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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

Others more worthy of praise

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

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Too Typical View Of Canadians

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

possibly

What could Clive Cussler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As a Canadian I found that he showed a typical American view of Canadians. Canadians aren't the weak, unimaginative and unintelligent people that need the American super hero's to save us from ourselves.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Always good

Could you see Arctic Drift being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

I normally love Clive Cussler and Scott Brick but I have to say that this time I'm disappointed. Let me just say that I'm from the Northwest Coast of BC and, although the research appears to have done, it was cursory at best. Though Kitimat does have the third largest deep-sea port in BC it is by no means the hub of activity the book makes it out to be. In fact, at times it feels like what Cussler meant was Prince Rupert given the descriptions.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Bootlegger (another Cussler but about Isaac Bell instead)

Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

As always he did a great job with the characterizations. I've often said that it's difficult to tell that it isn't the particular character (be it man or woman) talking when Scott Brick is narrating and this book is no exception. My one area of frustration is the clear lack of research on his part to make sure he's pronouncing Band and city names. Haisla should be pronounced Hai-zla and not Hai-eezla, and Tuktoyaktuk should be pronounced Tuk-toy-uk-tuk rather than Tuk-toy-ahh-tuk. As someone from Canada and the Northwest Coast in particular I found these pronunciations grating. A simple Google search would have given the correct pronunciations.

Was Arctic Drift worth the listening time?

Not really, it took me 3 times the normal length of time to get through it and it felt like a bit of a chore.

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  • Les
  • Neosho, Missouri, United States
  • 03-13-14

Great book and reader

Would you listen to Arctic Drift again? Why?

No, I don't read many books more than once.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery and suspense

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Delta Force team rescued the coast guard sailors

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

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Good Entry in the Dirk Pitt Series

I'm a forever fan of Cussler. But sometimes I get behind on my reading/listening to his things and have to go back and pickup one I've missed. This is one of those and it felt comfortable, like catching up with an old friend. It's a good adventure, with really despicable villains. I especially liked the premise of finding a way to neutralize carbon emissions. Everything we hear is about reducing the emissions. I'd like to think someone is looking at a way to limit their damage until we can eliminate them. Scott Brick, as always, is a master narrator.