Audiobook Review “Zero Hour” (a novel from the NUMA files)
By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Read by Scott Brick
Published by Penguin Audio
Approx. 10.5 hours
I still can’t believe it took me this long to get hooked on Clive Cussler’s novels. His novels are so much fun, great escape from reality, full on action and adventure, and great characters. This is what books are all about, and with Scott Brick bringing the characters to life in this audiobook it makes it that much more enjoyable.
First allow me to praise the reader, Scott Brick. I’ve been a fan of his for many years now, back when I listened to “In Cold Blood” with him doing the narration. He is able to capture voices and emotions in his presentation that is extremely rare in a single reader audiobook. His inflection is always just right for the subject, whether it is a dark murder mystery, a science-fiction novel or in this instance an action/adventure novel. His voice is unmistakable, yet each book he reads he creates a completely different audio aura.
As for Clive Cussler, well the best way to sum up his novels is pure fun and adventure. This book, “Zero Hour,” is from “The NUMA Files” series of novels. This series focuses on Kurt Austin, Team Leader of NUMA’s Special Assignments division and his adventures. Some characters from the Dirk Pitt novels appear such as Sandecker, Rudi Gunn, Hiram Yaeger and St. Julien Perlmutter. Even Dirk Pitt makes brief appearances in some of the books. NUMA is The National Underwater and Marine Agency, which was originally an organization within the fiction of author Clive Cussler. Now it 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.”
As is true with most of the “NUMA files” books there is some fact that the fiction is based on. This time that fact is a form of energy that surrounds us all the time, it is called zero point energy and is pretty much unlimited. Nikolai Tesla had theories about it but nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, until one scientist discovers a way, but the energy is relatively untamable, the problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren’t able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.
Soon the NUMA team, led by Kurt Austin, goes on a race against time to find the machine and save the world. Through Austin’s quick action and even quicker thinking he leads the team in their effort to save the world. All told in non-stop action through this thrilling book.