Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt Series #20)

Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt Series #20)

by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

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Oceanographer Dirk Pitt traces a lost ship's mysterious cargo to a scientific discovery that could reverse the dangers of climate change in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling action adventure series.

When an act of sabotage aims to slow down a technological breakthrough in American clean energy, it puts the United States on the brink of war with one of its closest allies. Tension boils on the homefront, too, as gas prices surge to an all-time high. To prevent global catastrophe, Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk Jr. and Summer, must piece together what little records remain of the initial experiment. They may not know how it was done, but they know what their scientists were trying to accomplish: a solution for global warming.  

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, his family, and his buddy Al Giordino aren't careful, the very same fate may await them…and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425231456
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #20
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 104,937
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 Huntersand 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. 
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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Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt Series #20) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jfk1942 More than 1 year ago
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.
JBookum More than 1 year ago
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.
mtg-man More than 1 year ago
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.
Evie22 More than 1 year ago
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.
MontanaRocks More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1.5 days. Although a little far-fetched, this is a great stress reliever.
Rasmtaz More than 1 year ago
I bought it for a Christmas present and the person enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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If you like the other Dirk Pitt novels, this is a read for you.
Grandeplease on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, but disappointingly a bit sloppy. The good - the story line at its core is imaginative and it is a fun read. The bad - superfluous and poorly developed characters, Dirk Pitt's twin children. Daughter falls madly in love in moments. Technical error or unexplained - diver descends 100+ feet and inspects the ocean floor and then in an emergency ascends without decompressing or suffering the "bends".
hahansen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a Cussler fan and have read many of his books. I have enjoyed them all, except this one. I have come to the conclusion that someone else is writing these books with his name on them. This one has his son Dirk as co author. A militant Greenpeace fanatic could have helped him. This book is boring, lacking in anything close to reality. (except for the ice) I have read my last co-authored book by this author. I have noticed this same problem with some of the other authors who have tagged onto the Cussler name, but none have been so disappointing as this one. I look forward too, and pay a high price for a Clive Cussler novel, so it is a bitter pill to swallow.
ulfhjorr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another light, fast read from Cussler. I was somewhat surprised to see that this was the 20th Dirk Pitt novel until reflecting on the fact that these books are largely cookie-cutter productions. That's not too detract from the fact that they are fun reads, but really, pick up any of the books in the series and you'll get the flavor of them all. (Pick up more than one, and you may become tired of the same idiosyncrasies, like the author's cameo, which get somewhat old after multiple iterations.)
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dirk and family act to stop a mad industrialist who is willing to stop at nothing to continue making money while solving the mystory of the lost arctic expedition. Very good reading.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Arctic Drift more than I've enjoyed the last few Dirk Pitt novels. I suspect that can be attributed to the fact that this book was a more straight-forward story with less of the eye-rolling moments that have become a bit too common in some of the Dirk Pitt books. I also liked that Pitt is starting to recognize that he's getting older (and act, at times, accordingly). Finally, the use of Dirk and Summer at the beginning of the story and then giving way to Pitt and Giordano (and others) later, worked much better than forcing all of the characters to have roles throughout the story.
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I'd rather read an adventure with just Dirk and Al.
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