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Sahara (Dirk Pitt) Library Binding – July, 1993

4.2 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews
Book 11 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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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.
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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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,041,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. J. Eichman on August 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It never ceases to amaze me when some high-brow people take the time to state the obvious as in the case of a few of the earlier reviews of this book. They take the opportunity and time to put forth the obvious fact that SAHARA is a work of FICTION in the grand fashion of James Bond, Indiana Jones and (heaven forbid) Star Trek. These types of novels spin together elements of history, science, imagination and good-old heart stopping action with the objectives of entertaining the reader and maybe, just maybe, encouraging that same reader to go out and research a few of the more interesting points in NON-FICTION works.

I have taken more trips, visited more museums and researched more topics after reading about places and events in works of FICTION then for any other reason. Numerous physicists, chemists and other scientists have said that the primary reason they are who they are is because they wanted to see if they could create what they read about in science-FICTION books, where do you think the flip-phone came from, Capt Kirk ring a bell (pun intended). So before critiquing a literary work of FICTION for what it isn't, enjoy it for what it is and if you want to experience a non-stop, 576 page roller coaster ride of action and adventure with a side car of romance read SAHARA and maybe your next vacation will be a little of the same. If you want to read a book where everything is real and there is little chance of artistic license read an encyclopedia.
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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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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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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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What's sillier and even more fun than the action-adventure movie "Sahara?" The original Clive Cussler novel, of course.

The plot is over-the-top adventure as Cussler's perrenial alter ego, Dirk Pitt battles evil polluters and saves the world; this time from a toxic waste facility in--the Sahara Desert, duh!

Cussler has his usual themes including improbably preserved classic cars and subtle alterations of history. Meanwhile, his fictitious National Underwater and Marine Agency is out there watching the ecology and keeping an eye peeled for buried treasure.

There are lots of great chases, quirky characters, and twists and turns. Cussler's prose never bogs down. If you like a potboiler, this may be literally closer it than any other book!

Read, enjoy, have fun! You don't have to read all the Dirk Pitt novels to enjoy just this one!

And no, this book is unrelated to the eponymous Humphrey Bogart movie!
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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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