Zero Hour

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Penguin, May 28, 2013 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew must stop a vengeful scientist from tearing apart the very surface of the earth in this fast-paced installment in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

It is called zero-point energy—contained in all matter, it would become an unlimited resource for anyone able to tap into it. But so far, no one has. And even if they could, would they be able to contain it? Kurt Austin and his NUMA Special Assignments team are about to find out.
Kurt Austin is attending a symposium in Sydney, Australia, when he meets a stunning theoretical physicist named Hayley Anderson at the Opera House steps. The pair are interrupted by a boat chase raging across the harbor. But when Austin rushes to the scene, he’s intercepted by the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization.

Asked to step aside, Austin isn’t quite ready to let go of the chase, especially when he learns that Ms. Anderson is somehow connected. Disappearing documents and sudden, unexplained earthquakes suggest she may be in trouble. And the clues point to a scientist who may have achieved in the impossible, the construction of a zero-point energy machine.

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A pretty entertaining book. It is fast, and while predictable and a little corny, still a descent read. I had a couple problems with the main characters never getting hurt. Joe gets beat up very badly along with another Russian character but the story seems to forget about it all together when they escape afterwards. Of course, the 'extra' characters seem to always be the ones to die or get hurt. The humor is ridiculous and fake in the 'heat of the moment' these characters cannot seem to realize the situations that they are in and just keep cracking jokes, because guess what, yeah, they can't die. Well, if you can get past all that make believe, the story is well thought out and has a nice flow. It is like watching a movie in your mind but there are many unbelievable actions.  

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Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 

Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and the coauthor with Cussler of Devil’s GateThe StormZero HourGhost Ship, and The Pharaoh’s Secret. A pilot and an attorney, he lives in Arizona.

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