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Sahara (Dirk Pitt) Library Binding – July 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785722513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785722519
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,730,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cussler's ( Raise the Titanic ) durable hero Dirk Pitt returns with Al Giordino, his amiable hulk of a sidekick, to save mankind from a greedy industrialist in cahoots with a despot and to solve a few historical riddles along the way. Dirk meets beautiful Eva Rojas, a World Health Organization team member inspecting a mysterious epidemic that has struck in the Sahara, when he interrupts an attempt on her life. Then the National Underwater and Marine Agency sends Pitt and Giordino up the Niger on a gunboat to find the source of a toxin that causes red tide organisms to reproduce out of control, threatening to poison the oceans and deplete the earth's oxygen supply. The pairalso in next sentence is captured by evil billionaire Yves Massarde and Mali's tyrannical despot Gen. Kazim, but they escape to find the source of the pollution at Fort Foreau, Massarde's desert toxic waste factory that receives--but doesn't dispose of--nuclear and chemical wastes. Recaptured, Pitt and Giordino are sent to Kazim's desert slave camp, where they find Eva and her team--marked for death. A deadly trek across the Sahara is their only hope. Cussler champions ecological issues with verve, and continues his love affair with history by tossing in a Confederate ironside stranded in the Sahara near the remains of an aviatrix lost during the '30s. Some judicious cutting might have improved the narrative, but it's great fun nonetheless, putting Beau Geste swashbucklers against the vilest of villains. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild super release; Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Not since Treasure (1988), when Dirk Pitt discovered Cleopatra's barge in Texas (or was it on the Mississippi Delta?), has Cussler come up with so far-fetched a story as this herein, the tenth Pitt novel. The plot begins with a Confederate ironclad, the Texas, outrunning a Union blockade while carrying on board not only the South's treasury but also the North's kidnapped president. Then, in 1931, world-famed aviatrix Kitty Mannock (an Amelia Earhart clone) vanishes on a flight over the Sahara, her plane or body never seen again. Then comes Dirk Pitt's 1996 search through the Nile bottom (via image-making computerized sonar) for the lost barge of a pharaoh dead some 2500 years. Dirk locates the barge under many meters of silt; but before he can even make the Egyptian authorities aware of the find, he's reassigned by the National Underwater and Marine Agency to investigate the source of poisons that are killing coral and creating a red tide on such a massive scale that the world's oxygen supply will soon shrink to an unlivable level if the horror can't be reversed. Dirk rescues from assassination and falls for beautiful Eva Rojas of the World Health Organization, who is in Africa to find the source of the fatal plague now turning thousands of natives into bands of frenzied cannibals who'll eat anything human and are fearless of gunfire. Whence this malignancy? As Pitt discovers, the country of Mali- -backed by a ruthless French industrialist--is in the solar nuclear waste disposal business, but the bad guys have poisoned the water table with their inept methods and befouling of the Niger. How does this tie in with Kitty Mannock's desert crash and her discovery of the Texas buried in the Sahara sands? And whose well-preserved, noble-featured body does Pitt find seated in a rocking chair in the ironclad? His initials are A.L.... For the faithful. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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His books are so easy to read and I can not put them down!
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It is a very interesting action/adventure book that never ceases to captivate you with its many story lines and plots.
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I am a huge fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series and this is my favorite book of all time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sahara written by Clive Cussler is the eleventh in a series of Dirk Pitt adventure-fiction books and this one is a very compelling story that really grips the reader, making an engaging story till the end.
Clive Cussler works some amazing threads in this book, like an iron-clad Confederate named "Texas" in 1865 as it fights through a Federal blockade and then vanishes in the Atlantic. Next, in 1931 an Australian aviatrix Kitty Mannock vanishes mysteriously in the middle of the Sahara while making an attemp to fly from London to Capetown.
These mysteries are only the start, as Cussler works his magic of mysery further, it is 1995 as the hero Dirk Pitt is called to find a Pharaoh's funeral barge buried in the bottom of the Nile. Now, we find our hero on an African adventure like none ever experienced before. An adventure that takes Dirk Pit and company on a hunt for a mysterious disease, and the source of unprecedented pollution as they investigate through Africa.
Of course, there has to be a villian, or this wouldn't be a Dirk Pitt save-the-world adventure, as we find out this time it's a French billionare named Yves Massarde and of course, the local African connection is General Zateb Kazim the brutal despot... corrupt to the core and makes life hell on Earth for the West African nation of Mali and the world as pollution is leaking and is threatening to extinguish all sea life... and man as well.
Clive Cussler has set-up this Dirk Pitt adventure very well as you are captivated in this action-adventure and you are pulling for Pitt to make the connections and solve this engrossing story. Pitt takes a trip up the Niger River and is met with resistance, but with resplendent resolutness Pitt takes on the villany, but is captured.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Beau Clarke on March 23, 2005
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In '96, needing something new to read, I borrowed 'Sahara' from my roommate. I've been an avid fan of Clive Cussler ever since. The plot and sub-plots in this, and his other novels, are mind-blowing and really imaginative. I highly recommend reading this or ANY of his other books.

