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Devil's Gate (NUMA Files series Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Graham Brown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The “action-packed” (Publishers Weekly) new novel in the New York Times bestselling Kurt Austin Adventures…

A Japanese cargo ship bursts into flames near the Azores, and a gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster—but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? Is it connected to the kidnapping of a top scientist from the streets of Geneva? Or the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the seafloor?

As Austin and the rest of the NUMA® team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginable audacious plan to extort the world’s major nations.

The penalty for refusal? The destruction of the world’s greatest cities. Starting with Washington, D.C....

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The guy I read -- Tom Clancy Clive Cussler is hard to beat Daily Mail Unquestionably entertaining Daily Express Delivers what it promises Financial Times

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt(R) adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA(R) Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as The Jungle; the Isaac Bell adventures, which began with The Chase; and the highly successful new series - the Fargo adventures. He lives in ArizonaDirk Cussler, an MBA from Berkeley, worked for many years in the financial arena, and now devotes himself full-time to writing. He is the co-author with Clive Cussler of Crescent Dawn, Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, and Arctic Drift. He lives in Arizona.Find out more about the world of Clive Cussler by visiting:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RDHM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Made it to page 81 and asked myself why . . . November 22, 2011
I am a Clive Cussler fan - but Clive Cusssler apparently little involved with the writing of the books bearing his name.

There have been eight prior Kurt Austin adventures written with Paul Kemprecos. Now no one really knows how these collaborations work, but the Kurt Austin books have been pretty good. If you've read the Dirk Pitt series (22 in all) you have a feeling for Clive Cussler solo - and with his son, Dirk Cussler, as a co-author (very different).

Cussler's trademark is high-flying plots that strain the reader's willingness to believe. But when Cussler is telling the story, he builds strong heroic characters and his story telling skills are powerful enough to pull the reader through.

In "Devil's Gate", Cussler seems to be entirely absent. The plot is outlandish - and Graham Brown's story telling is simply inadequate. The characters, including hero Kurt Austin, parody their roles in earlier books. The dialog of the bad guys seems to have come together from an accident involving refrigerator magnets. The plot and action quickly move from outlandish to bizarre to completely unbelievable - and I only made it to page 81.

The last Isaac Bell adventure, the fourth in the series after three excellent books, fell on its face as well.

A prolific author with 48 books to his credit, there's going to be a cropper or two. It seems that Cussler is trying to build a factory or farm system to up the number of titles he has in print, which in turn will increase his revenue. Apparently he is farming more and more of the actual writing out to others and, I think, the plotting as well.

The result has been more titles with the Clive Cussler name on them and, in my opinion, weaker stories.

"Devil's Gate" just doesn't make it for me. By page 81, nothing was believable and the characters - familiar from earlier books - felt like parodies.

Not up to what I expect of Cussler.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open the gates November 15, 2011
Kurt Austin returns in a brand new adventure from the NUMA Files. We last saw Austin and Zavala in "Medusa" (6/09). This time around Clive Cussler has a new co-author Graham Brown. Together the two storytellers attempt to pump new blood into a waning franchise. I will miss Paul Kemprecos' contribution to the series, but the move will hopefully prove to be a beneficial one. Having said that, it does not bode well for a novel when there is a proofreading error on the very first page (though instead of through)

"Devil's Gate" begins with the requisite prologue, set on the tarmac in Santa Maria, the Azores in 1951..a mysterious Russian passenger and his luggage are being spirited to the U.S. by an American pilot named Hudson. The passenger is shot before he can reboard the plane and is left for dead. Hudson is also hit and the "Connie" he's flying goes down in the Atlantic. If you are familiar with the Cussler template, you know this incident will eventually intrude on present-day events.

If you're a high-adventure enthusiast, give Cussler and Brown a nod. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this new-look addition to the NUMA Files.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Cussler ... you'll enjoy the book. November 14, 2011
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Cussler brings back Kurt Austin - dropped into a plot from an African dictator threatening the planet.

As most Cussler books do this one opens with a flashback, this time to 1951 when a plane with a suspicious cargo goes down near the Azores. Fast forward and a scientist for the Large Hadron Collider stages his own kidnapping. The scientist is drawn into the dictator's plan for a super weapon that will hold the world's superpowers hostage to his whim.

The dictator tests his weapon on a ship near where Austin's NUMA vessel is sailing. There is the "James Bondesque" quality of some of the characters, plot lines and dialogue - and credibility is strained. Cussler and collaborator Graham Brown add a little international romance as well. But if you enjoy Cussler's regular fare you will find this an enjoyable if "reality-stretching" good vs. evil story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New co-Author = New Life for Kurt Austin June 21, 2012
THE LOWDOWN: Wow. And I mean that in a good way. The Kurt Austin series has a new co-author who tones down the camp and doubles the adrenaline, and I think he is exactly what this series needed. After a number of lukewarm hit-or-miss adventures, the NUMA Files finally delivers a novel that really packs a wallop.

THE PLOT: Kurt Austin rescues the sole survivor of a ship that was mysteriously fried at sea, then raided by pirates. Days later, he discovers a magnetic anomaly known as the "Devil's Gate" during a mini-sub race off the coast of the Azores. From there Austin is pulled into a web of international scientific intrigue involving a belligerent West African dictator with a superweapon, Russian spies, and an old enemy from his CIA days.

THE PROS: Everything I disliked about the previous Austin stories has been improved upon, while the things I did like are still present. First and foremost, the characters feel human and much more three dimensional rather than cardboard cutouts with names slapped on them. Austin has a harder edge to him, he makes mistakes, and actually cares about himself and his friends dying, y'know, like a real person. Paul and Gamay suffer a particularly traumatic event, and have realistic psychological reactions to it, which caused me to actually care about them. The villains were good too. Austin's nemesis Andras is a believable, worthy enemy who tests him physically, intellectually, and emotionally at every turn. The author resists the temptation to make the African dictator an unfathomable monster and gives him realistic motives.

I liked the structure of the story. Brown and Cussler allow Austin to take the spotlight, while limiting Paul and Gamay to a smaller, yet pivotal, role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it was good. " For him that's a resounding recommendation
Bought this for my husband. I asked him to rate it... he said, "yeah, it was good." For him that's a resounding recommendation.
Published 1 day ago by Angela Beck Kalnins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
The story moves along with many twists and turns. The action is continual and makes you want to read the next pages.
Published 7 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Clive Cussler's books and this was no exception.
Published 9 days ago by P. Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good chewing gum for your brain......slowly getting tired of the same stuff book after book
Published 1 month ago by jack niewolski
5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a great movie!
Typical Clive! His attention to detail and mix of new technology is unmatched! Would love to see this in a theatre!
Published 1 month ago by Mark L
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to Gouge My Eyes Out
Overall I have to say I was severely disappointed. This book looked good when I first picked it up-- With the Azores and Japan, what could go wrong? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Red Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy his stories
I have been reading Clive Cussler books for years. I really enjoy his stories.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Grego
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cussler is always a home run.
Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Karigan Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual Clive Cussler has excelled himself. Without a ...
As usual Clive Cussler has excelled himself. Without a doubt he is a master storyteller . A masterful plot full of suspense and it keeps one riveted right up to the end.
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Cussler too expensive!!!!!
At that price I would buy it ..... If I was able to!! For some unknown reason it's not available to purchase from NZ using kindle iPad app. Hard copy to buy here is $35.
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