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The Pharaoh's Secret

(NUMA Files #13)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,726 ratings  ·  418 reviews
The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling NUMA Files series from the grand master of adventure.

Kurt and Joe tangle with the most determined enemy they’ve ever encountered when a ruthless powerbroker schemes to build a new Egyptian empire as glorious as those of the Pharaohs.

Part of his plan rests on the manipulation of a newly discovered aquifer beneath t
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I've read a few books in Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt Series, which I enjoyed.

The Pharaoh's Secret is the first novel I've read in The NUMA Files Series and it is also the no 13 in the series.

The main characters in this series, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala were introduced in the Dirk Pitt Series.
The two are likeable characters...they enjoy an easygoing camaraderie and are fun and very entertaining.

The story revolves around an unidentified virus that puts humans and animals into a coma and eventual d
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Clive Cussler never fails to deliver a fast paced, action packed, fanciful plot, full of nasty, ruthless villains. The NUMA team are back to save the world from an unidentified black mist which appeared out of nowhere on a small populated island. Stepping onto the deserted beaches they soon found a disturbing scene of bodies, animals, and birds, sprawled on the streets with no life to be found. Countless exciting chase scenes, intense shoot outs, along with a mixture of slap sticky monolo ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
Am I the only one who feels his books are getting churned out rather than written? Is quantity over quality that important? I keep reading each new Clive Cussler novel with high hopes and end up being disappointed with the quality of writing. Throw in a multitude of dangerous situations, add a character or two from another series and ask us to to suspend all disbelief? Perhaps it's the fault of the readers for demanding new books constantly and not being willing to wait in-between novels. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
As usual, Clive Cussler delivers an outstanding action/adventure yarn. It's easy to see why his books continue to be bestsellers.

The only downside was there were occasional profanities and a few unnecessary moments.
Mike French
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the thriller/adventure genre, Clive Cussler' s NUMA series is a must read! This installment grabs the reader at the start and doesn't let go till the end. Very enjoyable and entertaining read! ...more
Clinton Sites
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
My personal opinion - Cusslers collaborations do not reach the same heights as his individual novels. It appears to me that the writing does not flow as seamlessly as in previous novels and the wisecracking between Dirk and Joe is forced as opposed to what you would expect between two old friends.

The saving grace is setting the story in the current middle-east situation.
Mary Ann
While I've always enjoyed Mr. Cussler's books, after exploring a variety of other authors I've added another reason in his favor. There is no foul language in Cussler's books, and the characters manage to express their frustrations through humor. History has never been my favorite subject but Cussler presents in a palatable serving. Since many believe that water may become the new gold this story is thought provoking on an environmental plane as well as well as the 'good old boys looking out for ...more
A return to form for Clive Cussler, well supported by Graham Brown, a fine thriller author in his own right. Great settings, lots of thrills and spills, and some fab one-liners. Loved Kurt and Joe.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another intense & exciting adventure for the NUMA characters!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but not a thriller

This is the first Clive Cussler 'brand' book I've read. I had expected top notch adventure, action, intrigue, and twists. What I got was just a story with characters that I weren't really invested in.
Kathy Davie
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Thirteenth in the NUMA Files series and revolving around Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala.

My Take
I gotta admit that I started this story, and then got bored. It was the same ol', same ol'. And I mean, really, what else did I expect? Of course it's following the formula for a NUMA action suspense story!? Duhh.

It begins in 1353 BC with a very confusing, almost useless, prologue that really doesn't say much. It continues this confusion with the interlude in 1798. I suspect this is why I got bored. I was
I stayed up all night listening to this, had to finish it!! I loved the ending!
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, adventure
I received The Pharaoh's Secret as a 2015 Christmas gift from my parents. About twenty years ago, I use to read a good bit of Clive Cussler. It was fun revisiting his adventure genre, although The Pharaoh's Secret is from the Numa Files series, and I use to read the Dirk Pitt series.

