Polar Shift: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens - exit Earth.

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger...
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Overview

Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens - exit Earth.

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an anti-globalization group plans to use the work to give the world's industrialized nations a small jolt, then reverse the shift back again. The only problem is, it cannot be reversed. Once the shift starts, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Austin, Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team certainly have faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time - even they may be too late.
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A brilliant but slightly dotty Hungarian once discovered how to effect a polar shift, which has the potential to disrupt the planet (think earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, not to mention the possibility that all life will be wiped out). Now, in his sixth NUMAR outing, Kurt Austin must go after an antiglobalization group that has uncovered the Hungarian's work and intends to use it. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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When the earth's poles are apart, everyone's comfy. Shift them a bit, you get headaches. Shift them a lot, you're in for cataclysm. And, believe it or not, there are malevolent geniuses out there prepared to shift an electromagnetic storm in the name of unspeakable ambitions. Precisely what these are, the authors don't make as clear as they perhaps should, but then they do have their priorities. What matters most to Cussler/Kemprecos is the big bang, the monstrous cause-and-effect. Cause: a man-made major shift in the magnetic poles. Effect: a geological movement that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Next to this kind of planet-bashing, H.G. Wells is Mickey Mouse. So send in the super-heroes, namely ex-CIA guy Kurt Austin (Lost City, 2004, etc.), he of the "rugged, sun-burnished features" and "piercing light blue eyes the color of coral under water" (not to mention a nerd's brain and a jock's reflexes). "Just a simple marine engineer" is how he likes to describe himself, fooling no one who's ever gone up against the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA), for which he directs the storied Special Assignment Team. It's while kayaking among a pod of orca whales that Kurt first gets a whiff of connivance and conspiracy. The whales behave in a manner stunningly unlike themselves, and Kurt narrowly escapes with burnished features intact as playful orcas morph into sharp-toothed killers. Until Kurt and the gang find the cause-and foil the foul fiend behind it-the world as we know it will teeter on the brink of extinction. Glacial pace, paper-thin characters, slap-dash prose and a probable warm welcome from a large and loyal audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425210482
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: NUMA Files Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 193,101
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He 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)

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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 April 20, 2013

    Highly recommended. Typical Cussler fast action from page to page.

    I enjoy Mr Cussler's writing style. Can't wait for the next Austin adventure in May.
    I highly recommend all of his writings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Some readers need to know that a REVIEW is based on your opinion

    Some readers need to know that a REVIEW is based on your opinion of the book not a full detailed summary.He is an exceptional writer ... Exciting and thrilling sci-fi.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Alex

    Res four

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Nursery

    A lightning struck tree that is hallow. Kits can jump though the hole. Lots of vines to climb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Frostystar to hey

    Ok number one its frostystar number two i live alone and number three she comes back she'll be sorry she did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Willowsong

    Please read my book at spray results 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Hey

    Mistystar! If your here than rpg! Icystar would be very dissapointed if your not here! She might come back you know!!!!!!!!

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    Posted August 12, 2012

    TO ALL RPERS sorry for tresspassing

    Rp three ponies/three uniguses at mlp all results. There is Sparkle Luck(women), Apple Leg(man), and Feather Crawl(girl). Their discriptions are in mlp result two. There can be more than one cat rping a unigus. Only rp them if you are a loyal active rper and you like my little pony. Please rp them!

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    Posted July 21, 2012

    Stripekit

    Im going to talk to starclan about it... so if i turn out with you, its destiny, and i will love you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Rf

    Has IT been on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    GOOD

    THESE TYPES OF THINGS ARE ALMOST TO CLOSE TO REALITY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Great Book!

    I have read many books by Clive Cussler. I have loved them all. Great adventure books once you start the book will not be able to put it down. Would hightly recommend this book all of his other book. I have read several of his books more than once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Great Read!!

    I couldn't put the book down!! Just wanted to keep on reading to see what would happen next!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Book for the sci fi readers

    this book is a dramatic book that includes science within it and alot of action through out the entire story from giant waves to car chases to gun fights, this book has alot in it and is very long. It could of made the book into multiple stories but it left you to fill in the blanks, I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO PEOPLE WHO LIKE SCIE FI AND LONG DRAMATIC BOOKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Clive Cussler

    Good book but not one of my favorites...book was a little long

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Polar Shift Numa files

    60 years ago, A Hungarian genius discovers how to trigger a Polar Shift, a phenomenon that disorients animals and damages electrical equipment. When the Southern Belle, an elegant ocean liner, falls to freak waves in the northern Atlantic Ocean, it starts raising questions. Where did these 100 ft. waves come from? No one has seen them before. As they start their research, they begin to realize that there is actually a very big problem here. Austin and Zavala, part of the Numa (national underwater marine agency) Special Assignments Team, decides to set up a team to hunt the Southern Belle down and find some answers being that no one has been able to find the ship. While on the search, they are caught in a huge storm that came out of nowhere and are being sucked into the middle of a whirlpool. As his partners are being whirled around and around, closing in on certain death, Austin is faced with saving his friends. Austin then realizes that someone else is behind this when they find a ship that is housing an electronic cone device that was being put in the water. Austin, being the courageous man he is, starts his investigation to find out who is behind all this madness. Later he finds that an anti-globalization group plans to use it to give the world¿s industrialized nations a small jolt and then reverse it back, but only one problem. The shift can¿t be reversed. He goes through many twists and turns, chasing fugitives and people that are out to kill him and others. This book is very exciting and full of surprises. It¿s full of enjoyment and will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat at all times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Wow what a thrill

    I just chose this book by chance. I was not familiar with Clive Cussler, but now I plan on reading everything I can get a hold of. He clearly has read Art of War to know how to twist and turn and plant intrigue in his writing. What a ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Always fun

    Whirlpools, tsunamis and rogue waves are occuring suddenly and simultaneously world-wide. Kurt Austin and his NUMA team quickly discover that there is a consortium behind these unnatural events. Will they manage to save the world (yet again)? Far-fetched but persuasive as always, Polar Shift is a fun, fast ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    Never Dissappointed

    I've read every Clive Cussler book I can get my hands on and I own quite a few of them, you want adventure he'll give it to you.I was fortunate enough to meet Clive and his son Dirk, how I enjoyed listening to what they had to say, amazing people,I can easily loose myself in any of his books, I do like Dirk Pitt and sweet Al, but Kurt Austin is getting my vote also, I love adventure and Mr. Clive Cussler is the Master!! I will read every book I get more than once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Polar shift

    I enjoyed every chapter of this book.The author had no problems getting the point or objective across to the reader.And he did it wonderfully in this fast-paced technothriller. Clive Cluster accomplishes one of the greatest anti-globalization messages I have ever read with this book.

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