The Navigator (NUMA Files, #7)
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The Navigator (NUMA Files #7)

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The most remarkable novel yet in the number-one New York Times-bestselling series.

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Published June 5th 2007 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ann Keller
This story begins in 900 BC, as a Thracian and Phoenician ship collide, with devastating consequences. Many years later, in 1809, Thomas Jefferson has assembled cherished word lists of the Unkechaug people, valuable vellum documents which he entrusts to an old friend - Meriwether Lewis. He has no idea that “The Cultivation of Artichokes” document will seal Lewis’ doom. Lewis is apparently murdered for the priceless find and a dreadful conspiracy is begun, a conspiracy that remains hidden until t...more
Geri
Aug 20, 2008 Geri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Geri by: Mom
Shelves: adventure
I love Clive Cussler books, they're wild, adventurous, a little history mixed with fiction and just fun! I was excited about this one, because I heard it talked about my stomping grounds on the Chesapeake Bay and Havre de Grace. It didn't disappoint. If you are looking for a fun adventure this is the book for you. Just keep in mind, sometimes you laugh and think to yourself, seriously? Good stuff.
Matt
Can you give anything lower than a one-star rating? I have never read Cussler before but wanted a quick, light summer read. With its one-dimensional, stock characters and forced dialog The Navigator is quite possibly one of the worst books I have read.
Lisa
Valuable artifacts have been stolen from the Bagdad museum after the taking of Iraq in the war. Among these stolen artifacts is "The Navigator," a bronze statue that may just be the key to finding a lost religious relic, or even King Solomon's mines. Carina's job is to recover these lost artifacts, but it puts her on a very dangerous path, but she was lucky enough to have Kurt Austin be there to save her. Now the two of them are working to solve the mystery before it is too late.

The first of the...more
Barbara ★
This book, like all Cussler novels, is set all over the world. A good portion of the action takes place in Turkey, with some in Cyprus, Maryland, DC, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and even off the coast of Nova Scotia as well. Of course, the action is over the top but fun to experience nonetheless.

This one involves a missing Phoenician statue that is found and subsequently stolen. Kurt Austin, NUMA special ops and Joe Zavala are at the center of the action. Kurt gets sucked into the goings-o...more
Kara Jorges
When American forces invaded Iraq the first time, the Baghdad Museum was looted of valuable treasures. UNESCO agent Carina Mechadi is on their trail, and jumps at the chance when wealthy businessman Viktor Baltazar offers to privately finance her search, asking only that she keep him informed of her progress. Carina crosses paths with our hero, Kurt Austin, quite literally when she recovers the most valuable of the museum’s missing items and accompanies them on their containership voyage across...more
Yvann S
Summary: Kurt Austin has just signed up to lasso icebergs when he has to rescue a hijacked ship. He ends up protecting a feisty Italian antiquities expert while they try to figure out if it's possible that the Phoenicians reached America.

Ah, nothing like a good adventure chasing down ancient treasure and bad guys at the same time.

This was my first Clive Cussler and it will not be my last. While all the terrible (but funny) features of this kind of book were liberally sprinkled around - blink-of...more
Kelly
This was Cussler at his best. The book kept me riveted and I had trouble putting it down. Kurt Austin is one of my favourite characters of Cusslers.

Synopsis curtesy of Penguin Books.

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second, very nearly, is a UN investigator who, were it not for the time...more
Karyn
The plot:
Ancient treasure -girl in need of saving - Kirk to the rescue in outrageous fashion - slowly unravelling plot to put world in chaos - Kirk to the rescue.

Most Clive Cussler Novels begin with a story set hundreds of years ago about lost civilisations and hidden treasures to then fast forward to one of his can-do-nothing-wrong Heroes in the present day.

And that's one of the reasons i like reading these books.There's always a bit of history involved and references to things I've probably ne...more
Nick Bushlack
The book "The Navigator" is one of the better books I have read lately. The book is a mysterious adventure book, as the book takes several unexpected turns foiling the plans of NUMA agents Kurt and Joe along with the lovely Carina. The Book starts with Carina visiting Iran in 2013, she looks through the raided Iran Museum. The curator point out a missing statue called The Navigator, an old statue from long ago. Carina then locates the statue years later, she transports the statue to the States f...more
Trisha
DUTCH:

Dit boek was het lezen waard. Het leest als vanouds en als een Clive Cussler.
De spelfouten waren soms irritant en maakte dat het boek soms niet als een vaart last, maar doorgaans zorgt het juist wel even voor dat je op adem komt.
Het verhaal gaat over Kurt Austin en Joe Zavala, die zoals altijd verwikkeld raken in de een avontuur. Dit keer zijn ze opzoek naar de Navigator die het geheim bewaard over Kings Salom's mines.
Er bij betrokken is natuurlijk een vrouw, maar nu een die het gevaar ju...more
Peter Carlisle
maybe i've read too many of cussler books lately, but god this book was astoundingly boring
the protagonists- what is it about kurt austin and his pale hair that makes him so boring? he collects dueling pistols. wow. how very, very interesting. and what about zavala? a Mexican-American who turns classic cars into submarines - boring? how could it be? and yet it is. and the Trouts- don't these people have any flaws? at all?
the antagonists - a megalomaniac looking for Solomon's mines in America who...more
Kent
Kurt Austin takes time from lassoing giant icebergs to save the world again in The Navigator by Clive Cussler. This time it involves a Phoenician statue that has ties to King Solomon and stolen out of the museums of Iran during the beginnings of the US occupation. Apparently, the Phoenicians were the first visitors to the North American continent, given their maritime navigational skills. Later on, the treasure appears and while being delivered to Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis is murdered....more
Leslie
This was one of the worst Cussler books I've read. The copy editing was horrendous. The writing was aimed at 3rd graders, with stilted sentences, unbelievable dialogue, and boring prose. The fight scenes, in particular, seemed to be a series of choppy sentences that all started with "The."

