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White Death (NUMA Files #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  5,207 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
A Novel from the NUMA(r) Files
Abridged read by James Naughton
Unabridged read by Scott Brick

The hair-raising new Kurt Austin adventure from the authors of the bestselling Fire Ice.

Abridged * Five CDs * 6 hours
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Published June 23rd 2003 by Penguin Audio
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Rose My copy of White Death copyright 2003, Berkley Book, has only 355 pages. It mentions a printing history of June 2003 in hardback and June 2004…moreMy copy of White Death copyright 2003, Berkley Book, has only 355 pages. It mentions a printing history of June 2003 in hardback and June 2004 mass-market edition. I would guess that it has something to do with which edition by which publisher and what the print size is.(less)
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Brian
Feb 05, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda
Apr 30, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth the time to see if Clive Cussler style is for you.
It's been a long time since I read a Clive Cussler book and the first that did not have Dirk Pitt as the main character (I read many of those). But, there are a lot of similarities between Dirk Pitt stories and stories involving the new protagonist, Kirt Austin. First, Cussler's books are slow starting, as you have to understand the history behind his tales before he launches into the modern story; second, unless you know something about t
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Kristofer
This story was a little slower moving then I usually like it to be. It followed Kurt Austin in his pursuit against Oceanus and their mutant fish. Much more aggressive and massive than normal fish, they were causing havoc against small fisherman families. Kurt Austin and his usual partner Joe Zavala take on the case, but become really determined to stop Oceanus after they tried to murder them. Like always, the battle approaches Oceanus' front door as Kurt gets ready to stop them once and for all. ...more
Gerold Whittaker
Jan 29, 2010 Gerold Whittaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A multinational company is secretly creating genetic freaks of nature - for their own financial gain obviously. Nobody really knows what is going on behind closed doors but when the local fishermen start reporting that the fish are disappearing the environmentalists try to stop them. In between these two opposing forces, enter our heroes Austin and Zavala resulting in all the ingredients needed for another action-packed novel.
Jeff Herman
Not one of his best books but the story line kept it interesting and still very much worth the read.
Debbie Duran
Feb 02, 2011 Debbie Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler books are great for escaping out of our ordinary lives. His characters are believeable & likeable & get to have extraordinary adventures in amazing places.
Christine
Jul 13, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love clive cussler books, fast reads when I am bored.
Jody
Oct 27, 2015 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Truly enjoying the writings of Mr. Cussler. This one does not disappoint.
Mary
Nov 08, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a dependable script.
Charles Owen
Jun 30, 2015 Charles Owen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most STUPID novels I have ever read. The authors obviously care only about action and plot and will pull out any ludicrous device they can think of to get the words on the page. I find it hard to believe the authors are so dumb that they really didn't realize the things they have in this novel are absolutely ridiculous.

The novel begins with a ship sinking after being rammed by an environmentalist ship that goes out of control. For some reason, people in the engine room could n
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Joshua
Apr 02, 2015 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler’s books are frequently off the wall, but this is so far off the wall that it’s rebounded, demolished the wall, and is basking in the mid-afternoon sun revealed by the recently demolished wall. I actually get the feeling that Cussler had decided to come up with the most ridiculous story elements he could as a game.

“Let’s see here,” I’m sure he said. “I’ll have a crashed Nazi zeppelin, radical environmentalists, Basque relics, mutant fish, and for my villain, I’ll have…oh, I don’t kn
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James
Feb 27, 2015 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so what do the horn of Roland, invisible geodesic domes, Eskimos, killer salmon, a 1930s Zeppelin, and the Third Reich have in common? Obviously a publisher that was asleep at the wheel.

I enjoy Clive Cussler novels, no matter how far-fetched, ever since I first read *Raising the Titanic* and hero Dirk Pitt overcame incredible odds (and the Russians (it was still the Cold War era, mind you)) and actually "rose" the Titanic. See? I can really hang in there for the fantasy.

But this tale . . .
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Teo Hoppe
Sep 30, 2014 Teo Hoppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ruthless corporation is about to take command of the seas. This is a mission for Kurt Austin and the NUMA team...

