Review: Clive Cussler’s Dark Vector by Graham Brown

Kurt Austin must find a vanished ship and stave off a global catastrophe in the latest novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series created by the “grand master of adventure” Clive Cussler.

    A freighter carrying top-secret computers of unparalleled capability disappears in the Western Pacific. While searching for a lost treasure that once belonged to the famous Chinese pirate queen, Ching Shih, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are redirected to look for the missing vessel. 

    Discovering that the sinking of the ship is just part of an intricate web of deception, they find themselves in the middle of a cyber-war between rival groups of hackers, both of whom want to control the flow of data around the world.

    With no allies except a group of pirates who operate under their own crude laws, Kurt and Joe must rescue a colleague held hostage—while keeping the computers out of Russian or Chinese hands and the world’s digital information safe from the hackers.

Clive Cussler’s Dark Vector by Graham Brown. Book #19 in the NUMA Files series. Uncorrected Kindle ARC edition. Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, May 2022. Total of 400 pages.

* Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know if Clive left any plot points or ideas (for future books) at the time of his passing. As far as I know, this is the first NUMA series book written all the way by the author Graham Brown. I wasn’t worried about if it would be good. I really enjoy Brown’s previous books. I WAS curious if it was going to be a noticeable change or not.

Honestly, this felt just like your normal NUMA book! Brown does a seamless job of somehow making it feel familiar, but at the same time breathing new life into the series. It was hard for me to pin it down…

While the typical formula was followed, it did feel like some things were missing? A few things, such as habits or hobbies, always brought up in the past were missing in Dark Vector. That is NOT a bad thing or a complaint! I actually really appreciated the little bit of the change up. It made things feel fresh and reinvigorated!

If you are worried that a story about stolen super computers would be action packed, you’d be wrong! We start off with a little action that quickly ampts up to mega action! I was on the edge of my seat with all the fast paced shoot outs and boat chases. It just kept raising the fun and the suspense was perfect.

My only *tiny* complaint, is that I really miss Mr. and Mrs. Trout getting more involved! They showed up way late in to the story and they didn’t do much. I miss when they had a bigger role in the series! I know Kurt and Joe are the top guys, but it feels like with each book, the 2 other team members get less and less time to also shine. :/ BRING BACK THE TROUTS!! Please? 🙂

Dark Vector is straight up entertainment fuel. Brown does a great job of keeping NUMA alive and kicking. This is like comfort food for your reading pleasure. A familiar feel but also a fresh and new feeling! I had an extremely happy time reading this story! It was so fun. 😀

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