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Serpent (NUMA Files #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,783 ratings  ·  155 reviews
On the bottom of the icy sea off Nantucket lies the battered remains of the Italian luxury liner, Andrea Doria. But few know that within its bowels rests a priceless pre-Columbian antiquity—a treasure that now holds the key to a puzzle that is costing people their lives. For Kurt Austin, the leader of a courageous National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) exploration team, ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 1999
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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

"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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.
My husband and I listened to this story on CD while driving. It is the kind of action story that keeps your interest, and fills the time. It is pretty formulaic Cussler, though. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala solve the mystery in their swashbuckling way, and Austin gets the girl. This one was interesting because it tried to tie the Phoenicians, the Spanish, and the Olmec people together before Columbus, along with the bad-guy group, the Brotherhood, that was formed at the time of the Spanish Inquisi ...more
Jason Sta. Maria
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!
Mary couch
Another Clive Cussler thriller! This is book one of another series by Cussler. As usual, lots of action and a fast read.
Patricia Rodrigues
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
Bradley Hartman
Sep 28, 2013 Bradley Hartman rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Badly written pot boiler. The characters are like something out of the 1950s and the situations are entirely unbelievable, I gave up when they created the "sting" in the desert and didn't have the sense to keep an eye on the only two strangers in their midst. I've read some of his stuff, and it's been reasonably well written. This is co-authored though, which seems just to mean "trading on a the name". Fortunately I only paid 50p for it, but it wasn't worth that, gave up on it.
Richard Brear
Much better than Cussler's PACIFIC VORTEX that I read a few weeks ago, SERPENT is a page-turner, this time with engrossing--not repulsive--diction/narration.I don't think that the shortcomings in PV are related to the protagonist, Dirk Pitt. It's a technique/style problem, perhaps one perceived by this reader alone or by just a few readers OR a problem he "corrected" in his later novels. . .Just a semi-hasty guess on my part.
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 everythinga bit boring as a character. Additionally, the story reminded me a bit of Cussler's Fargo novel Lost Empire,
Nuno Magalhães
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
Josh Bowen
Couldn't finish it. I was enjoying the plot but the dialogue was awful. The stupid cheesy lines were far to frequent. I fought through it for a while but it was just to much. I have read my share of cheap thrillers and sci-fi novels with poor dialogue and absurd characters and always finished them. I hope other Cussler novels are better than this but it will be a while before i find out.
Lee Belbin
The first of the NUMA series. The USA can do no wrong and is lead by fearless handsome warriors who battle evil and win, partner with perfect blonds and high-fliers and who have an infinite budgets. A romp against "The Brotherhood" protecting Columbus against earlier Phoenicians who transported gems and gold to the new world. Oh yes. Well, it is fiction isn't it.
Burke Hodgson
A fun read for those whose guilty pleasure is Hardy-Boy-books-for-grown-men-who-should-have-better-taste. Cussler's blend of phony archeology and anthropology is always clever, imaginative, and diverting. Just remember that the Phoenicians didn't REALLY move the Carthage treasury to the Mayas in Guatemala --- probably.
Nathan Beck
I suppose I should have read a few Pitt series books before starting the NUMA files. Seems there are a lot of references to them. The story plods along at a nice even pace till the end just comes. No real climax in the story. I did enjoy the read and am going to continue the series, but I'm going to start on the Pitt books as well.
Lyn Dalton
Another blockbuster read.

This is the first book written by Clive Cussler that I've read but It won't be the last. I really enjoyed it. I'm sure I will be reading all the NUMA files. This was a totally believable story, with twists and turns that kept me trying to guess how it would end. I highly recommend this book.
Candace Benjamin
This is the first book in the NUMA series. It was a good adventure read about archaeological findings that seemed to prove there were voyages to the New World before Christopher Columbus but unfortunately the archaeologist were all being killed.
Lee Belbin
The first of the NUMA series. The USA can do no wrong and is lead by fearless handsome warriors who battle evil and win, partner with perfect blonds and high-fliers and who have an infinite budgets. A romp against "The Brotherhood" protecting Columbus against earlier Phoenicians who transported gems and gold to the new world. Oh yes. Well, it is fiction isn't it.
Haven't read one of Mr. Cussler books in a long while. Enjoyed the action but seemed a little hard to take after a while. Overall, I would read him again, even if just for the fun of it. After all, isn't that what reading is all about.
This is the first book I have read by Clive Cussler. I enjoyed the story but thought he got bogged down with a lot of detail and technical information regarding the different boats and other various watercraft. I found myself skimming through these pages to get back to the meat of the story. I enjoyed most of the characters, especially the camaraderie between Joe Zavala and Kurt Austin. The descriptions of the different locations around the world were well done especially the historical sites an ...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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