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Serpent (NUMA Files #1)

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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...more
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

"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...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
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...more
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.

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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
I'm already a fan of Cussler's Dirk Pitt series so I'll read pretty much anything he writes. This book is the first one in his Kurt Austin series. It's very good. I think I may have read one or two Kurt Austin books before but not in any sort of order. This book sneaks in a bit of Dirk so that made it all the better. The characters are similar in that they are heroic, easily attract the ladies and can kick butt. If you like the Dirk Pitt series, give this one a try. Lots of action!
Teo Hoppe
I have read all of Cussler's books thus far and have enjoyed each and every one. At the beginning of this one, I was a bit wary because his usual characters (Pitt, Rudy, and Al) were not the main stars. However, I feel that the new guys (and gal) have proved themselves well. The historical information is great and was woven into an interesting and plausible story. One can believe that people like Halcon do exist and ARE in power. I always enjoy the tight spots the heros get into and the ingeniou...more
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 everything−a bit boring as a character. Additionally, the story reminded me a bit of Cussler's Fargo novel Lost Empire,...more
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
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.
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
Read in July. Took me about 4 days to read it. That's a long time for me! My first time reading Clive Cussler. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by him.
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
Typical Cussler with his heroes hardly getting a scratch even though they continually underestimate the bad guys. A light and fluffy read.
Standard Clive Cussler fare...

Not really bad but nothing to write home about either...
Feb 19, 2010 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Fun. Good wrap up of 'The Brotherhood of the Sword' dating back to Columbus. Fairly decent sleuthing although, the mysteries may have worked out a bit too easily. A couple of scenes were unnecessarily over the top (Yeager's voice activated, holographic computer assistant, and the Dr. Chi/Dr. Trout chase down the river). It was somewhat difficult to become completely immersed in the characters and the story, but refreshing that the story did not rely on sex and a long build up of suspense to keep...more
Anthony Messina
Rather predictable plot, but so are most of the Cussler novels. I prefer the Dirk Pitt series though.
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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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