Sea of Greed

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - ENTERTAINMENT - Clive Cus­sler and Gra­ham Brown P. G. Put­nam’s Sons Jeff Ay­ers, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Sea of Greed, the lat­est en­try in the NUMA Files se­ries, pits Kurt Austin and his col­leagues against a seem­ingly unstoppable en­emy.

Austin runs the Spe­cial As­sign­ments team for the Na­tional Un­der­wa­ter and Ma­rine Agency ( NUMA). He’s work­ing near the Gulf of Mex­ico with Joe Zavala, his partner and best friend, when they hear a loud ex­plo­sion from sev­eral kilo­me­tres away. They hurry to the site to dis­cover burn­ing oil rigs. The two men res­cue sev­eral work­ers, but when they leave the area, they both no­tice the fire doesn’t burn like a stan­dard oil fire.

They want an­swers but are called back to Wash­ing­ton for an­other as­sign­ment. The pres­i­dent wants NUMA to un­cover the mys­te­ri­ous de­ple­tion of the world’s oil. Sites that weeks ago ap­peared to have oil in abun­dance for decades sud­denly run dry, and it’s been hap­pen­ing all over the world. When the news leaks about the sud­den lack of oil, prices will sky­rocket and po­ten­tially bank­rupt ma­jor nations that rely on it.

The vil­lain is di­a­bol­i­cal, our he­roes seem to have no way to win, and the ac­tion is relentless. In other words, the story is clas­sic Cus­sler.

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