Dirk Pitt returns, in the thrilling new novel from the grand master of adventure and number one New York Times best-selling author.
While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous - a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt's children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. The problem is, that stone was believed to have been destroyed on the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which brings them both to Cuba as well - and squarely into harm's way. The three of them have been in desperate situations before... but perhaps never quite as dire as the one facing them now.
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"Another exciting adventure for the Pitt's."
For some reason I was not that familiar with the Cuban history as I thought. It was interesting to get some details of Cuba.
Always hard to put the Cussler books down. I listen on my drive to work, and never want to park my car because then the action has to pause until quitting time.
I very much recommend this book for Cussler fans.
If you want to read Clive Cussler, I would recommend his earlier works, My husband and I like to listen to an audio book on a long drive that we have been making often to visit his elderly parents. Clive has been a favorite author of books we read (not listened to) in the past and thought we would try Havana Storm. To us it was just a repeat of the same old story, and were very disappointed with it. It was predictable and boring, and lost the old Clive excitement. We both found Scott Brick to be annoying, and I don't think I will waste my time listening to him narrating any other book (my first experience of him was Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged). Maybe we would have found Havana Storm more enjoyable if there was a different narrator. I guess it's hard to keep a good thing going.
"OK but getting a bit tired"
It's good to be out on the Caribbean but I think the story had to force itself along. The earlier works are better.
"Poor! Poor! Poor!"
Better story, better writing, better reader.
From Clive Cussler's newer books. He used to be great.
Absolutely no energy, too matter of fact, inability to use different voices.
I have always loved Clive Cussler's books, but this is the last one I will read due to the following:
The story is predictable and boring without any inner development of the characters. It is poorly written, seems like a high school student wrote it.
I would like my money back as this was a total waste of time. It is a book for a non-thinking person. Cussler should read some Baldacci to get a feel for how a book should be written a character be developed.
He needs to reread his earlier books and then try to write something new. It seems as if he has helpers who are writing his books on a computer by pasting sections together. The laboratory sequence is the most boring and poorly written I have heard of his work.
"Are they even trying anymore?"
I can take a few coincidences and a bit of pseudoscience, but this was really bad.
Yep. I have been growing tired of this series, this is definitely the end for me.
Great performance as always.
I am a cussler fan - need I say more, I will always read cussler .
"Needs a different narrater"
Pretty good story
Pitt, the senior because he's been around longer and he seems quite attractive.
For 4/5 of the book, he spoke in such a slow, affected manner which was not natural. It bothered me so much I had to struggle to pay attention. Finally, for some reason in the end of the book, he started speaking naturally and it made all the difference.
My extreme reaction was for the narrater.
"The reading is rubbish. Slow as and boring voice"
The reader is very bland. Book I'm sure is good by hard to enjoy with the reading. Way to slow. Who reads action slowly
"wonderful thrill ride"
I really enjoy unabridged versions. the suspense and thrill was amazing. definitely a recommended one.
"gotta love those twins"
loved this novel. everythong i have come to enjoy and expect from a dirk pitt novel.
This was a rollercoater ride of heart stopping edge of the seat action from a much loved and respected. author
"Love a great adventure yarn"
Clive Cussler never fails to please. They may be a bit repetitive, but love the escapism and adventure. Scott Brick reads it perfectly.
"Another winner by Clive Cussler"
captivated from beginning to end, brilliant adventure writing at it's best by my favourite author.
Another good quality story from Clive Cussler.
Scott Brick narrates wonderfully once again..
I'm starting to become quite the Cussler fan. Wasn't quite up to the quality of The Wrecker, but still a great book nonetheless.
"superb and Amazing "
This has converted me. I was stuck on one author but this book was brilliant.
"Cussler strikes again"
Great story in true Cussler tradition enjoyed every minute.
let's have some more very soon
"A treasure trove in more ways than one"
My first Cussler read, won't be my last, evocative, descriptive, warm, intelligent characters, good narration, what's not to like. Exciting too.
The multi layered story flowed as usual and was excellently read as usual by Scott Brick.
No surprises here, predictable outlandish plots with gaping holes - but still enjoyable fluff. chewing gum for the brain
"Story was okay, but the narrator was dire."
Where to start. I think I'll get the issue I had with the narrator over with first. In a word he was dire! So flat, and with the monotone of his dialogue he could have been reading a shopping list such was the lack of inflection. Even when he changed his accent to accommodate the Cubans in the tale it didn't improve. For such a popular and well known author I really was expecting a much, much better narrator. It was a real let down.
I wouldn't normally buy anything by this author, but I got this story on offer. With that in mind I was happy enough to add it to my library. It wasn't anything different to the usual Cussler fare. However, to wile away a couple of afternoon's without taxing the old grey cells it is good enough.
I normally wouldn't come back to a point, or finish on a negative comment, but I just wish the narrator was better, it made the whole tale a bit of a slog. It's always a shame when a story is let down by outside influences.
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