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It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep u It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren’t able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism. Now, that can’t be good.


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It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep u It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren’t able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism. Now, that can’t be good.

30 review for Zero Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Kurt Austin was currently on leave in Sydney, Australia where the conference he was attending in the halls of the Opera House was boring him to tears. His escape, on the pretext of taking an urgent call, led him to a young woman who also seemed to be escaping the boredom; plus a helicopter and a fleeing speedboat. The suddenness of Kurt’s awareness of danger came when he heard gunfire; then the crashing of the boat meant he leapt into action. When the helicopter subsequently hit the Opera House, Kurt Austin was currently on leave in Sydney, Australia where the conference he was attending in the halls of the Opera House was boring him to tears. His escape, on the pretext of taking an urgent call, led him to a young woman who also seemed to be escaping the boredom; plus a helicopter and a fleeing speedboat. The suddenness of Kurt’s awareness of danger came when he heard gunfire; then the crashing of the boat meant he leapt into action. When the helicopter subsequently hit the Opera House, Kurt and Hayley’s life changed in an instant. When Kurt called in his best friend and colleague Joe Zavala to help in the investigation, they had no idea what would be involved. But they needed to fix the problem sooner rather than later, or the world, starting with Australia, would be forever changed… Zero Hour is the 11th in the Numa Files series by Clive Cussler, and although I haven’t read a Cussler adventure in a long time, the intense pace and full on action is still the same. Fun and entertaining, it's light, but thrilling reading where you know the good guys always win – but do they? Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Typical Clive Cussler: something to read for an afternoon getaway from reality. True escapism. Nothing extraordinary; but then again, perhaps being basically free from offensive language might be considered extraordinary in today's world of fiction. I'm appreciative of that - I find myself whining a lot about the pervasive use of offensive language that does nothing to further the plot or characters. My hat is off to those who can weave a grand tale and hold my interest without resorting to such Typical Clive Cussler: something to read for an afternoon getaway from reality. True escapism. Nothing extraordinary; but then again, perhaps being basically free from offensive language might be considered extraordinary in today's world of fiction. I'm appreciative of that - I find myself whining a lot about the pervasive use of offensive language that does nothing to further the plot or characters. My hat is off to those who can weave a grand tale and hold my interest without resorting to such a mechanism. Anyone wanting a wild ride of a read without a lot of mental stimulation will pretty much never go wrong with a book by Cussler.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    What an exciting adventure! This was definitely a pageturner!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    Clive Cussler writes the best "over-the-top" thrillers. So unlikely but still fun to experience. This one took place mostly in Australia and I simply loved listening to the Australian accents. It made my enjoyment of the story just that much better. I missed a few in the series so there were a few promotions that rather surprised me. Guess I have to back track and read the remaining books in sequence to find out how these events transpired.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love Clive. He did a great job researching Australia, but they that read it on Cd not so much. Nobody says "zero zero zero", it's "triple zero". Nobody says the letters A S I O, it's a word a-zee-oh. But I like the story and how he ties in real events. The fake Australian accents were really bad, they should have hired my daughter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tory Wagner

    This is part of a long standing sci-fi series with engaging characters and some interesting plot twists. If you enjoy this one, you might want to start at the beginning of the series and see how the story line and characters develop.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richa

