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Sahara

(Dirk Pitt #11)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  54,213 ratings  ·  911 reviews
1996, Egypt. Searching for a treasure on the Nile, DIRK PITT thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world's seas. Racing ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Debolsillo (first published June 1st 1992)
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Neil I'm pretty sure it was in "Treasure" after Dirk, Al, and Rudi saved the lives of Hala Kamil, the Mexican President, Dirk's father, and a host of…moreI'm pretty sure it was in "Treasure" after Dirk, Al, and Rudi saved the lives of Hala Kamil, the Mexican President, Dirk's father, and a host of others during the hostage rescue. He's lying in bed, discussing what happened, when she chases the other men out and bares herself before Dirk.(less)
Alfy For some reason, no it is not. At least not in English, the Kindle edition is available in Spanish...

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Henry Avila
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy a long, yes a very leisurely walk, and a few
interruptions in the beautiful Sahara, don't believe the propaganda, a magnificent vacation spot, maybe a little warm to some, (no problems for the genuine, the ordinary
pros) the meek amateurs, otherwise , full of rocks, interesting looking sand dunes and exotic insects, ever helpful birds that clean the land of unwanted debris , this paradise is your cup of tea. Dirk Pitt a marine engineer for an obscure American government agency in
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Michael
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Please, if you have seen the movie but have not read the book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. The movie was absolute shit. A complete bastardization of a great read. 3/4 of the book was not there. The actors sucked and the screen play...I have no words. The characters as Cussler writes them are fantastic. You get so wrapped up in this book you will not go to bed until you finish it. The story starts out with a bang and just keeps twisting and turning. This is not pulitzer material but ...more
Ammon
Jul 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Jim
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I saw the movie & then read the book. It wasn't bad, but was definitely a candy read. A lot of unlikely events come together to make this a non-stop thriller. Suspension of disbelief is a must from the get go, but there is enough logic overall to make it enjoyable. Pitt reminds me of a modern James Bond from the movies - not the books - in that he's the man's man, equally at home underwater or climbing a mountain, with top skills in just about everything, handsome, witty, & .... Well, ...more
Glen
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Time for another Clive Cussler Wednesday!

For a guy working for Numa, Dirk Pitt spends a lot of time in the desert.

I watched the movie based on this book several times. It wasn't so bad, but fairly generic, and Matthew McConaughey is not really action hero material. I can see why Hollywood wanted to make a movie based on this. I can see why they decided to change parts of the book. I can see why Clive Cussler became disgusted with the whole thing.

To the book...

Dirk Pitt is called to find the
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Paris Reynolds
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great survival adventure with zombies and toxic waste all on top of a shocking conspiracy theory. I know that movies never ever live up to the books they were based on, but this one takes the cake. If I heard right, Cussler even tried to sue the movie for using his character names and book title because the movie was so far from the book. The characters were all wrong, the plot was missing its key element and the action (that movies usually can replicate to a degree) was boring. But, the book ...more
Alex
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubbing
Okay. Statements like this got the feminist inside of me all sorts of angry...
'Like most women, Eva couldn't resist a take-charge man.'
'Like too many women who are drawn to aloof men who treat them indifferently, she could not help herself from falling in love with him.'
'Strangely, it was Pitt and not the woman who saw a magnificence in the parched and hostile landscape, despite the fact that it had almost killed him.'
'To a man, the Aussies climbed the steep bank to express their thanks and
...more
Eileen
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was one of my favorite until some of his new ones came out. I love the surprise ending, it was a great book and the movie was great fun. If all you have seen is the movie then you have missed the best part of the duo. The combination of Al and Dirk is so good in this book just like in their other books where they are together. They play well off of each other and the story moves forward as seen through their eyes. Even though you know that everything will be all right these ...more
Jonathan
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I am a great fan of action adventure and Cussler is like one of the superstars of this genre. I meant to read his book for a long time and Finally i finished Sahara. And believe me it was worth the wait. I am glad that I've started Cussler with this one. :D

