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Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,420 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost. might be, and has an extra ...more
Paperback, 676 pages
Published (first published June 6th 2004)
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Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maritime
Time for another Clive Cussler Wednesday!

During World War 2, a Japanese submarine off the west coast of the US is sunk. It contains some kind of germ warfare. Now years later, some group wants to use it for their own ends. The Dirks Pitt and company have to save us all again!

Pretty exciting. Most of the book focuses on Dirk Jr., but Dirk and Summer get their time in the sun.
Mihai Dumitru
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventuri
Dacă Goodreads mi-ar cere să recenzez Vântul negru într-un singur cuvânt, acela ar fi „americănesc”. Prizez stilul lui Clive Cussler care parcă scrie un scenariu de film. Personajele sunt superficiale, în sensul că viața lor se desfășoară doar la suprafață, fără laturi ascunse, la fel și acțiunea, antrenantă și cu efecte speciale ca la Hollywood. Intriga pare bazată pe titlurile alarmiste din presa americană a deceniilor trecute, care anunța atacuri ale neo-naziștilor cu gaz sarin și alte asemen ...more
Kat Powell
May 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what you're getting with a Clive Cussler novel. The format's all a bit 'cut and paste' - whoever is introduced in the first section will die and leave behind some dastardly way of destroying the world, then NUMA will stumble across it and almost avert disaster but the baddies will win round one and then all the same cat and mouse will happen again but this time NUMA will save the world in the nick of time. Still usually the series is a good escapist read but this one was just... dull! F ...more
Travis Bow
Cheesy beyond all reasoning. If you like seeing super-classic evil dudes with nefarious plots waging war against chivalrous, daring, uber-lucky, hyper-intelligent (when they aren't putting themselves in danger for absolutely no reason), lady-killer heroes who can do everything James Bond can without any of the training (even make corny puns, like "I was the one who was shaken and stirred" after escaping a wrecked submarine and considering the appeal of a cocktail)... if you like all that AND if ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another ripping yarn
Jay Schutt
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Another fun read from Cussler with the usual cast of characters and all the action and adventure you expect.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, library
These are always interesting books. I enjoy the history melding with the current time. The characters are always fun. The narrator did an excellent job as well.
Fredrick Danysh
A North Korean agent has become a billionaire in South Korean. When he learns of biological weapons aboard two Japanese World War II submarines, he plans to attack America blaming Japan and reunite Korea under the North's rule. Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Dirk Pitt adventure but this one was a little different in that Dirk Pitt Jr is the main character. Dirk Pitt Sr is almost a secondary character, which is a fine way of aging him and allowing him to pass on his adventuring legacy to his son and daughter. There was a little bit of confusion with both the Dirks in the book, mainly knowing which one was which when they were both together. For the most part, "Dirk" is referring to junior Pitt and "Pitt" refers to the senior Pitt. I also like ...more
Britt Lovelady
I’m not exactly sure why, but this was my favorite Dirk Pitt novel, probably because the main character was actually his son, Dirk Jr. Dirk isn’t as cocky as his father and just seemed to get on my nerves less. Plus this was the most recent of Cussler’s books that I have read, and actually took place in the year 2007, which made it easier to relate to, since it isn’t 30 years old. The premise was that this evil Korean guy wanted to unite North and South Korea again (and implement his communist d ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: nick
This book was TERRIBLE!!!!!!

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's be a little more coherent, eh?

Black Wind would have been a decent book if it werent for the author himself. The writing style is slow and boring. There's plenty of action but it is constantly disrupted by technical descriptions of rockets, or submarines, or biological warfare, or whatnot. It made even the most action packed scenes boring as all hell.

Now onto the characters. By all rights and laws of nature, THESE
James Keel
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say why exactly but I am always drawn to reading books where the lead character carries on through numerous books which I why I so love Clive Cussler. Between Dirk Pitt, Kurt Austin, and the rest of the NUMA group I can always open a book a find a character I am invested in.
Another goodie from Cussler! Very enjoyable! This one had more of the Dirk Pitt children in it than the elder Dirk. I still prefer the ones pre-Pitt kids. And I have not read them all yet so many more enjoyable times ahead.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The history and geography kept my attention, but the characters were shallow and the dialogue stilted.
Trevor Lee
Sep 18, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Page 98, VERY intriguing, although I am disappointed I haven't and most likely will never learn this in school. I think it's very appropriate to say that I believe i should learn this in school.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek begint aan het einde van de tweede wereld oorlog met een gerichte aanval van Japan op Amerika. Een laatste poging om de strijd bij hun vaderland Japan weg te houden. Helaas voor Japan wordt de onderzeeër met een dodelijke lading tot zinken gebracht voor de kust van Vancouver. Alleen de dodelijke lading is nog aan boord en sluimert en wacht....
Via research komen ze er achter dat er een tweede onderweg was naar de Oostkust van Amerika die ergens in de Zuid Chinese zee ten onder was gegaan
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Black Wind is the first Dirk Pitt novel I had a hard time finishing. Its predecessor, Trojan Odyssey, is not up to the par of earlier Cussler novels, but at least it retains a sense of fun in spite of its mediocrity. Here, there is little Dirk Pitt, which means little fun. Pitt’s twin children carry most of the story, and that’s the main problem, because they’re just not that interesting. Even so, the most enjoyable and consistently paced part of this novel is the middle section, where the twins ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato questo romanzo molto più bello di quello precedente, sarà che Dirk Pitt junior è identico al padre in quanto a pazzia e risposte velenose o modi di fare, ma la spalla Jack non è decisamente Al Giordino, che trovo più simpatico.
Il romanzo pur non essendo proprio legato al classico tesoro subacqueo, ma più una caccia la cattivo stile 007, e il relativo salvataggio del mondo dal terribile virus vaiolo+HIV è molto ben strutturato, con spiegazioni a livello cervellotico per chi non ci capi
L.M. Mountford
Honestly, I couldn't believe a word of this.
It's so over complicated. A north Koran agent wants to reunify the peninsula, so first, he has to get rid of American military force. Fine, that makes sense. So why then did he need to engage in a plot to unleash bio-terrorism on the USA? It was so unnecessary, a supervillain as intelligent as the novel's villain, with dirt on high standing party members of Korean Politicians, should be able to do that without creating a worldwide epidemic.

