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Book Review: Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos – Blue Gold

Posted by HelenEdith on July 26, 2008

This is the second “NUMA Files” offering featuring Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, Paul Trout and his wife Gamay Morgan-Trout – plus a few familiar NUMA characters from the Dirk Pitt books – although in this book, Pitt himself does not make even a cameo appearance.

I do have to speculate with collaboration books as to who writes what, and my guess is that Austin and Zavala are Cussler’s characters; while the Trouts are the province of Kemprecos. They do all get together at times, but there are often multiple threads going in the book, and I just think I see the signature of Cussler behind Austin and Zavala, who are somewhat similar to Pitt and Giordino; and when that’s carried to its logical conclusion, it points to the Trouts being the creation of Kemprecos.

This book is about water, or rather, the lack of water, and how unscrupulous people try and gain control over limited resources to gain power. It starts with a plane crash in the Prologue. The meaning of the plane crash to the rest of the story remains a mystery for a long time, as it isn’t even referred to, but the story gets around to it later on.

Austin and Zavala start out in a power boat race, which they end up losing in spectacular fashion while averting disaster when a competitor’s boat goes out of control. However, it doesn’t take them long to get down to business – business prompted by the cause of the competitor’s boat going out of control. That leads them to Mexico and gets them into deep water.

The Trouts start out in the jungles of the Amazon. They encounter a canoe carrying a dead tribesman from a tribe feared by all the locals. They get thoroughly embroiled in goings-on in the Amazon, and have to call on Austin and Zavala, who bail them out in the nick of time.

They all realise eventually that they’re working different sides of the same puzzle, and that a very secretive company has been buying up water rights and is almost to the point of having a monopoly over the water supply.

As it’s that sort of a book, you know that somehow Austin, Zavala and the Trouts are going to save the World from this menace, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but you’ll have to read the book to find out how they do it.

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