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on May 29, 2012
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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on July 24, 2012
Clive Cussler and Graham Brown have written another thrilling adventure with Kurt Austin as the main character. This time, Austin may have got more than he bargained for.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water temperatures when it is suddenly attacked by a mysterious black horde. Immediately, the vessel is consumed by the strange black mass. Everyone aboard is killed. A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the area. Once on the scene, Kurt and Joe learn that the black mass actually includes tiny mircoscopic-sized nanomachines that destroy anything in their path.

These machines are the design of Elwood Marchetti, an electronics guru who believes that nanobots will do everything in the future. But Marchetti is not responsible for the attack on the NUMA vessel; Jinn Al-Khalif is. Jinn planted people close to him into Marchetti's operations and learned the design of the bots from them. He wants to use the power of the nanobots to change the patters of the earth's weather, and representatives from several countries have already paid millions of dollars to have more rain fall on their countries. But, Jinn also realizes the destructive power of the bots. Now, it's up to Kurt, Joe, and the rest of the NUMA team to stop him before it's too late.

Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors, and I enjoy reading his fast-paced adventure stories. "The Storm" fits the bill perfectly. The story is definitely fast-paced and has lots of plot twists along the way. The characters are well-developed and the story rises in crescendo throughout.

I recommend "The Storm" very highly. Fans of action/adventure stories will surely enjoy it.
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VINE VOICEon August 15, 2013
As a fan, I always look forward to further adventures from Austin, Zavala, and the Trouts. The Storm is a solid entry into the NUMA files series. It begins with the loss of a NUMA team studying dropping ocean temperatures in the Indian ocean and keeps up a fair pace throughout. The Trouts are well-incorporated into the story with good action while Kurt and Zavala take a good beating of their own while tracking the evil madman to his lair and around the world to stop his horrific plan. The villan's plan is actually one of the highlights of the book with its inventiveness and cool tech. There is an action scene aboard an aircraft that I found particularly good and signature Cussler. While I did feel that the storm itself could have been used to present a more direct threat it still serves its purpose. A little more time taken to address an unanswered question at the end would have helped, but nevertheless The Storm was a fun escapist read that I enjoyed.
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on July 22, 2012
This story is like something out of the future and leaves one wondering if such a feat is actually possible at this point in time. I have learned over time not to second guess the author. Kurt and Joe find themselves against all odds in "The Storm" when taking on this ruthless billionaire and his horde. They continue to find themselves in and out of what seems like an impossible situation, leaving the reader on edge to see how they will escape. Solutions are normally something the reader never even considers. Clive is a great story teller and surprises us with technology and other nuances, I especially like the moving island in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.

John Podlaski
Author, Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
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on March 20, 2014
In keeping with is other superb stories, Cussler creates a nautical nightmare that stretches into the desert and back to sea again. What an impressive story and very unexpected. The villian you will love to hate, along with his minions and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. I bought the audio book because I like to keep "reading" while I'm on the road. I definitely recommend this story in print or as an audio book. I guarantee you though, it will make an impression. May even make you think twice about wading into the glistening ocean the next time you go to the beach.
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on September 25, 2015
The plot is fairly predictable after so many Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin. Evil madman out to destroy some aspect of the world for revenge, power or major profit. NUMA thwarting the effort as the underdog. I love these stories. They are perfect as audio books on long trips when your brain can multitask between the road and the narration. Makes the trip seem to go so much faster as you listen to the twists in this interpretation of the theme. This one was about taking control of the seas and the weather using nanobots in order to manipulate the governments of all the countries of the world.
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on June 28, 2012
This book I liked far better than The Thief. The Van Dorn detective series books are boring. Anytime we get to read about Kurt Austin,Joe Zavala,the Trouts, they are always a more interesting storyline. The author does a much better job when he writes about the familiar characters that we have gotten used to. It really doesnt seem to me to be a Cussler written book when he starts adding other series. Its as if Im reading a book with a different author. I wont buy anything else unless it is with my favorite characters.It seems his books are coming out too fast and we're not getting the great mystery and drama that was so typical of a Cussler book.
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on April 7, 2014
Three stars may be generous, Dirk and crew plods through another "Been There Done That" Read. The three stars (barely) is due, part in fact to it seeming that CC seems to make one feel like he is having to stretch the creative in order to put a book together. Unlike the last two I read the Storm is just a modified rehash of previous situations with the names and places switched. It made me feel like CC is scraping the bottom of the barrell.....
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on July 26, 2012
As usual, Clive Cussler has nailed another great story, embracing Sci-Fi and an outstanding scenario from the author's imagination. We say that everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Well, Cussler does something about it in this nail-biting mystery that will keep you in suspense right to the last page. The villian is able to use the weather as a weapon of mass destruction. It made me thankful that we are not able to control the weather. Such a weapon in the hands of a despot could be just as Cussler depicts it in this thriller. A must-read for Cussler fans!
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on June 21, 2017
One of the best Kurt Austin and side kick Joe using all of their talents to locate and analysis of situation to save the good from the bad. Topic was unusually interesting and kept this reader's attention to the end. Strongly recommend this be added to the Clive read list.
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