Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Arcitc Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Synopsis: A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming . . . a series of unexplained sudden deaths in British Columbia . . . a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its closest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war . . . NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there’s a connection here somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control. 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, captain and crew perished to a man—and if Pitt and his colleague Al Giordino aren’t careful, the very same fate may await them.Filled with the breathtaking suspense and audacious imagination that have become his hallmarks, this is a tour de force— further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.
My thoughts: I can't help it, I like these Dirk Pitt novels. Arctic Drift is the 20th one and was edge of your seat reading all the way through. There are several plot elements to keep track of - they come together nicely. It is very similar to other Dirk Pitt novels in that the characters are in grave danger but you know something or someone coincidental will save them at the last second. The author puts in a cameo appearance as usual as a helpful, incidental character. I always look for this, it makes me laugh. I found it to be a fun read.


Jo, a retired teacher said...

I love all of Cussler's stories too. I like being able to depend on the good guys figuring things out and being able to win.

I did think that this one was a bit heavy on the global warming doom and gloom; it felt more political to me.

Penny (aka Yooperchick) said...

I agree with Jo that this book sounded more political than others. I admit, however, that Dirk Pitt is my ultimate favorite manly man!