with all the interruptions, it got confusing. I should have just put it down and read something else, waited to read this until I could have some uninterrupted time to enjoy it. The plot was--bio agents developed by Japan in WWII recovered & expanded on by N. Korean megalomaniac. Over-the-top as usual. Dirk Jr. seems to have developed his dad's ingenuity & invincibility, but he & Dahlgren, or he & Summer, just don't have the chemistry of Pitt & Giordino. (who, btw, look distressingly like McConaughey and Zahn now)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read as usual for Mr. Cussler
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading full of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pitts at their best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
keeps the reader wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another non stop thrill ride.
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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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