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Serpent (NUMA Files #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  7,267 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Clive Cussler, the author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, unleashes a hero for the next millennium in an electrifying new series of unrelenting action and edge-of-your-seat thrills.

When Kurt Austin, the leader of a courageous National Underwater & Marine Agency exploration team, rescues beautiful marine archaeologist Nina Kirov off the coast of Moroc
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2000 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published June 1st 1999)
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Jul 31, 2011 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Think there's a reason why I haven't picked up one of his books for at least 5 years. In my defense, I was on vacation and finished the books that I had brought along and this 'novel' was one of the only reasonably good choices available at the hotel gift shop.

At one time in my life, I thoroughly enjoyed the Dirk Pitt series of books from Cussler. Sort of a modern swash-buckling adventurer who always knows the right thing to do, the right thing to say and always gets the girl and the villa
May 09, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"I'm a Dirk Pitt fan so when I first picked this up my first thought was "Who's this Kurt Austin guy?" But I started reading anyway. Glad I d...moreI'm a Dirk Pitt fan so when I first picked this up my first thought was "Who's this Kurt Austin guy?" But I started reading anyway. Glad I did. Kurt is a great guy, has a fun sidekick, lots of NUMA people make an appearance (I LUV MAX!) and the plot rocks. I like the historical and archeology details. My only complaint is the chauvenism of the genre
Jun 12, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
3.5 stars.

I read this book for a book club pick. The first 200 pages or so were rather boring. I found consistently the author was using very rich, lengthy description, reminding me a bit of The Fellowship of the Ring, but rather than describing the strange and wondrous, he seemed to be always only describing the boring and mundane. He didn't give rich descriptions of the Mayan ruins at the center of the story, instead reserving most of his description for cars, planes, boats, faces, hair, eyes,
Barbara ★
This is a seriously convoluted tale revolving around the Spanish mafia from Christopher Columbus's time and the Mayan culture. Two things that really shouldn't have anything to do with each other. Did Columbus really discover America? That is the ultimate question and if not, who did? And why are archeologists being killed when they find certain types of artifacts. A skillfully woven tale that is wholly believeable. The death defying adventures, the life threatening artifact thieves and the unde ...more
Mar 15, 2017 Sonia189 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is a bit too far fetched and several scenes even more but as an adventure story and intriguing historical information, it was enjoyable to read.
Feb 26, 2017 Manuela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Lento e prolisso. Le parti più adrenaliniche si perdono nelle troppe pagine e nei tanti avvenimenti narrati con ritmo troppo altalenante.
Mar 11, 2011 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fiction, thriller, cc
Probably the worst Cussler book I'll ever read, from what I hear, and so far it is the worst I've read. The plot is awesome and very detailed but the story moves slow and a few times he even insults the readers intelligence. I know it was writen in 1999 but I know what a Hovercraft is Clive and I knew then too...shesh! I didn't find the ending that exciting either and I would suggest that people only read this book if they are fans of Cussler. I would never let a new reader have this as thier fi ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cussler is famous for bringing together numerous seemingly unconnected strands and not only explaining their connections but also making it sound like of course they are connected didn't see it. This book is no exception from the traditional historical event that kick off the show to the grand finale which in this book happened too quickly and felt a little flat as compared to some show downs. However the pace was fast and furious and once it to it the 450 odd pages soon passed although it did f ...more
May 28, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Don't let the title fool you, it has nothing to do with animals or sea creatures. Pure mystery and a very well written mystery at that. Very much enjoyed the interaction between the characters and it had a very good flow, all in all. Very interesting theories as well. I believe Clive Cussler is now in the top 5 of my favorite authors.

