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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  7,406 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Clive Cussler's dazzling new Dirk Pitt adventure.
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2004)
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Kat Powell
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
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
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
Samyann
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,
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Ken
An OK Dirk Pitt novel, but the dialogue contained too many lame puns and jokes. The weakness was in the dialogue, and the predictable ending regarding who captures Kang. Summer Pitt was an unnecessary addition, since all the action was given to Dirk Jr. and Summer was reduced to a weak female co-lead. Overall, it was a decent read but having a book with Dirk & Dirk Jr. felt confusing at times, when I tried to figure out which Dirk was referred too.
James Keel
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.
Rubén Horcajada palacios
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
Jen
The history and geography kept my attention, but the characters were shallow and the dialogue stilted.
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
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Teo Hoppe
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
Jenn
Mar 15, 2011 Jenn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Paul W
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
Aries
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
David
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
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Jason
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
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Geert Daelemans
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
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Raven D.
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
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
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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
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Jim
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
Motorcycle
This one was a bit of a turd. There was no real time spent developing the romance between Dirk Jr. and his love interest in this one, so the relationship seemed a bit of a stretch. It's not like the characters had time together that the reader isn't privy to. The sum total of their contact is him saving her at the very beginning, they meeting on business, then them getting in a car chase. And really, there was no characterization for the girl. The only thing that stuck in my mind was that she wo ...more
Thee_ron_clark
A co-worker recommended Clive Cussler to me and loaned me a couple of his novels to check out. This was the first of the two that I read.

The concept is that the Japanese were beginning to use biological and chemical munitions in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. Although I do enjoy history, I am not aware if this is factual or simply a concept for the story. Anyway, some terrorists decide to retrieve some of the munitions to use in modern times and a United States federal organization fi
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Kris Lemoine
really awesome book and audio tape, of which i have both. i think it's a little bit more informative than his others, in the way of explaining historical events etc. he does this in all his other books but this one just seems more interesting, especially for those who enjoy warfare adventure. based on events during World War Two, it emphasizes the chemical warfare that could have potentially happened during the war & who the brains were behind the "technology". those of whom have read clive' ...more
John
Slowly warming to the Dirk Pitt JR aspect of the series. Still a shocker to suddley find out Dirk had a son and daughter. Still miss Giordanno as a constant part of the stories. Not sure if he should kill off Dirk SR and take a totally fresh approach. Would JR scrap the hanger and move the collection.. Outrage would ensue, but seems to be the characters are treading water looking for shore.
Back to story. Typical Drik Pitt fare. Jr is such a carbon copy of the father he did not grow up with makes
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Mary
There is a certain melody to Cussler's books: background music, getting closer, espionage, and trumpets which is one of the reasons why I am addicted to Cussler! Within the books he gently introduces the reader to history or technology and of course there's his group of hunky characters like Dirk Pitt and his son, Dirk Pitt. I float way with the NUMA group and envision myself joining them in their escapades. Imagination to the fullest extent!
Paul
I like how the story continued throughout (like it made sense from the beginning to the end). Also how the different characters developed. Only thing is that (well sort of expected) that the main characters somehow always escape and the bad guys don't get there way. Nevertheless a good read.
Paula
ICK... HIS GRAMMAR WAS SLAP-HAZZARD, DIALOGUE STILTED,AND I FOUND IT INSULTING TO WOMEN ETC. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE WORD GUSHED THIS SIDE OF A VICTORIAN NOVEL IN MANY YEARS. ALL OF HIS FEMALE CHARACTERS REPEATEDLY GUSHED ABOUT SOMETHING. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD THEM SIMPERING TOO. TO HAVE A NAVY SEAL KNEELING IS ONE THING, BUT TO SAY "HE KNEELED..." CHAPTER 65 P. 515 I WANTED TO TAKE OUT A RED PEN AND MAKE CORRECTIONS. THE PROPER WORD USED TO BE KNELT.... MAYBE I'M OLD FASHIONED BUT I CAN'T TOLERATE A FA ...more
Beth
I am suffering through this thing. It is a guy's book written by two guys. The ridiculous amount of detail provided on the cars, motors, car chases, and other guy stuff is boring. The same crap that I fast forward through in TV shows and movies, is spelled out in detail in this book. It's bad enough when that junk is on the TV screen, but it is even worse on a CD. I can't imagine the number of people who drop dead asleep from boredom at those passages. It is a book on CD, otherwise, I would have ...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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