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Sea of greed : a novel from the Numa files
Large print edition.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing Large Print, 2018.
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557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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"The world's oil supply is vanishing, the stock market is plummeting, and the key to saving the future seems to a baffling historical mystery. Can the NUMA crew crack it in time? Sea of Greed is the suspenseful new NUMA Files novels fro "-- Provided by publisher.
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LP Cussler, C.
LP Cussler, C.

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorA Kurt Austin AdventureAfter an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects Team are tapped by the President of the United States to find out what's gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil | Age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds' most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero . . . or a rogue genetic engineer? It's up to the NUMA crew to find out . . .

Author Notes

Clive Cussler was born in Aurora, Illinois on July 15, 1931. He attended Pasadena City College for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After his discharge from the military, he worked first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two of the nation's most successful advertising agencies. At that time, he wrote and produced radio and television commercials that won numerous international awards, including one at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

He began writing in 1965 and published his first novel featuring Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first non-fiction work, The Sea Hunters, was published in 1996. He has written over 50 books including the Dirk Pitt series, the NUMA Files series, Oregon Files series, Isaac Bell series, and the Fargo Adventure series.

He is the Chairman of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), a non-profit group which he founded. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered over 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites.

Clive Cussler died on February 24, 2020 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) Clive Cussler's life nearly parallels that of his hero, Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks with his NUMA crew of volunteers, he has garnered an amazing record of success.

Cussler is the author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers.

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kurt Austin and the other members of the National Underwater Marine Agency must once again save the world in bestseller Cussler's solid 16th NUMA Files novel (after The Rising Sea, also with Brown). In the present, Tessa Franco, a "wealthy and brilliant designer who'd been called a modern-day Howard Hughes," and Arat Buran, a "shadowy but important player in the oil business," rediscover a deadly bacteria that feeds on oil and forms a sludge that blocks oil wells, originally found by a secret joint Franco-Israeli research project on a Mediterranean island in 1968. Franco and Buran plan to infect most of the globe's oil wells with the organisms, which will cause oil prices to soar, whereupon Buran will corner the oil market with his own uninfected wells, and Franco will supply the planet's energy needs with a new alternative energy device she has invented. Only Austin and company can stop their nefarious plot. Cussler fans know who will win in the end, but it's always fun to watch the NUMA guys and gals implementing their clever plans. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

The latest maritime thriller in the NUMA series starring Kurt Austin (The Rising Sea, 2018, etc.)In 1968, the French submarine Minerve sinks without a trace in the Mediterranean. In the present day, an oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing and badly injuring many workers. Enter Kurt Austin, head of Special Projects at the National Underwater Marine Agency. Kurt leads a team that assists in marine emergencies, so they respond to the Mayday call and quickly find a stream of underwater flameescaping gas is burning in the water, down "as far as the eye could see." It's a fire that needs no oxygen, a phenomenon Kurt's team has never seen. NUMA calls the disaster clear-cut sabotage, and Kurt's assignment is to find the guilty party. Said party is Tessa Franco, CEO of Novum Industria, who is busily sabotaging oil production around the world. She wants to promote her new fuel cell to replace "this mad reliance on fossil fuels" and become even more stinking rich than she already is. She has "infected half the world's major oil fields" by pumping oil-eating bacteria into them, rendering them useless. "She is the oil crisis," Kurt tells the president. Kurt's and Tessa's teams race to locate the Minerve, which may have critical genetic research Israel commissioned half a century ago. There are great action scenes underwater and on the surface, where Tessa's seaplane, the Monarch, is almost as big as a 747. Rotten to the core, Tessa wants her lackeys to "get rid of Austin once and for all." Her odds look mighty good considering the firepower she brings to bear.Fast-paced, imaginative fun. May Kurt and crew survive, as there's a good series to continue. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Kurt Austin and his NUMA team roar into action in this latest installment of the long-running NUMA Files series. Tasked by the president of the U.S. to find out what could have caused the devastating firestorms that demolished three oil rigs, Austin makes a startling discovery that leads him to an evil genius with plans to control the world's energy supply. It's fairly formulaic stuff, but that's no surprise; the NUMA files novels are pretty much identical structurally only the details change. But give the authors full credit for making their evil genius a woman. This isn't a spoiler: Cussler and Brown drop this revelation quite early on. Female villains of the evil-genius type are few and far between in the high-concept-adventure subgenre, and it's refreshing to find one here. And the writing goes less by the numbers than in some of the recent NUMA Files books. Cussler's devoted readership will find this among the better entries in the series.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist