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

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

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by Clive Cussler
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425211335
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/27/1907
Series:
NUMA Files Series , #6

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true 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 ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 

Paul Kemprecos has coauthored all five previous NUMA Files novels with Cussler and is a Shamus Award-winning author of six underwater detective thrillers.

Brief Biography

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

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Polar Shift 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
DDGraham More than 1 year ago
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.
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I enjoy Mr Cussler's writing style. Can't wait for the next Austin adventure in May. I highly recommend all of his writings.
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