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Black Wind
Clive Cussler
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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,187 Ratings  ·  277 Reviews
"In the waning days of World War II, unbeknownst to all but a handful of people, the Japanese tried a last, desperate measure. Two submarines were sent to the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus, their mission to unleash hell." "Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost."

Published (first published 2004)
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Kat Powell
May 14, 2013 Kat Powell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what you're getting with a Clive Cussler novel. The format's all a bit 'cut and paste' - whoever is introduced in the first section will die and leave behind some dastardly way of destroying the world, then NUMA will stumble across it and almost avert disaster but the baddies will win round one and then all the same cat and mouse will happen again but this time NUMA will save the world in the nick of time. Still usually the series is a good escapist read but this one was just... dull! F ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, library
These are always interesting books. I enjoy the history melding with the current time. The characters are always fun. The narrator did an excellent job as well.
Travis Bow
Cheesy beyond all reasoning. If you like seeing super-classic evil dudes with nefarious plots waging war against chivalrous, daring, uber-lucky, hyper-intelligent (when they aren't putting themselves in danger for absolutely no reason), lady-killer heroes who can do everything James Bond can without any of the training (even make corny puns, like "I was the one who was shaken and stirred" after escaping a wrecked submarine and considering the appeal of a cocktail)... if you like all that AND if ...more
Aug 14, 2015 LadyCroft86 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Dirk Pitt adventure but this one was a little different in that Dirk Pitt Jr is the main character. Dirk Pitt Sr is almost a secondary character, which is a fine way of aging him and allowing him to pass on his adventuring legacy to his son and daughter. There was a little bit of confusion with both the Dirks in the book, mainly knowing which one was which when they were both together. For the most part, "Dirk" is referring to junior Pitt and "Pitt" refers to the senior Pitt. I also like ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: nick
This book was TERRIBLE!!!!!!

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's be a little more coherent, eh?

Black Wind would have been a decent book if it werent for the author himself. The writing style is slow and boring. There's plenty of action but it is constantly disrupted by technical descriptions of rockets, or submarines, or biological warfare, or whatnot. It made even the most action packed scenes boring as all hell.

Now onto the characters. By all rights and laws of nature, THESE
Britt Griffith
I’m not exactly sure why, but this was my favorite Dirk Pitt novel, probably because the main character was actually his son, Dirk Jr. Dirk isn’t as cocky as his father and just seemed to get on my nerves less. Plus this was the most recent of Cussler’s books that I have read, and actually took place in the year 2007, which made it easier to relate to, since it isn’t 30 years old. The premise was that this evil Korean guy wanted to unite North and South Korea again (and implement his communist d ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Stéphanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Two stars for the story, which still remains entertaining, but the book is downgraded by the outright American, Republican, patriarchical views that permeate it. Cussler has no problem featuring gratuit nudity, but frowns on the idea that Dirk Pitt's sister can also be admired by collegues (while her brother of course conquers the very first helpless maid he sees, who appears as an obvious love interest, then disappears completely, and only reappears to give our hero his heroic reward - same goe ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published quite a while ago, 2005, this story is still worth the read (listen). The only problem I have is that Cussler has included both Dirk Pitts, Senior and Junior. Sometimes, he simply indicates ‘Dirk’. Usually, this isn’t a problem, but I had to spin back the audiobook a few times to decide which Dirk. Like father, like son, they are both type A-macho dudes.

As in all Cussler books, you’ll find the character of Clive himself a fun little tradition. He always includes himself as a character,
Alex Lee
Jun 08, 2016 Alex Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
This is a book where the good guy (Mr. USA incarnate) can do no wrong and where the bad guys are other ethnicities who can't even get their act together. I mean, ethnicities who even if they are the good guys, can't sort out amongst themselves who is good or bad, because they all look alike, am I right?

