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Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure | [Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos]

Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure

An enzyme that will dramatically prolong life has been discovered 2,000 feet down in the North Atlantic, in an area known as "Lost City". But why are the people attempting to harvest it getting killed? Why are the scientists in a remote Greek laboratory disappearing one by one? To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA's Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it's clear they have their work cut out for them, but it may be even bigger than they think.
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Publisher's Summary

An enzyme that will dramatically prolong life has been discovered 2,000 feet down in the North Atlantic, in an area known as "Lost City". But why are the people attempting to harvest it getting killed? Why are the scientists in a remote Greek laboratory disappearing one by one? What does this all have to do with a body found frozen in the ice high up in the Alps? To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA's Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it's clear they have their work cut out for them, but it may be even bigger than they think, in fact, it may be their greatest challenge of all.

Rich with all the hair-raising action and endless imagination that have become Cussler's hallmarks, Lost City is an exceptional thriller.

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

What the Critics Say

"[An] excellent series....Kidnappings, hair's-breadth escapes, fierce battles, strange science, beautiful women and plenty of action add up to vintage Cussler." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Snoodely 12-04-09
    Snoodely 12-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Guilty pleasure"

    I feel guilty about enjoying Cussler's novels so much. But they do always seem to deliver the fun elements that keep me enthralled: lots of action and adventure; inventive and imaginative plots; bad bad guys vs. good good guys; and, of course, the good guys always win. Cussler and, now, his co-authors produce undeniably satisfying escape fiction. But they also do their research -- kind of like Chris Kuznesky -- so that the stories, even though they strain credibility, are based on some element of historical or scientific fact. I'm docking a couple of stars from my rating of "Lost City" for two reasons. First, the premise of this story -- enzymes, derived from ocean bacteria, that can not only reverse aging, but extend life indefinitely -- strains credibility even too much for my taste. Secondly, Scott Brick's voice always annoys me. (I must admit, however, that Mr. Brick does a pretty good Scottish accent.) All the same, I recommend this audiobook to anybody who enjoys a guilty pleasure. If you are looking for an escape-fiction thriller audiobook to satisfy a slightly more cerebral, critical taste, try Chris Kuzneski's oeuvre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lovelock, NV, United States 12-07-11
    Frank Lovelock, NV, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Audio book down loaded to my kindle"
    If you could sum up Lost City in three words, what would they be?

    Another Cussler Great


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Like all of Clive Cussler's stories, there was action, impossible situations to get out of, and unexpeded turn of events.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers and as always does a great job on reading the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The were some laughs in the story, but the action and the flow of the story was what kept me glued to the auto book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that all of Clive Cussler's older books could be put on audio CD or Audio Book down loads, and in Unabridged format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 08-13-10
    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My first Clive Cussler"

    I enjoyed my first Clive Cussler book. He has an excellent ability to tell a story. By the end I felt that there were too many 'close calls' for one book. Other than that, an excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 06-28-10
    Julie 06-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "lost city"

    great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    fogelmatrix Doylestown, PA, United States 08-18-14
    fogelmatrix Doylestown, PA, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Major plot holes"

    I've been devouring the Numa Files audio books over the last several months and I have to say that this is the weakest so far. Brick delivers his usual excellence, but the story is lacking. I'll try not to give anything away, but at the end of one chapter they are exclaiming that they "must find the villain behind this nefarious plot" and at the beginning of the very next chapter, they know who the bad guy is without skipping a beat. Huh? Did I miss something?

    The villains in the Paul Kemprecos collaborations seem like overblown Bond villains, two dimensionally evil, without any depth other than world domination (who would want that job?) For my money, I'd stick with Cussler's collaboration with Graham Brown. The stories are much more believable.

    In addition, the audio book is poorly edited. Usually, the audio book chapters tend to mirror the actual chapters in a book. Not so in this case, which is annoying. Also, the edits between sections or chapters occur too quickly, without a natural beat to signify the change. The result is jarring and irritating. Overall, a poorly executed audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Rossville, GA, United States 06-27-14
    Travis Rossville, GA, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2013

    College Student that loves to listen to audio books!!!

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    "I was lost the whole time..."
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos and/or Scott Brick?

    No! This book was awful. The Story was awful... the characters were awful!


    What could Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a better book... don't talk so high tech about things the average person wouldn't/doesn't understand.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this book. It wasn't good at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-15-13

    Serving God For His Glory!

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    "I have become a Clive Cussler Fan"
    What did you love best about Lost City?

    The detailed account of the history of the Fauchard family over the centuries.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Skye Labelle, who would not not love a beautiful and sexy female soviet spy?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early part of the book where it describes the research complex below the ice and what happens there.


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

    Yes, but I try to enjoy books by reading or listening to them slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to Scott Brick recordings of unabridged versions of the first 4 NUMA Files Books; Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, and White Death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ken HENDERSON, NV, United States 08-20-12
    ken HENDERSON, NV, United States 08-20-12
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    "great listen!"
    If you could sum up Lost City in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, intriguing, fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost City?

    the book is well written, it would be hard to pick just one moment.


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

    I like Scott Brick, He is easy to listen to, and easy to understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Waggener Duluth, MN, US 04-04-12
    Cyndi Waggener Duluth, MN, US 04-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "awesome book!!!"

    we have listened to all the books in the series and this is just another excellent book. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator.

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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-29-10
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Action Packed and Non-Stop"

    Excellent listen. This was a good listen. Very action packed. One of those that had you visualizing everything was going on. Good story, Good listen, and recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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