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The Storm (The Numa Files) Hardcover – May 29, 2012

Book 10 of 11 in the NUMA Files Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Numa Files
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Exciting…A clever twist at the end shows Cussler still plotting at the top of his game.”—Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of fifty previous books, including twenty-one Dirk Pitt® adventures, eight NUMA® Files adventures; eight Oregon Files books; five Isaac Bell thrillers; and three Fargo novels. His most recent New York Times bestsellers are Crescent Dawn, The Jungle, The Kingdom, and The Race. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt®, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.

Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and the co-author with Cussler of Devil’s Gate. A pilot and an attorney, he lives in Arizona.

Customer Reviews

As usual, excellent story line, fast paced, keeps interest going.
This was a very good book, I enjoyed reading reading from the start to the finish, it was a hard book to put down.
Denny F. Pelto
The plot line, story and character development are weak at best, trite phrases are used liberally throughout.
Larry Jaquish

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Marcus A. Lewis VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala return in this second installment from the NUMA Files by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Their first collaboration was "Devil's Gate" in November last year. In this reviewer's opinion "The Storm" is a far better work for a number of reasons. First, the length of the novel is about sixty-four pages shorter than its predecessor. Fat has been trimmed from the plot, leaving a much leaner story line. Second, the proofreading errors that plagued "Devil's Gate" are gone here. Perhaps it was something as simple as a change of editors. And finally, the actual writing is much better this time. It's a lot crisper.

"The Storm" begins with a very short Prologue set in 1943 in the Indian Ocean. A "fast freighter" is under attack by the Japanese. Its top secret cargo seems to be of great interest to them. Chapter 1 takes us to 1967 in northern Yemen. A family is slaughtered and a pact to take revenge is set. Fast forward to June 2012 when a NUMA research vessel is overrun by some type of particle mass that swarms the ship, leading to the deaths of its three-person crew.

These three seemingly disparate events bring the NUMA Special Projects team (Austin, Zavala, and the Trouts) to the Maldives to investigate. Now that Dirk Pitt is Director of NUMA and rarely in the field, Kurt Austin has become the workhorse and he does a fine job of it.

First-time Cussler readers will not be disappointed, and long-time fans of the series should be pleasingly surprised with the new turn of writing events. I think everyone will enjoy this storm.

And finally a trivia footnote: One of the members of the evil consortium is Sheik Abin da-Alhrama. Readers may recognize the play on letters between Alhrama and Alhambra. Clive Cussler is a proud graduate of Alhambra High School.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first came across this title, it brought a flashback of "The Perfect Storm.' I saw the Movie several times, which is fantastic. However, there is no comparison between that Movie and this book, but they are both winners! "THE STORM" is an unforgettable thrilling tale about a ship that goes up in flames, after it gets attacked with mysterious black particles as it sits in the Indian Ocean. The horrific incident goes under investigation by Kurt and Joe, and the high-speed drama begins. What discovery do they find? Will the weather be altered on a global scale, and who will survive? Clive Cussler delivers an Entertaining Masterpiece from beginning to end, which grabs your interest in the first chapter. Highly recommended for all adventure lovers!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Haynes on June 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has less of the boring narration and more of the jam-packed action compared with Clives's and Brown's first collaboration.The Storm's prose is crispier and the leaner storyline made the NUMA Special Project teams stand out.This is something that both first-time and long-time readers will enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I see that Cussler has come out with another NUMA file thriller I know I will be in for a wild ride. This time around it's more of a scientific thriller with some eerily syfy type weapons. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, among other regulars, strive to defeat what you think is the undefeatable. This is what makes this an awesome escapist thriller. I feel this is one of his best, along with Graham Brown, to come out in a couple years. Loved it!
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Grubb Street Rapscallion on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a tedious novel containing little suspense, no character development, and an improbable storyline, even for a supposed Cussler novel. It also reads as an extended outline for a novel, which should never have gotten past a sharp-eyed editor. Unfortunately, Mr. Cussler is at the point in his career where he seems to care more about the number of books under his name rather than the quality of the works. He is also at the point where his volume of success may intimidate any editor attempting to enhance his novels.

Beginning with the apparent loss of the SS John Bury in 1943, in the Indian Ocean, The Storm moves to Yemen in 1967, where we are introduced to the villain, Jinn. After his mother and brothers are murdered in a brutal attack, Jinn is forced by his father to kill the last of those who had killed Jinn's family. Thus begins, we are led to believe, the shaping of the young Jinn into an international terrorist.

The novel then moves to 2012, where the plot thickens as three young members of NUMA are attacked on their sailboat by a mysterious swarm in the Indian Ocean; two of the three are killed by this force. To destroy that swarm, the survivor sets fire to the boat and kills himself in the process. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are sent by Dirk Pitt, now the head of NUMA, since Admiral Sandecker became Vice-President of the United States, to learn why and how the three NUMA researchers died,

Thus begins a tedious story which has no life, no character development, and no emotion. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala show none of the camaraderie and joy of living seen in earlier novels; they are merely character types who methodically go through the paces of tracking down the villainous Jinn and his cohorts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Hopkins VINE VOICE on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe that I read another Clive Cussler novel from the NUMA Files series. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala narrowly escape death every hundred pages or so in The Storm, the latest in this series. The predicaments in which these characters find themselves become so implausible that readers like me laugh and cheer when they escape, as expected, from every peril. The formulaic structure of these novels provides readers with reliable entertainment featuring wicked villains with plots to control the Earth. In this novel, the villain wants to control the water temperature of the world's oceans and auction off the weather outcomes to the nations with the highest bids for his services. For that last taste of summer escape reading, or on a Hurricane influenced flight delay, consider reading this outlandish novel.

Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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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.

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