Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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Lost City 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
DerMeister More than 1 year ago
This book is one in a series that retells the adventurous exploits of Cussler's dashing protagonist Kurt Austin. The plot of this book is a decidedly dynamic one. In fact, it is probably a little too dynamic for my tastes. The overall scheme of the chain of events is exceedingly busy and a little bit on the frantic side. The epic scale of the setting allows it to encompass a wide variety of locales, such as the Greek Peloponnese, the Scottish Orkneys, and even the French Alps. This is largely due to a sporadic branching of sub-plots in the exposition that links several seemingly isolated events to a single disturbing conspiracy involving a wealthy family named Fauchard and their sinister attempts to stage a cover-up of their unspeakable atrocities. Given there are multiple elements of this novel, such as genetically-engineered monsters and a secret quest for immortality, that keep it an interesting read, it becomes a trifle difficult to remember the plethora of names and places that compose the bulk of the story's content chapter by chapter. There are also several instances where the suspense can literally boil you down to a cold sweat, such as the pursuit and eventual kidnapping of Professor Maclean, but most of the thrills in this book aren't as subtle as sparse cat-and-mouse affairs like this one. An obstacle I found particularly disheartening was the necessity to have read previous Cussler novels to understand aspects of this segment of the greater story line. I couldn't help but feel like I was running smack into a variety of nuances that where meant to be detected by a veteran aficionado of the series. Some details, like the relationship between Austin and his female counterpart/colleague Skye were left almost exclusively to inference. On the other hand, though there was something to be desired in clarity for certain parts; I'd be lying if I said you don't get utterly hooked after the first ten pages. In summation, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone new to the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lost City is the best of the Kurt Austin books published to date - but still not as good as the 'vintage' Cussler Dirk Pitt stories. Still, if you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, you should find it with Lost City.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lost City is a novel of a mixture of suspense, hope, and treachery. This is a ¿Can¿t put down `til I¿m done¿ type of book. This story deals with the troubles and obstacles that the main character, Kurt Austin deals with as a part of the NUMA agency. Creating a tremendous theme, the author, Clive Cussler, also sets up the characters characteristics that all falls into place. The riveting and heart pounding action keeps you focused to every detail of the book. The need for wanting to know what happens next will keep your head in the book. Cussler¿s realism of events in the book will have you thinking that things in the novel can possibly be real. The theme of this novel is how good almost always triumphs over the seeds of evil and not to underestimate the desperation and the science if in the hands of evildoers. The novel not only tells us about these things but also gives us examples throughout the story of everyday advantages we have in life. The significance of the main character, Kurt Austin, is to be the protagonist in the novel and create trust in other characters to follow his actions. He also takes on the responsibility of protecting another character in the story possibly for his feelings or that character may be a burden. A major conflict in the novel is when the main character faces his nemesis for the second time face to face that end up in a dramatic turn of events and leaves the reader shocked. This conflict is the climax of the novel and ends up at the living quarters of the antagonist. In the novel, the author uses metaphors to announce the beauty of the antagonist as an eclipse because it¿s beautiful and ugly at the same time. He doesn¿t use a lot of verbal irony in this story. It uses a lot of dramatic irony. The significant quote in the novel is when Kurt Austin tells the adversary that the ¿bigger they are the harder they fall.¿ He talks about the family of the Fauchards
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been reading CC for 25 years and the Numa files are just plain terrible. Period!
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I had this audio book in my car to listen to while I drove around running errands.  Like in CD form...so old school ;).  I love to have a book to listen to.  This was one I could leave in my car and now have to remember to take my ipod every time I left the house. I didn't realize it was a series, and just happened to see it at my mothers house, and took it to listen to.  If I missed anything from it being  #5 in a series, then I didn't know it.  It worked well as a stand alone in my opinion.  Although I can see where the next book will be taking me. This was an enjoyable listen.  It was a pretty exciting book.  Kurt Austin is like 007.  He is good at everything, and can escape any situation ;).   This story is about greed, money, and a buried body.  Yup buried body.  In ice!  I thought the book would all be about Atlantis because of the name.  Atlantis is mentioned but that isn't what this part of the story was about in particular.   When out on a mission for NUMA in the French Alps, during one of his dives he finds something that looks like a airplane in the ice.  Meanwhile at the power plant where another team was doing some research they found a body in the ice.  They freed the helmet that the man in the ice must have been wearing and a box holding some papers. When the discovery was found a team of reporters was called in to witness this wonderful discovery.  During the filming of what the team had found a man walks in with a gun and takes the box away from them and floods the tunnels. Now it is a fight for survival.  You would think that is where the action stops but no.  There is more going on, on the surface that goes along with the discovery this team had made. One of the women on the research team was able to conceal the helmet they found and took it to antique dealer to see if he could help her find out the age of the helmet, and exactly what it was made of. This is where Kurt and his gal encounter problem, after life threatening problem. The story moves well, and the narrator was awesome.  There were many twists and turns, but I felt like it ended well.  I can see where the next Kurt Austen adventure will take us.  It was exciting to listen to, and sometimes when I got home I would just sit in my car for just one more chapter ;).    I had never heard of this series before until I saw it lying on my moms counter.  I think I will have to look into getting the rest on audio book....or maybe even CD...I know going old school again ;). I am glad I picked it up because I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.  I hope the narrator is the same for the other books, because I really liked him. Source:  I borrowed this from my mother.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
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