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Devil's Gate (NUMA Files #9)

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Unabridged, 12 CDs, 14 hoursRead by Scott Brick

The extraordinary new novel in the #1 New York Times- bestselling series.
Audio CD, 10 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Penguin Audio
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Robert Finlay
Jan 09, 2013 Robert Finlay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since Clive sold his name, and now sits back and lets others write his schlock, I am done with him. Sorry Clive. You made good money when you wrote, now you are fooling people with your crap. Look at the cover. Almost legal 'small print' for the actual writer. Buh Bye
Michael Clifton
Clive Cussler has always written fast-paced, interesting thrillers, and he is one of a handful of authors in the action/adventure genre who I really never tire of reading. Somehow, he manages to keep his novels fresh even as he uses the same formula time and again (a historical incident involving bad guys as a prologue, then a flash forward to the present where somehow, the historical incident becomes ensnared with present-day bad guys and the National Underwater Marine Agency, or NUMA character ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
A solid (but not outstanding) input into the NUMA Files series as created by Clive Cussler. I find these books to be a lot of fun, but this is not the best. Onto the next in the series...
Kevin Kazokas
This is a book about magnets, and all the power therein. Hardly do principles of superconducting, particle acceleration and inexplicably powerful compounds make for compelling reading. But add some stock paper-thin characters and a mildly interesting, albeit totally impossible, storyline and there's enough inertia to drag dear reader to the finish. Mercifully!

That's "Devil's Gate" -- a totally linear, non-texturized progression through 474 pages of pseudo-scientific, vanilla-coated "meh."

The no
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Iceman
Apr 30, 2014 Iceman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Confesso que não sou um grande apreciador de livros de aventuras, tipo James Bond e afins, em todo o caso gosto de ir intercalando as minhas leituras e, durante o ano, acabo por ler livros de géneros muito diferentes.

O presente livro captou-me a atenção por ver envolvido o nome dos Açores e também porque o nome do autor já me havia despertado alguma curiosidade, decidi então empreender a leitura do livro.

E de facto a acção é estonteante de princípio ao fim, numa aventura cheia de peripécias que
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Susan Bazin
Jan 12, 2012 Susan Bazin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Clive Cussler always entertains. I look forward to his books and this certainly did not disappoint me. Kurt Austin is such a hero. James Bond and Indiana Jones in one person. I enjoy that there is always a spark of romance, but it is a byproduct of the story and not the story itself. The Trouts are just enjoyable as are his other couples in other books. Their banter in the sub was hysterical. The characters are very likeable. I found myself smiling several times at the repartee. There were also ...more
Patricia
Nov 18, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
We start in the Azores with Hudson Wallace (great name!) and his Lockheed Constellation and the adventure quickly goes into high gear. Then starts the story of the Kinjara Maru and where we first see our main character Kurt Austin about to embark on a journey, he thought, to join his friend Joe Zavala for a submersible race in their prototype Barracuda and some much needed R&R. Of course if they actually GOT their R&R we wouldn't have a story, would we?

We travel all over the world in som
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JBradford
This is another Kurt Austin adventure from the NUMA Files, and it's not bad. As a matter of fact, it is pretty darn good, considering that, as with all of Cussler's novels, it features an extraordinarily unlikely situation with wholly unbelievable action, based on science that just won't happen. But that has been true of all of Cussler's books, or books with which he is involved in these end-of-life pairings, and we still get the books and read them, because they're great fun to read. I really d ...more
Mark Muckerman
A favorite sweatshirt; a grilled cheese sandwich; the smell of warm towels fresh out of the dryer; any Cussler story from the Numa Files. Predictable and comforting are not necessarily equated to "bad". There has never been a Cussler book that doesn't have the ruggedly handsome hero, his ingenious sidekick of complementary ethnically diverse heritage, a textbook villain of the highest caliber of sinister, and the obligatory hottie who is immune to the charms of our hero.

But that's okay. As long
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David Rasner
Oct 18, 2012 David Rasner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores- when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster-when their boat explodes. What is happening in this part of the world?

As Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to ext
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Elsie
Jan 15, 2012 Elsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, like my friend Louise says, you always know what you are getting with a Clive Cussler book. I started reading about Dirk Pitt many years ago on a recommendation from Brent Erickson. I have been a fan every since and look forward to each and every book in any of the series. Like I started out. . . you always know what you are going to get: a hero and a villian. The bad guy is out to destroy or control the world and the hero of course, saves it! Whether it is Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin, Joe Zava ...more
Scott
Feb 27, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a solid 3 stars

A good solid action thriller that will satisfy any fan of the genre. Clive Cussler can tell a story and put together a sentence better than most. C'mon who didn't like Sahara AND the movie with Matthew McConaughey? This guy can tell a story and likely end up on a best-seller list. But lately, well...I'll get into that later*...

While he uses the same ol' formula for many of his novels: Flashback to event with Bad Guy; Flashforward to those events becoming relevant today; NUMA and/o
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Gail Baugniet
Feb 01, 2016 Gail Baugniet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each week, I read portions of several books. Some I read through to the end, others I don't. If I find a book is worth reading, I give it a 4- or 5-star rating. Otherwise, I do not write a review of the book.

Devil’s Gate features protagonist Kurt Austin in an adventure classified as a “novel from the NUMA files. Mr. Cussler has written over twenty Dirk Pitt thrillers, many of them set in underwater locations so familiar to the author. Now Dirk is Kurt Austin’s boss.

The ongoing action and high l
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Shane Amazon
May 20, 2014 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of you reading this, you too are a big Clive Cussler fan. We love the mixture of romantic historical events and the modern thrill ride presented by global threat. We love the wonder of the sea and the danger of the desert. We love to root for bond-esk character along with his buddy as they saves the damsel in distress, only to find out later she is no damsel but a strong woman with much to offer the reader. But most of all we love when each of these things come together to form a hodge ...more
Alexander Draganov
I have nothing bad to say about this thriller. It is my first book by Clive Cussler and it is fabulous - with interesting and kind of original plot, charming heroes, very, very bad villains, interesting popular science and lots and lots of action. It reminds me very much of the Sigma Force series by James Rollins - I don't know who started first, but now I get why Cussler is so respected among fans of thrillers and adventures. Five stars.
Greg Robards
Aug 03, 2014 Greg Robards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Cussler book. The first one I reviewed was The Storm. Since I gave that book five stars, I must also give Devil's Gate five stars because overall I believe it is a better written book. I noticed that the two books are similar in the way the author develops the story line. Since this is a "Novel from the NUMA Files" much of the action is under sea adventure with bad guys trying to control the world with fictional technology that is still imaginable and somewhat believable. I sus ...more
Marten
Aug 17, 2014 Marten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-fun
As a fan of Clive Cussler, I often grab one of two of his recent books (to be clear, I am quite certain this was really written by the second author listed with Clive's name listed for marketing purposes) for the summer week vacation on the beach. In this case, Devil's Gate had all the classic Cussler (-like) action and adventure that I have come to enjoy when I want a somewhat mindless read. Austin and Zavalla come through again battling some bad dudes on the open sea. This time it is a West Af ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 18, 2015 Greg Dill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 A ...more
Lisa
Sep 15, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Austin is on a NUMA vessel doing research, when they see smoke in the sidtance. Going to the rescue of the ship in question, they discover pirates aboard, whom he has to fight off to save one of the few surviving people on board. After returning home, there are many things that bothered him about the pirate attack, that he just can't make sense of. Little does he know, is that the reason things seem so off, is the ship had been attacked by a new and dangerous weapon. If he can't get to the ...more
Richard
Jun 03, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any of the previous books in the NUMA series. This one makes me want to go back and correct that error. A Japanese cargo ship is traveling in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores, when suddenly it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates rushes there to take advantage of the disaster, but their boat explodes. What does it have to do with an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the seafloor?

Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of their team rush t
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Tricia Douglas
Another great page-turner from the NUMA Files and Kurt Austin. Clive Cussler's books are always fun to read, fast and exciting. This story deals with a new weapon that could destroy the world. You name the subplot and it's probably in the book. Cussler always throws in the whole pot of soup, but that's what makes the his stories special. You know in the long run Kurt and the team will come out smelling like a rose, but to get there they have to go to the end of the world and back. Love these sto ...more
Simon
Aug 09, 2014 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good God. Does Cussler even proof these things anymore?
Ami
May 22, 2016 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ship and plane graveyard out in the ocean. A missing scientist from Geneva. A dictator with an insane, massive weapon pointed at Washington D.C. What can Kurt Austin and his NUMA teammates do to save the world?

