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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons (June 6 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399148728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399148729
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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LEROY JENKINS WAS hauling in a barnacle-entrusted lobster trap aboard his boat, The Kestrel, when he looked up and saw the giant ship on the horizon. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest on June 5 2002
Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler has done what some other accomplished writers have tried and failed to do. He started a new series that he co-authors, he has kept the quality of the reading very near that of his own books, and now they have gone from a paperback format to hardcover. The last step is a major one and speaks very well of the care this new series was created with. Other authors have tried the same diversification and they are not worth the soft cover format they were introduced with, and will never see the more expensive binding.
The central organization is the same; specifically NUMA, but the central character and the events he is involved in are stepped down from the more outrageous elements that sometimes turn a Dirk Pitt adventure into something akin to Indiana Jones. The famous bathtub escape comes to mind. The Pitt adventures have become classic in the genre and they make for great reading, they also have had occasion to go over the top at times. Kurt Austin is Dirk Pitt on a smaller scale. Austin collects antique dueling pistols while Dirk accumulates World War Two German Jets, railroad cars, and fantastically rare cars.
The idea of introducing a Romanov theme into a story is a gutsy decision for it has been used countless times, and in the majority of uses has become an overused cliché. Cussler and Paul Kemprecos handle the idea well, and while it is still a bit fantastic it does not cross the line in to storytelling that really is a pretty wild stretch to suspend disbelief.
I don't know the science of the Methane (Fire Ice), but again it strikes me as being credible. These books almost seem to take their cue from some of the countless ships that Mr. Cussler has located in real life, and which history will always owe him a debt.
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By lucius beard on July 15 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i was in a bookstore in greece and had a very limited selection of english language books, heading next to istnabul i chose cussler's fire ice. i had heard good things about cussler's dirk pitt series, but had never read one... and now absolutely have no intent to do so. this book was a quick read, yet incredibly predictable and cliched. the plot was mindless and strewn with over-coincidence
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By b on May 24 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I dont know how to say it but I think that this book has to be one of Clive better books. I dont know how anybody could say different. I have read every book by him and this one has to be close to the top. Kurt Austin is back better then ever. He saves the life of a beautiful girl, and just like any other Clive book he falls in love with her. Kurt then by saving this girl he is accatcked by some horse riding people. But we don't need to worry about Kurt because he is a man and he can take care of himself. I think that this book deserves an instant classic status. I don't know how anybody could say different. I hope that you guys could and will read it and love all most as me!
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What do tsunamis, methane hydrate (nicknamed fire ice), a studly hero and a plot to take over the world by a mad man all have in common? No, it isn't the latest James Bond picture-at least at the time of this writing. Instead, it is another thrilling adventure from the empire of Clive Cussler. One does not read him for deep penetrating insights into the human species. You read him because he does adventure better than just about everyone else even if some of his scenes stretch the limits of believability at times.
As noted in the title, this is another in the new series featuring Kurt Austin. And everyone is back to face a foe bent on worldwide domination. In this case the mad man, Razov, is owner of a mining consortium in Russia. He believes that he is an heir to the Tsar's, which were last in power in Russia in 1918. He believes that it is his duty to restore Russia to its early glory and he has a plan to do so. He plans to detonate the massive pockets of methane hydrate along the continental shelf along both coasts of The United States. Among other consequences, the resulting massive undersea landslides would case huge tsunamis that would destroy major east and west coast cities.
Of course, with the fate of the world in the balance, he must be stopped. Enter the always studly, Kurt Austin, and the merry band of operatives from NUMA. After being involved in several strange incidents in the Black Sea, Kurt begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Along with the usual scenes of him angrily crossing words with the evildoers, he also has time for the ladies. They, of course, are beautiful, interesting and alluring, and would welcome a brief interlude from the dangers of a world in peril.
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Like Tom Clancy, the story comes at you from several angles at once, and includes many well researched aspects from science and history. Only, unlike Clancy, it has these annoying leftist comments thrown in, like the gunshow crack when the bad guys use automatic weapons. Or the crack about the president (2002 c) was really annoying, although it does show how a liberal bureaucrat treats orders from the prez.
But if you can get past that then the typical male fantasy action sequences are kinda fun.
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