When the NUMA crew is exposed to a dangerous toxin, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala will stop at nothing to find a cure foretold by Ancient Egyptian lore in this exhilarting novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling series
Head of NUMA special assignments, Kurt Austin and his most trusted friend, Joe Zavala tangle with a ruthless powerbroker scheming to build a new Egyptian empire as glorious as those of the Pharaohs. Part of their adversary's plan rests on the manipulation of a newly discovered aquifer beneath the Sahara, but an even more devastating weapon at his disposal may threaten the entire world: a plant extract known as the black mist, discovered in the City of the Dead and rumored to have the power to take life from the living and restore it to the dead.
With the balance of power in Africa and Europe on the verge of tipping, Kurt, Joe, and the rest of the NUMA team will have to fight to discover the truth behind the legends—but to do that, they have to confront in person the greatest legend of them all: Osiris, the ruler of the Egyptian underworld.
In bestseller Cussler's 13th NUMA Files novel (after 2014's Ghost Ship, also coauthored with Brown), it's business as usual for Kurt Austin of the National Underwater and Marine Agency as he and his cohorts battle modern-day mad men armed with an ancient deadly weapon. Kurt and partner Joe Zavala are diving for relics in the Mediterranean when they respond to a distress call from a nearby island, where they find hundreds of people who have been put into a state of suspended animation after inhaling an ancient Egyptian substance called the Black Mist. The man controlling the mist, Tariq Shakir, a former member of the Egyptian secret police, has built an organization, Osiris, whose goal is to conquer all of North Africa. Shakir is also draining an aquifer deep beneath the Sahara, which will bring Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya under his control. Toss in vast underground chambers, pits of voracious alligators, Napoleon's foray into Egypt, mummified bullfrogs, and you could be anywhere in any number of other Cussler novels. But no matter the recycling of the same old stuff; Cussler fans will be perfectly happy.
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The Pharaoh's Secret
Clive Cussler is master story teller. I have read all his books. They seem to get better as fine wine ages, his stories have a plot within a plot. I fell in love with him because of his characters, places and the integrity he installs in them. When I relate one of his plots, I say " I go to bed with Clive and I have wonderful dreams!,,, Thank You Clive Cussler.
Worst of the Cussler universe
I am a long time Cussler fan, and although there has been some drop off in the quality of writing in recent years it hasn’t impacted the entertainment value much in my opinion. This book however is pretty terrible. The writing is juvenile and at times either makes no sense or is totally ludicrous. I know Graham Brown has written in this series before however it is almost as though he forgot who the characters actually are. I found myself thinking multiple times that this is not how Kurt or Joe would act or what they would say. This reads like it was written by AI that was given access to Cussler’s complete works and then published unedited.
Another great read
Action packed interesting story as anyways