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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt Adventure Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Dirk Cussler
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.





Editorial Reviews

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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From School Library Journal

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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  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 6, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YNU28
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clive and Dirk write Dirk and Dirk August 9, 2006
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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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating NUMA oceanic adventure thriller October 31, 2004
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is the Pitts . . . March 12, 2005
Format:Hardcover
For the past couple of decades the arrival of a new book from a select group of authors always raised my hopes and expectations: Forsyth, Follett, Higgins, MacDonald Fraser, and Cussler among them.

Some but not all of these writers have managed to keep their minds clear and their stories interesting and entertaining. The first to lose his touch was Jack Higgins, whose hack comic book stories about the unbelievable Sean Dillon are an embarrassment.

Now it would appear it is the turn of Clive Cussler to disappoint. 'Black Wind' is a pale shadow of the early Dirk Pitt stories, where the unimaginable seemed possible. Anyone here remember 'Raise the Titanic'? The only thing unimaginable about 'Black Wind' is getting through the book without taking it back for a refund. Happily I got mine from the library and I am only out the tedious hours wasted on reading it.

Dirk Pitt the Lesser is as weak a character as Dirk Cussler is a writer. The story is long, over-complicated, and full to the brim with clichés and stilted, clumsy language.

None of the cliff-hanging events instil any sense of urgency - everyone knows the good guys will come out on top and the bad guys will lose, but the out-come is telegraphed so far in advance there're no surprises. So, who cares?

Years ago I had the pleasure of working with a world-class racing driver who made the decision to quit while still on top of his game, rather than risk exposure of waning abilities through years of deteriorating performances.

It would be nice if Clive Cussler went out a winner rather than pass the franchise along to his son who can only 'blot his copy book' as the Brits say.

Quit now, Clive, and let us remember you fondly. Don't let Dirk Pitt the Greater be ruined by Dirk Cussler the Lesser . . .
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I guess the rip-snorting tales have passed on.... January 27, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Ever since I read my first Clive Cussler novel while on an oil rig in the North Sea (sometime about 1978 or 1977 or so), I've been a Cussler enthusiast. I've only read the Cussler novels, not the commercialized versions with co-authors. They never seemed to have that spice that makes a Cussler novel whatever it is.

There is not another author for whom I would consistently shell out the cost of a hardback, then take the following day off from work just to read his novel. I've always thought Cussler that good.

His writing has never been, well, elegant. His prose has never been challenging or even slightly mind-bending. His grammar is at times thwarted or convoluted....but....

It's his stories. They have always captivated me. He has always told rip-snorting, exciting yarns.

Imagine my sadness when I bought this latest book at the San Francisco Airport bookstore (paying a premium, I might add, just because it is Mr. Cussler's name on the book) and took it with me on a business trip.

Not even the boredom of a hotel room could entice me to finish it. The novel had all the formula (Mr. Cussler, you've always used the old "formula writing") but none of the storytelling, yarn-stretching, fat-chewing, whopper-telling, enigma-engrossing whatever-it-is-that-makes-Clive-the-best sauce. It was gone. Left in it's place was dry turkey leftover from Thanksgiving, and that was months ago....

It was like returning to a favorite restaurant and discovering that they had lost the recipes that had made the place so compelling to begin with. A most depressing experience.

If Mr. Cussler or his son read these reviews, I hope they take note of this: First, Mr. Cussler, whatever your talent was, it was great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars You might want to skip this one unless you're trying to kill a lot of...
Years ago I was a fan, starting with "Raise the Titanic", but I think this one will be the last one I read of his/theirs. Read more
Published 6 days ago by JR
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've read all the Dirk Pitt stories, in order, and loved every one despite the formulaic writing. They were just darn fun. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bob Weirzba
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardy Boys Roll Over In Their Graves!
Having just finished Dark Wind I must admit I know nothing of the famous Dirk Pitt series of books. I picked up the hard cover copy (with exciting dust jacket) from a neighbors... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Daniel O'Connell
4.0 out of 5 stars good book!
This was a good one. More realistic than Sahara or the awesome one where they jumped the train. Good anyway!
Published 20 days ago by William Batie
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Shock, Another Great Book By Clive Cussler
Hey, it's by Clive Cussler. What's not to like. I have never read one of his books that I did not like, and I've read them all, including the non-fiction ones. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lawrence Maturo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another great adventure
Published 25 days ago by Geoff Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice read.
Published 26 days ago by rtcharger007
1.0 out of 5 stars Technically Boring.
Nice story, but a bit of a long winded read. There were dead spots with way too much boring technical information. I regretfully had to skim those areas of the book.
Published 1 month ago by DeAnna Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not enthralling
Not quite as gripping as other Clive Cussler books I have read, but entertaining none the less.
Published 1 month ago by Neil Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, as usual.
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Schlack
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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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