    A good fast paced adventure, a-la James Bond. Light, frothy, fast, testeterone driven, adrenalin boosting, save the world set up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I finished this one yesterday and it was SO MUCH FUN! How refreshing to read an adventure story, often at sea no less! Definitely will be going to the beginning of this series and starting to read it from there. A total (and often literal) blast!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Eleventh in the NUMA Files action suspense series revolving around Kurt Austin and Hayley Anderson. My Take Almost the usual Cussler adventure. Yeah, almost, the earlier novels have a greater sense of action, tension, and drama. I don't know if it's a lack in the writing or if the writing is leaving me ambivalent about the drama because Kurt Austin always saves the day, so I'm not worried. Sure, it's fun, and I enjoy reading it, but my heart doesn't race. The great train hold-up was exciting as I Eleventh in the NUMA Files action suspense series revolving around Kurt Austin and Hayley Anderson. My Take Almost the usual Cussler adventure. Yeah, almost, the earlier novels have a greater sense of action, tension, and drama. I don't know if it's a lack in the writing or if the writing is leaving me ambivalent about the drama because Kurt Austin always saves the day, so I'm not worried. Sure, it's fun, and I enjoy reading it, but my heart doesn't race. The great train hold-up was exciting as I was curious as to how Kurt and Joe would escape the bad guys; the sinking of the Orion had almost no excitement about it, no drama, almost no worry from his friends. Oh, the words were here, but there wasn't any heart to it. The rescue and turnabout by the Rama, their invasion of Heard Island, and the rescue there were more exciting, but only in comparison to the earlier events. Not the drama and tension I was expecting anyway. It's still a great adventure with diving deep in the middle of the Great Australian bugger-all, a train escape, sunken ships, marooned on an island, capture and torture...you know, the usual. What the bad guys did to the Pacific Voyager is pretty amazing. I loved Bradshaw's comment about just needing to see the highlights of Austin's career…! Then there's the NSA not wanting to share their toys---love to see them getting hacked. I can see the Japan incident as a reason for Thero believing he's entitled to a revenge, but Cussler/Brown are rather brief about all the incidents that build up to Thero's reasons. Hmmm, is there a future with Hayley Anderson…? The Story After Bradshaw brushes him off, Kurt dives in on his own. Literally. It's a good thing as the bad guys are about to scuttle the station and kill Hayley. Meanwhile, Joe is is busy generating enough power to call in a rescue. The Characters Kurt Austin is experienced in underwater salvage and is the Director of Special Projects for the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). He always partners up with Joe Zavala, NUMA's mechanical engineering specialist. Paul and Trout Gamay are oceanographers with NUMA, testing the Gemini's new and improved ability to scan the seafloor before they're called into action. Hayley Anderson is a theoretical physicist at the University of Sydney who has particular experience with this threatening science. She's terrified of flying. Cecil Bradshaw is with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Wiggins is one of his men. Dirk Pitt is the director for NUMA. Hiram Yaeger is NUMA's resident computer genius, and he's upgrading his computers again. I miss the hologram who used to interact with him. Bernadette Conry is a ten-year veteran with NUMA and oversees communications. Captain Winslow helms the Orion. James Sandecker is still vice-president of the U.S.; Jim Culver is the pissy head of the NSA. "Commander Matilda Wallaby" prepares a show of force. Maximilian Thero is a brilliant and whacko nuclear engineer and a self-taught physicist. George is Thero's more kindly son and the "chief designer of the latest version of Thero's system. Since events in Japan and his daughter, Tessa's, death, he's gone off the deep end. Janko Minkosovic is Captain of the Guard for Thero. A man with no honor. Sebastian Panos is a Cypriot engineer caught in an underwater nightmare. Patrick Devlin turns to alcohol after the storm sank the Pacific Voyager. Masinga is one of the mineworkers, and he has been underground a very long time. Anton Gregorovich is a bear of an assassin paid by Dmitry Yevchenko, a.k.a., the Siberian Butcher, a Russian billionaire. He's irritated with Gregorovich's lack of follow-through. Gregorovich heads out with a mixed crew aboard the MV Rama. Victor Kirov, a GRU man, answers to someone else. The Prologue - 1906 Brigadier General Hal Cortland, who is in charge of special procurements, is skeptical about Dr. Daniel Watterson's claims. The Cover The cover is a blast of complements with the blue waters, sky, and shadows on the Sydney Opera House just as a speedboat and a helicopter explode in a burst of oranges. The title reflects the countdown to Zero Hour provided by the bad guys.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’m also a long time Clive Cussler fan and have been looking forward to the release of this book since it was announced. ZERO HOUR is the second collaboration between Cussler and Graham Brown. It is also the latest saga for my two favorite NUMA characters - Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. What do Nicolas Tesla, the Great San Francisco earthquake, a sunken ship, and the Australian Outback have in common? They form the backdrop of this K I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’m also a long time Clive Cussler fan and have been looking forward to the release of this book since it was announced. ZERO HOUR is the second collaboration between Cussler and Graham Brown. It is also the latest saga for my two favorite NUMA characters - Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. What do Nicolas Tesla, the Great San Francisco earthquake, a sunken ship, and the Australian Outback have in common? They form the backdrop of this Kurt and Joe NUMA Files adventure. Somehow trouble always seems to find Kurt even when he is on vacation and attending an While this book is a continuation of the NUMA storyline, first time readers will be able to pick it up and not feel left out. A great book for summer reading. You won’t be disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Dube

    I received an ARC of Zero Hour as part of a GoodReads first reads giveaway; this review is based on that copy. I enjoyed the book - it has all the familiar NUMA characters, exciting plot, evil villains, and action you expect from a Clive Cussler book. I liked it more that some other books in this series that I've read; it was fast paced and kept my attention. I recommend it if you like the NUMA Files series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    I won this book in a Goodreads first read giveaway! I have never read a Clive Cussler book before. It definitely reminded me of Dan Brown...action right from the beginning to hook you in from page 1. I got pretty distracted towards the middle as there were so many characters and side plots going on at the same time, but I did enjoy the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I enjoyed this installment from the NUMA "files" much more than the past several Cussler novels I have read. Kurt is growing on me, although I still miss Dirk in the field! I haven't particularly enjoyed the Trout novels so having just a touch of them in this one was about right for me. The story line and the extra characters were great.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S

