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Devil's Gate (NUMA Files #9)

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A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster when their boat explodes. What is happening in that part of the world? Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of NUMAs Special Assignments Team rush to investigate.
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by Penguin Books, Limited
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Robert Finlay
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since Clive sold his name, and now sits back and lets others write his schlock, I am done with him. Sorry Clive. You made good money when you wrote, now you are fooling people with your crap. Look at the cover. Almost legal 'small print' for the actual writer. Buh Bye
Michael Clifton
Clive Cussler has always written fast-paced, interesting thrillers, and he is one of a handful of authors in the action/adventure genre who I really never tire of reading. Somehow, he manages to keep his novels fresh even as he uses the same formula time and again (a historical incident involving bad guys as a prologue, then a flash forward to the present where somehow, the historical incident becomes ensnared with present-day bad guys and the National Underwater Marine Agency, or NUMA character ...more
Alexander Draganov
I have nothing bad to say about this thriller. It is my first book by Clive Cussler and it is fabulous - with interesting and kind of original plot, charming heroes, very, very bad villains, interesting popular science and lots and lots of action. It reminds me very much of the Sigma Force series by James Rollins - I don't know who started first, but now I get why Cussler is so respected among fans of thrillers and adventures. Five stars.
A solid (but not outstanding) input into the NUMA Files series as created by Clive Cussler. I find these books to be a lot of fun, but this is not the best. Onto the next in the series...
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
We start in the Azores with Hudson Wallace (great name!) and his Lockheed Constellation and the adventure quickly goes into high gear. Then starts the story of the Kinjara Maru and where we first see our main character Kurt Austin about to embark on a journey, he thought, to join his friend Joe Zavala for a submersible race in their prototype Barracuda and some much needed R&R. Of course if they actually GOT their R&R we wouldn't have a story, would we?

We travel all over the world in som
Kevin Kazokas
This is a book about magnets, and all the power therein. Hardly do principles of superconducting, particle acceleration and inexplicably powerful compounds make for compelling reading. But add some stock paper-thin characters and a mildly interesting, albeit totally impossible, storyline and there's enough inertia to drag dear reader to the finish. Mercifully!

That's "Devil's Gate" -- a totally linear, non-texturized progression through 474 pages of pseudo-scientific, vanilla-coated "meh."

The no
This is another Kurt Austin adventure from the NUMA Files, and it's not bad. As a matter of fact, it is pretty darn good, considering that, as with all of Cussler's novels, it features an extraordinarily unlikely situation with wholly unbelievable action, based on science that just won't happen. But that has been true of all of Cussler's books, or books with which he is involved in these end-of-life pairings, and we still get the books and read them, because they're great fun to read. I really d ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Confesso que não sou um grande apreciador de livros de aventuras, tipo James Bond e afins, em todo o caso gosto de ir intercalando as minhas leituras e, durante o ano, acabo por ler livros de géneros muito diferentes.

O presente livro captou-me a atenção por ver envolvido o nome dos Açores e também porque o nome do autor já me havia despertado alguma curiosidade, decidi então empreender a leitura do livro.

E de facto a acção é estonteante de princípio ao fim, numa aventura cheia de peripécias que
Susan Bazin
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Clive Cussler always entertains. I look forward to his books and this certainly did not disappoint me. Kurt Austin is such a hero. James Bond and Indiana Jones in one person. I enjoy that there is always a spark of romance, but it is a byproduct of the story and not the story itself. The Trouts are just enjoyable as are his other couples in other books. Their banter in the sub was hysterical. The characters are very likeable. I found myself smiling several times at the repartee. There were also ...more
Mark Muckerman
A favorite sweatshirt; a grilled cheese sandwich; the smell of warm towels fresh out of the dryer; any Cussler story from the Numa Files. Predictable and comforting are not necessarily equated to "bad". There has never been a Cussler book that doesn't have the ruggedly handsome hero, his ingenious sidekick of complementary ethnically diverse heritage, a textbook villain of the highest caliber of sinister, and the obligatory hottie who is immune to the charms of our hero.