Beyond the subtle racism, and the weird puns that go throughout the book (the ones the good guys make) this book is as expected. It's a non-critical ego validating triumph of good vs evil. Good gu
James Keel
Jun 07, 2013 James Keel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say why exactly but I am always drawn to reading books where the lead character carries on through numerous books which I why I so love Clive Cussler. Between Dirk Pitt, Kurt Austin, and the rest of the NUMA group I can always open a book a find a character I am invested in.
Trevor Lee
Sep 26, 2009 Trevor Lee is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Page 98, VERY intriguing, although I am disappointed I haven't and most likely will never learn this in school. I think it's very appropriate to say that I believe i should learn this in school.
Aug 04, 2016 Ashlee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book....It was definitely a Clive Clussler style and because of that, it eliminated a lot of the surprise that some of his other books contain. I also had some confusion between Dirk Pitt Sr and Dirk Pitt Jr, but after re-reading a couple of pages was able to understand which was which. There was also a personal pet peeve of mine where a small character in the book is given the same name as the author. It's a personal pet peeve but it frustrates me to no end with author ...more
Rubén Horcajada
Un título más para la saga, donde el escritor nos da más de lo de siempre: prólogo histórico, presentación del malo y la siempre agradable interacción entre escenas llenas de pura acción peliculera y humor con otras más relajadas donde el escritor nos quiere enseñar algo sobre algún tema nuevo, en este caso todo lo relativo a lanzamientos de cohetes espaciales y enfermedades virales. Nada sorprende excepto una cosa: en este caso el protagonista principal es Dirk Pitt Jr., dejando al senior para ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The history and geography kept my attention, but the characters were shallow and the dialogue stilted.
Mar 06, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not deep reading. It is a fun book. Don't start with this one if you have not read some other "Dirk Pitt" books first. You will get more out of it after the others. This has some humorous touches based on knowing the history of the characters before this book in the time line. I really liked the bit where young Dirk runs into the author in Korea. I think this is the first book I have read where a fiction author added a cameo of himself into the plot.

The book is a quick, fun, relaxing rea
Feb 06, 2015 Sonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Wind is more or less like all the others. I just didn't get into this one as per usual. Maybe the holidays got in the way and I couldn't read it for a couple of weeks. I don't know. I've read a lot of Clive Cussler's books. They are enjoyable to me - like a James Bond Movie (not very realistic that one man or family are always the one who 'saves the world'). But it has adventure, romance and some history to learn. And I appreciate that the author(s) don't use foul language (hardly, if ever ...more
Wendy Howard
On Yunaska Island, in the middle of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, is a Coast Guard weather station, manned this summer by two men and a husky. It's isolated - home base in Anchorage is over a thousand miles away, and the nearest village is 90 miles across open water. But it's paradise to some for a variety of reasons, including the ability to practise the science they're there for, and the benefits of the job such as copious time off after a shift on the island for more pleasurable past-times. ...more
Tim Corke
Another cracking read by Cussler and Cussler with NUMA's special powers and dynamic employees once again at the centre of a tense political environment and threat to the security of the Korean peninsula. Undertaking special research that stemmed from secret Japanese plans to attack mainland USA during WW2, Dirk and NUMA kept ahead of the game with their exciting and daring missions.

Whilst the writing is straight forward, Cussler's novels are always exciting and entertaining and guarantee a great
Teo Hoppe
Sep 30, 2014 Teo Hoppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In December 1944, Captain Miyoshi Horinouchi, staff operations officer of the Japanese Imperial Navy Sixth Fleet, informs Lieutenant Commander Ogawa of Submarine I-403 of a change of assignment. Instead of patrolling the Philippines, he is to "escort' a special guest from the Kure Naval Base in Japan to the "enemy's doorsteps". The civilian Dr. Jisaichi Tanaka of the Army Medical College has found a devastating biological agent that will bring the Americans to their knees begging for peace. If h ...more
Paul W
Jun 12, 2011 Paul W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. As our main hero Dirk Pitt Sr, gets older I am sad to see him and Al have less of a role in the adventures. Dirk Jr is being written, IMO, as a Pitt replacement. Sometimes when I was reading I would forget that it was Dirk Jr and think that it was just Dirk Pitt. Don't get me wrong, Dirk and Al are still involved and play the major roles, but a lot of time is spent with the kids, more with Dirk Jr, than Summer. I am wondering, if as the next few books progress, Dirk and Al will pla ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avventura
Per quanti non lo sapessero, Cussler è un autore di avventura pura che ha fatto la sua fortuna con un lungo ciclo di romanzi dedicati interamente ad un personaggio: Dirk Pitt. Sono ormai vent'anni o giù di lì che le vicende di questo avventuriero riempiono le librerie ed il personaggio è ormai invecchiato, diventando un cinquantenne che può sempre meno giustificare imprese più che incredibili; per tale motivo Cussler ha pensato di cercare di introdurre una nuova generazione di personaggi: i figl ...more
Dec 23, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series used to be a lot more fun. Either I've matured, or the melodramatic prose has just gotten worse.