If I have a must read author, then I suppose it would have to be Clive Cussler. His plots are outlandish and ridiculous, his dialogue is...well, laughably pathetic and his heroes are annoyingly sanctimonious, but I'm still hooked on them all. They're worth their weight in gold just for the action and head-snapping pace.
And so it goes with WHITE DEATH. In this book Kurt and Joe are u
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Myke
Dec 12, 2009 Myke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to be fair as I have not read the preceding books in this series, but I'm willing to bet that they are all pretty similar. It's a pretty typical action/adventure book. All of the characters have PIERCING EYES and GRANITE CHINS and STEEL in their voices.

The novel opens with a man being unjustly pursued across the ocean by the SPANISH INQUISITION. In the next chapter a NAZI ZEPPELIN is chasing the north pole. I am not making this up.

On the off chance that you are having trouble sorting
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Adam Wilson
Jul 03, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
White Death impressed me quite a lot as far as New York Times best-selling thrillers go. I love that Cussler is one of those authors who still writes a full novel instead of an expanded, large printed, larger margined, 60,000 word novellas that Patterson and his readers think are full length novels. Cussler is churning them out at a rather suspicious rate but if the quality is still there and if they don’t start double-spacing his books to make them seem as long as they once were, I will ...more
Jorgen Schäfer
In the beginning of Clive Cussler’s White Death, NUMA top agent Kurt Austin by chance is able to safe the crew of a danish military vessel that sunk in a tragic ship collision. But something smells fishy. After some investigation, Kurt Austin finds evidence that the collision was rigged to distract from a nearby plant. When Austin investigates closer, he finds himself the target of a powerful international corporation.

I’m not too happy with the NUMA Files series around Kurt Austin. Cussler’s mai
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Barbara ★
Kurt Austin is probably my favorite over-the-top action hero. He can (and does) do everything imaginable and some completely unimaginable stuff too. He's a great hero and he always gets the girl. His pal (and partner) Joe Zavala is another real good thinks-on-your-feet kinda guy. The adventures these two get into and out of are truly amazing.

This one involves a horn and sword from the 1500s which was stolen and passed along through a family of crazy Indians. The main crazy is Tunuk and he has se
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Yuki Kodama
Nov 18, 2013 Yuki Kodama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book 65 minutes this week.

*7 words summary
Sarah, prison, court, mother, old boyfriend, help, real criminal

*Discussion Question?
Q.If the court decides that we were bad, we have to die.
What do you think about capital punishment?

A.It is very difficult for me to answer this question. It depends on the situation.
In this story, at the airport, the police stopped Sarah and arrested because they found drugs
in Sarah's bag. However, it is not Sarah's one. Someone put the drug in her bag. Sh
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Andy
Apr 14, 2012 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the early Kurt Austin books. Typical of Cussler's work in that there is a big build up and a quick ending. White Death is a name given to genetically modified fish (Frakenfish) that are developed by a mad scientist intending on earning billions as his fish wipe out native stocks and make only his available. It seems like a bit of a stretch but one doesn't read these novels for complete believability. All the pieces are in place - the Trouts, a call to St. Julien, the beautiful damsel in ...more
Sayaka Moriyama
Jan 13, 2014 Sayaka Moriyama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
@Time of reading
12/28 70 min

@7 word summary
girl boyfriend captured heroin mother prove innocence

@Discussion question
Have you ever caught the inspections in an airport?

@My answer
No, i haven't. However, some of my friends have caught because of they had some sharp things. one of them have caught because a checking dog barked to him. of cause they were not guilty, but they said they took a lot of times to be released. i don't want to be like them.

@What I think about the book.
it was soo interesti
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Ed
Aug 20, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Kurt Austin, NUMA series. Fourth in the series co-authored by Paul Kemprecos.

