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Nighthawk by Clive Cussler
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Nighthawk

by Clive Cussler

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Series: NUMA Files (14), A Kurt Austin Adventure (Book 14)

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Even Pauline in her Perils never faced as many close calls as does the NUMA team when it goes looking for a missing NSA spacecraft. The Russians and the Chinese are first among their enemies in the race to recover the payload harvested by the Nighthawk. The good characters, an always fast-paced and exciting storyline with a fillip of technology for flavoring Cussler's NUMA books stay a favorite series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 3, 2019 |
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 destruction that can cause death and devastation on a scale never seen before, It is, therefore, imperative that it is retrieved and neutralized as soon as possible or this same area will be wiped out again. The weapon may not stay stable.
This experimental vehicle is called Nighthawk. Experts from NUMA and NSA have been dispatched to find and retrieve it safely, before it can do great harm to civilization and the world. Few people know the real danger that is out there from this spacecraft, not even those looking for it. The Nighthawk is carrying a very dangerous cargo, a cargo that Russia and China are aware of and also want to possess. It is a secret weapon that has been developed in space which is the worst weapon of destruction to yet exist. The country in control would become the most powerful because it could bring about Armageddon. Behind the scenes, a madman is plotting just that.
While the book is exciting, there is almost too much intrigue as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Often, the characters, all of whom are exceptionally bright, seem woefully naïve and trusting and are easily duped. Still, just in the nick of time, they usually save the day.
The novel is a thriller and it is narrated well by Scott Brick as all his narrations are excellent. However, the book itself stretches credulity at times and forces the reader to suspend disbelief.
Will Kurt Austin and his cohorts be able to save the world from the danger that is out there? Should America have ever conducted the experiments that created this danger? Will these questions be answered? ( )
  thewanderingjew | Dec 6, 2018 |
Good tight writing with every sentence necessary. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Mar 16, 2018 |
Cussler is a master of action novels, and although I've just read a handful so far, all have been quite entertaining. This book is a spin-off from his popular Dirk Pitt series (of which I wished my library had the first 20 or so novels in the series but they only have the last few) and involves an American experimental space craft that mysteriously loses control on re-entry and vanishes somewhere near the coast of Peru. The NSA and NUMA are dispatched to try to recover it, but the Russians and Chinese are likewise headed to the area to try and retrieve the ship for themselves. Those in the know are unusually certain the ship is intact...

Thus sets the stage for action and intrigue as the three superpowers vie to recover the vessel. There's a reason all sides are willing to use deadly force...at stake is a potential weapon of unmatched destructive capability -- but securing it could doom the human race! Add into the mix a Peruvian who thinks his technologically meek should inherit the earth and you wind up with 3 superpowers being played by a puppeteer. Fortunately, our heroes at NUMA are up to the task. ( )
  JeffV | Jan 19, 2018 |
A fun techno-adventure novel that I enjoyed a great deal. A top secret CIA mission from space is returning (Nighthawk) and the control system starts having issues. They are certain it landed somewhere, but they need to get to it before anyone else. And a CIA agent is assigned to Kurt's tail watching his every move. Is there something she is not telling him and his team? The humor had me laughing out loud in several spots. The banter between the characters is great. The "Mole" situation was my favorite humorous moment (you will know it when you see it). Several twists I did not expect (which is a good thing). The language was clean and in short a fun read and well worth one's time if they enjoy adventure novels with fun characters, interesting setting (I guessed wrong on what the Nighthawk was actually carrying), and several other twists along the way. I am looking forward to the next NUMA book. ( )
  DonDeBon | Jan 7, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399184015, Hardcover)

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 locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don’t—that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.
            From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win.

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"NUMA crew leaders Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala must beat the clock to stop the world's most dazzling new technological advance from becoming mankind's last in this action-packed thriller 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 locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don't--that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions. From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster. but they may be caught in a race that no one can win"--… (more)

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