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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2005 Clive Cussler (P)2005 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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More mammothes

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.

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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.

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Well written, well read.

Enjoyable story with good character development. Mr. Brick does an excellent job narrating and uses recognisable accents where appropriate. I look forward to finding and listening to more of his works.

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Loved it,not to be missed<br />Best narrator<br /><br />

Added to my list of greatest adventure novel writers,waiting for the next exciting cussler adventure

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The best!

Polar Shift is my favorite Cussler book! Karl is one of my favorite literary characters of all time! This book is a must. Scott Brick is an amazing “actor” and his command of accents is incredible. I have read or listened to almost every Kurt Austin / NUMA File (I need more Joe Zavala!) and The Oregon Files (Corsair- incredible!) books, and I am mesmerized by every single one. Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors.

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Great as usual!

I have been reading Clive Cussler for years..nice to have them like this for my traveling while working.

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Excellent!

Loved it! Even more excitement than some other NUMA stories and the disaster plausibility is starteling

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Another great story by CC

I would definitely recommend this book, it kept me interested the entire time and made for enjoyable driving.

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  • Steve
  • Portland, OR
  • 03-03-16

Like it was written by a smart 8th grade girl

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.