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(NUMA Files #14)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  5,949 ratings  ·  370 reviews
The world s most dazzling new technological advance may turn out to be mankind s last, unless the NUMA crew can beat the clock. The thrilling new NUMA Files novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling grand master of adventure.
When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to lo
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Bill Donhiser
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like all of Clive Cussler's books this is a great beach read. Full of action, great characters, and a good plot, I highly recommend it as a good read ...more
James Thomas
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive did it again!

What a unique mix of old world and new Scary times for the world thwarted by the NUMA crew to keep all of the world safe.
Christian D.  Orr
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action-adevnture fans, Clive Cussler fans
Quite possibly the most entertaining (in terms of plot elements, action scenes, high-tech gadgetry, humour, international intrigue, and characters alike) novel yet in the NUMA Files series; at the risk of a spoiler, I daresay the Epilogue in particular is the funniest I've read in a long time.

This time Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA crew team up with the lovely, super-intelligent, witty, and tough-as-nails NSA (No Such Agency?) operative Emma Townsend to retrieve the wreckage
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I love Clive Cussler's books. Had this one on my calendar so I downloaded it the day it came out. Ready for the next one.
Peter Darcy
Utterly top notch. It's hard to say which of the Cussler books I like more, but for sheer edge-of-the-seat adventure, this one takes the cake. Every time you think you have a handle on where this is going, he shoots you another det0ur and ramps up the action. His heroes, Kurt Austin and his sidekick Joe Zavala, are a never-ending trouble team. But the plot is extremely clever too. I won't spoil it for the potential reader except to say that it took an extremely fine imagination combined with som ...more
Kathy Davie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Fourteenth in the NUMA Files action/adventure thriller series and revolving around Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala who troubleshoot for an oceanographic institute.

My Take
It’s all about greed, and the lengths to which people will go — using global third-person subjective point-of-view certainly helps us to understand the thoughts of many of the characters — to obtain their goal.

Cussler/Brown used an action hook in the prologue to grab my attention — and a boring hook (!) in the first chapter. After th
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I listened to while walking the dog. This was a fun and exciting novel to listen to. Well written with plenty of action, drama and suspense. Sure, some of the dialog was predictable but it was pure Clive Cussler. The gist of the story is: Nighthawk, a secret NSA space ship, returns from space and mysteriously "crashes" . China, Russia and of course the USA rush to find the craft. A shadow figure- known as "the Falconer"- is the key to finding out the HOW, WHAT, and WHY of Nighthawk. ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr-7-books
Clive Cussler is constantly blowing my mind with the amazing idea he can portray using his wide understanding of wartime and action writing knowledge.

This book is packed with excitement that will get your heart racing from the start. Although the action may seem to start slow, in reality when you reflect on it the foreshadowing will hit you, clear as day! When an incident happens that would cause for some alarm. It seems as if there is too much alarm. Even from the other side of the world. Why
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Graham Brown for restoring my faith in the Cussler universe with Nighthawk. “A top secret NSA space-plane has been sent off course. It must be found soon. Within it are containment units of antimatter gathered in space. If the batteries shit down, the explosion could change humankind. Kurt and Numa are tasked to find it. It’s location in a Peruvian jungle is no accident. Everyone is not who they appear to be. Can Kurt and Joe get to the Nighthawk in time?” This book is simply an escape ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another formulaic entry, but that being said, it is better than quite a few of his recent Dirk Pitt forays. Again, this may have something to do with his writing partner.

