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Sea of greed
2018
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The world's oil supply is vanishing, the stock market is plummeting, and the key to saving the future seems to be a baffling historical mystery. Can the NUMA crew crack it in time? Sea of Greed is the suspenseful new NUMA Files novels from the #1 New York Times -bestselling grand master of adventure.

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects Team are tapped by the President of the United States to find out what's gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds' most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero...or a rogue genetic engineer?

The NUMA crew discovers that the oil fields are infected with bacteria that are consuming the oil before it can be pumped out of the earth--a bacteria originally lost decades ago when two submarines vanished in the Mediterranean.

With hired killers on his trail, can Kurt Austin locate a submarine that's remained hidden for more than fifty years? And even if he can, can the biological terror that's been unleashed be stopped?
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Kurt Austin and his NUMA team roar into action in this latest installment of the long-running NUMA Files series. Tasked by the president of the U.S. to find out what could have caused the devastating firestorms that demolished three oil rigs, Austin makes a startling discovery that leads him to an evil genius with plans to control the world's energy supply. It's fairly formulaic stuff, but that's no surprise; the NUMA files novels are pretty much identical structurally only the details change. But give the authors full credit for making their evil genius a woman. This isn't a spoiler: Cussler and Brown drop this revelation quite early on. Female villains of the evil-genius type are few and far between in the high-concept-adventure subgenre, and it's refreshing to find one here. And the writing goes less by the numbers than in some of the recent NUMA Files books. Cussler's devoted readership will find this among the better entries in the series.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist
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