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Sahara was written by international bestselling author Clive Cussler. It was written in 1992 and was released as a film starring Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penelope Cruz in 2005. The book is part of the NUMA files and features Dirk Pitt as its hero.
When a biological scientist is rescued from assasination by none other than Dirk Pitt, he wonders if there is more to her story of an impending expedition to the depths of Africa to investigate a virus which, according to reports has left nothing but death in its wake.
Pitt and his sidekick Al Giordino are recalled by the NUMA Director and sent on a top secret mission along the river Niger to discover the source of a 'red tide' - an algae which appears to be some sort of self sustaining, man-made chemical which if left unchecked will remove all the oxygen from first the rivers and then the atmosphere, killing all of the population of the world. As Pitt and Giordino along with the deputy director of the NUMA agency, Rudi Gunn search the river in their luxury boat whilst masquerading as rich frenchmen they attract the attention of General Kazim, the power behind the throne in the country of Mali.
Kazim has secrets of his own to hide and with one eye on their luxury boat, orders the men captured and the boat seized. Whilst Gunn is able to escape, Pitt and Giordino are captured whilst trying to escape and must use all their wits to escape again. Their trek across the Sahara desert to safety uncovers secrets that the Malian government are trying desperately to hide, which Pitt and Giordino must bring to the world's attention whilst at the same time saving the world from destruction.
Like all of Cussler's books, this was action packed and full of energy. There were many many twists and turns, it also was quite emotional as we read about some of the human rights abuses that were being carried out, you were forced to wonder how and why some people can hurt their fellow human beings so much and care so little.
The story was quite interesting and engaging, bringing together Cussler's obvious love of the sea and his love of history & archaelogy in an unusual and intriguing way!
I'm a big fan of Clive Cussler's books and this certainly didn't disappoint!