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November 15, 2012 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: The Storm by Clive Cussler

The Storm by Clive CusslerThe Storm (NUMA Files #10)
by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Narrated by Scott Brick

Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: May 29, 2012
Format: Audio, 10 hours | 47 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 3½ of 5

While conducting research in the Indian Ocean, three members of NUMA, The National Underwater and Marine Agency lead by Dirk Pitt, are attacked and killed when an unidentifiable swarming black mass engulfs their sailboat. They had no time to escape or call for help before being overcome by the attack.

NUMA investigators Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are called to look into their disappearance. Upon closer inspection of the the mysterious mass that attacked the ship, they found it contained nanomachines that were designed by an eccentric scientist. The scientist claims to have no knowledge of the attacks.

Someone has stolen the nanomachines and is using them to tamper with the temperature in the ocean in order to control the weather. Once dry areas of the Middle East will now receive rain; areas depending on the annual monsoon will suffer drought. It’s up to Kurt Austin and his team from NUMA to find and stop the terrorists.

This was 10 hours of entertaining, fast-paced, escapist fun. I enjoy thrillers that have a bit of futuristic science in them and this one didn’t disappoint. There were enough plot twists and action to keep the reader/listener involved. Scott Brick’s narration was a pleasure to listen to as he kept the pace moving and added a level of excitement in his tone when needed.

While I’ve read some of the earlier Dirk Pitt stories, this is my first NUMA Files book. Having the background from earlier books would have been nice from a character development point of view, but it was not needed to enjoy the thriller aspect of the story. For Dirk Pitt fans, Dirk does make a brief appearance as he is now the director of NUMA.

Clive Cussler fans should be happy with this latest adventure from the NUMA files and new readers to the series can feel comfortable jumping in and giving it a try.

Source: Review copy.
© 2012 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.


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  1. BermudaOnion / Nov 15 2012 3:37 pm

    Did you say Scott Brick? I’d be willing to give this one a try just for his narration.


  2. Suko / Nov 15 2012 6:21 pm

    This sounds very exciting! Wonderful review, Leslie! 🙂


    • techeditor / Nov 16 2012 7:16 am

      I would want to read this, not just listen to it, in the hardcover copy. But I do regret that I’ve never read anything by Cussler.


  3. Laurie C / Nov 16 2012 2:08 pm

    That’s such a good idea to have the “Audio Listening Level” as part of your review! I don’t plan on listening to this audiobook, but your review gave me all the info I need to know about it.


    • Leslie / Nov 16 2012 2:34 pm

      Thanks. The audio listening level is my opinion compared to other audio books I’ve listened to. I added it because too many people feel audio is difficult to follow. A lot of times the problem is they’ve chosen too complex a book for someone unaccustomed to audio to follow. I know because I had to try several times before audio worked for me..


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