Devil's Gate (NUMA Files, #9)
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Devil's Gate (NUMA Files #9)

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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 that part of the world? Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of NUMAs Special Assignments Team rush to investigate.
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by Penguin Books, Limited
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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
Coloradobob
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
Susan Bazin
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
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...more
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...more
David Rasner
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...more
Elsie
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
Iceman
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
Shane Amazon
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.
Richard
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...more
David
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,...more
Martin
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...more
Mchaica
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
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...more
Ryan
Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler is a Kurt Austin story. It follows him and his investigations into the plans of an African Dictator by the name of Djemma Garand. Djemma Garand has big plans for his small country, he wants to make a super weapon for his nation because he wants “a legacy that would leave his people better off for all eternity”(Cussler 64 ). His scientific team however, was unable to develop such a weapon of mass destruction, so Djemma Garand snatches an international super scientist...more
Red Thomas
Overall I have to say I was severely disappointed. This book looked good when I first picked it up-- With the Azores and Japan, what could go wrong? The author is also fairly popular. So I took it home and started reading. I ended up losing my first copy on a public bus, and should have taken that as a hint: Stay away.

Right off the bat, the plot seemed stockish and the characters contrived. After the first quarter if became somewhat painful for me to continue. The entire plot just seemed like ev...more
Robin Carter
I'm Starting to worry about Mr Cussler, is he starting to drift down the James Patterson route of getting books to market and releasing multi books per year to pander to volume rather than quality?
I have never given less than 4 * for a cussler adventure before because for the genre and style they were well written well paced and action packed, I'm not so sold on this one and Numa is one of the series i really like (I'm not such a fan of Bell).
I'd be very interested to know if this was indeed wri...more
Ian Allan
If you're a fan of Dirk Pitt, this is a must-read. Pitt is occasionally mentioned in these Kurt Austin books. In this one, he's got a huge role -- he's the lead guy in a couple of chapters. Juan Cabrillo is also mentioned, and so are Pitt's kids, so this is the first Cussler I've read that has four series tied into one book. (Couldn't they have worked in mention of Isaac Bell?). Problem is, I've gotten tired of Cussler. All the books are the same. Too grandiose. I don't like books where the whol...more
James
This is a Kurt Austin novel. Like all of Cussler's books, this one starts in the past. The year is 1951, and a Russian defector is trying to get to the United States with several large locked trunks. His airplane is lost off of the Azores. Fast forward to the present day. A Japanese cargo ship in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores bursts into flames. Not only the ship but the crew, as well. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster, but as they are escaping, their boat explode...more
Ed
#9 in the Kurt Austin, NUMA Files series. With this entry, Clive Cussler changes his co-author for the series from Paul Kemprecos (author of the excellent "Soc" Socarides series)to Graham Brown. Devil's Gate is yet another threat of Armageddon by a would be world dictator with a super weapon - sort of James Bond redux.

Kurt Austin, NUMA series - A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic - when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster-when their bo...more
Patrick Noble
Cussler's books always contain nice ideas. They're also fast. And they're pulp. I don't have a problem with those things (it's why I read his stuff) but from time to time I wonder if it would be nice to just get a little more than a two-dimensional roll out of cardboard stereotypes in these action adventure novels. Regrettably, that's the case with Devil's Gate. Nice idea. Swift mover. All the depth of a puddle.
Louise Rose-Innes
I am a BIG Clive Cussler fan. Read HUGE. I think I've read most of his books, beginning with the Dirk Pitt adventures in my early 20s to his latest stuff still appearing on the bestseller lists today. Out of all the different story lines that Clive has put his name to, namely Dirk Pitt, more recently Kurt Austin and the NUMA Files, The Oregon Adventures, The Fargo's and of course, the Isaac Bell Adventures, I think the Fargo's are my least favourite. My best is Isaac Bell and the Oregon adventur...more
Angus Mcfarlane
As usual, cussler with his customary co-author, have delivered an entertaining ride, fantastical but not far enough beyond credulity to render the plot premise stupid. I liked the take on the political.minnow taking on the dominant world powers and nearly getting away with it. I also liked the sense of vulnerability added to some of the characters, although NUMA cant afford to too many staff develop hydrophobia! It continues to surprise me that some factual and grammatical errors occur - they ar...more
Norman
Much the same familiar plot as most of Clive's books, this one though following the usual format I found hard to get into. The style of writing though to me seemed different from what I am accustomed to from Cussler and I found it hard to settle down and "get into" this book.

Not the best of his work.

For me this one hit the bar.

Loraine
I don't remember reading any Cussler books in the past. So . . . being the first one, I will probably read another in future. It was good enough that I wouldn't mind reading more. I liked the action, the plot and the characters. Even though, as many reviewers have noted, it is fantastical and improbable, the situation, as well as the constant "getting out of danger" that happens to all the good guys (and gals), but that's what we're all looking for, isn't it? A happily ever after, the good trium...more
Nancy
Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention unique to Cussler, Devil's Gate is on par with his other books. Fast-paced, couldn't put down, exciting. Fun to read.....

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 investi...more
Kevin Bresnahan
There is much to be excited due to the long-awaited new Kurt Austin adventure. A new author, Graham Brown, helps take over the series, and it is an excellent choice. The usual Cussler customs are present (historical conflict, breathtaking adventure, wittiness, etc.), yet there is some noticable differences. First off, Brown refers in the dialogue with the first name as "Kurt" and "Joe", rather than Austin and Zavala. Second, Dirk Pitt plays a more prominent role, yet this time as the adminstrati...more
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