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Polar Shift: A Novel from the Numa Files [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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1 Mar 2007 Numa Files
Polar Shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At its weakest, 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… Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work disappeared, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an anti-globalization group plans to use it to give the world’s industrialized nations a small jolt, before reversing the shift back again. The only problem is, it can’t be reversed. Once it starts, there is nothing anyone can do. Austin, Zavala and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team have certainly faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time even they may be too late.


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017723
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of twenty-eight previous books, most recently the Dirk Pitt adventure Black Wind; the Numa Files novel Lost City; and the Oregon adventure Sacred Stone. He is also the author of The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true-life adventures of the real NUMA , which, led by Cussler, has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. Cussler divides his time between Colorado and Arizona. Paul Kemprecos has coauthored the NUMA Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death and Lost City. He is a Shamus Award-winning author of six underwater detective thrillers. A certified scuba diver and a former newspaper reporter, columnist and editor, he lives in Massachusetts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I strongly encourage you to listen to the unabridged CD narrated by Scott Brick instead of reading this book. Brick has a wonderful way with voices and accents that give the story depth and suspense you won't find on the printed page.

The book opens in the closing days of the Second World War in East Prussia as a shadowy Austrian escorts a renowned Hungarian scientist away from the advancing Soviets. The Austrian turns out to be a member of the resistance who wants the scientist's knowledge to remain secret from governments that might use that knowledge to create super weapons. This part of the story is as vivid as any great World War II spy novel I've read.

Moving to the present, an enormous container ship finds itself facing unprecedented large waves. How will it survive? You'll find yourself enjoying some of the strong emotions that A Perfect Storm provided.

Kurt Austin is leading a kayak race when he's suddenly attacked by a killer whale. That shouldn't be happening. What's going on?
Next, the Trouts are off taking some sea water samples when they find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a giant whirlpool. The rescue attempt is simply scintillating!

From there, you'll learn a lot about geology and how the Earth creates electromagnetic waves.

Kurt Austin soon perceives that there's a hidden key to the mysterious events and it all seems to be tied up to a beautiful young scientist who has a theory she's trying to prove about the extinction of woolly mammoths. Others get the same idea ahead of Austin. Can he arrive in time to save her? What other surprises await him?

As an interlude, you'll also experience a most unusual Civil War reenactment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tries to hard... 31 Mar 2006
By ilmk
Format:Hardcover
The sixth Kurt Austin novel from the N.U.M.A files isn't a good as the previous primarily because it gets bogged down in character overload. It possesses all the usual Cussler and Kemprecos thriller punch as Kurt slices his way through the mystery (more with an enquiring mind than a ready fist) to save the world from the latest megalomaniacal scheme to gain power and wealth. The problem this time is it never really settles on a one or two characters around whom the plot revolves, choosing to divert equal page time between Kurt, Gamay & Trout, Karla Janos, Karl Schroeder, the various antics of the bad guys in the personages of Tris Margrave, Doyle, Spider Barrett (who is later reformed) and the corporate tyrant, Gant. The science also gets a lot more page time than normal for a Cussler novel.
None of this is bad, per se, but it'll take Austin a couple of novels to settle in if future novels intend to bulk up on content whilst retaining the light-hearted panache that accompanies the adventures.
So, Austin's sixth adventure has us following the flight of the brilliant electro-magnetic scientist, Lazlo Kovacs, as he flees a crumbling Third Reich under the guiding hand of Karl Schneider. Spending the next fifty years becoming rich in the US and having Karl godfather his granddaughter, Karla, we move to present day with the sinking of the Southern Belle in waves greater than 90ft.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I strongly encourage you to listen to the unabridged CD narrated by Scott Brick instead of reading this book. Brick has a wonderful way with voices and accents that give the story depth and suspense you won't find on the printed page.

The book opens in the closing days of the Second World War in East Prussia as a shadowy Austrian escorts a renowned Hungarian scientist away from the advancing Soviets. The Austrian turns out to be a member of the resistance who wants the scientist's knowledge to remain secret from governments that might use that knowledge to create super weapons. This part of the story is as vivid as any great World War II spy novel I've read.

Moving to the present, an enormous container ship finds itself facing unprecedented large waves. How will it survive? You'll find yourself enjoying some of the strong emotions that A Perfect Storm provided.

Kurt Austin is leading a kayak race when he's suddenly attacked by a killer whale. That shouldn't be happening. What's going on?
Next, the Trouts are off taking some sea water samples when they find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a giant whirlpool. The rescue attempt is simply scintillating!

From there, you'll learn a lot about geology and how the Earth creates electromagnetic waves.

Kurt Austin soon perceives that there's a hidden key to the mysterious events and it all seems to be tied up to a beautiful young scientist who has a theory she's trying to prove about the extinction of woolly mammoths. Others get the same idea ahead of Austin. Can he arrive in time to save her? What other surprises await him?

As an interlude, you'll also experience a most unusual Civil War reenactment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great....
Published 11 days ago by K. D. Alderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the book was ok but to much coming and going and you lost the plot
Published 23 days ago by Keith Lockley
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book but Clive Cussler is one of the best for my taste
Yet to read this book but Clive Cussler is one of the best for my taste. Book condition is fine.
Published 1 month ago by Radio Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars polar shift
This is the best Cussler book. Fast paced intriguing theory and facts. I love the idea of baby mammoths. Great
Published 3 months ago by shirley knappett
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing adventure thriller
I actually like Kurt Austin a little more than Dirk Pitt, though I love all Cussler books. They're formulaic but there's nothing wrong with that; atleast the diehard fans like me... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. M. Rasool
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John T C
4.0 out of 5 stars review
It was a good read an dhope he brings out many more, it is an escape away to adventure. Great
Published 8 months ago by J Logan
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 11 months ago by Mr. Leslie A. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler rocks
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I am slowly working my way through the Steve Austin selection now up to book 5, excellent
Published 11 months ago by Pip
3.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler Polar Shift
I've read quite a few Clive Cussler books now and whilst imitially I thought they were a good read I am coming to the conclusion some of them are becoming rather similar.
Published 16 months ago by Kenneth J A Maitland
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