The Pharaoh's Secret is a fast-paced, escapist read - a perfect Thanksgiving vacation thrill ride that takes place in Egypt, Lampedusa, Malta, D.C., Tunisia, Libya, and Rome.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a global setting and a terrifying cast of shifty, ruthless rogues, the 13th NUMA novel is a captivating blend of history and fast-paced adventure fiction that I am sure will meet the approval of all Clive Cussler devotees.
Charlie Hasler
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great fun and easy to read adventure. Perfect if like me after work you need something not to challenging on the mind occasionally.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Predictably Clive Cussler. Which is a good thing when I'm in the mood for it. ...more
One of Cussler's best books in quite a long time, for many reasons. Chief among them, for me at least, is the inclusion of Malta as a primary setting for what might be the first time ever in a Cussler book. And then there's the downright nasty threat from a freaky, freaky ancient Egyptian weapon that's designed to put its victims into seemingly incurable comas...don't ask. Those ancient Egyptians meddled in things that really ought not to be meddled in. ...more
Clay Davis
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads got the page count wrong.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great adventure and action. Love how the authors tie history and fiction together.
Shirley Yant
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As usual, another exciting read from Cussler.
John Browning
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brown and Cussler are always a good read. Great way to relax a bit on the commute.
Lindsay Boitnott
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, beach-reads
I’m just gonna say this is less a review of The Pharaoh’s Secret, and more a look at my affection for Clive Cussler books.

I only occasionally read Clive Cussler, but there was a time when he was all I read. Dirk Pitt: of course! NUMA Files: yep! Oregon Files: absolutely! Cussler provided an escape from the petty drama of high school. He was my go-to when I needed adventure during my first round of college. I knew who to turn to when I found myself desperately needing an over the top action read
Isaac S
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Pharaoh's Secret, by Clive Cussler (and Graham Brown), was an action-packed novel, with a great plot, unique characters, and realistic details. The story is about Kurt Austin, the Director of Special Assignments for the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) and his friend, Joe Zavala. They are off the coast of the Island of Lampedusa when they hear a distress call from the island. They go to investigate, and find that everyone on the island is in a comatose state; soon after they meet ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This time the blast from the past has two parts: ancient Egypt temple where a plague is attacking the people of Amarna and the priests of Osiris may be the ones to save their loved ones if they are willing to assassinate Pharaoh Akhenaten. Jump forward centuries to some of Napoleon's savants attempting to transfer somethings discovered amidst the ancient ruins to the L'Orient even as the British fleet engage in what became the Battle of the Nile or Aboukir Bay.

Then it's present day and NUMA is i
Sean Cozart
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review and Tribute to Clive Cussler (July 15, 1931-February 24, 2020)

I had high hopes for this book for the sole reason of remembering a passed author. The first book I read of Clive's was a NUMA Files and I thought it was appropriate to read one after his untimely passing. And I can say, this book didn't disappoint.

A biological weapon has put a small island of Italians into a deep coma that would eventually lead to death, while simultaneously North Africa is experiencing a lowering of their wat
Michael Woods
I chose this book while browsing for something to read at Meijer's. Since I was going on vacation and would be traveling a lot, I wanted something that wasn't too deep but kept up a good pace - adventure, mystery, and exotic locations. (I also wanted a mass market sized paperback that would fit easily into my carry-on backpack. Alas, that was not to be. I'm not too sure I'm a big fan of the inch taller version of the venerated mmpp publishers are filling bookshelves with these days for an extra ...more
Jerry Mount
I read about 9 Cussler books in several of his series 7 to 8 years ago. After that, I only continued with the Isaac Bell series. Recently, I picked up 4 of the fairly recent books in his other series. There was no real change to the series formulas over the years. Basically, they are modern swashbuckler stories that reminded me of books and movies from an earlier era. The lines of good versus evil and right versus wrong are very clearly drawn with few questions asked. All of the characters are p ...more
Shru NJ
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

Another adventure book from Clive Cussler. As the name suggests, this book revolves around Egypt and pyramids. The hero of this book is Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. The story is about a big corporation in Egypt conducting illegal activities under cover of a water plant. Somehow or the other Kurt and Joe are present around a site where some catastrophe takes place and then they get involved in unearthing the mystery.
There are some secrets of ancient Egypt ci
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, action
The NUMA team comes across an islandd in the Mediterranean that has been exposed to a dangerous unknown substance that has left everyone in a death like sleep. The NUMA crew gets into even more trouble as they try to track down the secret organization responsible for the substance known as the Black Mist.

This might be my favorite NUMA book out of the whole series, if not the top fave, it's pretty up there. They really reeled Kurt's personality in for once. Sometimes he comes off as too perfect a
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Non-stop action and chase. There is a threatening villain, nice plan to make the world go wrong, and every other thing. This being the first book from Clive Cussler I have ever read, I don't have a reason to compare it to his other works, so not disappointed by planned redundancy if there exists any. But I do think Graham Brown has done lot of work in it. I read his other book and liked that too.

What makes me happy about this book is, there are lots of characters who gets involved. It's not an
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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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