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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large Print edition edition (May 2 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586217665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586217665
  • ASIN: 0745134726
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cussler's ( Raise the Titanic ) durable hero Dirk Pitt returns with Al Giordino, his amiable hulk of a sidekick, to save mankind from a greedy industrialist in cahoots with a despot and to solve a few historical riddles along the way. Dirk meets beautiful Eva Rojas, a World Health Organization team member inspecting a mysterious epidemic that has struck in the Sahara, when he interrupts an attempt on her life. Then the National Underwater and Marine Agency sends Pitt and Giordino up the Niger on a gunboat to find the source of a toxin that causes red tide organisms to reproduce out of control, threatening to poison the oceans and deplete the earth's oxygen supply. The pairalso in next sentence is captured by evil billionaire Yves Massarde and Mali's tyrannical despot Gen. Kazim, but they escape to find the source of the pollution at Fort Foreau, Massarde's desert toxic waste factory that receives--but doesn't dispose of--nuclear and chemical wastes. Recaptured, Pitt and Giordino are sent to Kazim's desert slave camp, where they find Eva and her team--marked for death. A deadly trek across the Sahara is their only hope. Cussler champions ecological issues with verve, and continues his love affair with history by tossing in a Confederate ironside stranded in the Sahara near the remains of an aviatrix lost during the '30s. Some judicious cutting might have improved the narrative, but it's great fun nonetheless, putting Beau Geste swashbucklers against the vilest of villains. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild super release; Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour.
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Not since Treasure (1988), when Dirk Pitt discovered Cleopatra's barge in Texas (or was it on the Mississippi Delta?), has Cussler come up with so far-fetched a story as this herein, the tenth Pitt novel. The plot begins with a Confederate ironclad, the Texas, outrunning a Union blockade while carrying on board not only the South's treasury but also the North's kidnapped president. Then, in 1931, world-famed aviatrix Kitty Mannock (an Amelia Earhart clone) vanishes on a flight over the Sahara, her plane or body never seen again. Then comes Dirk Pitt's 1996 search through the Nile bottom (via image-making computerized sonar) for the lost barge of a pharaoh dead some 2500 years. Dirk locates the barge under many meters of silt; but before he can even make the Egyptian authorities aware of the find, he's reassigned by the National Underwater and Marine Agency to investigate the source of poisons that are killing coral and creating a red tide on such a massive scale that the world's oxygen supply will soon shrink to an unlivable level if the horror can't be reversed. Dirk rescues from assassination and falls for beautiful Eva Rojas of the World Health Organization, who is in Africa to find the source of the fatal plague now turning thousands of natives into bands of frenzied cannibals who'll eat anything human and are fearless of gunfire. Whence this malignancy? As Pitt discovers, the country of Mali- -backed by a ruthless French industrialist--is in the solar nuclear waste disposal business, but the bad guys have poisoned the water table with their inept methods and befouling of the Niger. How does this tie in with Kitty Mannock's desert crash and her discovery of the Texas buried in the Sahara sands? And whose well-preserved, noble-featured body does Pitt find seated in a rocking chair in the ironclad? His initials are A.L.... For the faithful. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eukonidor on April 9 2004
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OK, I have read EVERY Dirk Pitt novel Clive Cussler has written, so I definitely qualify to review his books. I enjoy how Cussler pushes the technological envelope in each new story, even a little over the top; I also enjoy how Dirk Pitt is the ruthless hero (only to baddies, not to beautiful women) we've all wished our movie action heroes could be. If you've read more than one Dirk Pitt novel, you know what I'm talking about. No need to elaborate so as not to ruin it for others less fortunate.
By the way, I appreciate how he writes himself into nearly every novel. Don't criticize - you'd do it too if you knew how to make a living writing.
I enjoyed Sahara immensely. Cussler has a way of getting you to say, "Hmmm...could that be what really happened?"
I usually leave a LOT of room for authors to play with the rules of technology and even the laws of physics now and then.
However, despite Cussler's quality, I can't ignore this one:
If you are dehydrated to the point of death - no, wait, even if you are dehydrated significantly less than to the point of death - you don't simply drink quarts and quarts of water and in a matter of minutes fully recover, shake the dust off, and sally forth on your merry way. Even somewhat dehydrated, you will be on a table with an IV in your arm for several hours. I know this firsthand. Technology is one thing; medical accuracy is another.
