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Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt #20)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,566 Ratings  ·  483 Reviews
A foundered Victorian ship looking for the fabled Northwest Passage holds a secret in its icy grave ...When Dirk Pitt of NUMA is almost blown to pieces in a lab explosion, he suspects sabotage. The lab in question belongs to a scientist hoping to use a rare mineral to combat greenhouse gases - but who would want to destroy our one chance to save the planet? But there are t ...more
ebook, 608 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published 2008)
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Jeffrey
Apr 09, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cussler Fans, thriller fans who like the action a little less intense
Clive Cussler has penned a life's work of novels about Dirk Pitt and NUMA. Most of the novels start the same way. Cussler tells a tale about some ancient well known historical disaster, or made up disaster, then ties a modern day search to find something in connection with the past.

The earlier novels were more action packed, as Dirk Pitt and his trusty sidekick Al Giordano fell into various situations. Yet the action was only part of the story as Cussler's books were always more about Pitt and G
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William Bentrim
Jan 15, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artic Drift by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler

Cussler’s books are like my favorite maple glazed donuts, tasty not filling but oh so delicious. Global warming and unrestrained greed are addressed in this Dirk Pitt and kids book.

Cussler always does a terrific hook at the beginning of each book. He sets forth a mystery that you really want to explore and then carries you into the main story. Dirk Jr. and Summer have a side bar story that occupies about 20% of the book but ties tightly as the book
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Timothy Hicks
This is my first Clive Cussler novel, and was recommended to me by my uncle. Though I'm not sure how others in the series compares, I found this novel to be very quickly paced and a page-turner. You have a 160 year old tale of a ship that gets mysteriously lost at sea, and stories of how the shipmates became mad, which they blame on a mysterious ore they collected onto the boat. And a modern day scientist makes a startling discovery of that same said ore, that can reverse global warming (sounds ...more
Susan Victoria
May 11, 2016 Susan Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a sucker for Clive Cussler's books and I don't think I'll ever stop reading his books. Clean, pure adventure is how I can describe it. The adventure plus the positive note that his books always end in is what I look for whenever I pick up one of his books.

The 'Arctic Drift' was an audio book - my second attempt - which ran to a monumental 13 hours. I can tell you from experience that audio books and I don't get along well together. ;) I found myself getting distracted, sleepy
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Patrick Gibson
Jul 03, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preposterous action adventure lovers
Shelves: testosterone
I pulled a mental ‘uh-oh’ when the preface to this novel retold the story of Franklin’s 1848 Arctic expedition in the ships ‘Terror’ and ‘Erebus.’ I had just finished Dan Simmons “The Terror” and not sure I wanted to revisit this subject right away. I should have known Clive wouldn’t let that happen. (Thanks Clive. You had me in mind, right?) He only uses historical incidents as a spring board for his ‘heldentenor’ Dirk Pitt—not to be confused with his co-author son Dirk Cussler—or Pitts son Dir ...more
Ann Keller
Sep 01, 2010 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Our story begins in the nineteenth century, as two sailing ships, the Erebus and Terror, battle frigid temperatures, starvation, scurvy and a strange madness that besets the men as they struggle to breach the cold Northwest Passage. Eventually, the two vessels separate with the pack ice and open water, and the doomed men stand silent vigil as the arctic slowly freezes all of their hopes and dreams of riches.

Over one hundred fifty years in the future, the Earth stands poised on the brink of globa
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Michael
May 26, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Clive Cussler's newest Dirk Pitt novel, Arctic Drift , Global Warming is happening all over. Gas prices have hit ten dollars a gallon and the year is 2011. It seems a cure to global warming is impossible. But when a breakthrough to reverse global warming has been found, the lab that holds the key to reversing it blows up. Across the world, in Canada, Dirk Pitt JR., and Summer Pitt are sampling the water when they come across a ship still afloat in the waters. Somehow, they trace the deaths t ...more
Sally Witt
May 19, 2014 Sally Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always thought that Clive Cussler was a "man's writer" and that I would not be interested in his books. So wrong!

This is my third Clive Cussler book, and I am ready for MORE - I want to read all of his fiction.

