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Sahara (1992)

de Clive Cussler

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Sèrie: Dirk Pitt (11)

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The eleventh classic Dirk Pitt novel, where the adventurer is drawn to a secret in the burning African desert, which could destroy all life in the world's seas. A CREEPING RED TIDE OF DEATH Deep in the African desert, Dirk Pitt discovers that a top secret scientific installation is leaking a lethal chemical into the rivers, threatening to kill thousands of people - and to destroy all life in the world's seas. To warn the world of the catastrophe, Pitt must escape capture and death at the hands of a ruthless West African dictator and French industrialist, and undertake a long, perilous journey across the merciless Sahara...… (més)
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"Prologue 1."
Oh my.

"Lincoln...?"
Double oh my.

These books are so crazy. I feel like I'm saying that every time now, but it's true. In one book, you have a lost confederate Ironclad carrying a kidnapped Abraham Lincoln (or a very convincing lookalike), an Amelia Earhart analogue, slave mines, a world threatening mutant algae bloom, insane cannibals, running an African river into hostile territory, and sailing across the desert. And I'm probably forgetting a few things.

Let's just say, it's quite a ride. And quite a book. There's so much crammed into it, you could easily have split it into two or more books. On top of that, like many of these books, when the 'big bad' is defeated, there's still salvage to do. Still, it's a neat book. And... let's just say, Cussler has no problem diverging his world from ours.

Favorite scene? Building a land yacht in a vain-yet-guaranteed-to-succeed attempt to survive the desert. Pitt and Giordino may be Big Damn Heroes, but it's always nice to see that they're also first rate engineers as well.

On the other hand, does it seem to anyone else like Pitt is getting increasingly likely to summarily judge and execute the baddies as the books go on? Quite often, there isn't much choice, but ... that's not how society is supposed to function. If you execute a known murderer, has justice been served? Or merely vengeance?

Some random quotes I particularly enjoyed:

Sandecker doesn't have much faith in the government:

Sandecker interrupted acidly. ... "The two-party system has become a stagnant swamp of fraud and criminal promises. As with communism, the great experiment in democracy is withering from corruption."

He's not entirely wrong...

Also, these books are getting increasingly meta:

"Consider me your friendly, neighborhood plot diviner," Pitt said condescendingly.

It's like he knows he's in a book. And of course Cussler shows up again:


Giordino threw up his hands. "You're crazier than that old prospector and his cockamamy story of a Confederate ironclad with Abe Lincoln at the helm that's buried in the desert."

"We do have much in common," Pitt said easily.


Somehow Pitt didn't remember him?

One interesting note is that more than a decade after this book was published it was made into a film staring Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz. I've never seen it and ... well ...

Sahara grossed $119 million worldwide at the box-office, against a budget of $160 million. It ultimately failed to recoup all of its costs and is among the biggest box-office failures of all-time.

It's like they knew (one bad guy speaking to another about one of the heroes getting rescued[^spoiler]):

"Sounds like the plot for a second-rate motion picture."

Heh.

One of the better ones. I see why they made it into a movie, even if it didn't go well.

[^spoiler]: I don't even care about spoilering this. There are so many threats and getting rescued's in this book that you couldn't even guess who/what is going on. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Another very entertaining Dirk Pitt adventure... so close he always comes to having it all end, and seems to come through... and just keeps adding to his collection of cars.. a pity the movie did not represent the real excitement and plot to the novel... ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
19+ hours of listening. Multiple threads include a different take on history and continual stories of desert survival. Combine that with impending environmental disaster, a dictator and a wimpy American President and you get the idea. Characters include Dirk, Al, the Admiral and a love interest who is rescued from the desert. I believe that the book could have been half as long and been twice as fun to read. ( )
  buffalogr | Nov 8, 2020 |
Another prolific author and one that has successful created a brand that is perpetuated by relying on co-authors--including his son! Cussler is master of the hero that just will not stay down for the count. While his books are not great literature they are great fun and for me Cussler, Hillerman, Patterson, Baldacci were my inspiration to start writing. If I failed to read all of their works, it could not have been many that I missed. Theirs were the books I grabbed from the shelves of airport news shops as a hurried to catch a plane. ( )
  TomCollins23 | Jun 27, 2020 |
Within the vastness of the Malian Sahara hides numerous mysteries, some like the desert itself are deadly and some will change history. Sahara is the eleventh book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series as the titular character traverses back and forth across to save the world from a threat created from chemical pollutants.

A week before the surrender at Appomattox the ironclad CSS Texas runs the gauntlet of Union ships and artillery down the James River then heads out to the Atlantic after displaying their prisoner, Abraham Lincoln. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton sets up a hoax assassination with the murder of an actor at Ford’s Theater by setting up John Wilkes Booth. In 1931 Kitty Mannock is flying over the Sahara in quest of a new aviation record when a sandstorm takes out her engine and she crashes in the desert; she dies ten days later but after finding an iron ship. In the present a convoy of tourists crossing the Sahara reach a scheduled stop at a village in the country of Mali where they are attacked by red-eyed savages who kill and eat them, with only the tour guide escaping. Meanwhile, working in Egypt on an archaeological mapping of the Nile, Dirk Pitt rescues Dr. Eva Rojas, a scientist working for the World Health Organization, from assassins sent by the military dictator of Mali Zateb Kazim with the backing of French businessman Yves Massarde. Eva’s WHO team flies to Mali investigate a mysterious disease while Pitt, Al Giordino, and Rudy Gunn are ordered up the Niger River to find a pollutant that is causing red tide to mushroom out of control and where that pollutant is coming from. The WHO team and the NUMA trio run afoul of Kazim and Massarde with the former captured and sent to a unknown gold mine as slave labor and the former running around Mali to find the source of the pollutant that Gunn has identified and escaped the country to report on. Pitt and Giordino find out Massarde’s detoxification facility is the culprit but are captured and sent to the gold mine, but escape over the desert and only saved by finding Kitty Mannock’s plane and salvage the parts to escape to Algeria via land yacht. Once in Algeria, Pitt and Giordino lead a UN rescue team on an assault on the gold mine to rescue foreign nations then battle the Malians in an abandoned French Foreign Legion fort until US Special Forces arrive in relief and kill Kazim in the process. Pitt and Giordino capture Massarde, poison him with contaminated water so he dies as a savage madman. The two then venture out into the Sahara using Mannock’s journal to locate the CSS Texas and find Lincoln.

The Lincoln subplot—including everything connected with it—is the major reason this book barely gets the rating it does, it’s bad and ruins an otherwise good book. The next complaint is the “happy ever after” type ending which features the secondary characters introduced in the books, which along with the previous subplot soured the ending of the book. Cussler’s female characters were an assortment of good and bad, the tertiary characters like soldiers in the UN rescue team who were actual soldiers not medics stood out because the major female character (Rojas) might have been a doctor but was two-dimensional. The main plot with Pitt, Giordino, and the major antagonists was actually very good as well as the Kitty Mannock subplot, however everything else just brought it down the overall book.

Sahara is a book that was good but could have been better if not for subplot and characterization choices that Clive Cussler made. Pitt is at his action-packed adventurer best, but it was fringe features that distracted me from enjoying things. ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 19, 2020 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Cussler, Cliveautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jääskeläinen, JukkaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Middelhauve, DörteTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Prichard, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Salminen, RaimoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
White, CraigAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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The eleventh classic Dirk Pitt novel, where the adventurer is drawn to a secret in the burning African desert, which could destroy all life in the world's seas. A CREEPING RED TIDE OF DEATH Deep in the African desert, Dirk Pitt discovers that a top secret scientific installation is leaking a lethal chemical into the rivers, threatening to kill thousands of people - and to destroy all life in the world's seas. To warn the world of the catastrophe, Pitt must escape capture and death at the hands of a ruthless West African dictator and French industrialist, and undertake a long, perilous journey across the merciless Sahara...

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