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Ghost Ship, Clive Cussler | NUMA® Files Book 12

Ghost Ship opening line: They were driving into a void, or so it seemed to Chief Inspector Robert Swan of the Durban Police Department.

By coincidence I started reading this book on the 25th of July, the same day the book starts. Co-written with Graham Brown, the NUMA® Files are a series of books I shall be on the lookout for. Kurt Austin is the hero of this book. The story starts with the Klaar River Gang and how they escaped from Durban in 1909. There is a large gap to 1987 and the story picks up in 2014 with events influenced by those that took place so many years ago.

My blurb:

The future generation want to commit a crime involving large amounts of money and to do so they need some top notch hackers and computer software writers. They are ruthless to the extreme and Kurt and his associates find themselves scouring the bottom of the sea, and crossing the DMZ zone between South and North Korea. They need to find the secret hideout and save the hackers in order to protect the Federal Reserves.

Ghost Ship

When Kurt Austin is injured rescuing souls from a sinking yacht, he wakes with conflicting memories. Did he witness an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection.

In his hunt for the truth Kurt soon descends into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrimes, uncovering a pattern of suspicious accidents, vanishing scientists and a web of human trafficking.

Now, he must take on the sinister organization behind this conspiracy, facing off against them from Morocco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar.

My verdict:

What I liked most about this book was just how believable and easy to read it was. It took me under 3 weeks to read which I consider quite reasonable when I am not on holiday. I also discovered that North and South Korea are effectively still at war even though it is currently a cease fire – the longest one I am sure for any two countries as the armistice was signed in July 1953!

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781405914505
Format Paperback
Published June 2015

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

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  • Good for you, Tandy you still get to read and review books! I wish I had the time :)

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  • Oh, must get hold of this - I like Clive Cussler, but haven't read him in a while. I am a huge reader so always enjoy your reviews Tandy - thanks.

  • I really enjoy Clive Cussler books for easy, enjoyable reading too. The history he weaves in always fascinates me. :-)

  • My husband is really into the Clive Cussler books will have to check it out for him

  • I've never actually read anything by Clive Cussler, but I've always meant to do so. I grew up in rural Jefferson County, Colorado, just down the street from where Clive lived. He was something of a patron to my local school (providing money, etc.). In 5th grade, we had writing assignments and he was the judge - giving each of us critiques. He eventually opened his auto museum (The Cussler Museum) in town. I'm thinking I need to read one of his books now.

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