Sahara Paperback – May 2 1994
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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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
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.See all Product Description
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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.
A very good book, typical Cussler.
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.Read more ›
Often it is the equivelant of writing a character who comes out and says "It's good to have you home; I see that you have sucessfully driven to work and accomplished your tasks there. By the bag in your hand I can tell that you have gone to the store and purchased the bananas, tomatoes, and pie crusts that we needed."
Most recent customer reviews
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.Published on March 13 2005
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'. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by rashid
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... Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by S. Roberts
Clive (Jive) Cussler is allegedly an Adventure/Action author. In reality he's somewhere between Fantasyland and the Outer Limits. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Mr D.
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 morePublished on July 23 2003 by BRAD BAUGHMAN
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 morePublished on May 5 2003 by Darla E Breda