    Clive Cussler always delivers an entertaining, fun read. And this book was no exception. If you want realism, then this isn’t the book for you. But if you want an entertaining, good read, then grab this book, sit down and go for it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    First book like this I've "read" listened to it on Books on Tape. pretty much non-stop adventure, fast action, some fun characters, and enough "science" to be intriguing, made me look up some things to check on reality...Overall, not my cup of tea, but made for a good car book..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Waiting for my nook down load. Love his works.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike French

    Another page turner by Clive Cussler. If you enjoy thrilling action,adventure and mystery then Clive Cussler is the author for you!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina Farley

    Listened to the audio with my oldest son who love Cussler. Enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    This is #11 in the Kurt Austin series, which is set at least at the start in Australia, near Sidney where those famous amphitheaters are located right at the water edge. Kurt was at a boring lecture, which he somehow found a way to leave supposedly for some fresh air. He finds an attractive blonde woman, named Haley, who appears to have a problem with one of her high heels. While striking up a conversation, a boat being pursued by a helicopter with guns is racing straight to their location. When This is #11 in the Kurt Austin series, which is set at least at the start in Australia, near Sidney where those famous amphitheaters are located right at the water edge. Kurt was at a boring lecture, which he somehow found a way to leave supposedly for some fresh air. He finds an attractive blonde woman, named Haley, who appears to have a problem with one of her high heels. While striking up a conversation, a boat being pursued by a helicopter with guns is racing straight to their location. When it crashes and starts to burn Kurt rushes to rescue the occupants but both die anyway but the woman whom he had been talking to took some papers off one of the men before the AIOS show up and drag both of them in for questioning, where Kurt is shown the paper (schematics) and asks where could someone come from that they would have had to come up from a dive too fast and be experiencing the bends. After Kurt is dismissed for spouting nonsense, he does some digging and discovers there's an abandoned mine that has become full of water several hundred feet deep. He rescues the AIOS person who snubbed him previously and is told what they were looking for --A project using a technology first designed by TeslaI loved. A quick great read. I love how he bases description of the main hero characters on his dream self.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joel Jenkins

    A disgraced scientist uses Tesla's theories to harness zero point energy in an effort to destroy Australia. Though side character Joe Zavala is the one who is characterized as the ladies man in all the books, Kurt Austin might be the real player. Each book he rescues and romances a new woman and then we never hear of her again in following books. In this book, Austin's romantic interest is a lovely blond Australian scientist with Hodophobia (the fear of travel). I would be surprised if she is ev A disgraced scientist uses Tesla's theories to harness zero point energy in an effort to destroy Australia. Though side character Joe Zavala is the one who is characterized as the ladies man in all the books, Kurt Austin might be the real player. Each book he rescues and romances a new woman and then we never hear of her again in following books. In this book, Austin's romantic interest is a lovely blond Australian scientist with Hodophobia (the fear of travel). I would be surprised if she is ever mentioned again. I have noted that in the Ian Fleming written James Bond books, Bond's romantic interests disappear as well, but Fleming generally includes a logical explanation for the reason behind the parting of ways. Given that Kurt Austin never appears to give these romantic interests another thought, the reader might reasonably conclude that Austin is just as much a womanizer as Joe Zavala and with even less emotional attachment than James Bond. At the very least, Austin has a phobia to commitment (Gamophobia) that is at least as crippling as Hodophobia. None of these observations is to meant to malign or detract Zero Hour, which is an excellent adventure tale written in a pulpy (and Cusslerian) style.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Baril

    Zero Hour by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown features Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala on a mission to save Australia, and the world from a mad scientist bent on destroying entire continents. This book is SO classic-era James Bond. Daring action from the opening pages to the end. Locations from the most remote parts of the Australian desert to the most remote reaches of the southern oceans. There are nukes involved. And dangerous Russian agents. The mad scientist behind it all even has his own secret un Zero Hour by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown features Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala on a mission to save Australia, and the world from a mad scientist bent on destroying entire continents. This book is SO classic-era James Bond. Daring action from the opening pages to the end. Locations from the most remote parts of the Australian desert to the most remote reaches of the southern oceans. There are nukes involved. And dangerous Russian agents. The mad scientist behind it all even has his own secret underground lair in a volcano.  I'm not even remotely exaggerating. Unfortunately, it was not shaped like a skull or Dr Evil, but it's still pretty cool. With a lineup like that, how can you not like this book? The story is typical Kurt Austin fare. Slick action that saves the day. Lots of stuff blowing up. Getting the girl. Cool gadgets and experimental science. And because it's NUMA, stuff with big boats. If you're a fan of the NUMA files, or any of Clive Cussler's works, you'll enjoy this one. It's a quick, easy, fun read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    AMIT.S

