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Black Wind | [Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler]

Black Wind

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure, a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of deadly virus.
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Publisher's Summary

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure, a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of deadly virus.

Neither sub made it to the designated target.

But that does not mean they were lost.

Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside, a plan that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA.

Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, has even teamed up with his children to track them down and end their menace, but never has he looked upon the face of pure evil...until now.

©2004 Sandecker, RLLLP; (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land- and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brick's slick performance does justice not only to the plot, but also to the assortment of foreign characters whose accents ring true. His voluble reading makes the hours of listening fly by." (AudioFile)

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    Daniel Potomac, MD, USA 05-24-05
    Daniel Potomac, MD, USA 05-24-05
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    "Ya Gotta Love Him"

    Clive Cussler fans will enjoy this book as well or better than Clive's previous Pitt novels. I know I did.
    However, in 'Black Wind' Cussler has resorted to an approach to writing that is becoming more and more common with our leading novelists; teaming (and identifying) with another author in writing their later books. As I recall, Tom Clancy was one the first to do so in recent times.
    While apparently an attractive approach for the author, I am not sure that these collaborations give fair value to their readers. In other words, I find that most of these products are inferior to the author's earlier output.
    At best, I suppose, the addition of a complementary collaborator can add demonstrable qualitative value to a work. Unfortunately, I haven't come across an instance where that is true. A second reason for teaming up is to add some 'weight' to the book. I find that this is the most prevalent exemplar.
    Please don't get me wrong; I don't believe this approach is, ipso facto, inferior -- I don?t. ?Black Wind' seems to fall into this category and I found it to be a good read.
    What this format does is make the book's 'style' different. After ingesting a ton of Cussler books (as I have), one comes to expect a distinctive m?tier; an inherent structure, vocabulary, flow, sentence and paragraph construction, etc., etc.
    What I noticed was considerably more content to long descriptive passages (occasionally pages in length) that talk ABOUT stuff. Whereas Cussler has always provided us with ACTION, it is a bit off-putting to be confronted with whole sections of the book where NOTHING HAPPENS, interspersed with the kind of familar action passages we have come to expect and love.
    Bottom line? It's still a good read with the partnership taking little away from the overall quality of 'Black Wind.'

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Will Columbia, SC, United States 06-30-05
    Will Columbia, SC, United States 06-30-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Good"

    Clive Cussler is the Jerry Bruckheimer of authors. He's prolific, mainstream, and totally predictable. That said, this book is almost perfect for long car rides when you don't want to tax your mind lest you lose your concentration on the road. The story is a stretch but enjoyable. My only real complaint and the only reason I've rated this a 3 rather than a 4 is that the dialogue between characters is just plain horrible. The reader is good and if you can get past the patronizing conversations, it's not a bad listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 06-17-05
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 06-17-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Not bad for continuing character lives"

    I've been a Clive Cussler fan now for 4 years. I like the way that that Dirk Pitt has finally come of age. Now its time for Dirk Pitt (Sort of Jr.)
    'Pitt' has not lost the edge which is good and you can see that 'Dirk' follows in Dad's footsteps and so does 'Summer'.
    This is a very good read and opens a new world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-29-05
    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-29-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Finally... Cussler"

    I am currently reading the hardback of this book because I couldn't find it on Audio. Thanks audible for getting some recent Cussler books! Now I can get caught up on Dirk and Summer and their dad. The twins are having some thrilling adventures in this one and as usual there is a guest appearance.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Harmon Floral, Arkansas USA 04-13-13
    Michele Harmon Floral, Arkansas USA 04-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great fun!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Wind to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book, yet. I just hope the book is as good as the audio!


    What did you like best about this story?

    They really kept me guessing about what was killing off everyone. I really liked that this one was more about Dirk Jr. And Summer. Of course Dirk Sr. Made an appearance later in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Summer. If I were younger she would be to look up to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the character that was given Clive Cussler's name!! The narration was excellent. The pace was appropriate for what was happening at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Northglenn, CO, United States 02-01-13
    Bob Northglenn, CO, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great story by CC"
    Where does Black Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 100 not a literary stand out but very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He always adds a history lesson that I find interesting.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He moves from character to character seamlessly and makes each one their own.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that kind of book :)


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 11-19-12
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Although possible, the idea was a bit spooky"

    I love Cussler so this was just another good book. Chemical warfare is probably in our future so this one really made me think that the way we go may not be pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-27-12
    08-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    "yes read"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Wind the most enjoyable?

    if you are a Clive Cussler fan. you should read this one. no real lullpoints


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-29-11
    Ian Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Every Character is the Same"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Towson, MD, United States 06-27-05
    Robert Towson, MD, United States 06-27-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Story , Questionable Science"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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