Nonetheless...
A very good book, typical Cussler.
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I have been reading Clive Cussler novels for many years and I can call myself a true fan of Cussler's pop fiction. Of course, Cussler does not aspire to the status of "belles lettres" (high-class literature worthy of study for its aesthetic value), but this author excels in his chosen genre of adventure ("action") novel and of books with plots that relate (at least in part) to sea-faring exploits or maritime curiosities. "Sahara" is among the best of Cussler's novels, among my very favourite of his exciting epics; only "The Mediterranean Caper", "Iceberg", and "Raise the Titantic" are as thrilling as "Sahara" is". There are few films based on Cussler novels, the only two of which I know being cinematic treatments of "Sahara", a great box-office success, and "Raise the Titanic" (a novel, hence the film too, whose plausibility suffers in retrospect only due to the discovery of the Titanic wreck well after Cussler had written his novel and after the film industry made a cinematic treatment of it). I read "Sahara" many years before the film came out. Both the novel and the film are "super"!

Cussler researches his subjects exceedingly well. The Tuaregs in "Sahara" are true to the life, religious beliefs and practices, and lore of this peculiar Muslim sect in Mali (e.g., whose men, rather than their women, wear an all-encompassing veil). Cussler's experience at sea, especially in exploring wrecks and naval mysteries, shows in all of his novels. Having been in the U.S. Navy myself (even having consorted for a few months with the "Navy Seals") during the Kennedy presidency in the early 1960s, I can appreciate the authenticity of Cussler's Naval and Maritime lore as he depicts it.
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Clive (Jive) Cussler is allegedly an Adventure/Action author. In reality he's somewhere between Fantasyland and the Outer Limits. Lol(leap of logic), this guys stories are sometimes bizarre to say the least.
Am I being too harsh? Hell, I haven't even started. I have tried to read three of Cusslers books and three times I have failed to finish them. Thats right I haven't even finished this book. I get to the point where I think this is so stupid, to continue to read this drivel, is to make me as stupid as I must be, to have bought this insult to my intelligence.(did you follow that? good you might dislike this book too!) So, if you're dumb enough to read this book after my 1/2 star review, you don't really want to know more than I'm going to tell anyway.
What's really excruciating is that Cussler can come up with some great imaginative plots and then he just blows them up by going over the top. I've seen him do it in three books. What he thinks is clever is really incongruous. I understand and want my Adventure/Action to be exciting, even improbable but Cussler doesn't do improbable, he's into three other I's, Impossible, Inane and Idiotic.
I know, you're wondering if I'm ever going to tell you about the book? If I have to, but first let me address why this book gets good reviews. To do that, I'm going to explain this phenomenon in a scenario that Jive/Clive himself could appreciate.
This is probably fiction but who knows? In any case you could find something this improbable in a Cussler book. Cussler is an Alien! Not from another country, silly, another Galaxy. He is the vanguard for a race of Aliens that hope to conquer and enslave us. They plan not to confront us, but to subvert us.
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"Sahara" was about the seventh Dirk Pitt book I have read and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed any of the other ones. The plot is formulaic (but I like the formula) and the adventure was top notch. My favorite part of Cussler's work is reading the historic vingette at the beginning of the novel and then waiting to see how it relates to the outcome. This was an interesting adventure for Dirk Pitt in the aspect that other than the exporatory work on the Nile and the journey up the Niger River to locate the source of pollution, the entire story takes place on the most inhospitable land imaginable, the Sahara Desert. I heartily recommend this book to the seasoned Cussler reader or to someone whom has never read a Dirk Pitt adventure. The author's cameo was one of his better ones and my favorite character, St. Julien Perlmutter, is featured prominently. Yves Massarde was one of my favorite villians. I think I'll read "Treasure" next due to the references to it in this story. The other Dirk Pitts I have read are: "Atlantis Found," "Vahalla Rising," "The Mediterrianean Caper," "Pacific Vortex," "Inca Gold" and "Iceberg." I can't get enough of these great stories. The only downside I had was that I read the paperback, so the drawings of the vehicles and maps in the book were limited and I wonder if the hardcover copy had a some more. I would have especially liked to have seen the Luxury Yaht and Land Yaht. I am currently reading Sea Hunters II. Clive Cussler has overtaken Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Ken Follet and Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston as my favorite all time author.
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