Very disappointing. This is my second Clive Cussler book. I first listened to the Chase, and I was hooked, engaged, and surprised throughout. Black Wind is formulaic- everything that happens is very predictable. I don't even mind that type of action at times, however, the worst part about this book were the characters. Every character had very similar personalities with the exact same sense of humor. I started playing a game of trying to guess the next joke that a character would attempt.
A lively and inventive story built upon historical facts and reasonable suppositions. My enjoyment was somewhat marred by an excessive number of scientific and engineering boners. For example, light is reflected, not refracted from low lying clouds, freeze-dried materials are rehydrated, not hydrogenated, radio waves do not propagate through sea water and cannot possibly be used to communicate with an underwater exploratory vehicle.
Maybe the abridged version would have been better. Very long-winded descriptions which killed the pace of the story time after time.
I bought this book after reading the other reviews and I have to wonder what book they thought they were reviewing. There are no suprises here. The villians are ugly and bad; the heros good, handsome, fearless, and witty; and the women are all sexy. This book's plot is one dimensional and the writing puerile. Don't waste your money like I did.
Two stars is being generous. Cussler is too predictable. I used to enjoy his books but it is "same ole, same ole". Scott Brick as a reader doesn't help. He is a reader, not a performer. He sounds the same no matter what the book is. I bought this book in spite of him and ended up disappointed. No more Cussler and no more Brick. Save your money.
As an occasional student of microbiology, I must say that the "technical details", as they relate to microbiology, are unnecessarily contrived and fairly silly. Clancy was more believable in "Executive Orders". Like Bond in the movies, Pitt escapes time and again from unnecessarily contrived death traps (one, in fact, which appeared first in "Moonraker", if I remember correctly) - you have to wonder why the bad guys don't just shoot him...
A pleasant enough listen, none the less.