Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt Series #20)by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
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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 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.
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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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.]
Meet the Author
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.
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Date of Birth:
- July 15, 1931
- Place of Birth:
- Aurora, Illinois
- Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997
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