The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Navigator, Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos's fast-moving action adventure from the NUMA Files novels. Read by the award winning narrator Scott Brick.
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 Kurt 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....
This is my first taste of the Numa files after reading the Dirk Pitt series. Same flare and excitement but you can listen to these stories around the kids.. The stories are believable and not too far fetched. The violence and language is enough to give it an edge but not gratuitous. The story moves with a solid pace and has you asking what is history and what came from the imagination but with plot twists enough to keep you more than interested.
Not sure what happened to this book,
Every time I started to enjoy the story it would just go a little to far.
The bad guy is a bit OTT and very predictable.
I really want to like this book more but unfortunately there was just a bit too much swashbuckling in some parts plus some parts seemed to be forced and really didn't need to be in this story.
It could of been a lot better and lacks the suspense and flow of the authors other books.
Don't get me wrong the story starts out great but from about half way through for me it just starts to deteriorate and gets almost childish, like it was written for a much younger audience.
To sum it up, starts out good gets a bit swashbuckling then drags out and the story drops off with a quick ending that lacked suspense.
It just about kept me entertained but I felt a little disappointed after such a good start to the story, sadly I won't be in a hurry to read further instalments
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Great story, well read by Mr Brick, and kept you adsorbed in the story from start to finish.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I adore Clive Cussler's books. As expected this is a fast paced story with a satisfying a feel of adventure and an automatic "like" for the heroes.
If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos before, how does this one compare?
This is a great story and listening to it felt like watching Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is that I felt that some of Cussler's other books are a touch better. Still overall it's a fantastic and enjoyable listen.
Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?
I like Scott Brick's performances. He's not a chameleon in the way some readers are but that doesn't matter, I like what he does as it fits Cussler's style. I especially like his performance of Karina. He has a rough voice which doesn't pretend to be a woman, and the honesty works wonderfully.
Did The Navigator inspire you to do anything?
The Navigator brought back memories of some of my favourite adventure movies from back when I started exploring the world of cinema as a teen. It makes me thing of greats like Indiana Jones, National Treasure and a Hunt for the Red October. It reminds me how much I enjoy a fast paced story full of fun and adventure. I will be adding another Cussler's book to my library in short order...
"We must go before it's too late!" expostulated the cliche-ridden stereotypical Englishman, who calls people "old boy" all the time. This book would do well as an adventure of Tin Tin and should be enjoyed by 12 year olds. The storyline is beyond ridiculous and leaves you breathless at it's audacity. All the good guys/gals are lovely, beautiful, muscular, lithe and very very fit. The baddie hit man has a "baby face" and oh how many times you are reminded of this - to the point you just want him to succeed and waste all the smug goodies as they race around the globe relying on huge coincidences and highly unlikely escapes from dire situations.
All in all several hours of complete nonsense. Escapism perhaps, but be prepared to suspend belief completely and pretend you are a young teen. My first and only Cussler book. It might make a good "B" movie. But then, perhaps not.
I like Clive Cussler novels the way he brings Indiana Jones Ex Soecial forces and dastardly villains together with history, fables, legends and what could be into exciting adventures is very, very entertaining 😎
Not the most exciting of Cussler's books I've read so far, but intriguing and engrossing, as always.
Scott Brick does another great job of bringing Clive's books and characters alive. Another journey around the globe and through history as this story twists and turns through intrigue and mystery. With a super villain, hero and maiden in distress who could want for more in an adventure tale. A difficult book to put down.