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Product Details

  • Series: The Numa Files (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167317
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (782 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Great suspense and imaginative story line.
Thomas Triplett
One of those books I didn't want to put down after I started reading it.
Anonymous
The story was good, interesting and fast paced.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 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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12 of 14 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beck on July 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler and Graham Brown bring to life this latest Kurt Austin adventure from the NUMA Files, enticing readers with a prologue set in 1909 in Durban, South Africa. Chief Inspector Robert Swan of the Durban Police Department and his men have traced the notorious Klaar River Gang to a remote farmhouse. To their astonishment, the building is on fire, flames shooting into the dark sky. Shots soon ring out, and the lawmen duck for cover. They discover no outlaws shooting but hordes of ammunition igniting in the inferno. A massive explosion from within the house sends scraps of confetti fluttering to earth. The paper pieces, some bundled together, prove to be thousands of British 10-pound notes, presumably the loot from the Gang’s last bank robbery.

From the puzzling turn-of-the-century scene, Cussler and Brown’s tale advances to a bay off the coast of Mozambique in 1987. A fishing trawler spots a small wooden dinghy, badly weathered and drifting. With his craft now roped to the dinghy, visions of treasure cross the captain’s mind. But once aboard, his crew uncovers the bodies of a young woman and two boys, dead with signs that they had been held captive. Markings etched on its wooden hull indicate that the small boat may have come from a bygone era.

Cussler and Brown skillfully move forth into the present day, when NUMA crew members Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala fly on board a rescue helicopter on a mission to offer assistance to vessels floundering in the Indian Ocean in a raging storm off South Africa. When the Ethernet, an American luxury yacht belonging to Internet billionaire Brian Westgate, is located, it’s about to turn over. Westgate is believed to be on board with his wife, Sienna, and two children. Sienna is a world-famous computer programmer and Austin’s former love.
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