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3.00028686173264 out of 53.00028686173264 out of 53.00028686173264 out of 53.00028686173264 out of 53.00028686173264 out of 5 3.00 (3,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler Narrator: David Purdham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The NUMA Files Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9780743568586
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An investigation into the sudden deaths of a pod of gray whales leads National Underwater & Marine Agency leader Kurt Austin to the Mexican coast, where someone tries to put him and his mini-sub permanently out of commission.

Meanwhile, in South America’s lush hills, a specially assigned NUMA team discovers a murdered body—a member of a mysterious local tribe who live like ghosts beyond a five-part waterfall the locals call the Hand of God … and are rumored to be led by a mythical white goddess. Now they are in danger from a vicious cadre of bio-pirates intent on stealing medicinal discoveries worth millions.

Soon Austin and his crew realize that they’re working opposite ends of the same grand scheme—and must race against time to save the world’s freshwater supply from a twisted eco-extortionist. But every step toward salvation takes them deeper into a dense jungle of treachery, blackmail, and death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plenty of heart-stopping action, random acts of murder and mutilation, and even a little romance. Great pacing, plenty of gadgets, a strong narrative, and bigger-than-life heroes and villains. If you’ve run out of summer action flicks already, make your own popcorn and curl up with Blue Gold instead.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karman Lili S. | 2/18/2014

    " Complicated as a- well, pretty complicated. But awesome, undeniably so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/14/2014

    " Decent Cussler novel. Story revolves in a mega-corporations attempt to monopolize all of the world's fresh water. It is up to Austin and Zavala to interrupt this malevolent scheme. Settings range from the Amazon to Baja California and Lake Tahoe. Decent ending. Middle of the road for Cussler. Glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Bauer | 2/14/2014

    " Quick read - predictable, not one of his better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/12/2014

    " Thanks Caroline, for bursting my fantasy bubble with reality. This is another Clive Cussler filled with fantasy, some science?, and adventure. It is a book to kick back with and not have to think. Since I know very little about science and left reality behind long ago I enjoyed the mix of science, winning of battles against all odds, and being chased by ancient Indian tribes deep in South America. Also I was glad to hear that my eight glasses of water a day are safe due to the fearless efforts of Kurt Austin and NUMA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denique1414 | 2/11/2014

    " Good but this is my 4th Cussler they are seeming very similar, I am taking a break from Cussler "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denique1414 | 2/8/2014

    " Good but this is my 4th Cussler they are seeming very similar, I am taking a break from Cussler "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/5/2014

    " I wanted action, adventure, history and fun. This book delivered on all counts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Allred | 2/3/2014

    " Clive Cussler has always been a favorite of mine and I'm sure this book held up to his typical thrill level. However, I am making this review some ten years later and cannot remember this book in any detail and I do remember several of his books. Maybe the ones I remember are actually inclusive of this one. A great author, mixes some real historical fact with some outstanding fiction and keeps me awake until I've finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 May | 2/1/2014

    " Just so-so, light reading as usual. Plot not too crazy. Wouldn't recommend it as an intro to Cussler though - could potentially get a little boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis G | 1/31/2014

    " Clive Cussler is a master action adventure story teller. His exotic plots, attention to scientific detail, historical facts keep my attention. However, I find most of his characters either one sided stereotypical macho types straight out of WW2, or artificial and uninteresting. His dialogue is trite and predictable, for my taste anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of the earlier Kurt Adventures that Clive Cussler introduced him to the NUMA series. Plenty of good action and adventure on and under water. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rendier | 1/24/2014

    " Just like the Dirk Pitt books, just a different NUMA agent. Think James Bond, but smarter, tougher and cooler .... yeah, right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed it, pure escapism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Allred | 1/23/2014

    " Clive Cussler has always been a favorite of mine and I'm sure this book held up to his typical thrill level. However, I am making this review some ten years later and cannot remember this book in any detail and I do remember several of his books. Maybe the ones I remember are actually inclusive of this one. A great author, mixes some real historical fact with some outstanding fiction and keeps me awake until I've finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Phillips | 1/20/2014

    " A great novel! Filled with action, humor, history, and a 7 ft tall female billionaire, Cussler creates an environmental thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Bush | 1/20/2014

    " Very good book. I loved how the way it started took you in a different direction than the way it ended up. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there were parts that were very technical and a bit hard to follow. Overall, a great and enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one. Nicely complex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/14/2014

    " Not as good as Serpent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isreal | 1/14/2014

    " on a strange faze...now...he is great....wayyyyyyy better than me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 1/8/2014

    " Standard Clive Cussler but he used some inappropriate characterizations - describing Amazon Indians as "savages." In this day and age, really? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Phillips | 1/6/2014

    " A great novel! Filled with action, humor, history, and a 7 ft tall female billionaire, Cussler creates an environmental thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 12/31/2013

    " Standard Clive Cussler but he used some inappropriate characterizations - describing Amazon Indians as "savages." In this day and age, really? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaroslav | 12/31/2013

    " I would say that this one is the least exciting from the NUMA File...but still more then good... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mattias | 12/19/2013

    " Kurt Austin isnt as good as Dirk Pitt, it is as simple as that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidney CB | 12/19/2013

    " Admirable how Francesca faced her fate with courage, thus ending her life to defeat Brynhild's evil plan. Sad for Kurt. :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/18/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. Nicely complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/15/2013

    " I wanted action, adventure, history and fun. This book delivered on all counts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goddardcc | 12/15/2013

    " Not his best but I still always enjoy the Dirk Pitt books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mattias | 12/8/2013

