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Zero Hour: A Novel From The Numa Files (A Kurt Austin Adventure) Hardcover – Large Print, June 5, 2013
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This latest NUMA adventure from Cussler and Brown features the heroic members of the National Underwater and Marine Agency—Kurt Austin, Dirk Pitt, Joe Zavala, et al.—battling yet another madman who hopes to conquer the world. But crazed scientist Maxmillian Thero's weapon is unique: it uses of zero-point energy to create machines capable of causing continent-shattering earthquakes. Narrator Scott Brick is skilled at creating accents—a much-needed talent considering that Thero has marked both Australia and Russia as his main targets. Brick treats the book's Aussies, male and female, to a credible, near musical twang. His Russian accents are solid, especially the voice he uses for an oddly likeable Moscow assassin. When it comes to most of the NUMA world-savers, Austin and Pitt included, Brick uses an all-purpose, broadcast-quality stalwart tone, though the down-to-earth Zavala's comments have an added touch of Brooklyn sarcasm. It's the voice of Thero that presents the biggest challenge. The authors describe it as being the result of vocal chords damaged in an intense fire that nearly killed the man and drove him mad. Brick's croak is so effectively garbled and strained one hopes he has his own award-winning voice properly insured against misuse. A Putnam hardcover. (May) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Even if Kurt Austin, of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), isn’t looking for trouble, it somehow has a way of finding him. Attending a conference in Sydney, Austin just happens to be nearby when a powerboat crashes into the Sydney Opera House. Kurt pulls an injured man out of the wreckage; the man dies but not before muttering a cryptic message (“The heart . . . of Tartarus”) that Austin immediately recognizes as a reference to “the deepest prison of the underworld.” Then, after Austin notices that the dead man has symptoms of the bends, he starts looking for a mystery deep under the water, but he doesn’t expect to find a Bondian megalomaniac who has harnessed the massively destructive power of zero-point energy and is threatening to wreak havoc upon the planet. Unless, of course, Austin and his NUMA team can stop him. The NUMA books are sort of midrange Cussler, not as well crafted as his Isaac Bell series but more exciting than the Oregon Files. Fans of the previous NUMA adventures will find much to enjoy here. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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