The Navigator by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

The Navigator by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

Genre: Adventure
Series: #7 in the Kurt Austin (The NUMA Files) series
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 2007
Length: 14 hours, 34 minutes
Read by: Scott Brick
Source: Library

The Short Version:
An ancient statue may hold the key to long lost and hidden treasure and Kurt Austin has to save and of course, get the girl.

Why I Read It:
I enjoy the escapist adventure of this series and the timing was such that it was exactly what I was in the mood to listen to.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second very nearly is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave.

What’s so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an astonishing odyssey through time and space, one that encompasses no less than the lost treasures of King Solomon, a mysterious packet of documents personally encoded by Thomas Jefferson, and a top-secret scientific project that could change the world forever.

And that’s before the surprises really begin. . . .

My Thoughts:
I have enjoyed this series for a while now. I think I like it even more since I switched to audio instead of reading the paper versions. Scott Brick is so good at narrating these books. He performs a wide variety of characters and accents and keeps the entertainment level high.

The story is kind of like listening to an adventure movie. The good guys are smart, skilled and have vast resources at their beck and call. The bad guys are brilliant, brutal and determined to achieve their goals at all costs. In classic Cussler style, the women are all both gorgeous and brilliant and Kurt Austin saves the day and gets the girl. The formula works for Cussler and it’s a lot of fun.

This one throws in plenty of hard to believe twists and turns. History at times is more of a guideline actually for Cussler. He plays freely with historical figures but it’s all in fun and makes the adventure interesting. Don’t expect it to be believable but just enjoy the fun .

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration

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