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Black Wind: A Dirk Pitt Novel [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
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March 2005 Wheeler Hardcover

Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.

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About halfway through this rip-snorting adventure thriller, a "white-haired man" rescues heroes Dirk Pitt Jr. and his sister, Summer, from death by drowning. That man is revealed to be author Cussler (Trojan Odyssey, etc.), reminding Dirk of "an older version of his own father," legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt, hero of Cussler's previous novels. Just as the primary action baton is passed in this tale from Pitt Sr. to Jr., readers may note that Cussler's coauthor is his own son. But even if Cussler is beginning to pass on his writing baton, he's doing so with panache: thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land- and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details on matters from biochemical weapons "chimeras" to rocket launches. The villain is a South Korean industrialist working for the North Koreans with an eye toward unifying Korea by ridding the country of American troops, allowing for an invasion of the South. His plan is to aim a sea-borne rocket filled with a combo of deadly viruses at Los Angeles, with clues laying blame on Japanese terrorists, thus distracting America while the North makes its move. But villain and modus operandi matter less than the series of exciting hairbreadth escapes wrought by Dirks Jr. and Sr. and Summer—including Dirk Sr.'s escape from being poached alive in a minisub trapped underneath massive rocket boosters spewing an inferno of flames. There's a slight, nasty gloss of "yellow peril" on the villain and his actions, and it's only the Americans who greet likely death with a grin and a quip, but that's a minor knock on some major entertainment that's bound toward the top of the charts.
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Adult/High School–Two Japanese submarines loaded with deadly chimera virus head for the west coast of the United States during the waning days of World War II but are sunk before ever endangering the coast. Sixty years later, South Korean industrialist Kang learns of their whereabouts and tests the deadly potion on some animals and a few people in Alaska. When the death reports start coming in, research sends Dirk Pitt, the younger; his sister; his crew from NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency); Dirk Pitt, the elder; and other forces on a race against time to prevent Kang from unleashing the virus. He dreams of creating a frenzy of blame between the countries for such an attack even as he takes joy in the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in agony. The Cusslers provide a high tide of ocean-based adventure and creepy bad guys. Featuring plenty of intense action, the plot fairly runs across the pages, with even the quieter moments full of intrigue. Lots of historical facts and science thread their way into the story, giving it a sense of realism. Filled with submarines, technical discussions on all sorts of ocean machinery, and some facts about chimera viruses, the novel provides some basic knowledge of bioterrorism. As always, the Pitts remain steadfast and true leaders, and the story leaves readers eager for their next adventure.–Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story May 24 2005
Format:Hardcover
Clive Cussler has revealed once again his mastery of adventurous and thrilling stories As usual; the plot is fast-paced one, moving so quickly that the reader is not given the opportunity to notice any flaws. I loved the rugged nature of the characters. The plot is amazing, far-reaching and creates a sense of disbelief. Alaska, Korea, Japan.....the scope is wide. I will always continue to read the works of Cussler because I enjoy them as a quick relief from more serious works, and consider then to be good page-turners. If liked Cussler's earlier books, then here is another to enjoy. The story has an interesting plot and the dialogue is great. Once started, you won't want to put it down. The story flows.Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, POLAR SHIFT ,THE GOLDEN BUDDHA are other gripping page turners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was a welcomed addition Feb. 22 2006
Format:Hardcover
Think of what normally would be an ending to a great series and now that this series will continue with 'Dirk's' and Clive's sons. It might not be up to Clive's standards but it gives an excellent start to Dirk's continuing the series. What I have worried about is the series ending with the death of Mr. Cussler or the killing off of the Dirk Pitt character. It will not come--THANK GOD!! Mr. D. Cussler thank you for continuing the most enjoyable book series I have read. I would also recommend ' The Quest ' by Giorgio Kostantinos. Another great action series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not too good Dec 9 2005
By Andy
Format:Hardcover
Like most of the Dirk Pitt novels, I find they start out good then they become tiresome and frustrating to read. If you're into americanism and unrealistic adventure, then this is the book for you, but definitely not for me.
I think these types of books are written at adolescent level and meant for that audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Pleasure, can't put it down. March 20 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everyone of Clive Cussler books that I read are interesting from the first page. The opening of each story eventually blends into the plot. The facts are strikingly real even though the story sometimes is a stretch. Even though you understand the good guys and the bad guys, you still can't stop reading until the very end.
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