Kurt Austin, NUMA series - A confrontation between a radical environmentalist group and a Danish cruiser has forced Austin and colleague Joe Zavala to come to the rescue of a shipful of trapped men; but when the two of them investigate further, they discover that something far more sinister is at work. A shadowy multinational corporation is attempting to wrest control of the very seas themselves-no matter what
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Kristen
Jan 03, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 4th installment of Clive Cussler's Kurt Austen NUMA series, White Death, Kurt and Joe Zavala came across another potential threat. When Kurt and Joe investigate a heated confrontation between a Danish cruiser and a radical environmental group, they had to intervene, when they had to rescue trapped men. As they dig a bit deeper, they realized that something real sinister was at work. A multinational corporation wanted to control the seas and killing everyone in sight. When Kurt almost lost ...more
Meredith
Nov 30, 2009 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While on vacation I had read the three books I brought with me. With two days left I didn't think I could go without a book, so I borrowed this from my husband. As he told me "it's a guys book written by a guy". Oh well, I was desperate.

I actually really enjoyed this book. Having never read a Clive Cussler novel before it was easy to pick up on the character and of Kurt Austin and NUMA. I'll have to disagree with my husband of it being a "guys book". I will say the last few paragraphs of the no
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Misaki Kawakata
May 08, 2013 Misaki Kawakata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 OXFORD Level3
2 80min
3 drug
court
boyfriend
airport
mother
daugher
suit case
4 Tomorrow, I'm going to go airport to see off my boyfriend. Can you gess my mind? - Yes, you looks so sad. But it's good chance to spend time for your-selfe. You and your boyfriend are alwaus together. Two of them too much depend on each other.

5 That's so interesting story. I couldn't notice who was criminal who framed for Sarah. I suspected her new boyfriend, maybe everyone think so, but it's not true. Throught the st
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Lee
This Kurt Austin open in Denmark with a runaway environmental vessel ramming a Danish warship. It is later revealed to be sabotage but why was the ship sabotaged? Was it really to keep the ship from protesting at a mysterious fish farm? As Austin and Numa investigate they find a deadly plot to control the world’s fish population using mysterious deadly frankenfish. Can they stop it before it is too late? Okay book but the Kurt Austin’s are probably my least favorite of Cussler spin offs the main ...more
David Hill
This is the first book of Cussler's that I've read and I'm afraid I wasn't impressed. The Prologue was an excellent scene set at sea in the 16th century but unfortunately we don't meet any of these folks again. The main story takes place in the present day and here the characters are at best stereotypes but more often caricatures. The plot quickly veers from the improbable to the unimaginable. There are some lovely descriptions of the Faeroe Islands, which makes me want to visit these remote ...more
Edwin Vriethoff
Jun 21, 2016 Edwin Vriethoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this story is full of elements some other readers call 'ridiculous', but it's a great read for people who love this genre. The story is action packed with Eskimo's, mutant fish and even a Nazi zeppelin. The radical environmentalists in Faroe Islands have a close resemblance with the Sea shepherds organization. If you like James Bond movies, you will definitely enjoy the NUMA series.

I really enjoyed this book and it's far better compared to Cussler's previous Numa story; Fire Ice. More Kurt
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Christian D.  Orr
Mar 01, 2013 Christian D. Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Cussler's best, but very enjoyable and worth reading nonetheless, with an underlying moral message and social commentary about the dangers of genetically-engineered food (in this case, biofish, as the head villian runs a bunch of large fish farms; the "White Death" title is a reference to these creepy "Frankenfish"). Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are as smooth as ever, and the Faroe Islands made for an interesting choice of locale.
Rachel
Sep 17, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good parts: Interesting information and backstory on the Spanish Galleons and the Kiyola.
Disappointing: Didn't like the heroine, or most of the characters for that matter... they were too... boilerplate?
It meets expectations as a work of rigid formula fiction. Still, mutant fish are fun in any book, alongside blimps and Nazi relics and legendary swords... Fight scenes weren't too bad, either.
Corrie McMurtry
a action packed book with so many characters I got a bit lost. only cause the names confused me but in tge end not bad. interesting idea about gentically altered fish, I don't think tge whole Spanish thing was necessary it was more of a way to bring in help when needed. I might have liked it more if that was the central theme rather than the fish. finding the lost relics and such. but otherwise not too bad a fun, lighter read.
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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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