By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Read by Scott Brick
Published by Penguin Audio
Approx. 11 hours
Whenever you are looking for a good suspenseful action/adventure novel go out and grab one of my newly found guilty pleasures, Clive Cussler. I have only recently started on the novels by Cussler but I have been having fun listening to them in audiobook form.
So far all the ones I have heard have been read by Scott Brick, and if any of you are familiar with audiobooks you have probably ran into something read by Brick. Scott Brick has a style of reading audiobooks that is unmatched. His voice is perfect in every way, from simply relaying the books text to applying subtle vocal changes that never leave a doubt as to when the dialogue changes between characters. He is also able to relay the emotions and drama experienced by all the characters as needed throughout all the books he reads. He is the reason I started listening to Clive Cussler books, because I knew with Scott Brick reading, it would stay interesting. I’m pretty sure I would listen to Scott Brick read the dictionary.
As for this book, it is a novel from the NUMA files by Clive Cussler. NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), originally an organization within the fiction of author Clive Cussler, is a private non-profit organization in the United States. Cussler created and leads the actual organization which is dedicated to “preserving maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.
The NUMA adventures started with the novels featuring the lead character, Dirk Pitt, but the author has branched out to where the employees of NUMA now have their own adventures. They still contact Dirk for important matters, but for the most part, they are able to have their own adventures and if this book is any sort of reflection of the other 10 books in the series, they are some fun adventures that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Cussler is able to create not only a great plotline but the characters are all very unique and make for a great combination to push the plot along. The plot of this story is introduced as a NUMA ship is doing routine testing in the Indian Ocean and discovers water temperature anomalies. Just as the crew of the ship sends their information and settle down for a meal, the ship is attacked by what appears to be an oil slick, but that oil slick then sort of resembles an attacking swarm of insects.
The fire-scorched ship is soon discovered drifting without a crew. When the folks at NUMA hear this they are dispatched to find what has happened to the crew. They soon discover a plot to change the climate of the great desert area of Northern Africa by a “terrorist” using micro-bots. The crew is then split and some are held captive on an artificial island, some arrive in Egypt trying to save the Aswan Dam and some are marooned on island with a tribe of Cargo Cult natives loyal to President Roosevelt. The race is on to save the world from micro-bots built to attack and change the climate.