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Devil's Gate (The NUMA Files) Hardcover – November 14, 2011

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Book 9 of 13 in the NUMA Files Series

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“Cussler's latest is the most breathtakingly suspenseful, wildly inventive, enjoyable thriller in the ‘NUMA Files’ series to date!”—Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Kingdom and The Race. He lives in Arizona.
Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun. A pilot and an attorney, he lives in Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Series: The NUMA Files
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399157820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157820
  • ASIN: 0399157824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Marcus A. Lewis VINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By MED on 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 By Yodapop6 on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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