This one has a lot about greenhouse gases and climate change. Excellent story weaving real history and science with wonderful characters and fiction.
Josie
May 01, 2013 Josie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very clean book. I was surprised at the lack of curse words. It is very action packed at the beginning. It really bogs down in the middle though. It became very repetitive with a lot of talking and descriptions of things we already knew. The story made me think of an old comic book, incredibly far fetched and silly at times. There were way too many characters. Including Clive Cussler himself. The main bad guys henchman's answer to everything was to blow it up with dynamite. All along there wer ...more
Jay
Jan 27, 2012 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler. What can I say but "meh"? It was OK. This is my first Cussler and I'm not super impressed. It was reasonably entertaining, but the side plots killed me. There's this surplus of story lines and characters that just litter the otherwise engaging main plot. Dirk Pitts kids face harrowing ordeals that just don't matter that much. The Canadian minister of natural resources faces an ethnical dilemma head on and you just don't care. Some guy name Trevor goes all James Bon ...more
Dan
Nov 21, 2012 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My love hate with Clive Cussler continues. A few years ago I swore off these novels after the horrible Valhala Rising. But after forgetting a novel for a trip I picked up Treasure of Kahn and loved it. I picked up Crescent Dawn and loved it too. Could this be Dirk Cussler stepping in and cleaning up the more contrived plot points and stock bad guys?

Nope. Arctic Drift comes between Kahn and Dawn so maybe not everything has been fixed yet with this series. Drift has a global warming conspiracy pl
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David
Aug 24, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of many Clive Cussler, and in particular Dirk Pitt novels I have read. After so many, it is easy to take them for granted and perhaps get a little underawed by Pitt and his adventures. After all, we know he is going to save the day, get the girl or pull off the one in a million, miracle shot. He's been doing it for 20 novels now and has never failed yet!

Perhaps sensing this sameness, Cussler has chosen a more contemporary and topical plot involving global warming and the world energy crisis
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Paul
Jun 15, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A cheap novel.
Most annoying is the premise and lecturing on global warming.
Also irritating is the authors' lazy use of technology details and facts of nature. His butchering of facts concerning ruthenium is just one example. The truth is that there are approximately 12 tons of it mined per year, in multiple locations. Perhaps it would have been more credible to have used a fictitious element instead of ruthenium, which he repeatedly calls a "mineral". But again, Cussler and his co-writers have
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Jo-Ann Murphy
Aug 09, 2011 Jo-Ann Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging exciting book. It hooked me quickly and kept me interested right to the end. Though it was written three years ago, I think it models today's political climate very well with a greedy wealthy person who feels they can do anything they want no matter the cost to others or the planet. (Makes me think of the Koch brothers and their political machinations that most people remain ignorant about.) Most of the action takes place in Alaska, Canada and the Northwest Passage, an area I have ...more
Irene H
Nov 28, 2014 Irene H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm always drawn to the scientific in the Clive Cussler books and challenged to figure out which character is named Clive Cussler in the story. Through the years Dirk Pitt has grown older with grown children now who are instrumental in the story plot. Kind of cool. Since our lives move forward it's nice to have the characters' lives move forward too!
Ty
Apr 12, 2013 Ty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reviewing a Clive Cussler book is somewhat pointless...as usual, the writing itself varies between poor and atrocious, but the far-out wild conspiracy schemes, and how these are tied to historical events, are always fun and fascinating. these Dirk Pitt books are kind of like a chocolate bonbon in my literary diet...not particularly good for me, but highly enjoyable. apparently the Cusslers have gone green, as the villain this time is a fake-eco energy tycoon who is trying to monopolize something ...more
Jeanne
Mar 05, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two ships are looking for the Northwest Passage in the 19th century and one of the ships have sailors who have all gone mad, but no one knows why. The other shipmates are helped by the Inuits and have brought back tales of the madness in the sister ship. Both ships are lost at sea. Fast forward to now and a mysterious vapor has instantly killed all on board. Dirk Pitt and kids are on it. Enter the zillionaire who wants to build a green energy plant, but this installation has all the firepower, g ...more
Patricia
Aug 01, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Clive Cussler writes books for immersion reading. Multiple good-guys, usually led by a single alpha male (in this case, Dirk Pitt), attempt to take down a major bad guy.
In this book, the bad guy has the usual suave, debonair, but slightly suspicious reputation. He has various underlings, including the standard gun-for-hire, and spies within the system he intends to take over. In this case, energy. A hot new scientist has found the key to eliminating greenhouse gas villain CO2. However, to run t
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Madonna
Feb 26, 2014 Madonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical Clive Cussler, which isn't a bad thing. While I can anticipate what will happen, I do learn something new. I like the Dirk Pitt books because he's always investigating something relevant, something science and something important to our lives.
This time, Dirk's children are featured. Dirk,Jr., and Summer are in the Pacific Northwest doing some marine research. They meet Trevor who is there because his brother mysteriously died and Trevor wants to know more about the death. Trevor was ri
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Stephen Holtman
Mar 21, 2015 Stephen Holtman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in the series has the Pitt Crew trying to deal with a rich, greedy man who wants a possible planet saving rock for self gratifying purposes.The writing in this one was great. The Cusslers are really are great at presenting a truly wonderful at great, thrilling tale. I thought that the writing in this one was very intriguing. It added to the fun that the book showered. The writing in this was also great. It wasn’t as action packed as some of the others in this series. But it still held ...more
Laura Grable
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Richard
Apr 08, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler, even with all his collaborations, can't seem to write a book I don't like. I learned a lot about the Northwest Passage and the potential issues that are arising from "green projects" and the landgrabs and seagrabs going on between the US, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. The history related to the 19th century's adventurous types is also fascinating. I have had close relatives in Barrow for the last 30 years, so it struck home.
Edward
Apr 18, 2010 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Cussler offering somewhere between a 3 and 4 star. This book had a better feel than the last couple Dirk Pitt books, but it lacked the real crazy twists of earlier Cussler work (though it made a couple of attempts) and I have felt since they were introduced that adding Dirk Junior and Summer detracts from the stories. However, Cussler and his son really do a good job putting a story together and that kept this book in the realm of "solid read"
Serban Georgiana
Oct 20, 2014 Serban Georgiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Pot spune ca Cussler este unul dintre autorii mei preferati.
Atunci cand ma satur de prea mult romantism si drame,simt nevoia sa schimb registrul ,si sa citesc un roman politist,sau cum este cazul de fata ,un thriller-actiune.
Tot timpul sunt uimita de acest autor,si ma intreb cu ce lucru nou a mai venit de aceasta data?
Indiferent de seria din care fac parte ,toate cartile lui sunt fenomenale.
Cartea de fata,are o particularitate,si anume "actiunea" se deruleaza cam in ultimele 45% din carte.Poate
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Stacy
Dec 12, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Douglas Boren
I almost quit reading this when I saw that Cussler had been suckered into the hoax that is Global Warming and "Climate Change". Real scientists and reasonable people have long since discredited that silly notion.