Full on action right from the start. Evil industrialists, corrupt governments, an ecological disaster in the making that could
see the end of all life on earth. And of course there is a hot chick in distress ;)

The story has been broken into 3
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Robert O.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Overdone and convoluted. Though certainly containing some intriguing mystery, the writing is very bland and unexciting; the action is ridiculous and unnecessarily violent; the dialogue is flat and limited to lengthy tech talk that would make a star fleet engineer's head spin; and the character development is basic at best. Furthermore, this book is pretty sexist--take this passage: "Like most women, Eva couldn't resist a take-charge man." On the other hand, the movie is actually way better, and ...more
Greg Strandberg
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another great Clive Cussler book. I really liked the crazed-zombie-style aspect of the Africans that got contaminated. There's also the stellar opening, which is really what makes these books so good - they pull you in quickly with that historical fiction.

I read this a few years after watching the movie, and after I'd read the other 10 books. It's a good read, and I'd pick it up in your used bookstore (do we really need another 90 million of these in print?)
Matt
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, 2020-reads
Within the vastness of the Malian Sahara hides numerous mysteries, some like the desert itself are deadly and some will change history. Sahara is the eleventh book in Clive Cusslers Dirk Pitt series as the titular character traverses back and forth across to save the world from a threat created from chemical pollutants.

A week before the surrender at Appomattox the ironclad CSS Texas runs the gauntlet of Union ships and artillery down the James River then heads out to the Atlantic after
...more
Becky Kelley
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Book Report: Sahara

Clive Cusslers novel Sahara astounded me with its intense plot, diverse characters, and intriguing settings. As amazing as the Movie Sahara is, the book its based on threw it out of the water. Without a doubt, Sahara is one of the best books I have ever read.

One of the things that captured me in Sahara was all of the remarkable settings, one of which was the desert itself. The main characters Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino cross the Sahara many times, once my an old Avion Voison
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Ellen
2.75 stars

This is a macho action book that's over the top with some exciting stuff. The problem for me is that it was way too long and there isn't much character development. The two prologues (yes, there are two) had little to do with the rest of the story. Generally, it's just not my type of book, but they're are some exciting, though somewhat ridiculous, action scenes that bumped up my rating.
Nolan
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ive read a lot of these Cussler books, and while Ive enjoyed them all, I have to tell you, this one is my absolute favorite.

Critics of this series will be quick to point out that Dirk Pitt is just too hard to believe. Hes a myriad of super heroes all rolled into one flawless man. But my experience tells me that once in a while, its ok to give into flights of fancy and to believe unabashedly in flawless super hero types.

A nasty oxygen-devouring red tide has spawned off the coast of west Africa,
...more
Jill
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Dad
As I read, something was bugging me about Cussler's writing style. I realized what it was after about ten chapters: All of his characters sound exactly the same. With the exception of a "Jolly good!" thrown in when a character is English or an "Allo, mate!" when he's Australian, every person has the same speech patterns. It's as though all dialogue in the novel is spoken not by the characters, but by Clive Cussler himself. On several occasions, inevitably, they break into museum docent mode and ...more
Debra Johnson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Sahara by Clive Cussler
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
5 Stars

Definitely in my top favorites of this series. Not my number 1, but sooooo close.
Thank God I read it before I ever saw the movie.

This one has been the topic of many conversations with my husband while we were dating.
Me "I know, I'm a girl. I'm not suppose to love these books as much as I do."

