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Black Wind (A Dirk Pitt Adventure Book 18) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

About halfway through this rip-snorting adventure thriller, a "white-haired man" rescues heroes Dirk Pitt Jr. and his sister, Summer, from death by drowning. That man is revealed to be author Cussler (Trojan Odyssey, etc.), reminding Dirk of "an older version of his own father," legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt, hero of Cussler's previous novels. Just as the primary action baton is passed in this tale from Pitt Sr. to Jr., readers may note that Cussler's coauthor is his own son. But even if Cussler is beginning to pass on his writing baton, he's doing so with panache: thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land- and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details on matters from biochemical weapons "chimeras" to rocket launches. The villain is a South Korean industrialist working for the North Koreans with an eye toward unifying Korea by ridding the country of American troops, allowing for an invasion of the South. His plan is to aim a sea-borne rocket filled with a combo of deadly viruses at Los Angeles, with clues laying blame on Japanese terrorists, thus distracting America while the North makes its move. But villain and modus operandi matter less than the series of exciting hairbreadth escapes wrought by Dirks Jr. and Sr. and Summer—including Dirk Sr.'s escape from being poached alive in a minisub trapped underneath massive rocket boosters spewing an inferno of flames. There's a slight, nasty gloss of "yellow peril" on the villain and his actions, and it's only the Americans who greet likely death with a grin and a quip, but that's a minor knock on some major entertainment that's bound toward the top of the charts.
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Adult/High School–Two Japanese submarines loaded with deadly chimera virus head for the west coast of the United States during the waning days of World War II but are sunk before ever endangering the coast. Sixty years later, South Korean industrialist Kang learns of their whereabouts and tests the deadly potion on some animals and a few people in Alaska. When the death reports start coming in, research sends Dirk Pitt, the younger; his sister; his crew from NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency); Dirk Pitt, the elder; and other forces on a race against time to prevent Kang from unleashing the virus. He dreams of creating a frenzy of blame between the countries for such an attack even as he takes joy in the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in agony. The Cusslers provide a high tide of ocean-based adventure and creepy bad guys. Featuring plenty of intense action, the plot fairly runs across the pages, with even the quieter moments full of intrigue. Lots of historical facts and science thread their way into the story, giving it a sense of realism. Filled with submarines, technical discussions on all sorts of ocean machinery, and some facts about chimera viruses, the novel provides some basic knowledge of bioterrorism. As always, the Pitts remain steadfast and true leaders, and the story leaves readers eager for their next adventure.–Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 556 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (June 6, 2006)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YNU28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), 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.
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. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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Format: Hardcover
Clive, the senior Cussler, and Dirk, the junior Cussler, have written a rip-rollicking tale about Dirk the Elder, Dirk the Younger, and Summer the Daughter. It's Manly Man Reading when Father and Son write about Fathers and Sons.

Even though I'm being funny, this is a fun, enjoyable book. Cussler Sr. wrote the first part of the book, and Cussler Jr. picked up where he left off and finished the book. The two authors meld seamlessly. There are no jarring exchanges where you can tell that one or the other is writing.

Like most of Cussler's books, dark deeds from the past well up to infiltrate the present. Here, the three folks from NUMA (Dirk, Dirk, and Summer) must foil a bio-plot that has its roots in WWII. It's a little slight, which is why it doesn't get a higher star rating, but at least it's fun.

Even though this is the latest in a long series of NUMA books, each one stands alone. You can pick up any one of them and not be lost. "Black Wind" is no exception.

Jim Yodrick
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Format: Hardcover
In December 1944, Captain Miyoshi Horinouchi, staff operations officer of the Japanese Imperial Navy Sixth Fleet, informs Lieutenant Commander Ogawa of Submarine I-403 of a change of assignment. Instead of patrolling the Philippines, he is to "escort' a special guest from the Kure Naval Base in Japan to the "enemy's doorsteps". The civilian Dr. Jisaichi Tanaka of the Army Medical College has found a devastating biological agent that will bring the Americans to their knees begging for peace. If he fails on this mission, Japan will inevitably lose the war as the Battle of the Pacific is all but over since the recent fleet devastation at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. However neither this sub nor a companion ever made it to its intended target.

In 2007 a South Korean knows where the subs sank and has plans for uniting his country by distracting the Americans with the launching of the deadly biological cargo on Los Angeles. Only Dirk Pitt Sr. and his adult children Jr. and Summer along with his crew from the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) stand in the way of success.

This is typical Clive Cussler fare starting with a historical naval moment expanded into an exhilarating base for a strong contemporary watery thriller in which the action is everything. Dirk is aging gracefully (my knees hurt just reading about his adventures), but the torch as with the authors seem to be moving on one knot at a time to the next generation. BLACK WIND is an exciting tale that is like all the NUMA novels worth an oceanic adventure trek that takes enthralled readers merrily to the Pitts.

Harriet Klausner
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When I saw that this was a "Dirk Pitt" book by Clive I was really looking forward to reading it (even though it has Clive's son as co-author).

Well, it turned out not to be that great.

The book started out in the old Clive Cussler tradition of interesting narrative history, that really grabs your attention, then it quickly went down hill from there.

First, it's not a Dirk Pitt book, it's a Dirk Pitt Jr book.

Second, unlike Cusslers past (distant past) Dirk Pitt books where every page is "hang by your fingernails" story telling, this book rambles on and on, interesting in some spots, but slow and tedious in most areas. Better than the Paul Kemprecos "Kurt Austin" collaborations, but far below Cusslers other Dirk Pitt books.

Those familiar with Cusslers style of writing will see that this book was NOT written by Clive Cussler (at least not in total).

The action comes in spurts, there is too much "dead space" between the action, and the interaction between Dirk Jr & Summer is pale compared to Dirk Sr and Al.

The last "true" Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt book was "Valhalla Rising".

All the other Cussler books since then (including this one) have obviously been written in large part by other authors.

The move from Dirk Sr & Al, to Dirk jr. and Summer (his sister) has not added ANY positives to the books and indeed, has taken away the chemistry that made them so enjoyable.

Cussler has obviously turned over the Dirk Pitt "NUMA" franchise to other far less capable writers.

I just wish that the publisher would stop trying to "sucker" Cussler fans into buying the books by simply sticking his name on them.
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I've been reading Clive Cussler books since I was 12 years old. I loved Raise the Titanic, as improbable and silly as it was. I guess that's what made it, and all of Cussler's books, so much fun.

Cussler has his ups and downs and Black Wind is certainly a down-arguably one of the worst books in the Dirk Pitt series. Perhaps it's unfair to criticize this book when many of its faults are actually a long time tradition in Cussler's writings.

Is it really a spoiler if every single one of Clive Cussler's books has the same plot devices? Well, let's just say that if Black Wind is the first Cussler book you've ever read, then don't continue.

Black Wind starts with the same, recycled plot straight from the Clive Cussler cookie-cutter plot factory. A beautiful (but intelligent) damsel in distress is rescued by Dirk Pitt (after she looks into his dreamy green eyes). Next there's a car chase involving some sort of vintage vehicle and finally Pitt defeats an evil megalomaniac. In Black Wind Dirk Pitt Sr. is now head of NUMA and his son, Dirk Jr., has taken over his father's job as head of special projects. Cussler, never much on character development, doesn't put any work into making Dirk Jr. anything but a perfect clone of his father. Right from his features, to his old-fashioned wise-cracking to his love of antique automobiles. Couldn't Clive Cussler have given the younger Pitt just *one* character trait not shared by his father?

I suppose Cussler's bad writing, too, has worn on me over the years. Every line of dialogue is inevitably followed by a bad quip that would make James Bond wince. And the same tired clichés such as "he grinned demonically" or "on a one way trip toward evil." Cussler's writing can be competent at times.
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