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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.

©2008 Clive Cussier (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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Political Nonsense Saps All the Fun From Book

I like Clive Cussler's earlier work, but the heavy handed Al Gore-esque environmentalism is a massive turn off, and had me rolling my eyes so hard I was afraid I might injure myself... do yourself a favor and skip this installment unless you thought An Inconvenient Truth was an enjoyable and realistic film except for missing Diek Pitt in its plot.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Simsbury, CT, USA
  • 12-17-09

Cussler does it again

Once again Clive Cussler proves that his hero, Dirk Pitt, not only is a man of adventure, mystery and action but also timeless. Keeping with current events and evolving appropriately Cussler once again delivers a book I couldn't put down. I truly hope that he continues this series and anxiously await the next installment. A must read for a true Cussler and NUMA fan.

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Cussler is the best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For those who love adventures that put you on the edge of your seat, this is terrific.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story is rich in information. The twists and turns give you the feeling that our heros will never win. Then, just as all hope is gone, the solution is there. You can breath again.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Scott Brick does a great job defining the characters in the story. I so admire his articulation.

Any additional comments?

I would read any Cussler book and this one was great.

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Ok but not my favorite

Dirk Pitt and an assassin play cat and mouse as they each search for a rare metallic ore in the frozen landscape of the Northwest passage. The main villian eho has hired the assassin has little interest in Pitt and instead is foced on making more money through volitial internaltional relations and intense economic prospects.
I think cussler loses the reader in the 2nd third of the story, but then sparks them back awake with impossible survivalist senerios and bleak circumstances. Needs a little more adventure to balance the Action.

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It's an exciting story, narrator is monotonous

We LOVED the story from start to finish, trying to guess the plot twists all the way and getting a few. The only thing that got me was the narrator sounding about the same in every scene. His voice for any emotion and most any character was the same inquisitive, sly tone. It got pretty annoying. Some voice actors overdo it but I'll take that to this.

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Crazy action! The bad guys get a good dose...

Loved it. Great story it is very involving for the listener. Lots of , "No Way!" moments.

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Excellent read

Great adventure. Dirk Pitt stands tall tackling all adversity. The hero that's part James Bond and part Captain America. He takes on all comers and has more lives than a cat. A great read.

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  • B.Del
  • Florida, USA
  • 08-14-16

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

There are so many Clive Cussler books that I would recommend. But not this one.

Would you be willing to try another book from Clive Cussler? Why or why not?

Of course I would I have read almost all of his work and found most to be very enjoyable.

Was Arctic Drift worth the listening time?

The last couple of hours were.

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Good md but Not one of the best

Enjoyable but slow at times. The performance was good and the characters did not disappoint

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okay

I love Cussler but this story seemed a little too predictable it wasn't as thrilling as the majority of Clive Cusslers other stories I love the Dirk Pitt series they are always interesting I just wish this one had more surprises like the usual twists and turns