My future husband "Maybe, I guess. But it's one of the things I really lo...uh like about you. That and that you read all the Nick Carter books too!
...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is the first Clive Cussler book I have ever read. Reading some of the reviews, I see some people didn't like this book, but I actually enjoyed this book a lot. I had been going through the bargain bin of books at the local store and found this book as a marked-down paperback. I read the back of the book and it sounded interesting, so I picked it up. And I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Yes, a certain suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy this book, especially the part with
...more
Mark Lacy
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, adventure
I picked up this book because I saw the previews for the movie coming out. But it wasn't until I had started reading the book that I realized I had tried to read this once before. I tried again, but gave up again. In this book at least, Cussler violates so many tenets of "good writing." He includes meaningless detail about what people eat and drink. His characters are stereotyped. He uses adverbs to describe dialog. I just got to the point where I said, why am I wasting my time with this? There ...more
Miki
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's a rollicking adventure story, but the barest of fig leaves over Cussler's usual misogyny.
Laurel
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
With 568 pages of stilted dialogue and ridiculous scenarios this was a tough one to get through. I thought it would be a good poolside/train read but really didn't enjoy it.

Bev Taylor
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
a creeping red tide of death ......

set in the sahara - surprise! - a lethal chemical is being leaked into the rivers and hence the oceans. this is destroying the latter and therefore the lives of everyone on the planet is at risk

it appears to come from an organisation that appears to be legal and above board but of course everything is never as it seems

added to this u have warring african countries and pitt and giordino have to once again pit all their wits to survive and avert the disaster

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Lindsey
I will be the first to admit that Sahara is not my type of book. I'm not the target audience for many reasons.

Basically, Dirk Pitt (a truly unfortunate name) is a Trademark Man. He swoops in, saves the damsel in distress, and saves the world. He always has the right thing to say and always gets out of impossible scrapes. It was too much for me.

My other big complaint was that the Texas and Kitty Mannock's crash didn't tie into the poisoned water story at all. And the conspiracy about the Texas
...more
Sofia
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, adventure
Dirk Pitt is the Indiana Jones of the contemporary times. He has an extra oomph about him which is missing in Indie.
Sahara starts with a scene just a week before the surrender of Confederate forces of Robert E. Lee in 1865. The plot then moves to 1931, when a lady, Kitty Mannock, is flying over the Sahara in quest of a new aviation record. And then it moves to 1996. A convoy of tourists are crossing the Sahara on a fleet of Land Rovers when they reach a scheduled stop at a village in the country
...more
Scott Dunham
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Wish it had more Civil War content, instead of it just being a subtext...

I want to talk about the Movie that came out about this... it's a tangent, so bear with me... when I read a book, my imagination always supplies the face and mannerisms and perhaps the actor- of the characters in the text.

I just wanted to say that I was at first skeptical, then happy with the casting of Matthew McConagnahy as Dirk Pitt! Of course, although I love Steve Zahn- and he was hilarious in Sahara,
...more
Set Sytes
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I see now why it's called Sahara, because the writing is as dry as that desert.

I have never before read a book where the author thought dialogue was the exact same thing as exposition dump. I mean, I've read books approaching that mistake, we all have, but this took the cake. This reached parody levels.

The book got off to a good, promising start - one that never continued - and the action scenes are - serviceable, I guess? But the dialogue, oh god the dialogue. Clive does not know how to write
...more
Lel
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an ok story. A team of scientists are trying to find the cause of a natural disaster whilst being hampered by an evil dictator of a desert county. But I found it a bit far fetched as the main character had an almost MacGyver knack of knowing enough about everything to get out of every single problem thrown at him and still have time to fall head over heels in love.
The book picks up the more the story unfolds and has a lot of action but somehow didnt draw me in enough to want to read more.
...more
R.A. Coulbeck
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent adventure through the Sahara desert, with some violent dictators and unscrupulous french industrialists thrown into the mix.

Sahara is a fitting tribute to the late Clive Cussler. It delivers the action packed scenes and attention to detail we've come to expect from such a renowned author.

Especially enjoyed the two historical side notes used in the story. I won't spoil anything, but one of them especially presents quite a surprise.

Highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of this
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Nine
Dec 09, 2017 added it
great love the action
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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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