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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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After traveling through the desert for days or weeks, seeing no animals, meeting no humans, civilization, no matter how tiny or primitive, comes as a stunning surprise. Read the first page
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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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By A Customer on March 13 2005
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THis is by far the best Clive Cussler book I ever read, I only read around seven of his books but this is superior because of all the plot twists.
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By rashid on June 17 2004
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if anymone came to me asked me, 'sir, which clive cussler book would you recommend to me?' i would doff my bowler hat back and reply: 'Sahara'. Sahara without a doubt in my mind is one of the best cussler moves written at his height. this is more gungho than the others and is more American, like a rambo movie.its got great ideas as well as some great historical ideas. if the only critism i have it is that it is bit overlong,but still great.
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This being my third Clive Cussler novel, I was both entertained and annoyed while reading it. The historical parts interested me, and Cussler has a clever way of making you forget things you read at the beginning of the book, so that it's surprising at the end. Other than that, it follows the classic formula Cussler uses for all of his novels. Suave, charming hero with the same repetitive one-liners, faithful but uninspiring sidekick, near death experiences, and finally winning the day with some unbelievable and ridiculously clever (to the extent that it hurts) plot. Good for a laugh, but not much else.
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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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