Synopses & Reviews
Nobody has been able to match Cussler yet for the intricate plotting and sheer audacity of his work, and Black Wind
sets the bar even higher.
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.
Someone knows about the subs and what they bore, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside a scheme that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA. Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, and has even teamed up with his children to track them down. But never has he looked upon the face of pure evil...until now.
Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Black Wind is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.
"About halfway through this rip-snorting adventure thriller, a 'white-haired man' rescues heroes Dirk Pitt Jr. and his sister, Summer, from death by drowning. That man is revealed to be author Cussler (Trojan Odyssey, etc.), reminding Dirk of 'an older version of his own father,' legendary oceanographer Dirk Pitt, hero of Cussler's previous novels. Just as the primary action baton is passed in this tale from Pitt Sr. to Jr., readers may note that Cussler's coauthor is his own son. But even if Cussler is beginning to pass on his writing baton, he's doing so with panache: thriller fans will revel in this action-packed yarn of land and sea-based derring-do stuffed with technical details on matters from biochemical weapons 'chimeras' to rocket launches. The villain is a South Korean industrialist working for the North Koreans with an eye toward unifying Korea by ridding the country of American troops, allowing for an invasion of the South. His plan is to aim a sea-borne rocket filled with a combo of deadly viruses at Los Angeles, with clues laying blame on Japanese terrorists, thus distracting America while the North makes its move. But villain and modus operandi matter less than the series of exciting hairbreadth escapes wrought by Dirks Jr. and Sr. and Summer including Dirk Sr.'s escape from being poached alive in a minisub trapped underneath massive rocket boosters spewing an inferno of flames. There's a slight, nasty gloss of 'yellow peril' on the villain and his actions, and it's only the Americans who greet likely death with a grin and a quip, but that's a minor knock on some major entertainment that's bound toward the top of the charts." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Cussler seems ready to hand the franchise off to the next generation, and Black Wind is one of those transition novels in which the father and children take separate actions to save the world....The Cusslers paint a plausible scenario and run with it, resulting in a work that will keep you reading and wondering. And worrying. Don't miss this one." Bookreporter.com
"In Black Wind, the first Pitt book officially written with Dirk Cussler, the kids carry the action nearly all the way. Yet there are signs that neither senior, Pitt nor Cussler, is happy on the sidelines." New York Times
A New York Times Bestseller
Kirkus Reviews hailed Clive Cussler's last Dirk Pitt(R) novel, Trojan Odyssey, as Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous. Nobody has been able to match Cussler for the intricate plotting and the sheer audacity of his work - and Black Wind sets the bar even higher.
Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.
About the Author
Cussler collects classic automobiles. He divides his time between Arizona and the mountains of Colorado. He has discovered more than 60 lost ships of historic significance. He has led expeditions to find famous aircraft and shipwrecks.
Dirk Cussler, an MBA from Stanford University, worked many years in the financial arena and has been an active participant in the real-life NUMA expeditions. He lives in Arizona.