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Polar Shift: A Novel from the NUMA Files | [Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos]

Polar Shift: A Novel from the NUMA Files

Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, 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, and if that happens - exit Earth. Sixty years ago, aHungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost. Or so it was thought....
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Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, 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, and if that happens - exit Earth.

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.

Check out more of the NUMA Files.

©2005 Clive Cussler; (P)2005 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jeffery Tampa, FL, United States 04-23-12
    Jeffery Tampa, FL, United States 04-23-12
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    "Well written. Holds your attention."
    What made the experience of listening to Polar Shift the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick's voice and attention to the details of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Polar Shift?

    The rescue from the whirlpool.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. As good as any I've heard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A Wood 02-11-11
    Paul A Wood 02-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun and fast-moving"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dnolin Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada 01-23-12
    dnolin Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada 01-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Unbelievabley Ridiculous"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrarator is great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The plot is for 10 year olds.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Newburyport, MA, United States 11-05-12
    Dan Newburyport, MA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Kurt Austin as Dirk Pitt 2.0"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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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