Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

NUMA files #10

          This was a good book to while away a few hours with. It was fast paced and fun to read. I'm pretty sure all the basic technology really exists, but its usage was stretched to the breaking point in this story.

          In the latest Kurt Austin thriller, a Bedouin bent on world domination finds a way to control the weather. He discovers that using vast numbers of microbots he can control ocean temperatures and by extension, the weather. NUMA stumbles on the plot when a crew performing routine checks in the Indian Ocean goes missing. The NUMA vessel shows up sans crew with evidence of a fire. The residue from the fire had something odd in it and further investigation uncovered the presence of microbots.

          NUMA immediately goes looking for the man who patented the bots. He lives on a giant floating island populated largely by robots of his own invention. As it turns out, it is not the inventor who has using the microbots for evil, but his right hand man who has sold the technology for his own profit.

          The gang from NUMA must secure the floating island, prevent the Bedouin megalomaniac from taking out the biggest dam in Egypt and prevent the microbots from altering weather patterns all around the Indian Ocean. It makes for lots of action and good, wet fun.

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