Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt Series #20)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author once again brings to life the heroism and guts that have made Dirk Pitt a legend in the world of adventure…

A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming…a series of unexplained deaths in British Columbia…a rash of international incidents between the United States and a longtime ally that threatens to erupt into a shooting war.  NUMA director Dirk ...

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author once again brings to life the heroism and guts that have made Dirk Pitt a legend in the world of adventure…

A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming…a series of unexplained deaths in British Columbia…a rash of international incidents between the United States and a longtime ally that threatens to erupt into a shooting war.  NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, know there's a connection—but they also know they have very little time to find it.
 
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. And if Pitt and his buddy Al Giordino aren't careful, the very same fate may await them…and the world.

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Dirk Pitt returns with another rousing NUMA action thriller. In this high-octane outing, Dirk and his son, Dirk Jr. (neither of whom should be confused with new co-author Dirk Cussler), have to cope with complications from an anti–global warming discovery, a perilous international incident, and a century-old naval expedition. As we have come to expect, Pitt and his cohorts manage to keep us just nanoseconds ahead of widespread destruction. The 20th Dirk Pitt novel is just as refreshing as the first.
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Bestseller Cussler and son Dirk imagine the U.S. and Canada on the brink of war in their third collaborative Dirk Pitt novel (after Treasure of Khan and Black Wind). In 2011, as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as "the Devil's Breath." The Cusslers won't suspend many readers' disbelief, but thriller fans in search of a quick, exciting read should be satisfied. 750,000 printing; author tour. (Dec.)

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Library Journal

Dirk Pitt and his gang return in the Cussler family's latest. In a mystery reminiscent of the earlier Cussler title Black Wind, several people have died under strange circumstances while boating on the waters of the Canadian Pacific Northwest. While Pitt's daughter and son investigate, he learns from a scientist a possible way to tackle global warming. When that scientist's lab explodes, Pitt realizes that someone doesn't want her to succeed. And how does this all tie in to a race to the Arctic to recover a ship frozen in the ice over 100 years ago? The setup for the novel feels stale and similar to other Cussler titles, but then the final third kicks in and makes up for the tired start. In the end, fans and general readers alike will remember this as a rollicking and exciting tale and eagerly await Pitt's further adventures. For all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ7/08.]
—Jeff Ayers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425231456
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #20
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 132,862
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Treasure of Khan, The Chase, Polar Shift, Black Wind, Trojan Odyssey, Lost City, Dark Watch, Sacred Stone, Golden Buddha, and the nonfiction work The Sea Hunters II. The last describes the true-life adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.
 
Dirk Cussler joined his father in writing the Dirk Pitt novels in 2004 with the publication of Black Wind and Treasure of Khan. He has been a team leader in the real-life NUMA expeditions and has served as President of its Board of Trustees. Dirk holds an MBA from Berkeley and lives in Arizona.

Biography

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. (www.numa.net).

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. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    May be his worst book

    I paid for Clive Cussler and got Al Gore. I get global warming is a big problem but I bought this book for entertainment. Turn it down a little and dump the kids. The books were much better when they centered around Dirk and Al.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    He did again

    As usual Cussler writes a book you hate to see end & can't wait till the next one comes out. Dirk & his friends have become your friends. His kids deserve their own series.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    THIS WAS THE WORST CUSSLER BOOK EVER!!

    I would rather had a root canal done by a dentist that was drunk then have read this book ! The Pitt children are boring to read about. I want Dirk and Al, not the carbon copies of them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Give it up Clive!