I was even more intrigued to find out that Clive Cussler lives much the same life as his trademark character. His real-life NUMA organization actually DOES seek and find lost shipwrecks, planes, etc. You can read about those in his non-fiction books, 'The Sea Hunters' volumes I & II. If you're an adventurer of any sort, especially a diver, you'll love those books as much as the novels.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lu. on July 6, 2005
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This is Clive Cussler, his books are far fetched, incredible and over the top. But they are also a lot of fun, if you adjust your expectations a little bit. They are adventure romps where the good guys (Mr Dirk Pitt in this case) can take anything and solve any riddle (and always get the girl in the process)

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Reading this will not increase your IQ or expand your literary horizons, but it will provide a few hours of entertainment.

Most of Cussler books are similar, so if you must read one, Sahara is one of the best.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. McClure on June 10, 2005
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I was standing in the airport, having just found out that my plane had been delayed (again), so I was searching for a new book to read. My eyes landed on "Sahara", and, remembering that this was one of the latest action movies to hit the big screen, I decided to give it a shot. (I hadn't seen the movie, although I do intend to once it comes out on DVD...) I've also never read any Clive Cussler books before, so I had no clue who "Dirk Pitt" was.

Let me start by saying that this book was definitely a "good read". If you're into action books where everything has been researched to death (not saying that Mr. Cussler doesn't do research!) and things are just about as "real-life plausible" as you can get, then don't read this book. Many events that take place here stem from rumors/legends/myth, which I think makes it even more fun to read. It makes you use your imagination a bit (which is always good for me), but there' a good blend of fact with fiction. Of course there is the usual formula of hero + sidekick + heroine + impending global disaster + arch-villian(s) that all action books seem to require, but they're there in good balance. The heroine in the story falls for Dirk (like in so many action books), but it's not like women are throwing themselves at him on every page, so that was fine with me. Sure, Dirk & Co. seem to be able to get out of most scrapes in fairly decent shape. Sure, they seem to bounce back from near-death experiencees with remarkable speed. Sure, they manage to save the world and even unravel some of the biggest mysteries of the modern world. But, you know what? If I want to read something that is full of technical jargon, boring politics, or completely uninteresting characters, then I suggest you hunt elsewhere. "Sahara" was a fun read that I couldn't put down!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edwina Travers on January 31, 2005
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Unbelievably wonderful! I loved every page. I was wary at first, having never read a Cussler book before and only picking up the book after viewing the trailer for the upcoming movie. But I have to say WOW - what a great read. The plot starts with several different threads, then weaves each together to form the fabric of the story, and eventually ties off each fringe event for a decorative finish. I couldn't put it down. Took me two nights and most of a rainy Sunday to finish, but only cause I HAD to put the book down (you know a kid has to eat and laundry has to get done...). I loved the incorporation of Historical figures (I'm a sucker for the Civil War era), it just made me wish that some of our past was really so fantastic. If it were, I'm certain I would have been a History major in college. I had to wait till this weekend to get another Cussler book, but as of this morning I'm only 70 pages from the end of Atlantis Found. Once I finish this one, I'm heading for Valhalla Rising or Treasure - hmmmmm - maybe BOTH!!!! OH, and can't wait till April when the movie SAHARA comes out!!!!
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