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White Death by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos

I'm one of those Clive Cussler fans who got so attached to Dirk Pitt that I had a hard time at first accepting the new Cussler NUMA hero, Kurt Austin. But now with White Death, the third Kurt Austin novel after Fire Ice and Blue Gold, I'm finally letting go. Besides - Kurt Austin IS Dirk Pitt, just a little younger with a taste for collecting guns instead of cars.

In White Death, Austin and his sidekick Joe Zavala are called in to free the survivors trapped inside a ship that sunk after being rammed by the flagship of a radical environmentalist group. From there the novel takes us on a romping good time with all of the seafaring adventure you'd expect from Clive Cussler. Kurt Austin uncovers a fish farming operation that plans to take over the world fish market by releasing piranha-like Frankenfish into the oceans of the world. Austin gets the girl, of course, nearly escapes death a dozen times, of course, and drinks fine tequila and brandy after exquisite meals, of course. But that's why we like Clive Cussler.

Formal isn't necessarily a bad thing when it's something you like. There isn't much nuance in a hot fudge sundae, but it's still good, and Clive Cussler's latest Kurt Austin novel is a hot fudge sundae. My only complaint other than that caveat is that the co-writing with Kemprecos feels choppy in parts, but tolerably so. Enjoy Clive Cussler's latest bestseller, White Death, before the summer is completely gone. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I'm Amanda Dickson.

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