In 1525 a Spanish expedition in Incan Peru trails behind Pizarro and runs into trouble. As usual with Cussler, the scene set in the past reverberates throughout the plot. Fast forward to the present, when the United States attempt to bring down a satellite code-named "Nighthawk" after a three-year mission goes awry. Ente
Sathwik Ramaprasad
This is the first time I came across Clive Cussler's work and I am left mighty impressed!
When I started reading the book, I was wondering about the usage of the word 'Adventure' on the cover page. Little did I know the roller coaster of a story that was to follow. A larger than life international setting has been used with all the three means of travel - Air, Water and Land being utilised. The book packs serious pace making it a wonderful page turner.
The novel has a big tinge of a sci-fi thrill
Tom Tischler
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific Kurt
Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate it. Russia and China
want the technology but there is a big problem. The X 37 is carrying a deadly secret.
It has a payload of exotic matter extracted from the upper atmosphere and stored at
a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it stays frozen it remains inert, but if
it thaws it will unleash a catastrophe of unthinkable proportions. The entire
Kyla Zerbes
Story went by very quickly. I liked that the team was together more than in the last few books. Not sure how accurate the science was in this one but it made for a good story except for the fact that NUMA kept helping look even when they thought the rocket ship must be on land and entirely by chance ended up in the lake...
Dee Haddrill
Graham Brown and Clive Cussler have written another excellent installment in the NUMA series; filled with the thrilling action packed adventures we've come to expect, and topped off with humorous banter (especially between Kurt and Joe - the last section of the book had me snorting with laughter). A must read ...more
Shannon Callahan
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I will admittedly that at first I thought this book would be a cliche. Cause the author wrote so many books...I wasn’t sure if I will enjoy it. I was plenty wrong. This book was quite enjoyable but on a pretty fast pace. Obviously, I don’t know the depth of characters but the author was really nice to drop a bunch of hints about them. That was the key to know who’s and who’s. The mix of adventure and science is a fun part for me. Umm, since I was surprised by this book so I gave it four.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm blown away— this is another fantastic Kurt Austin adventure. Possibly my favorite in the series. If you're a fan of the series, this is a must read book. If you're new to the series, start from the beginning or grab this book to get a taste of the series. You won't regret it! ...more
It was good, but a little bit confusing with all the matter
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Fourteen in Cussler's NUMA series featuring Kurt Austin. A weak sister entry. Jumbled plot and too sketchy characters. Move onto next book of series and leave this one on the shelf. ...more
Jane Russo
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Way longer than it should have been.
Sandy Whale
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of twists and turns. Enjoyed it very much.
James Hein
Not a bad story but a lot of the key players in his other books were not present this time around.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a top secret Government aircraft disappears on its return from a secret mission in near space, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and other of the NUMA crew are co-opted to join a task force to locate it. Russian and Chinese forces area also in the hunt and a race is on to discover its whereabouts. As the hunt progress it becomes apparent that the plane did not go missing on its own and Kurt and company are the target of deadly force from several directions. The action takes place in the ocean of t ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great NUMA series book. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are back - in partnership with a competent NSA Operative, nick-named Hurricane Emma. Along with the Trouts, especially Gamay, and with Rudi, Hiram and Max providing able support, the team pull off a spectacular save against difficult odds.

At stake are EU, China, Russia and US, against the villain's hijacking and usage of something potent, which can cause massive death and destruction in these nations. The villain is depicted well, not a
Charlotte Davenport
Great action. The reality of how too much power and too much fear of others can lead to catastrophic consequences. As humans we think we can control things, but too often we don't take the time to really see the potential consequences. We can be blinded by our limited perspectives. Weapons are never a good response, they beget violence. This story shows how things can go really bad. If only all the nations could have chosen to not go after this energy this story would not have been plausible. Ma ...more
Charles J Kilker

Lions, tigers and spies. Lots of spies to boot! Kurt and Joe are fighting to save the world from a devastating energy source. That and lots of action. Planes, trains and automobiles (especially SUV's) travelling everywhere. Did they survive in the end? Read the book (lol).
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining book. With US, China, and Russia racing to find the Nighthawk and its cargo in the Pacific ocean. Quite an adventure.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is my first Clive Cussler book since Clive passed away back in February 2020. His death hit me harder than I thought it would. It has taken me a moment to be able to look at Clive's name or books without getting a little verklempt.

Clive Cussler wrote one of my first "grown-up" books. I remember finding a copy of Cussler's "Raise the Titanic" on my mother's nightstand while doing chores when I was a kid. Needless to say that was the day I got in trouble for denting the closet door because I
Mike Billington
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Clive Cussler's books are well known for having three constants:
1) Fantastical plots;
2) Strong - mostly male with some notable exceptions - characters;
3) Plenty of action.
"Nighthawk" is no exception. The plot revolves around a missing aircraft recently returned to Earth with a secret cargo that is being sought by the American, Russian, and Chinese governments as well as a shadowy organization with an unknown agenda. As part of the search, NUMA special projects director Kurt Austin and his
Philip Andrews
Yes, the story is well told, well written. The NUMA/Kurt Austin combination works well. The SciTech is intriguing as are all the nautical/maritime bits and pieces Cussler includes.
However, while Cussler is good on 'Americana', he falls down badly on The Foreign. This probably won’t bother his fan base, which is probably 75% North American. Yanks know little and care less about the world beyond the oceans. Therefore, Cussler can write nonsense about that world and get away with it in North Ameri
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon.

’ll admit it. When this book first came out, and I read the plot blurb, I was kinda like…. Meh. It just didn’t seem as exciting of a premise as the NUMA series usually is. I was happy to be proven wrong! Nighthawk ended up being pretty entertaining, with the action having a great fast paced flow to it the whole time.

There are a lot of characters involved this time around, but it’s not too hard to keep track of everyone. I was kinda
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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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