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Sahara [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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May 2 1994 Paragon Softcover Large Print Books
CLIVE CUSSLER'S SAHARA. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. Deep in the African desert, Pitt discovers that a top-scinetific installation is leaking a lethal chemical into the rivers, threatening to kill thousands of people - and to destroy all life in the world's seas. To warn the world of catastrophe, Pitt must escape capture and death at the hands of a ruthless West African dictator and French industrialist, and undertake a long, perilous journey across the merciless Sahara!
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Clive Cussler Book So Far 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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5.0 out of 5 stars classic cussler June 17 2004
By rashid
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but predictable April 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Pitt and Sahara are................The Pitts Jan. 26 2004
By Mr D.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Favorite Dirk Pitt Book
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is very long, but the pages fly by when you are reading it. The only Dirk Pitt book I like better is Treasure. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by BRAD BAUGHMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how I feel about this one.
I don't know how I feel about this one. I enjoyed reading it in the same way I might enjoy watching whatever made-for-tv movie might be playing on USA on a random weeknight. Read more
Published on July 5 2003 by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent Dirk Pitt adventure!
"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. Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Christopher Leber
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This book is brilliant. One of the best I've ever read. Cussler keeps you guessing right up to the end with non-stop action everywhere in between. Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Darla E Breda
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirk vs. the desert
This is possibly my most favorite Dirk Pitt Adventure. Is it possible that Abraham Lincoln was actually kidnapped by the Confederate Army? Read more
Published on April 28 2003 by Mark Wagenschutz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this is hot
This book is off the hook. Non-stop action to the max. Dirk Pitt is the new and improved James Bond. Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Sahara is HOT
This book in the Dirk Pitt series is probably the most action-packed, full of adrenaline and gun-blazing frenzy! Instantly addicting. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by Ian Kharitonov
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