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Blue Gold: A Novel from the NUMA Files [Mass Market Paperback]

Clive Cussler , Paul Kemprecos
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Oct. 2 2001 NUMA Files

KURT AUSTIN -- CLIVE CUSSLER'S NEW HERO FOR THE MILLENNIUM -- BATTLES TO STOP A BILLIONAIRE TYCOON FROM ACHIEVING WORLD DOMINATION

BLUE GOLD

An investigation into the sudden deaths of a pod of gray whales leads National Underwater & Marine Agency leader Kurt Austin to the Mexican coast, where someone tries to put him and his mini-sub permanently out of commission. Meanwhile, in South America's lush hills, a specially assigned NUMA team discovers a mysterious tribe, a mythical white goddess, and a murderous cadre of bio-pirates intent on stealing medicinal secrets worth millions.

Soon, Austin and his crew realize they're working opposite ends of the same grand scheme and must race against time to save the world's freshwater supply from a twisted eco-extortionist. But every step toward salvation takes them deeper into a dense jungle of treachery, blackmail, and death.


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Reading a Clive Cussler novel is like watching several movies at once. He's a master of the jump cut, moving the action from one continent to another with an entirely different cast of characters, good guys and bad, in each place. He always manages to pull the various characters, plots, and counterplots together, though, and the heroes always triumph in the end after saving the world from eco-terrorists, megalomaniacs with their ambitions primed for world domination, and a few regular old criminals thrown in for good measure. In this new adventure from the National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA) files, Kurt Austin and his partner Joe Zavala nearly die during a powerboat race when a pod of dead, bloated grey whales bobs to the surface and obstructs the race course. Attempting to discover what killed the whales, Kurt and Joe track their migratory route to a mysterious underwater laboratory on the Baja Peninsula. Once again they narrowly miss death when the lab explodes, destroying their minisubmarine and almost poaching them alive. What seemed like a simple scientific investigation turns into something very different: a confrontation with a seven-foot Valkyrie who's bent on taking over the earth's depleted freshwater reserves. In order to thwart her plans, Austin and Zavala venture deep into the jungle of the Venezuelan rain forest to find a supposedly mythical tribal goddess (one with a PhD in science, of course) whose secret formula to desalinate seawater can put the kibosh on the Valkyrie's plans. Helped by a husband-wife NUMA team who've already made the goddess's acquaintance, plus the always fascinating techno-toys so beloved of superheroes, Kurt and Joe save the day. But before they do, there's plenty of heart-stopping action, random acts of murder and mutilation, and even a little romance. Great pacing, plenty of gadgets, a strong narrative, and bigger-than-life heroes and villains. If you've run out of summer action flicks already, make your own popcorn and curl up with Blue Gold instead. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is acclaimed worldwide as the Grandmaster of Adventure. He got his start in advertising, first as an award-winning copy writer, and then as creative director for two of the nation's largest agencies. His initial foray into fiction was in 1973, when he wrote his first Dirk Pitt® novel.

Since then he has continued to write Dirk Pitt® adventures while living a life that nearly parallels that of his action hero. Like Pitt, Cussler enjoys discovering and collecting things of historical significance. With NUMA (National Underwater & Marine Agency, a non profit group begun by Cussler) he has had an amazing record of finding over 60 shipwrecks, one of which was the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. Cussler also has a renowned and extensive classic car collection, which features over 80 examples of custom coachwork.

Along with being Chairman of NUMA, he is also a fellow of the Explorers Club (which honored him with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration), the Royal Geographical Society and the American Society of Oceanographers. Married to Barbara Knight for 40 years, with three children and two grandchildren, he divides his time between the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Arizona.


