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Sahara by Clive Cussler
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May 20, 2012

really liked it

In Sahara by Clive Cussler adventurer Dirk Pitt and his friend Al Giordino working for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), try and stop a global environmental catastrophe by going up the Niger river and finding the source of the pollution that is causing it to happen. They trace it to Mali at which they are attacked by the Malians under command of the Dictator General Kazim. They manage to escape but lose their boat and let Rudi Gunn escape with the data. Then Dirk and Al board a yacht to call NUMA and tell them of there discoveries. They are soon captured and find out the yacht is owned by Yves Massarde, a wealthy French industrialist who is friends with General Kazim, who then leaves them in the boiler room after questioning them. They manage to escape and fly Massarde's helicopter into Mali where they steal one of Kazims cars and head into the Sahara to find the source of the pollution. Dirk decides that the most likely cause of the pollutant is Fort Foureau, Massarde's chemical waste processing facility and that it is leaking pollutant to an underground river that leads into the Niger. After infiltrating the facility they discover that Massarde doesn't dispose of all the waste but that it is stored in underground caverns. Dirk and Al are caught and Massarde sends them to tebezza a secret gold mine where prisoners work under terrible conditions. There they meet a world health organization team who was in Mali to investigate a disease but were sent to Tebezza by Kazim for coming close to discovering the truth about the disease. Dirk and Al manage to escape and steal a vehicle and try to reach the Trans-Sahara Route but run out of fuel and try walking the rest of way. Before almost dying of dehydration they find an old plane and are able to use it to make a sand yacht to carry them the rest of the way. Dirk informs Admiral Sandecker, director of NUMA, of Fort Foureau and asks for help to take down Tebezza and rescue the prisoners. They are sent a UN task force who flies them to Tebezza where they have a successful attack and rescue the prisoners, but not before an alarm is sent out to Kazim. The Malians send an aircraft to investigate which the task force destroys but not before it destroys their own stranding them. The team tries to make a run for an old French foreign legion fort then hijack a train. But their plan is discovered and the trains are stopped. With the full force of the Malian army headed to attack them Al and a commando use an attack buggy to trie and reach a US delta unit in Mauritaina. Soon the task force and Pitt are fighting for their lives against the Malian army waiting for reinforcements.

Sahara is an entertaining book to read with lots of adventure. The plot can get a little far fetched but it was still enjoyable. The characters of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino were exciting characters that helped me want to read on.

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