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Sahara (Dirk Pitt #11)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  44,804 ratings  ·  636 reviews

Egypt, 1996. Searching for a treasure on the Nile, Dirk Pitt thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist who's investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world's seas.

Paperback, 568 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (Paper) (first published June 1st 1992)
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Please, if you have seen the movie but have not read the book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. The movie was absolute shit. A complete bastardization of a great read. 3/4 of the book was not there. The actors sucked and the screen play...I have no words. The characters as Cussler writes them are fantastic. You get so wrapped up in this book you will not go to bed until you finish it. The story starts out with a bang and just keeps twisting and turning. This is not pulitzer material but i ...more
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I saw the movie & then read the book. It wasn't bad, but was definitely a candy read. A lot of unlikely events come together to make this a non-stop thriller. Suspension of disbelief is a must from the get go, but there is enough logic overall to make it enjoyable. Pitt reminds me of a modern James Bond from the movies - not the books - in that he's the man's man, equally at home underwater or climbing a mountain, with top skills in just about everything, handsome, witty, & .... Well, yo ...more
I loved this book, it was one of my favorite until some of his new ones came out. I love the surprise ending, it was a great book and the movie was great fun. If all you have seen is the movie then you have missed the best part of the duo. The combination of Al and Dirk is so good in this book just like in their other books where they are together. They play well off of each other and the story moves forward as seen through their eyes. Even though you know that everything will be all right these ...more
Paris Reynolds
Great survival adventure with zombies and toxic waste all on top of a shocking conspiracy theory. I know that movies never ever live up to the books they were based on, but this one takes the cake. If I heard right, Cussler even tried to sue the movie for using his character names and book title because the movie was so far from the book. The characters were all wrong, the plot was missing its key element and the action (that movies usually can replicate to a degree) was boring. But, the book st ...more
I am currently collecting all 21 of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels but this is by far the best. I saw the movie and fell in love with the characters and the free adventure Cussler created Sahara.

after I finnished this book for the third time I discovered that it's the 11th book in the set and set out to find the rest.

Cussler wrote the books perfectly, every book has up to three different, intertwined plots working together to creat the most suspensful adventures imaginable.
The books do not h
Greg Strandberg
Another great Clive Cussler book. I really liked the crazed-zombie-style aspect of the Africans that got contaminated. There's also the stellar opening, which is really what makes these books so good - they pull you in quickly with that historical fiction.

I read this a few years after watching the movie, and after I'd read the other 10 books. It's a good read, and I'd pick it up in your used bookstore (do we really need another 90 million of these in print?)
Becky Kelley
Book Report: Sahara

Clive Cussler’s novel Sahara astounded me with its intense plot, diverse characters, and intriguing settings. As amazing as the Movie Sahara is, the book it’s based on threw it out of the water. Without a doubt, Sahara is one of the best books I have ever read.

One of the things that captured me in Sahara was all of the remarkable settings, one of which was the desert itself. The main characters Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino cross the Sahara many times, once my an old Avion Voiso
Evan O.
Overdone and convoluted. Though certainly containing some intriguing mystery, the writing is very bland and unexciting; the action is ridiculous and unnecessarily violent; the dialogue is flat and limited to lengthy tech talk that would make a star fleet engineer's head spin; and the character development is basic at best. Furthermore, this book is pretty sexist--take this passage: "Like most women, Eva couldn't resist a take-charge man." On the other hand, the movie is actually way better, and ...more
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Scott Dunham
Loved this book. Wish it had more Civil War content, instead of it just being a subtext...

I want to talk about the Movie that came out about this... it's a tangent, so bear with me... when I read a book, my imagination always supplies the face and mannerisms and perhaps the actor- of the characters in the text.

