Review: Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

January 1968

Two submarines–one French, one Israeli–vanish in the Mediterranean within days of each other. Extensive search-and-rescue operations turn up no sign of either vessel. Thirty years later, the wreck of one is found; the other is never recovered.

Present Day

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt, Joe and NUMA are tapped by the President of the United States to find out why many of the world’s most productive oilfields have gone dry. The trail leads them to Tessa Franco, a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field. Tessa’s goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the most powerful and efficient fuel-cell systems the world has ever seen. In the eyes of many she’s an environmental hero, but her connection to a rogue genetic engineer and central Asian money suggest something more.

The NUMA crew discovers that the oil fields are infected with a bacteria that is consuming the oil before it can be pumped out of the earth–and initial studies reveal no way to stop it. With the price of oil tripling, the world’s stock markets crashing and the health of the global economy hanging in the balance, Kurt is up against it. But finding a submarine that’s remained hidden for fifty years won’t be easy. And with uncountable money and an army of hired killers at her disposal, Tessa Franco will do everything in her power to stop him.

Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. N.U.M.A. Files series book #16. Audiobook read by Scott Brick. Run time is 9 hours and 57 mins. Published by Penguin Audio, November 2018.

Man, oh man… *shakes head* This one was just…. not terrible but not really great either. It felt way slowed down to the point of getting kind of boring. The narrator fit that pretty well. I don’t know what the hell happened with this book. Graham Brown is a very talented writer. His books are never as bland as this. *shrug* I don’t know. Sea of Greed just felt extremely watered down (no pun intended). D:

I did enjoy seeing side characters get to finally do a little bit more. We have tons of cool characters in this series and they rarely get used to their fullest. I’m getting super sick of Mr. and Mrs. Trout constantly needing to be rescued. They are really good characters and just as capable as Kurt and Joe, so there is no reason for them needing to be rescued all the time!

And I was SUPER pissed off about something in this book. You have this amazingly smart and capable young team member who is disabled and never lets that hold her back. Very awesome character. It is so rare to see a disabled character in a book that isn’t just some chick lit or general fiction. To see a capable woman in a wheelchair in an ACTION title was epic AF! 😡 And then for some reason at the end they find a way to “fix” her legs so she can walk again like a “normal” person. WTF with that!? 😡 So she wasn’t good enough because she was in a wheelchair? We had to make her just like everyone else? Yeah, yeah, there is a song and dance about “giving her her life back” or whatever… give me a break. You hardly ever see a strong disabled person in a book at all! Seriously under represented and finally we get this badass chick in a wheelchair and they take that away and make her like everyone else. UGH. 😡 Such a disappointment and a wasted opportunity to have a strong disabled character inclusion.

Sea of Greed was hard to like. Just a plain boring story. :/ and the whole make the disabled person normal at the end just left a sour taste in my mouth. I struggled to get through this one. Not one of the better ones in the series.

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