Clive Cussler, author of over twenty consecutive New York Times bestsellers, brings back beloved hero Dirk Pitt in this electrifying, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Japan, 1945: Two US bombers take off with atomic bombs. Only one gets through.
The Pacific, 1993: A Japanese cargo ship bound for the United States is instantly, thunderously vaporized, taking with it a Norwegian vessel. Japanese fanatics have developed a chilling plan to devastate and destroy the Western powers. From the ocean depths to the discovery of cache of lost Nazi loot, Dirk Pitt is untangling a savage conspiracy and igniting a daring counterattack. While Washington bureaucrats scramble, a brutal industrialist commands his blackmail scheme from a secret island control center. And Dirk, the dauntless hero of Sahara and Inca Gold, is taking on death-dealing robots and a human-hunting descendant of samurai warriors. Pitt alone controls the West’s secret ace in the hole: a tidal wave of destruction waiting to be triggered on the ocean floor!
I love me a good Clive Cussler novel. In this one Dirk Pit must defeat a group of Japanese supremacists who have plans to conquer all other nations. There was one element from this book that inspired my upcoming book, Dutchman Found. One of the weapons that the villains planed to implement was a bacteria that ate oil while in the ground, thereby starving the oil reliant nations of energy.
I wondered what this bacteria turned the oil into. Since things don't just disappear into nothingness, the bacteria would have to convert the oil into something else. What does oil degrade to naturally?
The answer was natural gas. A large part of which is methane. Methane is an even worse green house gas than carbon dioxide...
Now you can see where a plot for a book formed from this one idea.
Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon crew mercenaries are hired to break a wealthy Indonesian businessman's son from the influence of the Taliban in this #1 New York Times-bestselling adventure series.
Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and his remarkable men and women must survive them all.
A devastating new weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China . . . a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border . . . a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar . . . for Cabrillo and company, all of these events will come together—leading to the greatest threat against U.S. security that the country has ever known.
Oh no, another Cussler novel?
Okay here's the thing about this book, I have no idea what ruby crystals have to do with making a quantum computer, but I suppose they made a good mcguffin for the story. The big deal for me was that after the good guys destroyed both the quantum computer and the bad guys, guess who gives them a phone call? Yep the quantum computer. I was so looking forward to seeing that little plot device work it's self into future storylines. Guess what. It didn't.
Well guess who makes an appearance in my next creation. Don't worry this quantum computer is completely different.
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?
You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.
Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.
When I read Ayn Rands book, about a dystopian world where equality for all lead to nothing for anyone, I wondered what someone who had resigned from civilization, like the characters in the book had done, would think about the world today. Would they get sick of waiting for the apocalypse and just come out? Or would they just continue to wait patiently until the world appreciated capitalism and stopped punishing success? Or maybe there was a third option...
What if they wanted to make their point about socialism but also wanted to rejoin society. How would they do it?
I Listen to more than 100 audiobooks a year. Kind of a story fiend, I know, but I thought I would share my thoughts about them with you. I would love to have suggestions from people as to what I should listen to next.