I just wanted to say that I was at first skeptical, then happy with the casting of Matthew McConagnahy as Dirk Pitt! Of course, although I love Steve Zahn- and he was hilarious in Sahara,
Delicious Strawberry
This is the first Clive Cussler book I have ever read. Reading some of the reviews, I see some people didn't like this book, but I actually enjoyed this book a lot. I had been going through the bargain bin of books at the local store and found this book as a marked-down paperback. I read the back of the book and it sounded interesting, so I picked it up. And I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Yes, a certain suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy this book, especially the part with Ab
This is my second Clive Hussler book and I loved it. Dirk Pitt is the epitome of machoness and cunning. From devising strategic plans for getting out of impossible situations to creating workable instruments out of the barest scarp - Dirk Pitt is truly Mcgyver meets James bond. I really enjoyed his sense of humor and wit along with the casual rapport he shares with his childhood buddy Al. The book offers a great adventure starting from the Nile to direst corners of the Sahara desert. The plot do ...more
Dirk Pitt is the Indiana Jones of the contemporary times. He has an extra oomph about him which is missing in Indie.
Sahara starts with a scene just a week before the surrender of Confederate forces of Robert E. Lee in 1865. The plot then moves to 1931, when a lady, Kitty Mannock, is flying over the Sahara in quest of a new aviation record. And then it moves to 1996. A convoy of tourists are crossing the Sahara on a fleet of Land Rovers when they reach a scheduled stop at a village in the country
Why read a Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt adventure? The description of Pitt as James Bond + Doc Savage, the series has gone for years so Cussler, must be doing something right, my mother used to really enjoy his books, and it cost only $1 when plucked from a clearance bin down the street from me.

Why not to read a Pitt adventure? The concept is good, but the execution is weak. Pitt's concept, a former USAF officer and engineer, who works for an intelligence/scientific agency who gets into adventures sa
I’ve read a lot of these Cussler books, and while I’ve enjoyed them all, I have to tell you, this one is my absolute favorite.

Critics of this series will be quick to point out that Dirk Pitt is just too hard to believe. He’s a myriad of super heroes all rolled into one flawless man. But my experience tells me that once in a while, it’s ok to give into flights of fancy and to believe unabashedly in flawless super hero types.

A nasty oxygen-devouring red tide has spawned off the coast of west Afric
Barbara ★
EXCELLENT! I have never been disappointed in a Clive Cussler novel and this is no exception.

As is the usual start to a Dirk Pitt novel, there are two events that happened in the past that will somehow coincide with the current adventure. In 1865 during the Civil War, the Ironclad Texas disappears with a bellyful of gold and an unusual passenger, never to be seen again. In 1931 a female pilot flying solo from England to South Africa disappears without a trace somewhere in the Sahara desert. Dirk
Copyright 1992...for some reason this time I noticed all the "gotta have my girl" in the book. It was ok...but a little bit "Rambo" for me right now. Nevertheless, a typically "good" Clive Cussler read.

"1995, Egypt. Searching for a treasure on the Nile, Dirk Pitt thwarts the atempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented
Patrick Gibson
Feb 06, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preposterous action adventure lovers
Recommended to Patrick by: a single wide trailer red neck
Shelves: testosterone
If you were a novice to Cusslers books and asked me which to begin with, I would probably choose this one. It’s among his earlier books written before he became his own national monument on the Washington Mall. Don’t get me wrong. I like his books and read them as quickly as I devour M&M’s—no nutritional value but sure as hell taste good. I enjoyed waiting to see how the author would tie in the Ironclad and the body of Lincoln—something I don’t think the movie accomplished. Speaking of which ...more
Ken Consaul
I'll temper this saying I have never read any Clive Cussler before. This must put me in a minority as the trade paperback I'm reading says there are 125 million books in print.

I'm only at the beginning and the backstory created interest and it appears to be developing into a pretty intriguing story. The reason I'm commenting so early is I have some gripes with the editing or, the lazy effort by the author.

