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Black Wind Audiobook

Black Wind

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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.'

    38 of 41 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 2006
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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.

    4 of 4 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 2002
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Mansfield, AR, United States 04-28-15
    Robin Mansfield, AR, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another solid offering by Author & Performer."

    Author misses on small details. Pacing good. Story is engaging. Reader does usual fine job.

    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 2006
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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.

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-07-15
    Robert 05-07-15
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    "Enjoyed as per usual with Cussler books"

    Narrator is very good
    Enjoyed book very much. Probably middle of the pack on my list of cussler books, but still worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Early Adopter Riverton, UT United States 04-18-15
    Early Adopter Riverton, UT United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"

    Loved the book, can't wait to listen to the other Dirk Pitt books. Similar to Jack Ryan books by Clancy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Schleif 06-27-05 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erv Frymer 09-02-16
    Erv Frymer 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "just what you can expect from the cussler s"

    just what you can expect from the cussler s well worth the read
    on to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 07-16-16
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 07-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Noter / Notam"

    Just a point of truth not mentioned. In the 60s - 70s while in the Coast Guard I was stationed in the 11th District. One tour I was responsible for writing and publishing the Notice to Mariners. Any time there was a launching of a rocket off Vandenberg we had to put out a Notice to Mariners, both in hard copy as well as it being transmitted by Coast Guard Radio Long Beach for receipt by all the Mariners off the coast. We worked in conjunction with the Air Force who broadcasted a Notice to Airmen for all the aviators. If there was a clue that a launch either at sea or on shore that wasn't provided for transmission an immediate investigation would be started. I'm not saying that an aircraft would be launched butI'm sure that there would be a panic and all hell would break loose. Everybody who needed to know, would know.

    Even with goofs like this I felt the story was outstanding and I would recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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