Sep 28, 2009 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the expected fun Clive Cussler adventure I had anticipated, this one seemed to be a bit too contrived. There was far too much to wrap up at the end of this novel that all seemed to just fall into place perfectly as if the author knew he had 20 pages left to write to finish. He finished on time. But the story suffered at bit because of it.
Mary couch
Apr 28, 2011 Mary couch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Clive Cussler thriller! This is book one of another series by Cussler. As usual, lots of action and a fast read.
Rosemary Rampton
Jan 10, 2016 Rosemary Rampton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable outcome but interesting non the less
Jason Sta. Maria
Jul 24, 2011 Jason Sta. Maria rated it really liked it
The story was good and exciting! Specially the tandem of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala! This was the first book of Clive Cussler that I've read and that's why I keep on reading his prized novels!
Feb 26, 2017 Jasen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Има интересна историческа история и не са толкова непобедими героите. Иначе всичко си върви по шаблона.
Nov 16, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good holiday reading, fast paced and gripping.
Christian Scala
Il serpente dei Maya, in originale “Serpent” è un libro del 1999, romanzo del genere avventura di Clive Cussler, scritto insieme a Paul Kemprecos. Cussler è uno scrittore statunitense di romanzi d'avventura. La carriera di scrittore comincia nel 1965, mentre si ritrovava a badare ai figli la notte per sopperire alla moglie poliziotta. Esordisce nella narrativa nel 1973, con la pubblicazione del romanzo Enigma, cronologicamente il secondo romanzo dedicato alle avventure di Dirk Pitt. Solo nel 198 ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
I'd give this one 3.5 stars.

I have to say, I found the actions scenes very appealing, though the first battle could have used less description of how pretty the protagonist Kurt Austin is. The story was a little slow in the beginning. Following the initial scene with Nina Kirov fleeing for her life and the battle on the Nereus to get her to safety, it slows down for a while - almost to the point that it lost my attention. After the fighting dies down, there's a lot of time where they're all gett
Sep 29, 2012 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-and-before
Inhoud: Ergens op de bodem van de Atlantische Oceaan liggen de schamele resten van het luxe passagiersschip de Andrea Doria. Maar zeer weinigen weten dat er zich in het ruim een onbetaalbare schat uit de pre-Colombiaanse oudheid bevindt - de ontbrekende schakel in de geschiedenis van de mensheid.
Kurt Austin is de moedige leider van het NUMA-ontdekkingsteam (National Underwater & Marine Agency. Hij vaart met zijn schip de Nereus voor de kust van Marokko en redt een aantrekkelijke archeologe v
May 20, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Kurt Austin series. Basically another Dirk Pitt but he has different physical features. With Pitt and Austin on the case, it's a wonder there are any mysteries left in the world. This one tackles Columbus and the discovery of the Americas. Apparently, the Phoenicians were here before Columbus (but after the Chinese?). While Rome was attacking Carthage, the Phoenicians boxed up their valuables and stored them with the Maya. Or something like that. Austin and company are on t ...more
Tom Tischler
Feb 02, 2017 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Austin a leader of the National Underwater & Marine Agency rescues beautiful
marine archaeologist Nina Kirov off the coast of Morocco and thereby becomes the
target of Texas industrialist Don Halcon. He is a madman bent on carving a new nation
out of the Southwestern U.S. His scheme hinges on Nina's recent discovery involving
Columbus and a pre-Columbian antiquity buried in the sunken remains of the Italian
luxury liner Andrea Doria. Only Kurt and his team stand between Halcon and his deadl
Andrew Willson
Its been a while since I specifically read a Cliver Cussler novel, mostly I was hearing them via audio books or through SirusXM's Books Radio but this one I had a paperback copy of, so in some ways I read it more closely. It has good action, a mystery that with a bit of thought can pieced together ahead of the characters within and really no huge twists or turns but that really is alright in a novel.

What struck me the most are the characters in this reading. I know they are similar to the origin
May 09, 2009 Tita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2014, _d_
Este é o primeiro livro da série NUMA e como já há alguns anos que estava na estante (deve ter sido daqueles livros de oferta do site da SdE 2=3), resolvi finalmente pegar nele, até porque a minha amiga Anocas é fã destes livros.

