Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an anti-globalization group plans to use the work to give the world's industrialized nations a small jolt, then reverse the shift back again. The only problem is, it cannot be reversed. Once the shift starts, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
Austin, Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team certainly have faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time...even they may be too late.
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©2005 Clive Cussler; (P)2005 Penguin
"Scott Brick is a terrific reader who employs convincing accents for Austrians like Karl Schroeder and the other multinationals on NUMA's team. He masterfully uses a variety of speech patterns and delivers strong dialogue in a rich baritone, booming sometimes and pulling back when needed. Brick's presentation lends drama and reality to this wildly improbable plot. Action-packed and explosively tense, the novel, with its rich cast of characters, creates a compelling listening adventure." (AudioFile)
Scott Brick's voice and attention to the details of the characters.
The rescue from the whirlpool.
Yes. As good as any I've heard.
Cussler takes us lots of places. It's a modern-day thriller. I had two big problems with it. The "science" behind the plot was too far-out, and they don't speak Spanish in Rio de Janeiro. The narrator was above average.
This is my second and last NUMA book. They read like they were written by an 8th grade girl. First of all, all of the protagonists are the exact same and way, way too perfect. They're all carbon copies of each other. There is
Austin: Main hero, perfect good guy
Zavala: Mexican hero, perfect good guy
Trout: Sea faring, older hero, perfect good guy
The Uncle guy: Foreign Hero, older perfect good guy
All of the women are super beautiful and everyone is written with "dreamy" qualities. There was one 3 minute or so segment of the book where the author wrote about three different people's eyes. There was arctic blue, Captivating or something gray and another ridiculous shade of blue. All good guys and everyone reads like a romance novel. It gets extremely redundant when every description of Austin seems like it was downloaded off of a porn chat room.
Next there are the bad guys. The main bad guy actually looks like the devil. I don't think I have to write any more than that.
This is very sophomoric writing. It's crazy how childish it seems. No character is actually deep and there is no actual suspense. Even when the good guys are in danger, they're never really in danger. You never think, "how are they going to get out of this one???" You just think, "I hope they get out of this one quick so we can move it along."
Anyway, I'm not even done with the book. It is dragging on. I'm kind of surprised how good the reviews are.
Love the book, added narration, but the audible will not download or open, ineither kindle books or audible. First time this has ever happened, in several years of listen and read
I think this would have made two great books! One about the polar shift, getting just a little closer to disaster and a book about the mammot he's and possibly other animals. As always so close to what could possibly happen tomorrow.
I have listened and read most of Cusslers novels and found them to be exciting and entertaining.However herds of dwarf Mammoths in an underground city is beyond my imagination.Too much dialogue and ridicuolous circumstances make it a zero.Great narrator.The plot might entertain a 10 yr old.
The narrarator is great.
The plot is for 10 year olds.
Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer
Only if they really wanted to complete their Cussler collection. It was a decent book, but not one of Cussler's better stories, in my opinion. I found the plot line more unbelievable than usual, and didn't think that the villians were "bad" enough.
This was my first Kurt Austin book, and I would have to put him at the bottom of my Cussler-Hero Power Rankings as of November 2012: Bell, Pitt, Cabrillo, Fargo, Pitt Jr., Austin.
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