The Storm

The Storm

A Novel From the NUMA Files

Book - 2012
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When the incomplete invention of a genius environmentalist falls into the wrong hands, it's the NUMA crew that will be the first casualties of war, and team leader Kurt Austin will stop at nothing to get justice for his fellow agents in this #1 New York Times- bestselling series.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots the familiar sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames.

A few hours later, Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and other members of the NUMA Special Assignments Team are dispatched to check on their colleagues. They find no survivors, but the remains of a new technological marvel on the smoldering hulk of the ship point them towards a new adversary.

Knowing the victims makes this mission deeply personal for Austin and Zavala. They'll uncover the scheme: an audacial plan to alter the weather on a global scale. They'll find the technology that can make it happen: microrobots, originally designed to stave off polution. But what they may not learn in time is the face of their true enemy. And, on assignment this close to the hearts and minds of the NUMA crew, the danger is likely to hit close to home.

Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless imagination that are unique to Cussler, The Storm is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012
ISBN: 9780425259658
9780399160134
Branch Call Number: F CUS NVD
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Graham 1969-

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rottenmutts
Jan 09, 2013

Clive has overreached on this one. Many of his writers have given us interesting pulp over the years but "The Storm" is a book which leave YOU feeling like a fool for reading it to the end when you knew early on you should have packed it in.

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nitetraino
Dec 14, 2012

Same old Cussler formula with lots of diabolical scheming and destruction by a maniac. A bit too much for my taste without enough emphasis on a particular underutilized island group. 4 of 10 stars

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Komplikator
Dec 09, 2012

Spoiler Alert.

This comment contains some plot elements

I'm just about done with Cussler

He has always played fast and loose with the English Language, but I can forgive that for a good read.

But within 10 pages he has folks swimming out of a compartment at least 10-12 feet below sea level against in rushing waters??

They find a security badge in a locker full of extra work uniforms?

A pilot fleeing Austin exits a mooring area and instead of heading into the wind to escape turns DOWNWIND to set up the take off

I mean fiction is one thing, but pure fantasy is quite another

If I could give this a zero star vote I would. but I'll have to settle for 1 star

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gloryb
Nov 13, 2012

Dirk Pitt doesn't feature in this novel, but others, Kurt and Joe, working for NUMA are the main characters. A fascinating premise that weather can be changed and controlled by putting something into the oceans. Reminds me of the Haida Gwai experiment recently reported in the news. It's an OK read, but slow going until 3/4 way through. It seems to take a while in order to establish the motives of the bad guys, their chosen means of destruction, getting the good guys on their trail and finally putting a stop to the bad guys. The tension builds towards the end as Kurt and Joe both try to stop destruction on a massive scale at different locales. I didn't enjoy the casual banter among the good guys or the attempt to inject humor into their conversations.

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Mommies2
Aug 05, 2012

I love this author and this series. The characters work well together and I find Cussler is adding more humorous interactions with his characters. As mentioned by earlier reader, it is a nice way of learning about history. A+ read!!!

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smworthy
Jul 05, 2012

Not too bad. The NUMA Files are not my favorite series by Clive Cussler, but this one was a bit better than the others. Felt a little short, though -- not the usual with several plot lines going at the same time.

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karenw32
Jul 04, 2012

Another excellent book! :)

KatSu Jun 16, 2012

Fascinating as usual. The main thing I love about Clive Cussler is he builds his stories around an interesting piece of history. I am always learning new things from him.

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