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(NUMA Files #14)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,556 ratings  ·  285 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 loca
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Bobbie Yes, all of Cussler's books can stand on their own, even though they have the same characters, and I love that. But don't hesitate to go back and read…moreYes, all of Cussler's books can stand on their own, even though they have the same characters, and I love that. But don't hesitate to go back and read some of the older ones. They're all good. (less)
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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
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
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.
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.
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 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).
It is an ok read. More so for the action-adventure crowd than literary merit.
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
João Leal
Clive Cussler: mais uma etapa de uma auto-imposta educação para a literatura popular americana. Aventura sempre a andar de personagens planas. Sob fogo cruzado, em cenário de catástrofe, depois de homicídios violentos acabados de cometer ou entre uma derrapagem em perseguição automóvel à beira de um abismo andino, os protagonistas nunca perdem o sentido de humor nas suas falas. (anoto no bloco: thriller de ação com protagonista de série = humor nos diálogos). Após muitos capítulos de página e me ...more
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
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!
Shirley Yant
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good one from Cussler
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
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
Nighthawk, Clive Cussler, author; Scott Brick, narrator
Centuries ago, in South America, the Incas were wiped out by a disease brought to them by outsiders. Now, hundreds of years later, an object that has been quietly orbiting the earth, for three years, is returning to this same area. As it descends, there is an error in its computer system, and it fails to follow the planned program for its landing. It disappears, crashing into an unknown location. The object contains a weapon of mass destruct
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published at Book of Bogan.

Nighthawk is another in the long-running series by Clive Cussler and his co-authors, this time starring Kurt Austin and his band of merry men and women as they get carried off into another adventure for which they're probably underprepared. They are dragged into a mission to recover a top-secret military space plane, but what they uncover is a deadly game of brinksmanship between a number of competing nations, vying to recover the space plane's secret
Tom Donaghey
NIGHTHAWK by Clive Cussler, with Graham Brown, is yet another in a long line of superlative thrillers. This is a NUMA files action story starring Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. The NSA has a super secret space craft, the X-37, coming back to Earth after three years. But upon reentry it is hijacked by the Russians, but then lost by them. The Chinese are sending a fleet toward South American waters to recover the craft, the Russians are likewise sending craft to the area, but Numa is tasked with find ...more
Marco Aguilera
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nighthawk is a fun book to read because it has many suspenseful moments and action sequences that make you hang at the edge of your seat. You’ll want to keep flipping the pages to see what is going to happen to Kurt, Emma, Joe, and the rest of the crew from the NSA and NUMA while they try to reach a downed spacecraft called the Nighthawk before the Chinese and Russian get a hold of the precious cargo the Nighthawk holds. The nighthawk crash landed on it’s decent down back to earth after it’s top ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#14 in the Kurt Austin, NUMA series. #6 written by author Cussler with Graham Brown after 8 entries co-authored by Paul Kemprecos. Very entertaining potboiler from the Clive Cussler stable of writers. As usual, their is a larger than life threat to "life as we know it". But loyal readers, while interested, are not worried because although the villains are extremely capable, they are up against the NUMA team, a US government agency with extremely capable agents backed up by a fantastic virtually ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nighthawk is a secret space vehicle that has spent the last 3 years orbiting the earth and picking up some sort of matter/anti-matter unholy mix that could end up blowing up the planet if not handled properly. Why the hell would anyone want to bring this stuff to the planet's surface. Ok, yeah, I guess a number of governments really would in the name of not letting it get into the "wrong" hands which, in some countries, could be the next leader. Anyway, the spacecraft is lost on re-entry and Kur ...more
This novel hovers on the borders of science fiction, the plot behind it so far fetched as to make it difficult to believe, let alone follow.

There is plenty of "action," but as one has come to expect with Clive Cussler's novels, the goods guys ALWAYS succeed and ALWAYS win. It is just a question of how many villains and obstacles they have to overcome on their way to ultimate and assured victory.

In this case, a super secret space vehicle deployed by the American NSA has been in orbit over three y
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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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