Nighthawk by Clive Cussler

Nighthawk by Clive CusslerNighthawk by Clive Cussler
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on June 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 464

The world s most dazzling new technological advance may turn out to be mankind s last, unless the NUMA crew can beat the clock. The thrilling new NUMA Files novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling grand master of adventure.

When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don t that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.

From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win."

Nighthawk is another in the long-running series by Clive Cussler and his co-authors, this time starring Kurt Austin and his band of merry men and women as they get carried off into another adventure for which they’re probably underprepared. They are dragged into a mission to recover a top-secret military space plane, but what they uncover is a deadly game of brinksmanship between a number of competing nations, vying to recover the space plane’s secret contents.

I have mixed feelings about the Clive Cussler books, because I always feel like they’re trying to be a bit too much of an academic version of a military thriller. But I find they are much more character-driven than some of the bog standard thrillers going around.

With that said, however, while there are an interesting and diverse cast of good guys in this book, only one of the bad guys truly stands out as being of any importance. I never found out enough about the rest of the bad guys to really care about them.

While the action is all very exciting, and the pace of the writing is relentless, there just feels like a lack of depth underlying it all. I don’t really understand why or how NUMA is the only major government force working on this problem, other than for the purposes of there being a book about it.

I feel like there are so many of these books now, and I think I lost any genuine interest back in the days when they were actually being written by Clive Cussler. This is an utterly forgettable airport novel that you will probably enjoy while reading it, but you won’t remember it in a week. If that’s enough for you then have at it, but I’m looking for a better standard of airport novel.

Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

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