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The Navigator: A Novel from the NUMA Files | [Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos]

The Navigator: A Novel from the NUMA Files

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue, known as the Navigator, was stolen from the Baghdad Museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second, very nearly, is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave.
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Publisher's Summary

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue, known as the Navigator, was stolen from the Baghdad Museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second, very nearly, is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave.

What's so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an astonishing odyssey through time and space, one that encompasses no less than the lost treasures of King Solomon, a mysterious packet of documents personally encoded by Thomas Jefferson, and a top secret scientific project that could change the world forever.

And that's before the surprises really begin.

Rich with all the hair-raising action and endless invention that have become Cussler's hallmarks, The Navigator is Clive's best yet.

Check out more of the NUMA Files.

©2007 Clive Cussler; (P)2007 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"The compelling, well-organized plot - taken from a template that works - includes such disparate but ultimately workable elements as a foiled hijacking, a secret scientific project, pirates, a beautiful woman...and the heroic machinations of the NUMA sleuths. Without exactly revealing the ending, suffice it to say - or, actually, suffice it to pose the question, Has the NUMA team ever failed in its quest for justice?" (Booklist)

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    Tom Las Vegaqs, NV, USA 01-04-10
    Tom Las Vegaqs, NV, USA 01-04-10
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    "Another great NUMA adventure"

    I first read of NUMA in Polar Shift. The Navigator grabbed me just as hard and fast. I love the adventure. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sergio West Miami, FL, USA 01-13-10
    Sergio West Miami, FL, USA 01-13-10
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    "Complicated but entretaining"

    The background created was very detailed. The characters interesting and diverse. Sometimes confusing as to whom they are. All together it is an engrossing book and keeps you in suspense all the way until the end. All the build up and drops the ball at the end. Rushed through that does not compare to all the rest of the material.I do recommend this book, even though Mr. Cussler has better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JEFF KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 12-12-10
    JEFF KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 12-12-10
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    "Richard Ferrone vs. Scott Brick"

    Hey!! I wanted to listen to Ferrone. Your description said the narrator was "Richard Ferrone", but the down load I got was by Scott Brick. Not the same. ??????????????????????

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 07-22-13
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "OK to good!"

    It seems that listening to Mr. Cusslers books one must be prepared to hear of some great feats by the main characters or situations. This book requires a giant imagination of both! I have listened to many of Clive's books and have thoroughly almost almost all...! This one I really must give just an "OK"....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Clive Cussler The Navigatyor is awesome book"
    If you could sum up The Navigator in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, action and awesome


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

    Yes. The reading by Richard Ferrone makes it that way.


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

    Emotion and varying voice controls


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NUMA Adventures


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pab Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-05-14
    Pab Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Preposterous plotting"

    A James Bond style story with some totally improbable decision making to put our hero into action. Could have been a decent story with some interesting history as background. But then the hero agrees to exchange himself for the damsel in distress, with virtually no backup. Why?

    I haven't read any other of his books, and don't think I'll bother.

    The reader had the annoying approach of trying a Mexican accent for gevala. Sounded more like a comic imitation of a Mafia wise guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david everett, WA, United States 05-08-12
    david everett, WA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's NOT RICHARD FERRONE!!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's Scott Brick. I'm so DAMN sick of Scott Brick!! I bought this book because I really like Ferrone, and much to my dismay Brick reads. The book might be ok, but it's ruined for me now. If you're a Brick fan go for it, I'm just totally tired of his sing-song smart ass syntax.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos again?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    I WOULD HAVE CAST RICHARD FERRONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT SCOTT BRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger? Yeah! The moment Brick spoke I was angry.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw later that someone else had left a review indicating that they were also very unhappy that this was read by Brick and not Ferrone, wish I had seen it to start with. I guess Audible does not read these reviews or they would have fixed it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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