Clive Cussler (Author) Clive Cussler is the author and co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt (R) adventures, such as Odessa Sea; the NUMA (R) Files adventures, most recently Nighthawk; the Oregon Files, such as Typhoon Fury; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the recent Fargo Adventures which lastly included The Romanov Ransom. He lives in Arizona. Paul Kemprecos (Author) Paul Kemprecos has co-authored all of the NUMA (R) Files novels with Clive Cussler and is a Shamus Award-winning author of six underwater detective thrillers. He lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Cussler's multitude of fans arrive at the table expecting a roiling stew of seafaring adventure, exotic travel destinations, cutting-edge science, a splash of romance and insider tips on food and drink. In this latest starring series hero Kurt Austin (Fire Ice; Blue Gold), readers will find all their expectations extravagantly fulfilled. The bronzed, rugged Austin, leader of the NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) Special Assignments Team, and his partner, Joe Zavala, are called in to free survivors trapped inside a Danish warship sunk after a collision with the flagship of the radical environmentalist group Sentinels of the Sea. After a successful rescue, Austin's investigations lead him from the haughty environmentalists to the Oceanus Corporation, a shadowy fish farming organization: "A miasma of pure evil seemed to hang over the Oceanus operation." Austin sneaks into one of the fish farms on a solo recon and is nearly killed by the swarthy, black-clad, facially tattooed Eskimos of the evil Kiolya tribe who guard the company's many operations. The Kiolyas are led by albino madman Toonook, a genius fish geneticist who has engineered members of the harmless salmon family into a breed of 10-foot, piranha-like Frankenfish. All the villains have satanic smiles and pitiless eyes, and snarl their dialogue. If it all sounds highly preposterous, it is, but Cussler manages with his usual aplomb, impressively juggling his plots and bringing everyone home in an action-fueled, rip-roaring finale in which evil doers are soundly defeated and swashbuckling heroes reign supreme. Who would have guessed that the world of high-stakes fish farming could be so thrilling? 600,000 first printing; $500,000 advertising budget. (July 1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.