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- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (November 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052RDHM4
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There have been eight prior Kurt Austin adventures written with Paul Kemprecos. Now no one really knows how these collaborations work, but the Kurt Austin books have been pretty good. If you've read the Dirk Pitt series (22 in all) you have a feeling for Clive Cussler solo - and with his son, Dirk Cussler, as a co-author (very different).
Cussler's trademark is high-flying plots that strain the reader's willingness to believe. But when Cussler is telling the story, he builds strong heroic characters and his story telling skills are powerful enough to pull the reader through.
In "Devil's Gate", Cussler seems to be entirely absent. The plot is outlandish - and Graham Brown's story telling is simply inadequate. The characters, including hero Kurt Austin, parody their roles in earlier books. The dialog of the bad guys seems to have come together from an accident involving refrigerator magnets. The plot and action quickly move from outlandish to bizarre to completely unbelievable - and I only made it to page 81.
The last Isaac Bell adventure, the fourth in the series after three excellent books, fell on its face as well.
A prolific author with 48 books to his credit, there's going to be a cropper or two. It seems that Cussler is trying to build a factory or farm system to up the number of titles he has in print, which in turn will increase his revenue. Apparently he is farming more and more of the actual writing out to others and, I think, the plotting as well.
The result has been more titles with the Clive Cussler name on them and, in my opinion, weaker stories.
"Devil's Gate" just doesn't make it for me. By page 81, nothing was believable and the characters - familiar from earlier books - felt like parodies.
Not up to what I expect of Cussler.
"Devil's Gate" begins with the requisite prologue, set on the tarmac in Santa Maria, the Azores in 1951..a mysterious Russian passenger and his luggage are being spirited to the U.S. by an American pilot named Hudson. The passenger is shot before he can reboard the plane and is left for dead. Hudson is also hit and the "Connie" he's flying goes down in the Atlantic. If you are familiar with the Cussler template, you know this incident will eventually intrude on present-day events.
If you're a high-adventure enthusiast, give Cussler and Brown a nod. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this new-look addition to the NUMA Files.
As most Cussler books do this one opens with a flashback, this time to 1951 when a plane with a suspicious cargo goes down near the Azores. Fast forward and a scientist for the Large Hadron Collider stages his own kidnapping. The scientist is drawn into the dictator's plan for a super weapon that will hold the world's superpowers hostage to his whim.
The dictator tests his weapon on a ship near where Austin's NUMA vessel is sailing. There is the "James Bondesque" quality of some of the characters, plot lines and dialogue - and credibility is strained. Cussler and collaborator Graham Brown add a little international romance as well. But if you enjoy Cussler's regular fare you will find this an enjoyable if "reality-stretching" good vs. evil story.
THE PLOT: Kurt Austin rescues the sole survivor of a ship that was mysteriously fried at sea, then raided by pirates. Days later, he discovers a magnetic anomaly known as the "Devil's Gate" during a mini-sub race off the coast of the Azores. From there Austin is pulled into a web of international scientific intrigue involving a belligerent West African dictator with a superweapon, Russian spies, and an old enemy from his CIA days.
THE PROS: Everything I disliked about the previous Austin stories has been improved upon, while the things I did like are still present. First and foremost, the characters feel human and much more three dimensional rather than cardboard cutouts with names slapped on them. Austin has a harder edge to him, he makes mistakes, and actually cares about himself and his friends dying, y'know, like a real person. Paul and Gamay suffer a particularly traumatic event, and have realistic psychological reactions to it, which caused me to actually care about them. The villains were good too. Austin's nemesis Andras is a believable, worthy enemy who tests him physically, intellectually, and emotionally at every turn. The author resists the temptation to make the African dictator an unfathomable monster and gives him realistic motives.
I liked the structure of the story. Brown and Cussler allow Austin to take the spotlight, while limiting Paul and Gamay to a smaller, yet pivotal, role.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyable. Cussler's books tend to be formulaic but the plots he sows together are always extraordinary. Read morePublished 24 days ago by MariB
I have always enjoyed books from Clive Cussler. This one was no exception. Always something going on, never boring. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys constant action.Published 27 days ago by Nancy Austin
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