É certo que ao livro tem os ingredientes principais para eu gostar, acção, mistério, componentes históricos, enquadro-o dentro do mesmo género dos livros do James Rollins.
Acompanhamos a equipa da NUMA, que após se ter "cruzado" com Nina, uma arqueóloga marinha, se vêm a
Apr 22, 2016 Dj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the key to good Action Adventure is working to make it easy for the reader to suspend the disbelief that the actions of the book put into place. Clive Cussler at times is a Master of this approach. This time he gives a jarring alert that while he is a Master of Action and Adventure he is sometimes lacking in a knowledge of history.

The books begins with the sinking of the Andrea Doria. A fairly well know historical event and with the incidents leading up to the actual sinking itself there is
Tyler Newton
Mar 03, 2016 Tyler Newton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book "Serpent"and I found it to be a very interesting and a slow read. If you are interested with archeology and action then this is defiantly the book for you. I personally liked how Cussler was able to give this book an "Indiana Jones" feel to it. This is defiantly a great book. You can not really predict what will happen in this book, because of the way Cussler flips from one scene to another.

All the details in this book a very slow read, I would not recommend it for a quick read.
Jan 16, 2015 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Kirk Austin book and I'm not a fan of him. He is reactive not proactive, goes into situations unprepared, and in my opinion lacks common sense. For example, Kirk knows he's going up against a villan with an army and a plethora of weapons, yet Kirk doesn't bring any weapons and then proceeds to wonder how he's going to get himself out of the situation with no weapons. Kirk lacks the survival instict that Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell have, that makes it believable that they can experi ...more
Michael Gallagher
Clive Cussler books have it all. The plot is tightly knit and characters pure to his tastes. Sex is only a mention in descriptive terms and events fall into place with predictable pleasure. The people of his books are the same as they were the last time you read them. Hey this guy is really successful. His books sell tons of copies, so he must be good, right?
Within the constraints of his formulaic productions, Clive Cussler is great. Where are the flaws though? Sometimes I think the best books d
Bradley Hartman
Sep 07, 2013 Bradley Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Once again, Clive Cussler pulls off an intriguing tale filled with underwater adventure and action galore. Serpent goes a little deeper into the technical aspects than some of his other books, but it still reads well and the slower parts go by with only a small hitch. I'll only tell you that the story is wrapped around the discovery of America and Christopher Columbus, suggesting the possibility that Columbus was not the one that discovered our land. Involved in a way we never quite get a clear ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Kacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfinished. I wanted to read this so bad. It has a great story line, and I want to know what happens, I like a few of the characters a lot from the bit I've got of them.. but I can't. I've been trying for over a week to read it, and I'm only half way. That's crazy for me! I have just been unable to be pulled into it. It's very in-depth, very detailed and highly descriptive. Perhaps too much for my own personal taste. I can't grasp such specific visualizations and draw the exact picture it wants, ...more
Jorgen Schäfer
The adventure novel Serpent by Clive Cussler follows the underwater specialist Kurt Austin in his investigation of the murder of archaeologists. What were they about to find that would require their death?

Ah, I love adventure novels. And I like Cussler a lot. Sadly, this one was a bit too prototypical. Kurt Austin is the hero, physically strong and fit, knows everything, can do everything−a bit boring as a character. Additionally, the story reminded me a bit of Cussler's Fargo novel Lost Empire,
Nuno Magalhães
Sep 14, 2009 Nuno Magalhães rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, aventura
Este é um típico livro de Clive Cussler: na realidade trata-se do primeiro livro da série NUMA, em que o autor desenvolve narrativas sobre mistérios históricos que envolvem sempre as profundezas dos oceanos ou acontecimentos que decorrem no mar. Este livro em particular é muito interessante (até agora foi aquele de que mais gostei) na medida em que explora a possibilidade de terem existido contactos pré-colombianos entre o novo mundo (Américas) e o velho continente (Europa) e também África. A na ...more
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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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