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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  9,717 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Clive Cussler's dazzling new Dirk Pitt adventure.

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure—a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target.

But that does not
Hardcover, First Edition, 530 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (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 12, 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.
Jul 24, 2014 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
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
Feb 27, 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
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
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.
Another goodie from Cussler! Very enjoyable! This one had more of the Dirk Pitt children in it than the elder Dirk. I still prefer the ones pre-Pitt kids. And I have not read them all yet so many more enjoyable times ahead.
Sep 11, 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.
Trevor Lee
Sep 18, 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.
Lyn Richards
Jan 31, 2017 Lyn Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the adventures of Dirk Pitt and his sister on their thrill seeking adventure to catch and stop evil doers before chaos is spread. This book taps into alot of peoples beliefs about countries and their attempts for world domination at all costs from Korea to China. I also really enjoyed how Clive Cussler wrote himself into the book as a character but the character he is in real life. A great read
Travis Crump

Not real sure why I bothered to finish. It lacks all the charm and humor of the earlier books as well as lacking a sense of coherence. Instead of fun implausibility, it was just a bunch of gobbledygook at times.
Nov 19, 2016 Halalilodri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelesen
Vor Jahren habe ich die Clive Cussler Romane verschlungen. Inzwischen ist die Begeisterung etwas zurückgegangen, das liegt aber auch insgesamt am Wandel der Zeit.

Das merkt man auch im Buch, bei dem die ehemaligen Protagonisten ihre Söhne und Töchter eingesetzt haben. Und natürlich sind alle in super wichtigen Positionen.

Diese Art von Roman passt besser in die neunziger Jahre.
Feb 28, 2017 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read with lots of military, shipping, and submarine detail mixed into an action plot. Especially interesting since the murder of Kim Jong-Nam by VX nerve agent. A bit predictable, characters are somewhat wooden, but a page turner nonetheless. Written as if it was made for a shoot-em-up screenplay.
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
Steve Crane
The first Cussler I've read; required just a bit too much suspension of reality for my taste.
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
Apr 22, 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
Jennifer Lawrence
Took me FOREVER to read this book. My OCD won't allow me to not finish a novel otherwise I would have kicked this one to the curb months ago. I can only feel I personally earned the two stars I awarded for managing to power through this one. I like the supporting characters WAY more than the leading ones and wish the Pitts would grow realistic personalities already. The End.
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
Teo Hoppe
Jul 22, 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
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
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
Jennifer Schreiber
Good book

It is well written and a joy to read. The characters are full bodied and the plot is fast paced and entertaining.
Jordan Picnic
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Jun 08, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok
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
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
Aug 05, 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,
Apr 19, 2011 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
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
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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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