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Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA files

Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA files [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Paul Kemprecos
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From Publishers Weekly

After more than a quarter century of chronicling the aquatic adventures of action hero Dirt Pitt, Cussler (Flood Tide; Shock Wave) has finally decided to cast his line in somewhat different waters. Co-written by veteran mystery author Paul Kemprecos (Bluefin Blues; The Mayflower Murder), this novel still features the sturdy men and women of the National Underwater Marine Agency, plenty of hair-raising derring-do and a convivial cast of characters engaged in an outlandishly hatched thrill ride. The stars of this show are NUMA divers Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, two young bucks without the seasoning and panache of Pitt but worthy successors, nonetheless. They are trying to find out why top archeologists are being killed, some of them butchered, at dig sites. The archeologists have apparently stumbled across artifacts proving, contrary to established historical thought, that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first Old World explorer to set foot in the New World. The killings can be traced to a mysterious organization in Texas called Time Quest, whose stated mission is to provide volunteers for digs. Its real intention, however, is much darker: to prevent anyone from learning that Spain was not the first on the scene in the New World and that the culture it claimed to discover had, in fact, been imported from other corners of the globe. Ultimately, Time Quest's leader, the evil Francisco Halcon, wants to foment revolution in the Western U.S. and reclaim it as Latin-American territory. The showdown between Halcon and NUMA's forces plays out in typical Cussler furyAfirst on the decks of the sunken passenger liner Andrea Doria in the waters off Nantucket and again in an underwater Mayan crypt in Guatemala. It's all great fun, if not a little top-heavy at times from flabby subplots and excessive detail on arcane historical facts and the machinery of deep-sea exploration. As for Pitt, his fans will be relieved to know that he and longtime sidekick Al Giordino make a brief appearance to wish Austin and Zavala luck, then depart for a mission in Antarctica, no doubt to return with tales of peril and glory. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It won't surprise those who remember Cussler's Raise the Titanic! (1976) that he now uses the 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria as the springboard for another thriller involving the National Underwater and Maritime Agency. According to Cussler, the Andrea Doria sinking was deliberate, but that secret begins unraveling two generations later, when archaeologist Nina Kirov, fleeing a "terrorist" attack on her dig, is rescued by a NUMA vessel. Aboard are Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, NUMA field operatives equally deft with underwater hardware and the ladies. The pair's first job is standing off the "terrorists" pursuing Kirov. Plots--not to mention counterplots--rapidly thicken as NUMA squares off against Halcon, who is clearly a descendant of Fu Manchu despite his Latino characterization. Halcon seeks an immense treasure, brought by fleeing Carthaginians to the Mayan empire, to finance an independent Latino nation in the U.S. Southwest. Before Halcon is defeated, Cussler dispenses, with new collaborator Kemprecos' aid, the fast action, larger-than-life characters, less-than-graceful prose, credulity-stretching scenarios, and high-saltwater content that are his trademarks. A superlative subplot relays the adventures of archaeologist Gamay Trout and her companion, the Mayan Dr. Chi, as they try to escape outlaws, Halcon's minions, and the natural hazards of the Yucatan Peninsula. Likely to prove eminently satisfactory to Cussler fans. Roland Green


