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Library Journal Review
An old Nazi blimp, a dogsled ride through Washington, DC, "Franken-fish"-this is a mixture that could only occur in a Cussler novel. For years, this sea dog has taken listeners on flights of fancy with his NUMA hero, Dirk Pitt, but even Dirk needs a vacation now and then; enter Kurt Austin and his faithful companion, Joe Zavala. After a daring rescue of some Danish submariners, Kurt and Joe find themselves being drawn into a world of genetically altered fish and a madman's scheme to corner the world's fish market with these hideous creatures. Cussler's usual florid prose seems to be tempered somewhat by his coauthor, Kemprecos, but he still manages to produce a rousing good yarn that takes listeners from the Faroe Islands to the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum and finally to a remote Canadian lake. The bad guys still snarl their dialog, the good guys still wisecrack in the face of adversity, and the listener still gets the benefits of Cussler's storytelling talents. Reader Scott Brick adds a special spark to the story with his exceptional skills in giving each character individuality without resorting to extreme voice changes; he is especially gifted in presenting conversations in a very realistic way, rather than in a flat, toneless recitation of text. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
School Library Journal Review
Adult/High School-Kurt Austin and his partner, Joe Zavala, of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, receive a frantic call about a crew trapped inside a sunken ship off the Faroe Islands. Using cutting-edge technology, they pull off the rescue with a new submersible, only to find themselves involved with members of an environmental group and, at the same time, up against the mysterious Oceanus Corporation. After several attempts by Austin at industrial espionage to gain information about Oceanus, he and Zavala, other members of NUMA, and select individuals from the environmental group unite in their attempts to prevent the corporation from unleashing hundreds of genetically altered, large white fish into the oceans. Starting with historical background, the authors smoothly move the story into the contemporary plot. The information about genetically altered fish provides enough detail for understanding events without overwhelming readers. Myriad secondary plots supplement the main one, and lots of action keeps the story moving at a swift pace. Cussler and Kemprecos have a gift for fitting history, science, and action into an interesting story, and this book is an example of their best efforts.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Clive Cussler was born in Aurora, Illinois on July 15, 1931. He attended Pasadena City College for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After his discharge from the military, he worked first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two of the nation's most successful advertising agencies. At that time, he wrote and produced radio and television commercials that won numerous international awards, including one at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. <p> He began writing in 1965 and published his first novel featuring Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first non-fiction work, The Sea Hunters, was published in 1996. He has written over 50 books including the Dirk Pitt series, the NUMA Files series, Oregon Files series, Isaac Bell series, and the Fargo Adventure series. <p> He is the Chairman of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), a non-profit group which he founded. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered over 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites. <p> Clive Cussler died on February 24, 2020 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) Clive Cussler's life nearly parallels that of his hero, Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks with his NUMA crew of volunteers, he has garnered an amazing record of success. <p> Cussler is the author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. <p> (Publisher Provided)