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Serpent : A Novel from the NUMA Files [Paperback]

Clive; Kemprecos, Paul Cussler
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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NINA KIROV STOOD AT THE TOP OF THE ANCIENT STAIRWAY, EYES sweeping the nearly stagnant green waters of the lagoon, thinking she had never seen a coast more barren than this isolated stretch of Moroccan shoreline. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars After a while, they all become the same.... July 13 2004
By Evan M.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all of the Dirk Pitt books, so I bought this book knowing that I would inevitably compare Kurt Austin with Dirk Pitt. Even with the help of Paul Kemprecos, it was clearly evident that this would be yet another adventure straight from the Cussler formula machine. Every single Dirk Pitt novel is pretty much the same. There's 1) some kind of maritime accident/crime that happened in the past, 2) some kind of fantastic treasure or valuable cargo on it, 3) an evil psychopath that wants to destroy the world, 4) a woman in jeopardy, and 5) Dirk/Kurt to the rescue.
Having said that, I thought this book was entertaining. Even though all of Cussler's books tend to be the same, I still thought it was a rip-roaring adventure. I couldn't really detect what value Kemprecos added, though. It was as if Cussler wrote this book himself.
My only major complaint would be that I'm a little disappointed that since he was starting a new series, that Cussler couldn't even try to make it more unique. The pairing of a tall, thin Anglo Saxon man who collects strange things (cars/pistols) with a short, stocky, strong ethnic (Italian/Latino) partner who smokes cigars.... oh well. People complain that this is a Dirk/Al clone, and rightly so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So, so story Jan. 8 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
1) The audiobook version was a fair listen, with the reader not being the worst but not the best I've heard this past year. It was good enough that I listened to the entire program.
2) Dirk Pitt clone...whats the point?!?
3) The "far-fetched" story was so complex that a large percentage of the audiobook was simply dedicated to characters trying to explain how everything came to be with the bad guys and their motives.
4) A few of the characters are engaging and fun.
5) Visiting foreign locals always adds to the adventures.
6) I've read far better from Cussler and would say this one you can take it or leave it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read!! Nov. 4 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was such a great Kurt Austin adventure that I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it! I would recommend this book to all Clive Cussler fans!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mass produced thriller Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just like every one of its ilk. It is what it is. One quick afternoon of reading and you are done.Predictable...but you know what you are getting when you buy it. Mass produced "thrillers", cranked out by authors to make a quick buck.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much better than a beach read.... Aug. 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This will be short and only somewhat sweet. Clive Cussler ( with Paul Kemprecos) has written an ok novel about a far fetched theory of an outfit called The Brotherhood. The first chapter on the sinking of the Andrea Doria is pure Cussler. Three hundred and twenty nine pages later we get back to the results of that sinking - somewhat wiser as to why - but this really is a long drawn out story which does little to endear me to the new genre of "A Novel from the NUMA Files." It is well enough written and containes some interesting historical assertions - but it is not much better than a beach read. If that's what you are looking for - this will do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel July 29 2002
Format:Paperback
I'm not sure why some people are knocking these "NUMA File" books. I grew up loving the Dirk Pitt character and now I have new characters to learn about.
I like the new series...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read but its lacking something April 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
being a long time clive cussler addict, i would have to say that serpent is not one of his better books maybe that is because there being a co author maybe not.. dont get me wrong it is a enjoyable book as all of his books are. but there seems to be somethings missing. certain references to past books that were changed such as canada not being a part of the u.s. ya i know im nitpicking. but over all a very enjoyable read. i hope these new characters get the chance to grow like dirk and al did in the first books. and maybe someday a cross over book with all the characters in one. that would be interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too bad- it could have been soooo much better. Dec 15 2001
By microtv
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the other reviews before starting this. Some loved it, others were disappointed. I have to believe that if you have never before read a Cussler book, you would enjoy this one. If you do enjoy Cussler's other books, then you will spend the majority of your time noting the similarities to the Dirk Pitt series.
On the other hand, I don't think Mr. Cussler ever really claimed to be a world-class author. If I'm not mistaken, he uses the income from his books to finance his other interests- interests that the rest of us can only dream about. So- if you have a long plane flight sometime, read the book. If you are looking for a new hero to read about, skip it. You already know these guys.
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