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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.
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.
All the major heroes are charismatic, super-competent, calm, and saintly. I almost started laughing out loud when I read the lengthy list of academic degrees, accomplishments and skills one hero had built up by the age of 30, any one of which most of us would be happy to achieve in a working lifetime. The heroes do get hurt and do make mistakes, but never seem to suffer more than inconvenience because of it. I kept expecting someone to cry out: "Zounds! It was only a flesh wound!"
As an archeology buff, I will refrain from posting my opinion of the archeology in the book, since Amazon would delete most of the words. I'll just say that if America had been visited by pre-Columbian Old Worlders as frequently as suggested in the book, the major hazard they'd have faced would have been colliding with each other at sea like the Andrea Doria and Stockholm do in this book!
Lest this all sound hypercritical, I will say that the book did keep me reading and interested. If I run across others of Cussler's NUMA books, I might even pick them up to read on plane flights and the like....
Most recent customer reviews
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!Published on Nov. 4 2013 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass
This book was very good reading, but it fell apart when I was trying to read it. This was very annoying because I usually try to pass my books on to relatives when I am through,... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2012 by Gloria Price
I don't give it a full five stars,mainly because there are better adventures. It is a hell of a read though!Published on June 21 2003 by Arel Cem
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2002 by John R. Linnell
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. Read morePublished on July 29 2002
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.. Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by B. Barrett
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... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2001 by microtv