Arctic Drift

Arctic Drift

Book - 2008
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As with all Clive Cussler’s dazzling Dirk Pitt novels, critics said Treasure of Khan “amazes, informs and entertains” (Publishers Weekly), “the action zipping along until a final powerhouse showdown” (Entertainment Weekly). “What’s not to like?” proclaimed the Los Angeles Times—and hundreds of thousands of readers agreed. In his new novel, however—the twentieth Dirk Pitt adventure— Cussler may have topped even himself. A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming . . . a series of unexplained sudden deaths in British Columbia . . . a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its closest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war . . . NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there’s a connection here somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control. Their only real clue might just be a mysterious silvery mineral traced to a long-ago expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. But no one survived from that doomed mission, captain and crew perished to a man—and if Pitt and his colleague Al Giordino aren’t careful, the very same fate may await them. Filled with the breathtaking suspense and audacious imagination that have become his hallmarks, this is a tour de force— further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399155291
Branch Call Number: CUS
Characteristics: 515 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cussler, Dirk

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erinsnest
Sep 10, 2014

Sept 7, 2014....just starting this book.....I picked it up from the discard pile at the library, to give to my brother-in-law, but he had already read it, and recommended that I do so as well. I haven't read a Clive Cussler book before, but I found from reading the cover, that although it is fiction, much of the story could be based on fact, so this makes it interesting to me......Sept 10, 2014, I am finding this a very easy read, something that is a bit refreshing at the moment, it bounces around, which can be frustrating, but it's just the beginning (I'm on page 110 or so) and I must say that keeps it from being boring, which I can't say for other authors! (I am surprised at how much Canadian content is in this book.....I must say I have never experienced that from authors that were not Canadian before.).....oh, the book starts out with a little story about the Franklin expedition abandoning their ships.....and then what do I hear on the news a day later?.....they have found one of the ships from the Franklin expedition under the water!.....a funny coincidence?......Sept 18, well I am still enjoying this, but finding it just a little far fetched. Perhaps I have been reading too many non-fictions lately and it has soured me for fiction?....Am I starting to be like my hubby, who refuses to read (well listen really.....he is into audio books) any fiction whatsoever? (I have to read the new Diana Gabaldon book, then I will know whether I am soured on fiction or not!).....finished it Sept 22. All in all not a bad book, but...Dirk Pitt is just a little bit too much of a superhero for me.

abkeller Nov 21, 2012

Our story begins in the nineteenth century, as two sailing ships, the Erebus and Terror, battle frigid temperatures, starvation, scurvy and a strange madness that besets the men as they struggle to breach the cold Northwest Passage. Eventually, the two vessels separate with the pack ice and open water, and the doomed men stand silent vigil as the arctic slowly freezes all of their hopes and dreams of riches.

Over one hundred fifty years in the future, the Earth stands poised on the brink of global disaster. A shortage of oil and accumulation of greenhouse gases has brought the world to a turning point. An evil opportunist takes advantage of this predicament, cloaking himself in a pristine image while dumping carbon dioxide beneath the cold waters of the north. The “Devil’s Breath”, as it is called, brings death to all within its chilly grasp.

Dirk Pitt, Jr. and Summer are innocently taking water samples when they run across a series of strange events, including a boat upon which all hands mysteriously died of asphyxiation and strange temperature readings from the surrounding water. Meanwhile, a Canadian outpost is rammed and destroyed by a U.S. Navy ship bearing the number 54 on its bow and someone keeps trying to kill Ms. Lane, the researcher who may have just discovered the solution to global warming - ruthenium.

With ruthless determination, a hired assassin stalks the men stationed aboard the research vessel, Narwhal, a killer who will trail Dirk Pitt and his companions across miles of frigid landscape to the wrecks of the Erebus and Terror in a frantic search for the valuable mineral ruthenium. Fast-paced and bursting with suspense, this novel captured me from the first few pages. In my humble opinion, Clive Cussler has just become the new Ian Fleming.

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Sep 29, 2012

The Arctic Drift --- by Clive Cussler --- Cussler applies his award winning formula to conflict in the high arctic. Global warming challenges the world; the US president has been promised access to Canadian high arctic natural gas as a short term solution. The long term solution depends of the sequestration of the atmosphere’s CO2. And that’s when the skullduggery begins. It involves (as per formula) a historical figure, this time noted British explorer Benjamin Franklin. The real raqce starts when the good guys and the bad buys are in a race for a rare ore that will solve the world’s climatic problems. As usual a real turned. As usual, too, Cussler writes himself into the novel as a briefly appearing cameo figure. As usual: super.

BakerStreetIrregular Mar 03, 2011

Rather slow. I liked that the book flipped between the different characters but I kept hoping they would meet up sooner than they did.

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A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming . . . a series of unexplained sudden deaths in British Columbia . . . a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its closest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war . . . NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there’s a connection here somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control. Their only real clue might just be a mysterious silvery mineral traced to a long-ago expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. But no one survived from that doomed mission, captain and crew perished to a man—and if Pitt and his colleague Al Giordino aren’t careful, the very same fate may await them.

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