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 759 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 480 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1451627106
  • Verlag: Pocket Books (1. Mai 2000)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FC0U12
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Silly Book 7. Juni 2000
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Sigh. The names may change (Dirk Pitt = Kurt Austin) but the formula plot remains the same. A decades old shipwreck (Andrea Doria) contains the key to an ancient mystery and buried treasure somewhere on the North American continent, and our hero, Dirk (oops, Kurt), must foil the evil plans of the bad guys and save the treasure for the good old U.S. of A!
This formula works fairly well when Cussler takes his time to actually research a novel. That's why books like Night Probe, Vixen 03, and Raise the Titanic remain top notch sailor yarns. In the case of Serpent, however, Cussler and Kemprecos must have felt it unnecessary to do even the slightest bit of research into the history of the Phoenecians, Mayans, or Columbus. Their dates and times are all off -- often by centuries -- and Dirk's (oops, Kurt's) final musing that the Japanese taught the ancient Maya how to fly kites had me rolling on the floor.
There are plot holes in this book large enough to drive a semi-truck through, and the so-called villain is one of the most ridiculous characters Cussler has ever foisted on his fans (many, I suspect, soon to be ex-fans if he keeps shoveling this type of stuff at us). What's worse, the inane plot of this novel, that no evidence of ancient contact between the Old World and the New World exists, forces Cussler to ignore the events of some of his previous novels as if they never happened. Therefore, the events of Raise the Titanic are mentioned and considered part of NUMA continuity, but the events of Treasure, where Dirk (not Kurt) dug up the ancient Library of Alexandria in Texas, has to be ignored as if it never happened because it completely destroys the premise of Serpent.
Cussler is clearly doing nothing more than going through the motions at this point. He should take his novels more seriously or stop writing altogether because right now all he is doing is embarrasing himself.
I cannot and do not recommend this novel.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Don't be fooled by the Cussler name! 26. Mai 2000
I will admit at the outset to being a complete sucker. Why, you may ask? Well, it's because I saw a new Clive Cussler book was released, introducing a new NUMA hero, and snapped it up without hesitation. Nine times out of ten you can't go wrong with Cussler - he's an entertaining read. Then I got the book, and realized it was co-authored. OK, I thought, it should still be good. Well, "so-so" is a better description of this book.
It seems that Mr. Cussler has finally followed Tom Clancy down the road to "franchising", in a manner of speaking. Clancy, as most will know, has slapped his name on co-authored "Op Center" and similar series in which the writing is unlike any of Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. The effort is actually a novel by a lesser-known author with the Clancy name - and perhaps some minor contributions - to sell copies. Mr. Cussler seems to have done the same here. This book does not read like the Cussler novels fans have grown accustomed to. It does seem that he lent some very minor contributions here and there, as if to make sure the NUMA background matched up with the Dirk Pitt novels, but little else seems to have Mr. Cussler's "fingerprints" on it. This suggests, like Clancy, that the Cussler name is there to ensure sales.
This book does read fast in places, but overall, the story unfolds at a sloth's pace. There are passages too heavy in descriptiveness and frivolous background, which contributes to the slow pace of the story. The plot surrounding Christopher Columbus and the pre-Columbus contact with the New World is a fascinating one, but could have been better played out in a Dirk Pitt (read: solo Cussler) novel.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Credibility Impossible 5. Januar 2000
This review is for the audio tape, which I listened to on my daily commute on 495. In "Serpent: The NUMA Files", Clive Cussler tests your credulity far too much. At the book's beginning, Cussler wants us to believe that a seaman, with a long scar from eye to lips, is the major cause of the ramming of the Andrea Dora by the Stockholm. This scar-faced fellow shows up again, 30-40 years later. He's there to protect the claim of Columbus to be first in the New World! Further, the author wants you to believe that the many disappearances of archaeologic teams over the last few decades resulted from the actions of an old organization, "The Brotherhood". The Brotherhood is an outgrowth of the Spanish Inquisition, thus requiring you to believe in the discredited "Black Legend" of Spain's colonial history. All this conspiring makes you wonder why The Brotherhood did not kill Harvard Professor Barry Fell before he could publish his book, "America B.C.: Ancient Visitors ...". Professor Fell claims the the Libyans, Phoenicians and Celts were all here in the centuries before Christ. Oh well, The Brotherhood would also have to dispose of all the school chridren who are taught that the Vikings preceded Columbus by about 500 years. Finally, towards the end of the book, the author introduces the head of The Brotherhood who has a modern revision of group's mission for the scar-faced sailor: they will not only defend Columbus' claim to be first but they will also defend accomplishments of the native population. For example, the Mayans developed a wonderful calendar. This was just too much for my credibility quotient. I popped out the tape and went back to listening to NPR.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fine
Low price, high quality, is as advertised. I have only good things to say. I would buy here again without worry.
Vor 13 Monaten von john paiva veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome read!
The first in the series of adventures of NUMA's Special Assignments Director Kurt Austin and his team (Joe Zavala, Gamay and Paul Trout) is not supposed to replace Dirk Pitt as our... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Februar 2006 von RobertM
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great suspense! Thrilling!
A great story, spanning history from the age of the Phoenicians to Columbus' travels to end up finally in our time period. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2003 von technozid
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Entertainment, But Drifts a Little
This is my second Cussler novel, and it was disappointing after my previous experience. Cussler writes an incredibly interesting plot, and builds his characters well. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von Dale Davis
5.0 von 5 Sternen 5- Star Review
I felt that when reading this book it kept me at the edge of my seat. I also would recomend this book to any of my friends. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Dissapointment!
Not up to Cussler's other books. It is as if some one else wrote the book (Paul Kemprecos? ) and used Clive's name.
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Walter J. George
OK... ready? Take a bit of history, some likable characters, several harrowing escapes, and a wee bit of treasure. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2000 von Harley
2.0 von 5 Sternen Dirk Pitt poorly cloned
Well, obviously Clive Cussler cares about keeping the worth of his trademarked character, Dirk Pitt, intact. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not one of Cussler's best
I've read all of Cussler's and this one didn't do it for me. The story line about a brotherhood of killers trying to keep the fact that Columbus didn't discover America didn't... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Flat Mac
4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable
This is only the second Clive Cussler book I've read (the first was "Raise the Titanic!" way back in the 70's). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2000 von Doc Sarvis
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The Brotherhoods prime duty is to erase all evidence of prior contact between the Old and the New World before Columbus. &quote;
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The reason we continue to conceal pre-Columbian contact is to give Hispanics greater pride in their own heritage. If claims were blasted in the media that all the great cultures of Mesoamerica came from Europe and China or Japan, it would greatly dim the accomplishments of our people and send them to the backwaters of history. &quote;
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great pleasure and enthusiasm. Ive had the privilege of knowing Kurt and Joe for many &quote;
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