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“I’ve never read a bad Clive Cussler book. And, “Devil’s Gate” certainly didn’t disappoint. But, it wasn’t as great as some of his other books either. In classic Cussler fashion there was a steady dose of action and suspense that keeps the reader engaged and interested. Basically, a story of a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“An enjoyable read. A very typical Clive Cussler novel. And, I like Clive Cussler novels.”CLK wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The master is back, and I was well and truly hooked, reading the book in less than a week, which for me is very good going. Cussler always has his megalomaniacs planning the takeover of the world, but in this one he has two! In return this is not just a Kurt Austin NUMA files book, but it also features Dirk Pitt quite prominently. I don't know if the developments at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider could actually lead to the sort of weapon described in this story, but it certainly provides a really good story line. The book cracks along at a tremendous pace, with all the usual inventive action and rescue scenes that we have come to expect from Cussler. He does not stint on his strong characters with Kurt Austin being assisted not only by Joe Zavala, his constant sidekick, but also a young Russian scientist, Katerina Luskaya, who proves to be both resilient and resourceful, as well as husband and wife team Paul and Gamay Trout and their underwater robot Rapunzel. The villains are believable, although the amount of money that both they and NUMA seem to have available to spend beggars belief. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to further ones from the joint authors.”Alan Marston wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great, light summer read. Austin and Zavala are at it again, fighting modern day "pirates" working for an African despot desperate for world dominance. Austin manages to have a little romance during crazy adventures all over the world, running from Japan to Russian to the Azores. As usual, no spoiler alert needed, Austin saves the day in the nick of time.”All booked up wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Devil's Gate" begins with the requisite prologue, set on the tarmac in Santa Maria, the Azores in 1951..a mysterious Russian passenger and his luggage are being spirited to the U.S. by an American pilot named Hudson. The passenger is shot before he can reboard the plane and is left for dead. Hudson is also hit and the "Connie" he's flying goes down in the Atlantic.
If you enjoy Cussler's regular fare you will find this an enjoyable if "reality-stretching" good vs. evil story. I love the Austin books so it gets 5 *****”
“I’ve never read a bad Clive Cussler book. And, “Devil’s Gate” certainly didn’t disappoint. But, it wasn’t as great as some of his other books either. In classic Cussler fashion there was a steady dose of action and suspense that keeps the reader engaged and interested. Basically, a story of a rogue African country led by a power-hungry dictator who gets a hold of some extraordinary technology that could decimate anything in its direct path. And, Washington D.C. is on its radar. Dirk Pitt, Kurt Austin, and others from the NUMA crew race against time and enemies to thwart the plans for destruction. But first, they must find who the culprit is, what exactly this technology is, and where to find its base of operations. Somewhat lengthy, but easy to read, another good and imaginative story written by one of the best authors of the adventure genre. ”Gregor wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“another typical action-packed, page-turns-themselves thriller from Mr. Cussler. It sometimes bugs me a little bit at how predictable and cheeky the writing can be in his books, but I still love reading anything Cussler writes. ”PJ wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel takes place in such places as The Falkland Islands and The Azores where we have traveled during our cruises. The Azores are particularly enjoyable and we learned that they use hydrangeas in the fencing of fields.
Several of the NUMA personnel narrowly survive underwater mishaps in this imaginative tale that also involves a super-cooled device similar to the cern particle accelerator and super magnetic devices.”
“Interesting story lines. Typical Cussler novel.”Conan J. Robison wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Clive Cussler is in a league of his own.”Tim M wrote this review Saturday, May 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this novel to be a ridiculously easy read from cover to cover. Fast-paced, though somewhat implausible as to the chosen antagonist, the novel is typical to the style of writing found in the various novels of the Cussler franchise. ”Uncle Jim K wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No