Book Review - Zero Hour (The Numa Files) by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Even if Kurt Austin, of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), isn’t looking for trouble, it somehow has a way of finding him. Attending a conference in Sydney, Austin just happens to be nearby when a powerboat crashes into the Sydney … see full wiki
I might have to go back and catch up on some Cussler novels...
Aug 24, 2013
I got burned out on Clive Cussler a while back, what with all the different co-author series making everything seem like the same story being used repeatedly, only with different characters. Zero Hour is another one of those co-author books, this time with Graham Brown. I decided it might be fun to dip a toe back in and see if my absence made the material more interesting. In fact, it actually did. Granted, it's not deep or serious material, but if I were sitting on a chaise lounge by a pool, I would have ended up with a sunburn by telling myself "just one more chapter"...
Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are a great buddy team for their adventures, and the interplay between them is always funny regardless of how close to death they might be. Zero Hour provides a life-or-death crisis with just about every chapter, so you never get much time to slow down. Austin's and Zavala's characters show depth, but they've also had a number of novels to build that up over time. Heyley Anderson, the "damsel in distress" that has to be saved at some point by Austin, isn't quite as well developed. She is something more than what Austin originally thinks, but her role and conflict in this particular crisis didn't seem to flow that well for me. The chess match between Austin and Gregorovich, a deadly killer who is after the same thing as Austin (but for different reasons), made for an interesting dynamic as they moved from enemies to be killed to wary partners who could gain more if they worked together.
All in all, Zero Hour was a good read. The action and pacing continued to move at a rapid pace, and I learned about zero-point energy (which I had never heard about before). Of course, now I'm wondering if it's time to go back and catch up on five or so years of Cussler novels that I've let pass me by...