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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin (January 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0140297367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140297362
  • ASIN: B001KTMOH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Typical Clive Cussler novel.
There is great character development along with an interestingly intriguing story that will keep well entertained.
Joe Zika
The authors seemed to be following a formula but without the usual believable plot.
Donald M Wills

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler has done what some other accomplished writers have tried and failed to do. He started a new series that he co-authors, he has kept the quality of the reading very near that of his own books, and now they have gone from a paperback format to hardcover. The last step is a major one and speaks very well of the care this new series was created with. Other authors have tried the same diversification and they are not worth the soft cover format they were introduced with, and will never see the more expensive binding.
The central organization is the same; specifically NUMA, but the central character and the events he is involved in are stepped down from the more outrageous elements that sometimes turn a Dirk Pitt adventure into something akin to Indiana Jones. The famous bathtub escape comes to mind. The Pitt adventures have become classic in the genre and they make for great reading, they also have had occasion to go over the top at times. Kurt Austin is Dirk Pitt on a smaller scale. Austin collects antique dueling pistols while Dirk accumulates World War Two German Jets, railroad cars, and fantastically rare cars.
The idea of introducing a Romanov theme into a story is a gutsy decision for it has been used countless times, and in the majority of uses has become an overused cliché. Cussler and Paul Kemprecos handle the idea well, and while it is still a bit fantastic it does not cross the line in to storytelling that really is a pretty wild stretch to suspend disbelief.
I don't know the science of the Methane (Fire Ice), but again it strikes me as being credible. These books almost seem to take their cue from some of the countless ships that Mr. Cussler has located in real life, and which history will always owe him a debt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
See storyline above.
Kurt Austin returns for another adventure that's sure to keep you pumped till the last page.
When Cussler teams with Kemprecos, you get the Dirk Pitt clone known as Kurt Austin. An original character on his own but still as tough as they come. This time around Austin and his regular partners-including Joe Zavala-- must stop a Russian mad man, who claims to be a Romanov descendent, from destroying the United States and becoming the new Tsar of Russia.
I am never disappointed with a Clive Cussler novel. The entertainment value is unbeatable. The subjects he writes about are well researched, as are the locales (Black Sea, Istanbul). Even though the good guys always miraculously win, it's still darn good storytelling.
Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Aguilar on July 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler is an established author with a proven formula of success in his books. I love the way he takes a historical event, puts a twist on it and then works it into his story. I feel that this particular aspect adds a dash of credibility to his fantastic adventures. The book starts out in Odessa Russia when the Czars family is fleeing persecution from the Bolsheviks. Supposedly the family perishes in a ship while escaping through the Black Sea, but one of the girls survives and leaves the possibility for descendants. The villain of this adventure is a mining tycoon named Mikhail Razov who claims to be descended from the Romanovs. Razov hopes to claim world dominance by creating a series of tsunamis using an unstable methane hydrate compound called fire ice that would wipe out the United States coastlines. This action would weaken Russia's main opponent and leave him free to claim leadership of the Soviet Union and dictate world economic policy. In actuality, I found Razov to be a weak and boring character. His sidekick Boris actually made a better and more interesting villain. It was later revealed that Boris might have been descended from Rasputin himself so I think he would have made a much better antagonist.
Kurt Austin proves to be the same womanizing adventurer on the same caliber as Dirk Pitt. The two are very interchangeable. In this adventure, Kurt works in conjunction with one of his cold war enemies by the name of Viktor Petrov. Since the cold war has thawed out, Petrov is now very cooperative and has a new attitude toward the United States. They make a good team and their competitive relationship makes this novel more interesting. Kurt Austin also has a cast of supporting characters such as Joe Zavala, Paul Trout and Gamay.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is impossible NOT to notice the overwhelming similarities between the characters of Kurt Austin & Joe Zavala and Dirk Pitt & Al Giordino. As I read the first installment ('Serpent') I couldn't help but think if you substituted the name Dirk with Kurt, and Al for Joe, well, you pretty much had your basic Dirk Pitt adventure. I must admit that it bugged me -- at FIRST. Instead of collecting classic cars, Kurt had classic firearms...and other than that, the differences were slim & none. Al and Joe are virtual clones, too. Both are strong, both love the ladies, and both can sleep at the drop of a hat in almost any possible situation. Did I enjoy running around with Kurt & Joe as much as I did with Dirk & Al? Well I must admit that for the most part, the answer was YES. 'Serpent' was a slam-bang introduction into the life of our newest NUMA hero. While 'Blue Gold' wasn't as all-out entertaining, I have to say that 'Fire Ice' has been Cussler's best bet since 'Atlantis Found' (for ME anyway).
This adventure reads like something out of the Cold War ala Robert Ludlum, with an adventure twist that only Cussler could serve up. Russia is on the verge of collapse (actually I can't remember when they weren't...) and a wealthy Russian bad guy who claims royal ancestry with the tsars is poised to make the biggest coup since the Bolsheviks de-throned the original royal family back in the early part of the previous century. There seems to be only one thing standing in his way: The United States. He knows that a takeover of this magnitude can't possibly be ignored by the world's foremost superpower. So he arranges a few surprises in the form of the title of the book, 'Fire Ice'. Unstable pockets of explosive gas trapped in bedrock all over the globe under the seas and oceans.
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