    What the Cussler's need to do is kick the kids to the curb along with all those other half baked characters that they are writing about and concentrate on writing ONE good book about the two guys that made Mr. Cussler a wealthy man.Dirk Pitt and Al Giordano that's who! His son I'm sure is a good writer with his fathers help but that's all this is, is a regurgitation of old story lines and tired imagination. Come on Mr. Cussler take a break and really work on that one book we all feel you still have in you and make that your swan song.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    re: Artic Drift

    This book weas good to see Dirk and Al back in a ction. It started with Dirk ane Summer as main characters but they faded as story progressed. That was ok, because Dirk and Al are better. Always look forward to the new books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

    Clive Cussler fan for many years

    I own every single book Clive Cussler has ever written. These too, are my core library when I want to escape and explore areas of the world; above and below the waterline. As this talented writer brings to us adventures beyond most of our wildest dreams, he will eventually need to hand over the reigns to another to keep our interests peaked. It's a natural progression of life and we who are avid fans of his writings be willing to grow right along, whatever the case may be.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    Artic Drift

    Below is a quote I ran across about Dirk Pitt...<BR/><BR/>"Ever since Clive's son Dirk became a co-writer in the Pitt series it went downhill by bringing in Pitts family. It seems that Clive is grooming his son to take over and hopefully he will get better. And by the way Clive Cussler does not write romantic novels."<BR/><BR/>Whoever this is WRONG! The series is following a natural pattern if is to survive ... after all ... Dirk is getting older and this series has to go somewhere. The Mediterranean Caper was not as good as say ... Inca Gold ... Clive got better as he went along. Too bad other good writers did not have someone to pick up where they left off. I can think of one ... Robert Ludham ... and I like the books he had done to extend his series with co-authers. Cussler has done other books with other authers and I like them, too.<BR/><BR/>It was a sort of a cliff-hanger finding out there were twins Pitt did not know about. I loved it! There is just as much action and adventure with these two and I thought the writing was great. And there is a little romance in his novels ... just enough to fill where it might become tedious ... it adds to the books ... some novels tend to fill in with extra long descriptions that can become might boring.<BR/><BR/>I have read and re-read every one of his novels except the last few, but will get to that in the near future. His books are in the Heart of my library and will always be there. If young Dirk is going to carry on ... this is great ... he will get better like his dad. Afterall .. he has the greatest teacher!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    The Series Went Downhill

    Ever since Cive's son Dirk became a co writer in the Pitt series it went downhill by bringing in Pitts family. It seems that Clive is grooming his son to take over and hopefully he will get better. And by the way Clive Cussler does not write romantic novels.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    WINTER PANDA

    I AM A WHITE CAT WITH BLACK EARS AND TAIL I WANT TO BE KING BUT NEED MATE P.S QUEEN IS A DUDE P.P.S PLZ LET ME JOIN

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Dirk Does it Again!

    If you like Dirk Pitt, his friends and family then this is a book for you. It includes all of the above plus a villan you'll want to have caught. It melds the son and daughter of Dirk with the villan and their father in a race to save a possible important find in the Artic. It's a must read for all the fans of Dirk Pitt. Cussler doesn't disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Another Great Read

    Cussler always creates great stories that feel like great action movies! I read this on a cross-country flight and could not put it down. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Cussler never disappoints!

    I'm a long time fan and got this one on CD as a gift. It was a great book to listen to and Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. The first couple of Pitt novels featuring Dirk Cussler as co-author weren't the best of the series, but I think this is the one that shows he can take over the series - this one is much more like vintage Cussler! Long time fans won't be disappointed and new readers will be able to pick up the story line without needing to read previous novels. Warning for new readers: once you start on the Dirk Pitt novels, you will want to read all of them - they are fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Another great Dirk Pitt novel

    Dirk is united with his son and daughter/Numa team in solving this neck-breaking, fast-moving thriller with no rest for the weary. A wonderful page turner, combining historic events with the present.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Farfetched, but a good read.

    I read this book in 1.5 days. Although a little far-fetched, this is a great stress reliever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    For A Present

    I bought it for a Christmas present and the person enjoyed it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Kk

    Swipepaw, Clashpaw, Gempaw, Sharppaw! Idk what im saying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Winterblaze

    A sparkling white shecat with blue blazing eyes. Her claws are ridged for gripping ice.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    I'd rather read an adventure with just Dirk and Al.

    I'd rather read an adventure with just Dirk and Al.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Queen wants to join

    I am Hazelfoot and would like to be a queen but need a mate. I am hazelnut colored with brilliant green eyes. Please accept me

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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