But that's okay. As long
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, like my friend Louise says, you always know what you are getting with a Clive Cussler book. I started reading about Dirk Pitt many years ago on a recommendation from Brent Erickson. I have been a fan every since and look forward to each and every book in any of the series. Like I started out. . . you always know what you are going to get: a hero and a villian. The bad guy is out to destroy or control the world and the hero of course, saves it! Whether it is Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin, Joe Zava ...more
David Rasner
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores- when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster-when their boat explodes. What is happening in this part of the world?

As Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to ext
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun Kurt Austin adventure! It had been awhile since I've read one of his adventures and
I enjoyed being back with the team watching them save the world.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good God. Does Cussler even proof these things anymore?
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a solid 3 stars

A good solid action thriller that will satisfy any fan of the genre. Clive Cussler can tell a story and put together a sentence better than most. C'mon who didn't like Sahara AND the movie with Matthew McConaughey? This guy can tell a story and likely end up on a best-seller list. But lately, well...I'll get into that later*...

While he uses the same ol' formula for many of his novels: Flashback to event with Bad Guy; Flashforward to those events becoming relevant today; NUMA and/o
Tian Liang
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Another thrill a minute story. Once again, set on the high seas, it starts with an aeroplane crashing while trying to smuggle a Russian defector to the USA. Jump forward a few years and a ship is destroyed by some mystery weapon, the surviving crew shot and the wreck sent to the bottom of the ocean. NUMA are nearby and rescue the Captain's wife, but are then drawn into the mystery surrounding the episode. Enter a megalomaniac African dictator, a ship's graveyard next to a magnetic anomaly, missi ...more
Kathy Davie
Ninth in the NUMA Files suspense series revolving around Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala.

Be sure to read the Prologue.

My Take
Okay, this was not one of my favorites. Normally, I can't read fast enough. This one I actually put down every once in awhile as my mind wandered. There's action in here, but it's a bit toned down, not like the usual. Still, there's plenty of fun gadgets, great escapes, and the usual romance spiced with danger.

Too funny, even Captain Haynes has his own laugh at Joe and Kurt, po
Liya Ma
3.6 stars. This is my first book by Cussler.
I wish I’d started with an older one as I feel (and heard) that he isn’t trying as hard, is running out of ideas and using ghost writers etc. Nevertheless this was a fun and fast paced read. Many many cheesy moments, super pro USA, trying to be political without I imagine doing a ton of research. But that’s not why one reads Clive Cussler I guess
Geo Gosling
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of his better books...although I did have to read the prologue again after I read the epilogue...then I had to read the epilogue again. So, it went prologue-book-epilogue-prologue (2nd time)-epilogue (2nd time.) But maybe that's just me. It was worth the effort.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listen to on a trip to Myrtle beach. Story was fast paced and easy to listen too.
Always good quick reads. Nice book that you don't have to think about much while reading them
Charles T. Hughes

Excellent read, lots of non_stop action, couldn't put it down. It amazes me how flawless the author connected each senario.
Erik Hermeler
Slap verhaal en niet goed geschreven.
Stephen Eagles
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, Clive sold his name. So What? It’s very Cussler and the story was pretty damn good. I read it and got the audio book sometime later. Excellent NUMA story. Graham, you did good!
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Or y favorite of this authors but still really good
Ollie James
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clive-cussler
Another highly entertaining Kurt Austin Adventure. Light on the believability but heavy on the excitement.
Whitney Evans
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The action started fast and kept me entertained to the end!
Shane Amazon
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of you reading this, you too are a big Clive Cussler fan. We love the mixture of romantic historical events and the modern thrill ride presented by global threat. We love the wonder of the sea and the danger of the desert. We love to root for bond-esk character along with his buddy as they saves the damsel in distress, only to find out later she is no damsel but a strong woman with much to offer the reader. But most of all we love when each of these things come together to form a hodge ...more
Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler is a Kurt Austin story. It follows him and his investigations into the plans of an African Dictator by the name of Djemma Garand. Djemma Garand has big plans for his small country, he wants to make a super weapon for his nation because he wants “a legacy that would leave his people better off for all eternity”(Cussler 64 ). His scientific team however, was unable to develop such a weapon of mass destruction, so Djemma Garand snatches an international super scientist ...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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