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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154592
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), 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.

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. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).

Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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Impossible to put down... a compelling sense of adventure that can rival any cinematic blockbuster (Big Issue )

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of thirty-five previous books, including nineteen Dirk Pitt novels, seven NUMA Files adventures, five Oregon Files books, three works of nonfiction, and his historical adventure, The Chase. He lives in Arizona.

Dirk Cussler, an MBA from Berkeley, worked for many years in the financial arena, and now devotes himself full-time to writing. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of Black Wind and Treasure of Khan. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and served as president of the NUMA advisory board of trustees. He lives in Arizona.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Red VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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. As a series of thrillers the `Dirk` books take some beating, but if you like series thrillers try the 18th Brigade The 18th Brigade (Soft Target Series)and Blister by the author of the `Soft Target` trilogy by Conrad Jones. Lee Child`s Jack Reacher fans will enjoy these Cussler books too. They are a must for action thriller fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
A ruthless industrialists will stop at nothing in a bid to take a large area of the Arctic under his control, when a rare mineral, Ruthenium, is discovered there, even if it means pushing Canada and the USA towards war.

With regard to Clive Cussler's more recent books, I would say this is one of the better ones. This is suprising as there is probably less action in the first few hundred pages of this one, than any of his other novels. However, I found the plot a bit more realistic than some of his other stories, although you do have to suspend disbelief in parts of this one too!

The back story of the doomed Franklin Expedition of the 1840s really captured my attention, also. I was wondering throughout, how it would be resolved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Arctic Drift has a lot to recommend it (if you don't get jammed up with Kindle pricing). The plot is an imaginative one about the potential risks to peace and economic stability with the world running out of energy while the ice caps are being melted down by global warming as a greedy billionaire seeks to manipulate the situation to his own advantage (much as Enron did during the electricity shortage in the West a few years ago). Dirk gets out and under the sea to have some unusual adventures which include a most unusual battle. There is a great series of cliff hangers as men's lives are at risk in perilous conditions. Dirk, Jr. and Summer also have some exciting adventures. The story also features a merciless killer who likes to make things go pop. You'll also read an intriguing historical mystery that connects to today's problems and technology. My only complaint is that the story could have used more of Dirk and Al in action.

The book opens on a doomed expedition that is captured in the Arctic ice after trying unsuccessfully to navigate the Northwest Passage through Canada from Europe to Asia. The officers can't keep order as the men seem to be going mad, somehow connected to silvery rocks they have come into contact with.

Moving into the future, the year is 2011 and a mysterious phenomenon called the Devil's Breath is causing mysterious deaths at sea along the Inside Passage in British Columbia. Summer and Dirk, Jr. are taking water samples when they come across a derelict ship that has come into contact with the Breath. In the process, Summer makes friends with a dead fisherman's brother and the three investigate what might be causing large changes in the acid level in the sea.

Further south, a pro-environmentalist Canadian M.P.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Shaw on 11 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Have just finished reading this latest book and yes I was not dissapointed. Okay, Dirk gets into loads of scrapes as usual and it was nice to have him back with Al the last few novels have got him retired off so it was a nice surprise to have him back. Nothing unusual about the storyline always some trouble up ahead, it was topical and the homework had been done explicitley as usual. I enjoyed the story and read the book in about four sittings but I am a Cussler fan and if you like easy going 'Indiana Jones' style fiction then this book as his others is going to excite you and keep you wanting more, Well Done Clive!
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I have also been an avid reader of the Cussler books and always look out for a new novel featuring what another reviewer has described as the best duo in the series - Pitt and Giordino. I would agree. The usual build up is there, which draws the story beautifully together. All the regular references are in there as well - Tequila - Doxa dive watch etc that those who are fully familiar with the novels, look for like welcome companions. I totally agree with one reviewer who states that there is a possibility that the reins are being passed onto Clive's son. I detected something about the way it was written that suggests this. I felt the storyline didn't really hot up until three quarters through - I was expecting an 'Indiana Jones' mega battle that didn't materialise.
Yes all the banter is in there and the usual last minute twists and turns - even good ol' Clive Cussler makes his regular appearance as a prospector. Dirk and Summer (Pitt's kids) although playing a vital role, never really connect with Pitt and Giordino in the story. Even at the end they are a bit distanced. Other characters, although mentioned as usual, didn't play as wholesome a role as in previous novels. It would be great to see Austin and Zavala play a part as well - no mention of them even in passing in this novel. The absence of Pitt's repaired car at the end of the novel, along with a token item brought back from his adventures to put in his hangar collection were noticeable. All in all a great read and definately one for the dedicated like me - but it just lacked the sparkle that other previous novels had. Let's hope this is not the last we see of Pitt and Giordino as it wouldn't be the right book to end the series on.
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