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Clive Cussler , Dirk Cussler
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1 Oct 2009

Arctic Drift sees Clive Cussler's greatest hero, Dirk Pitt, fighting his enemies in the cruel Arctic.

A foundered Victorian ship looking for the fabled Northwest Passage holds a secret in its icy grave . . .

When Dirk Pitt of NUMA is almost blown to pieces in a lab explosion, he suspects sabotage. The lab in question belongs to a scientist hoping to use a rare mineral to combat greenhouse gases - but who would want to destroy our one chance to save the planet?

But there are those who will do anything to control such a valuable prize. Pitt's investigations take him to the Arctic in search of a clue to the origins of this precious mineral. There he and NUMA colleague Al Giordino must battle for survival against the hostile elements and an evil megalomaniac who is about to plunge the North American continent into war . . .

Arctic Drift is a white-knuckle ride of a novel that once picked up you won't want to put down. It is the twentieth of Clive Cussler's bestselling Dirk Pitt novels - the series that also includes Raise the Titanic!and his first novel, Mayday - and is co-authored with his son Dirk Cussler.

Praise for Clive Cussler:

'Clive Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail

Bestselling author Clive Cussler has thrilled readers for four decades with his classic adventure novels filled with intrigue and plot twists. As well as the Dirk Pitt series there are also the NUMA and OregonFiles, the Isaac Bell adventures and the Fargo series. Other Dirk Pitt titles available in Penguin paperback include Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, Crescent Dawn and The Kingdom.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038919
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,240 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 co-author of thirty-eight previous books, including nineteen Dirk Pitt novels, eight NUMA Files adventures, six Oregon Files books, three works of non-fiction, and his historical adventures, The Chase and The Wrecker. 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 co-author 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Cussler family at their best !! 4 Nov 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure story. 25 Jan 2011
By J.Flood
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cussler reigns supreme 11 Nov 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler "Arctic Drift" 17 Aug 2010
Another great book from the pen of Clive Cussler. Have read all his books to date. Highly recommended if you like adventure Stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DRIFT AWAY !! 16 Feb 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars arctic drift 1 Jun 2014
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a very interesting book, you need to brush up on the east west passage history to be able to get the best out of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Romp Spoiled By Lack of Research 8 May 2014
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Cussler makes a big play about his seafaring credentials and of course all the Dirk Pitt novels are based around it. They are light adventures with plenty of action, bad guys who you can spot a mile away and hero's that are so good they could be cannonised.

And that's why he sells so many. Great fun and ideal for that long haul flight or beach holiday.

The problem I had with this one is that much of the story is based around LNG ships and since I worked on them for a number of years as an engineer, I understand how they are made, work and can be used. And Cussler does't. I'm not giving anything away by saying that his basic premise of using an LNG ship to carry liquid CO2 is simply impossible. Once I'd read that bit pretty much everything else fell apart and the story was a but redundant to me.

If you know nothing of ships (or gases/liquids) then this is up to the same fun level as all the other Pitt books. However if you have any technical knowledge of this subject you'll find yourself grinding your teeth so much that you lose interest.
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Published 13 days ago by T.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adventure
I have become a big Clive Cussler fan over the past few months and read a number of his books but this
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Published 3 months ago by david barbour
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Such a great book it had a very clever and immersing story line and plot its hard to beat c v
Published 7 months ago by speedreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
Its typical Dirk Pitt, twists and turns and gets there in the end. Lose yourself in the action and enjoy!!!
Published 8 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cusslers as Usual
The Arctic Drift is typical excellent fast paced Cussler writing, I suppose Dirk wrote this and Clive gave support for him here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler
Excellent writer of adventure stories. Bought this as my paperback copy was rather tatty from continuous re-reading and I can read it anytime on my iPad.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Leslie A. Spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too dated
I gave up on Ian Fleming and Frederick Forsythe many years ago, their writing style became dated and a tad boring. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Another interesting plot line linking past events through to current times. Two ships stranded in the artic ice a century ago seemingly unrelated to a search for a rare chemical... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Trish F
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
As usual the story holds your attention all the way through & you just can't put it down till you get to the end
Published 15 months ago by C. A. Bringloe
1.0 out of 5 stars Narrator
narration is monotonous of an other wise good story; each character is very difficult to recognise which makes an audio book extremely difficult to enjoy.
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