While I expect the plot to be outlandish (that's the fun of his books), this one just had too many pieces that were obviously untrue, which made it really hard to suspend disbelief. The part that bothered me mo...more
Cherie
I was so suprised when I added this book to my lists of books read and found that I had already read this in 2009. As I was reading it, there were some things that sounded familiar, but I guess I just didn't remember enough of it to realize I had already read it. I am embarassed that I didn't remember it better. It is really a very good book, and I enjoyed it immensely. Kurt Austin is a smart and handsome hero, and in this book meets and has a relationship with a beautiful Italian woman who work...more
Christina
"The Navigator" is not the great American novel, but I liked it much more than I thought I would. It did require a lot of suspension of disbelief, and there were some moments where I thought my eyes might get stuck back in my head from rolling so hard. But I think that's all part of the fun of novels like these, and once I accepted the fantastic nature of the plot I had a thoroughly good time with it. The story was exciting and intricate, with all the makings of a good action thriller: secret so...more
Maddy Hassenpflug
Apr 17, 2013 Maddy Hassenpflug rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
Recommended to Maddy by: Leon Hassenpfug
This was the first book by Clive Cussler that I had ever read. It came from the recommendation of my father, a man who loves to read, is a little picky about what he'll read, but never has the time for it. On a trip to Japan, he came across this book and had enough time to read it. On his return home, he insisted I read it, saying I would love it. It took me until I was on a flight myself to finally settle down to getting through the prologue, but my father was entirely correct. He and I have bo...more
Atika Rachma
I was engrossed by the background story so I picked this book. Firstly it was kind of boring and too slow the writer begins the story with. In spite of the slow story pace, this is just like another book with ancient historical artifacts. Solomon King's treasure, endless political intrigue from past to present, modern adventure, and war background are mixed in this book becoming a delicious dough with thrilling taste as I finished the book.
Jeff
This book was all right. It was exciting but not really a cliffhanger. I also thought a lot of the science was week and it was interesting that the CIA and Federal Government were so willing to accommodate a civilian’s need to rescue his girlfriend from the villain. But maybe that is just me being cynical again. The thing that I liked the most about this book was that there was very little language (or at least what I thought of as little) and the sexiest scene in the book was when the woman cam...more
Marti
Clive Cussler keeps finding out interesting topics about which to write. This time The Navigator refers to actually more than one Phoencian statue. This series features kurt Austin, the successor to the incredible Dirk Pitt, and his sidekick, Joe Zavala, working for NUMA. There is a damsel in distress, Carina Mechadi, who works for a museum, and a villain, Baltazar. Another NUMA couple, Gamay and Paul Trout, also appear. I have gotten used to Kurt--but I still don't think that he is quite as goo...more
Annette McIntyre
Once again an improbable yarn made realistic and fun with plenty of suspense, thrills, exotic locations and humour.
SeanV CLC
This book only has a 4 star rating but in my opinion it is one of the best books I have ever read. The Navigator by S.E. Hinton has a very complicated plot but was a pleasure to read. The main character, Kurt Austin, does many things that you would have never thought anyone would ever do. The entire series so far has been amazing and I hope to read all of them. I feel that this book could only be enjoyed if you like adventure and if you are OK with violence. The book contains many interesting s...more
Cindy
Mr Cussler adds daring adventure to every aspect of his characters lives.
Gayle Mason
Being a scuba diver myself, I really enjoy the dives he includes in this novel.
Xdw
Real trash. Cardboard characters. Silly plot. Poor writing. Waste of time.
Dougw
Really enjoyed it....couldn't put it down
Jakub Nowak
Just another good read by Cussler (and co). I think it was the first one with Austin... I am not sure as all CC book are almost the same: great potentially dangerous treasure, a beautiful lady in need of saving (often accompanied by a group of less important characters), big bad guy who wants to rule/destroy the world, boom boom, great finalle. But it still works. When I started reading CC some time ago I read 5 or 6 of his book in the span of 2 months. And none bored me. It's pure fun with litt...more
S Dizzy
A typical Kurt/Joe "here I come to save the day" read. It was fun. I enjoyed it.
Tracy
I'm not sure why I'm less impressed with the Kurt Austin character than I am with Dirk Pitt or Juan Colorado. Is it the addition of the specific partner-author? I don't know.

A grand adventure (as expected) that traverses the world in various extremely cool and/or rare boats, cars and other vehicles. The bad guy was sufficiently bad, the other bad guy was creepy.

It's amazing how much historical information Cussler & Co. can cram into one adventure - but it works and it's always interesting.

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