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4.0 out of 5 stars good
Not his best or his worst but worth a read. NUMA is not my favourite so take it with a grain of salt
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cussler's Other Hero
Kirk Austin's second adventure doesn't compare to the worst of Dirk Pitt's (Vahalla Rising). This series is strictly for die-hard Cussler-ites only, who can't wait for the next Dirk Pitt adventure.
Published on June 16 2003 by D. B. Gray


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4.0 out of 5 stars good, Sept. 14 2013
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Not his best or his worst but worth a read. NUMA is not my favourite so take it with a grain of salt
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tarnished, May 2 2004
Unlike the Dirk Pitt series, the adventures of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala in "Blue Gold" are not only well-worn but highly improbable. Granted, the Dirk Pitt series isn't realistic, but the plot was belted out with such panache and humor that a good read was guaranteed. The same cannot be said, however, for Kurt Austin in Blue Gold.
Rarely suspenseful or even exciting, Blue Gold is at best a cure cure for insomnia- definitely not comparable with the sterling Dirk Pitt collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars new heroes, same story, July 3 2003
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Linda Oskam "dutch-traveller" (Amsterdam Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful female scientist has found the secret of a process to produce drinking water from seawater, but the leader of an imperium that controls the world's water supplies wants to get her out of the way. She ends up in the Amazonian jungle, where she is found by two of Kurt's colleagues. In the meantime Kurt and Joe try to solve the death of a group of whales before the coast of Mexico. Soon they find out that their quest is related to that of their colleagues. Their explorations bring them from Mexico to Alaska and then to the shores of Lake Tahoe, where they stop the impending global disaster only a few days before it is due to happen.
Here is your recipe for the 21st century's books by Clive Cussler: replace Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino by Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, Dirk's love for old cars by Kurt's love for duelling pistols and let the rest of the ingredients be the same: NUMA, the wisecracks, the superhuman efforts, the beautiful ladies and the megalomanic villain that wants to rule the world. Normally speaking such changes irritate me, but Kurt and Joe are so much like Dirk and Al that one hardly notices the difference. And all in all it is just a nice action thriller to read on a warm summer's day (or a long winter night).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cussler's Other Hero, June 16 2003
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D. B. Gray (Raging Main) - See all my reviews
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Kirk Austin's second adventure doesn't compare to the worst of Dirk Pitt's (Vahalla Rising). This series is strictly for die-hard Cussler-ites only, who can't wait for the next Dirk Pitt adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brittany's Book Review, April 22 2003
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Blue Gold is great book by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos. The main character is Kurt Austin instead of Dirk Pitt. A company is trying to control all of the Wolrd's water supply while the Trouts are trying to solve the mystery of the lost tribe in the rainforest. They found a long lost scientist that created a desalting process. It had a great ending. If you like adventure than this book is for you. Other Clive Cussler books are great too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on this one, April 13 2003
I have read all of Clive Cussler's books and loved every one of them. Very entertaining light action adventure that is perfect for long boring airplane rides. I was looking forward to going on a new adventure with Dirk Pitt in Blue Gold, but what I got instead was [weak]imitation of the real thing. You may think I'm being too cynical, but some how I can't help thinking that collaborations like this are just a publishers way of pushing sub par writing by riding on the coattails of a well known and respected author. I can't blame Clive Cussler for trying to find ways to increase the income stream, after all, it's the American way. Maybe he even enjoys doing a collaboration. Whatever his motivations, I am not appreciative and feel cheated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable IF..., Dec 30 2002
...you bear in mind that this is NOT a Dirk Pitt book, and everything happening here is set on a much smaller scale. Blue Gold clearly lacks the flair of Dr. Cussler's mainstream franchise, so don't expect that this novel will wow you like Pitt. Some parts are simply silly (like the henchmen twins), but then again, if you treat it as light entertainmnet, Blue Gold is a nice way to spend a weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Gold Is Still Shining, Dec 17 2002
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By: Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos
Blue Gold is an exquisite book written by Clive Cussler and Co-Authored by Paul Kemprecos. This New York Times best selling series is 378 pages long with a captivating plot that can rival Michael Crichton or JRR Tolkien. Cussler is an amazing writer who always manages come up with colorful eco-terrorists, megalomaniacs with their ambitions primed for world domination, and a few regular old criminals thrown in for good measure.
In this new exciting adventure the National Underwater & Marine Agency's Special Project's Directors, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, nearly die during a powerboat race for a fundraising event when a pod of dead bloated whales float onto the course. An investigation into the death of the whale pod take them to a secret underwater facility disguised as a Tortilla factory. As one event leads to another the duo soon uncovers a diabolical plot to monopolize one the world's most important resources by a 7 foot Valkyrie.
Meanwhile in the dense jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest a mysterious tribe with the legend of a white goddess. Kurt and Joe have hunch that this so called "white goddess" might be the key to unraveling the plot to take over the world. Helped by a husband-wife NUMA team who've already made the goddess's acquaintance; Kurt and Joe must solve this mystery of suspense, blackmail, and murder.
Reading this book was like listening to one of Beethoven's symphonies, every event was detailed and prepared the way for the next conflict perfectly. Anyone who enjoys James Bond flicks or adores action/adventure will love this book. This is the perfect gift for the holidays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Book, July 29 2002
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"geroxxinkorea" (APO, AP United States) - See all my reviews
Again, this is a good book in this series. I could not put it down. Good twisted ending also.
I'm not going to rehash the plot.... If you liked the first one... you will like this one also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Derk needs to show this guy what real adventure is like, July 3 2002
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Charles Hickey "The Dogwalker" (Marlboro, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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It wasn't hard to determine which parts of the book were written by Cussler and what parts were from Kemprecos. They did blend together towards the end but alot of the book was like a light switch, back and forth.
One of the things, in most of the Derk Pitt books was constant action and adventure. Blue Gold is somewhat tame and gentle through the opening 1/3 of the book. Kurt Austin doesn't seem to be the ladies man like Derk was. I had trouble getting a mental picture of his partner Joe.
The story line is pure Cussler. The world is, as always, on the brink of a major problem. The worlds fresh water supply is almost totally controled by a 7 foot female who has built her headquarters to resemble a Viking hall complete with Dragon boat.
There are two different sides to this story and they do wind their way together as the story progresses. The ending of the book saves it from be a total disapointment, but "it ain't Derk Pitt!" Maybe Cussler has painted himself into a corner with Derk. He's way too good of a writer to stay there long. Clive, a new series with a new theme is needed - PLEASE.
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