Nighthawk (NUMA Files, #14) by Clive CusslerNUMA crew leaders Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala must beat the clock to stop the world’s most dazzling new technological advance from becoming mankind’s last in this action-packed thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling grand master of adventure.
When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don’t—that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.
From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win.
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Nighthawk (The NUMA Files) Hardcover – May 30, . breathtakingly suspenseful, wildly inventive, enjoyable thriller in the NUMA Files series to date! . It contains all the characteristics of a Clive Cussler novel and many great gadgets.
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Thank you! Cussler and Brown The Pharaoh's Secret , , etc. Air Force and the National Security Agency. The Nighthawk spent three years in orbit on a mission to harvest "mixed-state matter" from the polar magnetic field, only to be hijacked during its descent. Mixed-state matter must be kept at supercold temperatures. The authors don't so much develop characters as typecast them, though they do introduce a new heroine: Emily Townsend is drafted to work with Kurt as science support. Ranging across the Pacific to the Andes, the tale is composed of multiple chase-and-fight scenes with Kurt, Emily, and NUMA cohorts escaping one trap only to fall into another.
Nighthawk is an advanced unmanned aircraft that has been in space three years collecting data. On its return to earth it defies its controllers who are guiding it to a safe landing and it presumably crashes into the ocean. The Russians and the Chinese also seek to find and recover the craft, as well. As Austin and Zavala search for Nighthawk, more of the story of the importance of what is inside this craft comes to light and why the stakes are so high that it be found quickly. They are to find the future of the world depends on their success. Kirkus seemed to like this book, although its review alluded to some of the unlikely scenarios in its pages, saying, "Cussler and company deliver another fun page-turner with a plot ranging from the highly improbable to the totally implausible.