This story concerns a biological terrorist attack planned against the United States.

It offered some interest as it described submarines built with floating hangars for launching sea planes, which I did not know existed before reading this book. The Japanese I-400 class actually had disassembled seaplanes which could be quickly reassembled and then floated where they could take off.

And th
Aug 31, 2013 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seems that I can not get away from "killer virus" novels lately. I have been going through gallons of Purell in the last month or so. Last book was Dan Brown's Inferno about a killer plague. This book deals with a similar airborne virus. I'm pretty convinced that there is some mad man cooking something in his kitchen as I type.

Cussler's books are a very comfortable formula for me. The cookie cutter approach is great for a pool, or beach read.

This one started out good, but fizzled quick fo
Geert Daelemans
Aug 22, 2013 Geert Daelemans rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
The fatigue will kill you...

At the end of World War II the Japanese army was prepared to embrace some desperate measures. By creating a revolutionary new strain of a deadly virus they hope to turn the stakes on that dreadful war. Blah, blah. They have one small problem: how to get that evil concoction distributed on American soil? Ah, here is the solution: lets launch it from a submarine. No that won't work. Maybe we can drop it from an aeroplane that takes off from a submarine? Cool idea, let's
Raven D.
Mar 07, 2013 Raven D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I lied, I haven't read this one completely yet, I'm probably close to page 200, but I wanted to get my thoughts out there. I've been a huge Clive Cussler fan now for awhile ever since I read Iceberg in elementary school (yes, I was quite the reader). I believe I've now read 10 or more of his novels and I absolutely love them!! I've been working on the Dirk Pitt series first (I want to read all of them), so I'm going in order (trying, still missing a lot of books). They've all been great, that wa ...more
Rebecca Graf
May 05, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There isn’t a Clive Cussler novel I don’t like. Each one gets me sucked in and refuses to let me go until the book is completely read. What makes the action packed novel even better is the way Cussler incorporates history into each of his books. He didn’t disappoint me in Black Wind.

Toward the end of World War II, a Japanese submarine reaches the shores of America ready to disperse biological warfare that had never been seen to that date. It is unable to unleash the Black Wind as an American nav
Moumita Sarcar
d only thing d book did best was to put me asleep!!! every single time i opened it!!! :O

though d technicalities and d impending doom were well written, i found it merely interesting in d 1st half of d book...later on i cudnt help myslf 4m dozing off!!!!

there were hardly any dialogs any meaningful conversations to show these ppl were human... or anythn emotional to attach oneself with... all technical details, page after page after page....!!!!

and then the hero dirk!!! what does he think of him
Jun 08, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
When I read fiction, one of the things that I do is to maintain a list of problematic questions regarding the narrative and the choices of the author in terms of plotting and the like. And when I get to ten questions of this sort, I stop with the list and either continue to read with my brain turned off or throw the book against the wall and read something else. Well, I'm pretty sure that I could have come up with dozens and dozens of questions about the plot of this one, and if it hadn't been f ...more
Bryan Higgs
What can I say about this book? If any of you have read any of Cliver Cussler's books, you probably already know that the writing is banal and sophomoric, the plot is completely ridiculous, the tense situations are repeated from one book to the next (in concept, at least), so you end up saying "Why wouldn't they think of that, and guard against it next time?" (for example, how their research vessel always seems to be taken over by thugs unexpectedly while the heroes are salvaging something deep ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#18 in the Dirk Pitt series (first written with son Dirk Cussler as his co-author).

Dirk Pitt series - Dirk Cussler joins father Clive as author of the Dirk Pitt series which now is focusing more on the exploits of Dirk Jr. and his twin sister Summer. South Korean industrialist Kang is really a North Korean agent planning to use WWII era Japanese bioweapons to distract attention from his goal of ridding the Korean Peninsula of US presence.

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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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