Sahara (Dirk Pitt Series #11)

Sahara (Dirk Pitt Series #11)

by Clive Cussler
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Sahara (Dirk Pitt Series #11) by Clive Cussler

While searching for a treasure on the Nile River, Dirk Pitt thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world's seas. Racing to save the world from catastrophe, Pitt and his team comb the desert for clues...only to find a gold mine manned by slaves--one that uncovers the truth behind two enduring mysteries: the fate of a Civil War ironclad and its secret connection with Lincoln's assassination, and the last flight of a long-lost female pilot. Now, amidst the shifting sands of the Sahara, Dirk Pitt will make a desperate stand--in a battle the world cannot afford to lose!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416513414
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #11
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author


Clive Cussler’s
life nearly parallels that of his hero, Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he has garnered an amazing record of success. With his NUMA crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty lost ships of historic significance.

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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Sahara 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I saw the trailer for the movie. I have the tendency to read the books before the movies come out just to see how different the books will be. The movie didn't even compare to the book. A must read for an adventure seeker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sahara has almost everything from a perfect book: It's funny, action packed and has some romance in there. It's starts off addicting enough with and iron clad warship and Kitty Mannock. Sahara is definitly one of the best Dirk Pitt books. The only real complaint I have is the legnth of the book. I felt it could have been shorter by about 40 pages. As usual the ending scene with the rescue is pure Cussler. Meaning that when all hope seems lost Al or Dirk find a way to kick more butt and win. The best part of Sahara is that it appeals to about everyone. Action nuts, Adventure freaks, Political conspiracy lovers. It's got about it all. It's a roller coaster ride that everyone should take a ride on! It's the 3rd best Pitt book and gets a five out of five.
axyrcab More than 1 year ago
Great story. Plot developed well.
Snarklesta More than 1 year ago
This is the first Clive Cussler book I ever read, I was 12. I loved it then, and I love it now. It's one of the few books I can read over and over again. It does start out a little slow in the beginning, but if you stick it out it more than compensates. It's 384973483 times better than the movie. Had to throw that out there.
JBG6000 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book like I enjoy most of Clive Clusslers books I have read. I enjoyed being able to compare to the movie and I understand why Clive Cussler was pissed the movie is very different. I am glad to have it in my collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Al of his books that I have read so far have been the greatest, this make the fifth book so far. I hope Clive never runs out of material.
zdunc More than 1 year ago
This is the best clive custler book written yet. I reccomend it to anyone who can read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read alot of books from Clive Cussler and for every book that he has wrote always took my mind and thoughts to the character's that are portrayed. This book 'Sahara' had me going. The more I read the more exciting it got. The plot was difficult and at times I had to go back and read again just to understand and thats where to me make a great story line. I've read this book two times. This is really a great book. I say that people should read this. This book is well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sahara is a fast paced action packed adventure book that will keep your eyes glued to it until the very end. Dirk Pitt is our fearless hero who pits himself up against many dangers and enemies. He and his friend Al Giordino discover a horrible secret that is leaking out of a top secret environmental establishment that endangers the existence of mankind. The characters in Sahara are very round and three dimensional. This book deals with the theme of doing what's right in the name of humanity and justice. Clive Clussler also bases Sahara on the classic battle of good versus evil. The plot of the book is complex with a lot of twists that makes Sahara a very enjoyable book to read. The subplots of the book with Admiral Sandecker and other side characters add a flavor of diplomacy and politics to the action based book. Clive Clussler uses vivid descriptions to make the environment come alive. Sahara is an incredible book that will make your heart beat faster as you are swallowed up by the world of Dirk Pitt. There are very few and vague references of sex in the book, so this might disturb young children reading the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in action adventure books. I guarantee you that this book will satisfy anyone who have a passion to read. 5Q For Clive Cussler's book Sahara, I would give it a 5 for quality because the book has a very interesting and complex plot. The book flows smoothly together. Lots of rich and round characters that fit perfectly together in Sahara. Very descriptive setting which makes emotions come alive. 