    I am a great admirer of all clive cussler novels. this is my 12 th Numa files Novel which was wonderfully written by the master of adventure novels, who is my favourite author along with James Rollins and whose name is clive cussler. The Numa files characters Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala long with the Trouts , Dirk Pitt and James Samdecker are very beautifully described by clive cussler. This novel is Fast action and adventure set up down under in australia and its neightbourhood Heard Island. Fro I am a great admirer of all clive cussler novels. this is my 12 th Numa files Novel which was wonderfully written by the master of adventure novels, who is my favourite author along with James Rollins and whose name is clive cussler. The Numa files characters Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala long with the Trouts , Dirk Pitt and James Samdecker are very beautifully described by clive cussler. This novel is Fast action and adventure set up down under in australia and its neightbourhood Heard Island. From start to finish, this 426 pages novels is great and awesome. i give this novel 5 stars of its quick page turning quality and best description of its characters and its locations. i plan to complete READING all the clive cussler NUMA files novels with full determination.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Neil Renneberg

    Definitely an enjoyable read, it is my first Clive Cussler book experience. Written similar to your typical action movie (think of a James Bond movie plot, or your more typical action movies usually starring Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Steven Seagal) with a fast paced story line. I'd prefer to enjoy that kind of story in the form of a movie, but not an unpleasant experience. Will read another Clive Cussler book, but will start with the first book in a series, and I'm no Definitely an enjoyable read, it is my first Clive Cussler book experience. Written similar to your typical action movie (think of a James Bond movie plot, or your more typical action movies usually starring Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Steven Seagal) with a fast paced story line. I'd prefer to enjoy that kind of story in the form of a movie, but not an unpleasant experience. Will read another Clive Cussler book, but will start with the first book in a series, and I'm not jumping at the chance to read another.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    My brother in law gave me this book sort of as a joke and with a dare to read it in less than a week. This is not normally a book I would choose to read, it’s really outside of my usual taste in literary faire. But I was recovering from surgery so I decided to just try it. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would! It is my first Clive Cussler novel. It was exciting, humorous, and very easy to read. I really felt like I was watching a movie. It was super far fetched and unbelievable but it pr My brother in law gave me this book sort of as a joke and with a dare to read it in less than a week. This is not normally a book I would choose to read, it’s really outside of my usual taste in literary faire. But I was recovering from surgery so I decided to just try it. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would! It is my first Clive Cussler novel. It was exciting, humorous, and very easy to read. I really felt like I was watching a movie. It was super far fetched and unbelievable but it provided the perfect mindless escape. It was a really fun read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Listened on Audio CD - Scott Brick was pretty good - especially with all the accents. The first chapter he sounded a little hyped up, but he settled down after that. The story was the typical good Cussler, with a lot of characters and different sites of action to keep track of. Did a good job explaining Zero Point Energy. Not sure how accurate their explanation is since I got lost in the Wikipedia entry and emerged with no clearer understanding. But it sounds plausible.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy J. Barkell

    Great book! This was a Kurt Austin book, and along with Joe, a scientist, a party of Russians, and some criminals, the final result was that our NUMA guys prevented a destructive device from annihilating half of Australia. The book was well written, with Cussler's brand of excitement, bravado, and humor leaving you breathless at the end. I loved it! One of the best books by Clive Cussler since the early Dirk Pitt books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marietta Slater

    I loved it that Dirk, Sandecker and Hiram were also included in this Austin//Zavala saga. Austin and his crew's mission is to stop a mad scientist from blowing up part of the earth using zero-point energy. Some Russians end up being so-called allies in the search for the mad man. This plot is well developed and is an enjoyable fast read

  28. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This was my first Clive Cussler book but it won't be my last. I was impressed that although it was #11 of the NUMA files, it didn't require reading the previous novels to get into the story or understand the characters. Lots of action, adventure; great descriptions! The entire time I was reading this it reminded me of James Bond...that's a good thing! Ready for my next Cussler!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This was okay. From the start you sort of knew what was going to happen in terms of the storyline. Having said that the ending was somewhat surprising in terms of the use of nuclear weapons, but not really in terms of you knowing the outcome. Other than that, it's good to see Australia being described in this work. A good read, but it could have been better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Perara

    Cussler doesn't vary much from his standard storyline, but that's a good thing. It's always a rollicking adventure and reminds me of his early books that were part of why I fell in love with reading in the first place.

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