Blue Gold: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

Blue Gold: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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Blue Gold: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series) by Clive Cussler

Kurt Austin and his crew are back to slake their thirst for action as they attempt to drown an eco-extortionist's plan to control the world's freshwater supply.

From deep within the Venezuelan rain forest emanates the legend of a white goddess and a mysterious tribe with startling technical accomplishments. Few believe the tribe exists -- and even fewer suspect its deity can change the course of history.

For National Underwater & Marine Agency crew leader Kurt Austin, an investigation into the sudden deaths of rare whales leads him to the Mexican coast. Meanwhile, in South America's lush hills, a specially assigned NUMA crew turns up the white-goddess legend -- and a murderous cadre of bio-pirates intent on stealing medicinal secrets worth millions. Soon Austin and his crew realize they're working the opposite ends of the same grand scheme. A California agribusiness tycoon is poised to rise to power by monopolizing the earth's depleted freshwater reserves and dominate the world.

Austin has a hunch the mythical tribal goddess may be the key to locating a secret formula that could turn seawater into fresh. But with each step into the bush, he and his NUMA team feel like fish out of water -- and must fight a trail of enemies through a dense jungle of treachery and murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743467186
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: NUMA Files Series , #2
Pages: 416

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 Adventure: The 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.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am quite puzzled at the negative reviews of this, the 2nd Kurt Austin adventure. For my money, it may not be 100% equal to your average Dirk Pitt treasure, but I'd have to say it comes pretty close. I was as skeptical as any other Dirk Pitt fan when I first saw 'Serpent' a little over a year ago, but I had to remember that Cussler had never failed me before, so I took the gamble on Kurt Austin novel #1 and I was incredibly glad I did. 'Blue Gold', like 'Serpent' continues the tried-and-true Cussler formula. Somewhere is a really bad guy--or in this case, a bad girl--who has plans on doing something that will tragically effect the entire planet, in this case, control arguably the most valuable resource on the planet outside of oxygen: WATER. Kurt Austin & his trusty sidekick, Joe Zavala end up as Dirk & Al usually do, knee-deep in the mess, quite by accident. But once into it, they cannot stop themselves from rushing headlong into the conspiracy. The Amazon connection as well as the missing WWII spy plane added a great deal of thrills to an already winning plot. For those who just CANNOT get past this not being a Dirk Pitt adventure should do this: every time you see the name Kurt, just substitute Dirk and the same goes for exchanging Al for every time you see the name Joe...by doing this, you can hardly tell the difference between these books and one featuring the Special Projects Director of the National Underwater & Marine Agency. Again, there are those who cannot (or will not) attempt to do this, but for my money, I'll take a Cussler novel just about any way I can get it, and if a Kurt Austin tale quenches my adventure thirst while waiting for Dirk & Co. to make another trip to the bookstore, I just see it as a good thing all around. Also, for those who enjoy Clive Cussler's style of writing, check out one of Jack Du Brul's books. He is soon becoming the new master of adventure fiction.
bayard More than 1 year ago
I Liked this book because there is nonstop action from the beginning. Even when it slows down it really held my attention. Also a very diverse storyline and not all action. Has a good plot and the characters are well defined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story keeps on going...can't put the book down. It's a must for the thrill seeker, looking for the next event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is yet another example of why I keep coming back to Cussler when I want a good book to read
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I spent good money on this book and what a waste of my time. Cheap plots and subplots cannot begin to tell you how bad this book really is. I guess Cussler was ill or something when this was written and published. Certainly not worthy of his name. Or of my time much less my money.
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Had a hard time putting this one down....
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I have read eleven books by Mr. Cussler. They are the best. I can recomend any of his books to readers of all ages.
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Gjake More than 1 year ago
Blue Gold is a very good read , never a dull moment and always suspenseful right to the end. As with all of Cussler's books a page turner and hard to put down.
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