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4.0 out of 5 stars new heroes, same story July 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A beautiful female scientist has found the secret of a process to produce drinking water from seawater, but the leader of an imperium that controls the world's water supplies wants to get her out of the way. She ends up in the Amazonian jungle, where she is found by two of Kurt's colleagues. In the meantime Kurt and Joe try to solve the death of a group of whales before the coast of Mexico. Soon they find out that their quest is related to that of their colleagues. Their explorations bring them from Mexico to Alaska and then to the shores of Lake Tahoe, where they stop the impending global disaster only a few days before it is due to happen.
Here is your recipe for the 21st century's books by Clive Cussler: replace Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino by Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, Dirk's love for old cars by Kurt's love for duelling pistols and let the rest of the ingredients be the same: NUMA, the wisecracks, the superhuman efforts, the beautiful ladies and the megalomanic villain that wants to rule the world. Normally speaking such changes irritate me, but Kurt and Joe are so much like Dirk and Al that one hardly notices the difference. And all in all it is just a nice action thriller to read on a warm summer's day (or a long winter night).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Gold Is Still Shining Dec 17 2002
By "rednk"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
By: Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos
Blue Gold is an exquisite book written by Clive Cussler and Co-Authored by Paul Kemprecos. This New York Times best selling series is 378 pages long with a captivating plot that can rival Michael Crichton or JRR Tolkien. Cussler is an amazing writer who always manages come up with colorful eco-terrorists, megalomaniacs with their ambitions primed for world domination, and a few regular old criminals thrown in for good measure.
In this new exciting adventure the National Underwater & Marine Agency's Special Project's Directors, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, nearly die during a powerboat race for a fundraising event when a pod of dead bloated whales float onto the course. An investigation into the death of the whale pod take them to a secret underwater facility disguised as a Tortilla factory. As one event leads to another the duo soon uncovers a diabolical plot to monopolize one the world's most important resources by a 7 foot Valkyrie.
Meanwhile in the dense jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest a mysterious tribe with the legend of a white goddess. Kurt and Joe have hunch that this so called "white goddess" might be the key to unraveling the plot to take over the world. Helped by a husband-wife NUMA team who've already made the goddess's acquaintance; Kurt and Joe must solve this mystery of suspense, blackmail, and murder.
Reading this book was like listening to one of Beethoven's symphonies, every event was detailed and prepared the way for the next conflict perfectly. Anyone who enjoys James Bond flicks or adores action/adventure will love this book. This is the perfect gift for the holidays.
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It wasn't hard to determine which parts of the book were written by Cussler and what parts were from Kemprecos. They did blend together towards the end but alot of the book was like a light switch, back and forth.
One of the things, in most of the Derk Pitt books was constant action and adventure. Blue Gold is somewhat tame and gentle through the opening 1/3 of the book. Kurt Austin doesn't seem to be the ladies man like Derk was. I had trouble getting a mental picture of his partner Joe.
The story line is pure Cussler. The world is, as always, on the brink of a major problem. The worlds fresh water supply is almost totally controled by a 7 foot female who has built her headquarters to resemble a Viking hall complete with Dragon boat.
There are two different sides to this story and they do wind their way together as the story progresses. The ending of the book saves it from be a total disapointment, but "it ain't Derk Pitt!" Maybe Cussler has painted himself into a corner with Derk. He's way too good of a writer to stay there long. Clive, a new series with a new theme is needed - PLEASE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Dirk March 17 2002
By ilmk
Format:Paperback
I realise my title might be seen a criminal to fans of the erstwhile Dirk Pitt, but I can't favor him over Kurt Austin, or vice versa. Cussler is a formulaic as ever but it works! From the opening taster with Austin's counterpart love of high speed boats to Dirk's of antique cars, Kurt sets off with his own Giordino (Zavala) to find out why whales are dying in super-heated water. They run up against Brynhild, Gogstad's Scandinavian corporate meglomaniac with a penchant for controlling the world's freshwater, a Viking fixation (the references to Valhalla throughout are a nice echo of the latest Dirk Pitt installment) and dubious taste in hirlings (the Kradzik brothers). Throw in the husband and wife NUMA team of Gamay and Paul with a sizable side trip of their adventures in Venezula rescuing the local white goddess, Professor Francesca Cabral, a trip into Mexico and all culminating in a battle at Lake Tahoe and you have a rip-roaring Cussler yarn.
Sure, some will still favor Pitt over Austin but Paul Kemprecos' addition to Cussler's skills have created no poor imitation at all. Hopefully Kurt and Joe's adventures will be as long as Pitt's. Valhalla told us Dirk Pitt was getting older. Kurt Austin is his younger counterpart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
Not his best or his worst but worth a read. NUMA is not my favourite so take it with a grain of salt
Published 11 months ago by Ralph Playdon
2.0 out of 5 stars Tarnished
Unlike the Dirk Pitt series, the adventures of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala in "Blue Gold" are not only well-worn but highly improbable. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Edmund Khoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Cussler's Other Hero
Kirk Austin's second adventure doesn't compare to the worst of Dirk Pitt's (Vahalla Rising). This series is strictly for die-hard Cussler-ites only, who can't wait for the next... Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by D. B. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Brittany's Book Review
Blue Gold is great book by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos. The main character is Kurt Austin instead of Dirk Pitt. Read more
Published on April 22 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on this one
I have read all of Clive Cussler's books and loved every one of them. Very entertaining light action adventure that is perfect for long boring airplane rides. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by Polyarny
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable IF...
...you bear in mind that this is NOT a Dirk Pitt book, and everything happening here is set on a much smaller scale. Blue Gold clearly lacks the flair of Dr. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by Ian Kharitonov
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Book
Again, this is a good book in this series. I could not put it down. Good twisted ending also.
I'm not going to rehash the plot.... If you liked the first one... Read more
Published on July 29 2002 by "geroxxinkorea"
4.0 out of 5 stars Another High Adventure From Cussler
Geez, a lot of people seem to be put off by Kurt and pals, thinking they're merely cheap knockoffs of Dirk Pitt and his pals. Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars not up to expectations.
i have read a few of clive cussler's other books, dirk pitt adventures, and this is really a let down. it has a couple of funny lines, but that is about all. Read more
Published on June 17 2002 by Lincoln Clevenson
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