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Ghost Ship (The NUMA Files) Hardcover – May 27, 2014

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Praise for Ghost Ship

“Electrifying…Cussler delivers all the usual twists and turns on the way to an explosive climax.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for the NUMA Files novels of Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Devil’s Gate is a breathtakingly suspenseful, wildly inventive, enjoyable thriller. Hard-core fans will snap it up.” -Library Journal
“Cussler and Brown deliver nonstop action in Zero Hour. The most exciting NUMA Files novel in the series!” -Associated Press

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Mayan Secrets, Mirage, and The Bootlegger. He lives in Arizona and Colorado.
Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and the coauthor, with Cussler, of Devil’s Gate, The Storm, and Zero Hour. A pilot and an attorney, he lives in Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Series: The NUMA Files (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reviewer on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler is the twelfth book in the bestselling National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) Files series. Co-written with Graham Brown, this installment of the series is set in the USA, North Korea, South Korea and a few African countries. With Dirk Pitt saddled as the head of NUMA, the action has shifted to Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala. and the husband-wife team of Paul and Gamay Trout as the main players.

Believing that Sienna Westgate may still be alive, waiting to be found, Kurt Austin goes in search of her, taking him to various countries and continents. Sienna, his long-lost love, is believed to have died when her family’s yacht sunk in the Indian Ocean. But there are reasons to hope that she may still be alive. However, he soon uncovered an entrenched and vast web of human trafficking, cybercrime and suspicious accidents. And Kurt, aided by his friends, must get to the bottom of it if he is to know with certainty the fate of Sienna Westgate.

Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler is full of suspense, fast-paced, exciting and totally enjoyable, and fans of the NUMA Files series will find the latest addition a great reading escape.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2014
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I always get excited when a new Clive Cussler novel is coming out. But I ask myself, "Can he do it again and pull off another fascinating story?" I also ask myself, "What Global Topic hasn't he covered?"

Well, here it comes. The world has grown so dependent on computer systems that we don't fully understand just how vulnerable that can really make us. We all know that hackers are out there and they are stealing identities from people every day and ruining credit scores and lives.

But what if the hackers were to actually hack a "Government" and steal that "Government's" identity? How devastating could that really be, and is it really possible.

Add to that some detective work, some advance bioengineering issues and you have a novel that is fun to read, fast paced and typical Cussler good times.

Kurt Austin is struggling as we start the book. He has appeared to have an emotional melt down. He is seeing a psychiatrist to try and get himself back in the game. Really, come on, Kurt Austin? He is our hero of hero's, how can he have a mental breakdown. But it is true and those around him are concerned about his ability to function.

Throw into the mix that he answers a rescue call for a ship in distress to discover that it is an old love, Sienna, who is on the ship with her husband and their children. When he and Zavala get there the boat is sinking. He goes aboard (in a huge storm) to try and effect a rescue. But all he does is see the floating body of what is most likely one of Sienna's children. He then is knocked out cold and has to be rescued himself.

When he comes to, he accepts the fact that Sienna is dead and moves on. But is that true Kurt Austin fashion?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beck on July 4, 2014
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I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read a Clive Cussler novel, it is right up my alley – military/scientific action taking place predominantly at sea. I love all books that discuss the sea – I have always been bored by fighter jets, but intrigued by submarines and warships. And Ghost Ship certainly had nautical themes in spades. Despite not reading any of the previous books in this series, I could still relate to the characters, and mentions of backstory were small or simply inconsequential things that didn’t jump out to someone who hadn’t read any of the older books.

The plot is action packed, and far fetched (just how I like my military thrillers, thankyou.), and there was a sprinkling of humour and morality that just lifted the story. The plot was quite easy to follow, and even though the turns weren’t surprising, the journey was thorougly enjoyable.

The characters were a good ensemble cast, which is suprising as these books usually have one ‘hero’ character. It’s nice to see people working as a TEAM!. My personal favourite character of this novel was Duke – everytime he said something, I laughed out lout. Especially when things were in a bit of a crisis state.

I am unable to compare this book to any other Cussler novels, as previously mentioned, this is my first foray into his works, but it was enjoyable enough reading experience. Maybe when I have hunted out some of the older Cusslers I will be able to see how different this book is his, when compared to his standalone works.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Goyette on June 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The last half dozen or so books of Cussler's had, in my opinion, been something of a disappointment. This book, however, is as good as I remember Cussler being! I loved how they worked the "ghost ship" into the story and how one of the "bad guys" turned out to be just a "lost soul", taken advantage of and made to believe that she was evil. In the end, she showed her true colors, helping Austin and Zavala to save the day. The story behind the "ghost ship" is intriguing as well and the made up ending fits perfectly, making you wonder if something similar really did happen to the ship. Who knows? Maybe someday we'll find out the truth. I highly recommend this book, as I finished it practically in one day. I just couldn't put it down! One of the best Cussler books I've read in quite a while!
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