Black Wind

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Clive Cussler
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: September 2017
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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"Clive the Mighty!" hailed Kirkus Reviews about Cussler's last Dirk Pitt novel, Trojan Odyssey. "Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous." Nobody has been able to match Cussler yet for the intricate plotting and sheer audacity of his work, and Black Wind sets the bar even higher. In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure--a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost. Someone knows about the subs and what they bore, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside--a scheme that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA. Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, has even teamed up with his children to track them down. But never has he looked upon the face of pure evil...until now. Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Black Wind is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

Reviews (10)

Written by Robert B on October 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really good read for the car. Narrator is fantastic.


Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Just like every other one of these books. World in danger. Siblings save it.

Scary thought - it could be true!!

Written by Cheryl G on September 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really makes you think!! What is going on that we have no way of knowing about. Well read!

Good Old Dirk Pitt

Written by DJG on June 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As a Cussler fan, I say that this is the fun reading/listening stuff that Clive writes. Though it is always far reaching in plot, it is enjoyable.

Fun Story

Written by Dan Pressley from Fort Worth, TX on April 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this story. I wouldn't say it was my favorite of all time but it was entertaining nonetheless.

Black Wind

Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The Cusslers win the prize for the highest rate of dangling participles ever amassed to slow understanding of a work of fiction. If that doesn't bother you, the story is another dependable cliff-hanger.

Black Wind

Written by Walter Stephens on March 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked this book very much. I was surprised that Dirk Pitt has twins. Clive Cussler's books are always a pleasure for me to read and or listen to.

Black Wind [abr]

Written by Kimra on July 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Looks like Dirk Jr. is following right in dear old dad's footsteps in saving the world. I'm glad I listened to the abridged version. This one still went into a little too much detail for me but it was true to form Cussler. I enjoyed it.

Facinating Book

Written by Anonymous from Flanders, NJ on June 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Black Wind is a great action, adventure novel. The narrator was excellent. The interweaving of the major story lines was ingenious. My only criticism is that after a while, it was pretty ridiculous how many times they survived "certain death". On a side note, Clive Cussler makes a small appearance in the book.

Black Wind

Written by Anonymous on April 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought that this book started out pretty slow but after the first disc it picked up and turned into a good book. I didn't think it was one of Clive Cussler's best but I would still recommend it.

Author Details

Author Details

Cussler, Clive

Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California. He attended Pasadena City College for two years, then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon discharge he became a copywriter and later creative director at two of the nation's leading ad agencies. He wrote and produced radio and television commercials in Hollywood that won numerous international honors including an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries and have a readership of more than 90 million avid fans. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, The Sea Hunters (non-fiction), Flood Tide, and Clive Cussler Dirk PittĀ® Revealed. Cussler is also the author, with Paul Kemprecos, of the first in a new Dirk Pitt spinoff series - The NUMA files.

Cussler was married to his wife, Barbara Knight, for more than 44 years. They have three children, two grandchildren. Regrettably, Barbara passed away in January 2003.

Cussler, Dirk

Dirk Cussler lives in Scottsdale, AZ.