4P For Clive Cussler's book Sahara, I would give it a 4 for popularity because it is an exciting and fast paced action adventure book. Anyone with a taste for action adventure novels would love this book. He uses around an eighth-ninth grade level vocabulary, so most young adults would be able to understand it. Sahara is a great and addictive book whom people with appeals to a broad audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my tenth Clive Cussler I've read and it's just didn't seem to be up to par with the others I've read. Some parts of the book didn't need to be there and just added to the length. Other than that a good Dirk Pitt novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Clive Cussler for years and books like Sahara are why. Ever page is so good it practically turns itself as Dirk Pitt fights the modern good vs. evil battle. If you are a fan of intellegent, explosive action, you too will fall in love with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that I chose to get into the Dirk Pitt Saga after the movie came out and everybody started reading Cussler novels. This book, however, was my first expierience with Dirk Pitt and it has undoubtedly sparked a life long romance. The character of Pitt is slightly James Bond, while the story is very Indiana Jones, except with more action, more romance, and a lot more fun! Cussler is basically Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find that the book is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone despite the poor ending, which was very sad, it felt like he got bored and just wanted to finish the book. If you liked any of Dan Brown¿s books you will love Clive Clusser¿s books. It is a very fast paced book with many twists and turns and will keep you glued to your seat. I would free up a weekend, grab some coffee, Sahara and strap your self in for a great ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. It was great. I found out that the movie Sahara was based off of this book and just had to read it. Now I know why Matthew McConaughey begged Clive Clusser for two years just to play Dirk Pitt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read sahara and it was great! I had been reading a lot of Tom Clancy and heard that Clive Cussler was pretty good. Then I saw the preveiws for the movie sahara and thought:that loks good. when I was at Costco I saw a copy of Sahara and that it was writen by clive cussler so I gave it a try. It was better than the hunt for red october, patriot games, clear and present danger and cardnal of the cremlin!! Since then I have read some of the other books in the series, Treasure, Valhala Rising, Trojan Odesy and I am currently reading Dragon. This is, in my opinion, the best Clive cussler book EVER. I have tried reading some of his Kurt Austin books but Sahara is better. Packed With ancient Confederate ironclads, exploding helicopters, land yacts and the witty humor and expresions of Dirk Pitt and lifelong, gungho freind Al Giordino Sahara has everything except burning garbage trucks (pronounced gor-Di-no or Gi-or-di-no or something like that)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I appreciate your kindness...", Abraham Lincoln says as he boards the Confederate Ironclad in shackles. Another time period, Kitty Mannock flies blindly into a sandstorm, crashing and inevitably perishing in the harsh desert. Dirk Pitt, macho man, enjoys a swim. He spots two assassins try to kil an Eva Rojas, UN scientist. He kills them and learns of a horrible disease spreading through Africa that turn men into cannibals, who kill and eat their own family. These three subplots tie in together in this laughter filled, tear jerking, and action packed novel by Clive Cussler. -Alex B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Published Book Review of Sahara Sahara written by Clive Cussler is the eleventh in his series of Dirk Pitt adventure-fiction books. From the very beginning, I found that 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.  The book starts out with a scene in 1865, where a Confederate iron-clad named the “Texas” takes  an unknown prisoner aboard and fights its way through the federal blockade, then vanishes into the Atlantic. It then abruptly skips to another scene in 1931 where an Australian aviatrix Kitty Mannock goes missing mysteriously in the middle of the Sahara while making an attempt to fly from London to  Capetown. These events are only the start though, as Cussler works his magic of mystery even further. Suddenly it’s 1995 as the main character Dirk Pitt is called to find a Pharaoh’s funeral barge buried at the bottom of the River Nile. However this is just the start, as Pitt and his partner Al Giordino embark on a thrilling series of problems and enigmas. We follow them through the many plot twists,  from dealing with a horrible disease ripping through Africa to finding the source of unprecedented pollution, that may ruin the oceanic ecosystem as a whole.  Of course, there has to be a villain or this wouldn't be a Dirk Pitt save-the-world adventure, as we find out this time it's a French billionaire named Yves Massarde, along with local African connection General Zateb Kazim. Together they basically represent everything corrupt and bad that anyone could ever think of, making it very easy to root for Dirk Pitt and company to solve all of the conundrums that  they face in the book. This is the third book in the Dirk Pitt series that I have read up to this point, and I have found them all equally great. Sahara specifically though, is not the book for you if you are looking for a serious, extremely realistic novel. It is a purely a fun and exciting book to read, but also entirely fictional, and a real life equivalent would be not even remotely believable. A ton of totally unrelated events must fall  into place perfectly for Dirk Pitt to miraculously save the world as we know it. Nevertheless, it is still an  enjoyable dramatic novel that is great for reading in your spare time. I know I will be starting the next edition in the series shortly, and would encourage anyone looking for an amusing book to pick up a  copy of Sahara. 
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