First, I want to start off with this book being number 9 in the series. The first 8 books in the series were co-written by Paul Kemprecos. The first few books in the series were fun, but towards the end of Kemprecos run on NUMA, it began to get very repetitive and stale. It felt like the
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Frank Anderson
Jan 10, 2016 Frank Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale involves a nut case who is intent upon zapping the world with microwave energy and taking over. Part James Bond, part Rambo, Navy Seal, and dribbles of McGiver, the heros overcome the bad guys both above and below the waterline.
I found this book, (and The Race,) at my local library for 75 cents each. I bought them because I needed to get my reading and writing enthusiasm refired. Certainly the Devil's Gate would keep most YA readers reading. Lots of saving the girl, saving the world,
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Carla Simoes
Mar 30, 2016 Carla Simoes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-portuguese, 2015
Tenho andado super atrasada nas minhas reviews no entanto neste livro vou faze-la.

Já me tinham dito maravilhas deste autor mas nunca tinha lido nada dele, e sei que comecei por um (ou mesmo o último) livro que ele tem publicado cá em Portugal, mas fui a uma feira do livro e este titulo despertou-me a atenção por ser "sobre" os Açores.

Posso dizer que mesmo andando com imenso trabalho li o livro (relativamente depresa) o que significa que gostei imenso, não sabia se daria 3 ou 4 estrelas uma vez
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David
May 06, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once a reader recognizes Cussler isn't trying to create high literary fiction, or even a story that attempts to be fairly realistic, and agrees to suspend his disbelief, he is treated to a melodramatic tale that is pretty much non-stop action.

His colloborations with Graham Browne, to create the Kurt Austin variant of the NUMA books are among the best of the series.

This time, the gang at Numa are facing (no surprise here) a threat that could possibly destroy the world as we know it. Once again,
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Martin
Dec 10, 2012 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've long been a Cussler fan, I must admit that Devil's Gate was my first try at a Kurt Austin Adventure. Unfortunately, it left me a bit disappointed. Kurt and his sidekick Joe Zavala are far to similar to the legendary Dirk and Al for them to be interesting and intriguing. IN true Cussler style, the hero team constantly finds itself in mortal danger, yet narrowly dodges the grim reaper time and again. Such is to be expected from the adventure genre, but it was a bit over-the-top for m ...more
Kathy Davie
Ninth in the NUMA Files suspense series revolving around Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala.

Be sure to read the Prologue.


My Take
Okay, this was not one of my favorites. Normally, I can't read fast enough. This one I actually put down every once in awhile as my mind wandered. There's action in here, but it's a bit toned down, not like the usual. Still, there's plenty of fun gadgets, great escapes, and the usual romance spiced with danger.

Too funny, even Captain Haynes has his own laugh at Joe and Kurt, po
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Mchaica
Aug 09, 2013 Mchaica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Confesso que não sou um grande apreciador de livros de aventuras, tipo James Bond e afins, em todo o caso gosto de ir intercalando as minhas leituras e, durante o ano, acabo por ler livros de géneros muito diferentes.

O presente livro captou-me a atenção por ver envolvido o nome dos Açores e também porque o nome do autor já me havia despertado alguma curiosidade, decidi então empreender a leitura do livro.

E de facto a acção é estonteante de princípio ao fim, numa aventura cheia de peripécias que
...more
David Erickson
Dec 03, 2013 David Erickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who read’s Cussler knows his action/adventure novels are for mass market, not as literary masterpieces. So, if you are reading for entertainment and not put off by less-than-stellar writing, you’ll enjoy his novels. He writes fun tales with loads of edge-of-your seat moments, even if many of them follow the Hollywood style of saved-just-beyond-the-last-possible-second.

I enjoy Cussler because he writes unique and entertaining characters caught up in multiple story lines with cataclysmic cl
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time ...more
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