    " Kurt Austin isnt as good as Dirk Pitt, it is as simple as that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Thomasson | 12/8/2013

    " Meh. Wouldn't read it again, or recommend. Cussler, not your best effort "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Freeman | 12/4/2013

    " Enjoyed the story, only the 2nd time ive read Kurt and Joe and like the characters. Look forward to the follow ups. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georiscs | 12/3/2013

    " Good book -- great concept, although the key players are a little "dramatic", but Cussler's players always "over the top"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Limopilot | 9/15/2013

    " Very good story line. A bit slow at times but does keep you engaged enough to finish. Some of the plot lines are predictable with just a little bit of logical conclusion. Otherwise a good story from a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mama | 7/12/2013

    " Clive Cussler is one of my favorite exercise authors! His books are fun, witty, over-the-top action packed - and they take you all over the world. No thinking. Just fast reading while pumping away on the elliptical. Not everyone's thing - but it works for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Carraturo | 6/28/2013

    " I get a kick out of all Clive Cussler books, but boy are his characters over the top... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/7/2013

    " This is one of the earlier Kurt Adventures that Clive Cussler introduced him to the NUMA series. Plenty of good action and adventure on and under water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 4/29/2013

    " My first Clive Cussler book, this is what got me hooked.. perfect read when you wanna just while away the time and not want to think about what you're reading too much "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 3/5/2013

    " Not as good as Serpent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georiscs | 2/9/2013

    " Good book -- great concept, although the key players are a little "dramatic", but Cussler's players always "over the top"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Bush | 2/7/2013

    " Very good book. I loved how the way it started took you in a different direction than the way it ended up. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there were parts that were very technical and a bit hard to follow. Overall, a great and enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2013

    " Not my favorite Clive Cussler book, but I liked it and would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darryn | 1/7/2013

    " Brilliant fun adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 12/6/2012

    " A great read. I have enjoyed the Kurt Austin books as much as Dirk Pitt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/21/2012

    " I really enjoyed it, pure escapism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 9/12/2012

    " A very typical Cussler book. Original but with a weakness in the credibility department. Okay read but nothing extraordinary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 4/17/2012

    " I loved this book until the end. I couldn't put it down, and then the last four chapters seemed rushed. The ending seemed very disappointing but still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Worthington | 4/2/2012

    " A typical Cussler book where the NUMA team save the world. This book does talk about how valuable a resource water is (blue gold) and how the lack of water could cause war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shawn stapleton | 7/6/2011

    " my father got me addicted to clive cussler novels. Cant put them down when i read them. Book on tape was easy to listen to on the road "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Worthington | 6/5/2011

    " A typical Cussler book where the NUMA team save the world. This book does talk about how valuable a resource water is (blue gold) and how the lack of water could cause war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed it, pure escapism.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manjiquaker | 3/5/2011

    " Cliche after cliche... It made me fall down like a one legged man in a butt -kicking contest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denique1414 | 1/23/2011

    " Good but this is my 4th Cussler they are seeming very similar, I am taking a break from Cussler "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theja | 1/17/2011

    " The book has too many coincidences and several parts seemed too far fetched. Not worth the time. The only reason I finished the book is because I started it in the first place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 12/1/2010

    " I am really enjoying the adventure story genre....another great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guad | 6/24/2010

    " Loved this novel, just as I have the rest that I've already read. The stories might be predictable, but I still love reading them to see how they are played out. The characters (Austin/Zaval)have a way of always turning a near impossible/deadly predicament into a successful ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaroslav | 4/11/2010

    " I would say that this one is the least exciting from the NUMA File...but still more then good... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S.R.R. | 3/5/2010

    " This was my first Clive Cussler. I had been told by others who'd read his work that it was always a great adventure. I do love an adventure, so I jumped right into this one. I was not disappointed.

    I hope to read more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dmcconkey | 1/7/2010

    " Another Christmas break read - interesting premise - good storytelling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/15/2009

    " Interesting read - enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 11/24/2009

    " I always enjoy Clive Cussler books even when he has a co-author, but I don't recall previous books having what I consider this many errors, especially for a professionally edited book. That takes it out of the 5 star category. One the other hand he has his usual good plot and non-stop adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/21/2009

    " Really enjoyed this one. Nicely complex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 May | 10/11/2009

    " Just so-so, light reading as usual. Plot not too crazy. Wouldn't recommend it as an intro to Cussler though - could potentially get a little boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guad | 7/31/2009

    " Loved this novel, just as I have the rest that I've already read. The stories might be predictable, but I still love reading them to see how they are played out. The characters (Austin/Zaval)have a way of always turning a near impossible/deadly predicament into a successful ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 12/30/2008

    " My first Clive Cussler book, this is what got me hooked.. perfect read when you wanna just while away the time and not want to think about what you're reading too much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dmcconkey | 12/27/2008

    " Another Christmas break read - interesting premise - good storytelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Blaine | 12/19/2008

    " Good book for beginners of Kurt Austin books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda T | 11/4/2008

    " I couldn't stay interested in this book. I might try again some time but there are so many other books to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theja Putta | 6/24/2008

    " The book has too many coincidences and several parts seemed too far fetched. Not worth the time. The only reason I finished the book is because I started it in the first place. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, began writing novels in 1965. He published his first work featuring continuous series hero Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a PhD thesis and awarded Cussler a doctor of letters degree in May 1997. It was the first time since the college was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed. His books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, have been published in more than forty languages in more than one hundred countries. He splits his time between Arizona and Colorado.