In one scene, the heroine's car is being torched. The description of the arsonist says he
Nov 06, 2014 Jill rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Dad
As I read, something was bugging me about Cussler's writing style. I realized what it was after about ten chapters: All of his characters sound exactly the same. With the exception of a "Jolly good!" thrown in when a character is English or an "Allo, mate!" when he's Australian, every person has the same speech patterns. It's as though all dialogue in the novel is spoken not by the characters, but by Clive Cussler himself. On several occasions, inevitably, they break into museum docent mode and ...more
Jim Whitefield
Another thrilling 'Dirk Pitt' ride through truly impossible situations. Cussler manages to integrate several seemingly unrelated events, well described early on in the book, into the plot as it later unfolds. I enjoyed the variety of aspects included and the overall story line very much. The only reason I didn't elevate it to five stars was that Cussler got a bit egotistical (and more than usually unrealistic at one point), coming across a treasure seeking old-timer from the States, complete wit ...more
This review is in honor of my Mother. My husband got me reading Clive Cussler and I loved Dirk Pitt, man about town,treasure hunter and Savior of the Universe on a regular basis. I got my Mom to read them and now that is about all she reads. She keeps reading them over and over, thinking every time is the first time. She will tell you that you always learn something about the world from Clive Cussler and it is true. Rather like a James Bond on steroids, Dirk swashes his way through adventure, wo ...more
Eric Bingham
This was a fun exciting read. It was my first Clive Cussler novel, and I usually struggle reading a book if I've already seen the movie, but I didn't have that problem with this one. It was very different from the movie. I really liked the whole book, but I did feel like the whole TEXAS boat incident was a little out of place. It seemed like it didn't really have anything to do with the story, and it was just thrown in at the beginning an the end as a way to try to include it in a novel that has ...more
Amar Bedi
The book starts of a bit slow. Found it a little boring till about the time they were about to reach Mali. And then it picks up pace. Could not put down the book after that till the end. Action packed. Amazing plot. Kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what pitt and al would do next. Totally loved the book. Look forward to reading more Clive Cussler books. I would like to share a line in the book. "But inside him beat a heart that wouldn't quit and a heart that could not die without a fight. ...more
Mark Lacy
I picked up this book because I saw the previews for the movie coming out. But it wasn't until I had started reading the book that I realized I had tried to read this once before. I tried again, but gave up again. In this book at least, Cussler violates so many tenets of "good writing." He includes meaningless detail about what people eat and drink. His characters are stereotyped. He uses adverbs to describe dialog. I just got to the point where I said, why am I wasting my time with this? There ...more
My first Clive Cussler novel! I know, I know...what took me so long? Found this paperback at one of those little free library boxes that dot the towns in Ohio. I was out geocaching with a dear friend in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton. The nano cache was missing on the library box, but I absconded with 2 paperbacks - this being one.

I was due to travel over the next 2 weeks to Oregon and Washington; and packing reading material is a non-negotiable with me. The added bonus was I had found
Cliff Mckenzie
Sahara, by Clive Cussler, is one of the most action packed books that I have ever read. This book takes you on an action packed adventure across the Sahara Desert, and across the poverty torn country of Mali.

As said previously, the story takes place in Africa, particularly the Sahara Desert and the country of Mali. Although the country of Mali has a president, he is only the figurehead, the real ruler is General Zateb Kazim, a ruthless dictator who enslaves his nation for his own personal wealt
Casey Carlisle
Dirk Pitt Novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. (This was a re-read for me to do a comparison to the movie)

And while Sahara was a great read, it is not one of my favorites. Although it still has all of the action, adventure and campness expected from the bunch at NUMA!

While I prefer stories more centric to underwater and the high sea, there were some elements of that in here; but it focused more on a conspiracy than the typical battle with the baddies.

If you are new to Clive Cusslers series, you
David Erickson
During the closing days of the Civil War a Confederate ironclad runs the Union gauntlet, the enemy guns silenced as a highly recognizable figure steps out on the ironclad’s deck. In the mid 90’s a Saharan tourist group disappears. 5 days later, Dirk Pitt comes across a beautiful woman alone on a North African beach and saves her from would be assassins.

Couple that with a red tide spreading across the globe that will, in a matter of months, extinguish all life on Earth by depriving the atmosphere
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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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