From start
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year 2007 finds the aging Pitt still in charge of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), but the story begins with the usual strong historical sea-mystery, this time set in 1944. The Japanese navy knows that defeat lies ahead after the sinking of the bulk of its fleet at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. But top planners have come upon a horrific biological agent developed in China; they plan to bomb the US West Coast and devastate so much of the population that America will call for war’s en ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I enjoy a Cussler book, but this one was the first time I'd been introduced to Dirk Jr and I found him very irritating. I think this book is more suited to teenagers because of the juvenile dialogue.
The problem I'm finding now with Cussler's books is they are very formulaic, so there is no suspense or tension when reading...of course we know the main characters are going to do unbelievable things and always escape and never suffer any harm...
The story line is good, which is why I gave i
Dave Fellows
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars. Much better than the last one, though a few flaws remain. The plot was much better, reverting back to the older days when the bad guy is driven by power and politics, and not just a megalomaniacal thirst for dastardly schemes. Dirk and Summer still feel too cheesy when paired together, and it was actually a shame to see Dirk Pitt Senior turn up in the last 100 pages and steal the show by saving the day...this had been Dirk Jr's story up to that point, and I was hoping "Daddy" would st ...more
I think I read this years ago. Copyright 2004, befor I joined Goodreads.
Black Wind is the 18th Dirk Pitt adventure by Clive Cussler and later co-authored by Clive Cussler and his son Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt and his twin Summer Pitt have been introduced to the series sometime prior to this edition. The twins were unknown to Pitt the Elder until they journeyed to D.C. to meet him.
The younger Pitts are working on s survey of the Aleutian Islands basin when the NUMA ship interrupts it work to rescue
It's a little annoying that even though the next generation (Summer & Dirk Jr.) are both present and accounted for in this latest installment, Dirk Jr. gets all of the hero stuff and the romance. Summer has her moments co-piloting the sub and helping her brother out of at least one life-or-death situation, but for the most part is off somewhere safe imploring her brother to be careful. I still enjoy reading a fun adventure story on vacation, but would like to see a more equitable treatment o ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this one as much. There's too many things that happen that is just too unbelievable. Just how many times can one hero nearly die in one nook? I especially don't think a hero who is supposed to be smart can get himself into those places so often. I like the action and we get to see a soft side of Dirk Jr. In this one. And is it really realistic to NOT be scared and show it? The part about biological weapons is all too real now days. That's scary!
Lyn Richards
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the adventures of Dirk Pitt and his sister on their thrill seeking adventure to catch and stop evil doers before chaos is spread. This book taps into alot of peoples beliefs about countries and their attempts for world domination at all costs from Korea to China. I also really enjoyed how Clive Cussler wrote himself into the book as a character but the character he is in real life. A great read
Justin Nelson
You can definitely tell that this book starts the real sharing of duties between the two Cusslers. The chapters are split differently than the previous 17 entries. But, there is a few remaining constants: uneven pacing, the stupidest villains known to man (despite their "genius" plans), sidelined female characters (at least no one faints this time), and about 45 deus ex machina day-savers. Some Cusslers are fun, albeit cheesy, romps and adventures, some are like this one: total duds.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Travis Crump

Not real sure why I bothered to finish. It lacks all the charm and humor of the earlier books as well as lacking a sense of coherence. Instead of fun implausibility, it was just a bunch of gobbledygook at times.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Dirk Pitt novel! This one really revolves around Summer and Dirk Jr., which is a little different than I'm used to. I've become attach to Dirk and Al, but in any case, a good read. NUMA tries to thwart a biological attack on America by a North Korean sympathizer.
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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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“As they exited the conference room, Summer tugged at Dirk’s elbow. “So what did the data from Perlmutter cost you?” she chided, knowing the gourmet historian’s penchant for culinary blackmail. “Nothing much. Just a jar of pickled sea urchins and an eighty-year-old bottle of sake.” “You found those in Washington, D.C.?” Dirk gave his sister a pleading look of helplessness. “Well,” she laughed, “we do have six more hours in port.” 0 likes
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