But then I realized that the book is after all, FICTION. He needed the fiction of global warming to advance his fictional story... that is the permanently frozen ice pack of the Arctic Ocean is no more, and the fabled Northwest Passage is finally a reality.

Ok, fine. What about the story?
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Bev Taylor
Jun 12, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the northwest passage - in victorian times the ships were still trying to find a way thru it

fast forward to present day and global warming appears to be a serious problem, along with carbon dioxide emissions h/e there is one man who will not let that stand in his way from earning even more power and money

this is a later novel written in conjunction with dirk cussler and finds dirk senior married to loren and with his new found daughter and son

plus if course his unforgettable italian colleague
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Jim
Sep 16, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to the old Clive Cussler ways. Some of his newer books we're getting a little cheesy, but this one brought me back to his early days. Great stuff and interesting historical connection. If you've read "The Terror" by Dan Simmons, you'd get a kick out of this one, if you haven't, go read it!
Ellen
Read this for a book club and I can't make the discussion so I wrote a little review.

I actually enjoyed reading it even though I suspected I wouldn't like it merely based on my prejudice about the author (just not my type of thing) and the subject matter (how can global warming be that exciting?). I thought there was plenty of general good-natured cheesiness and too-convenient coincidences but overall it kept me entertained all the way through.

The characters were a bit one dimensional, especiall
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Matt Berning
Dec 21, 2014 Matt Berning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirk Pitt has gone on many adventures, and each one seems to be just as excitiing as the last. In Canada, a company is trying to take over all means of energy, by framing the United States to keep them out of the region. Meanwhile, in the United States, a professor has found a way to make a artificial photosynthesis using a rare mineral known as ruthenium. But the coporation in Canada has found out and is trying to steal the ruthenium so the professor cannot continue her studies. Dirk and Al try ...more
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time ...more
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