Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, Narrated by Scott Brick

Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Genre: Adventure
Series: #20 in the Dirk Pitt series
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 2008
Length: 13 hours, 5 minutes
Read by: Scott Brick
Source: Library

The Book:

From the publisher:

A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming…a series of unexplained deaths in British Columbia…a rash of international incidents between the United States and a longtime ally that threatens to erupt into a shooting war. NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, know there’s a connection—but they also know they have very little time to find it.

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. And if Pitt and his buddy Al Giordino aren’t careful, the very same fate may await them…and the world.

My Thoughts:
I continue to listen to two series by Clive Cussler. The NUMA Files series written with Paul Kemprecos and this Dirk Pitt series now co-written with Cussler’s son Dirk.

They are the Saturday afternoon black and white adventure movies of my childhood. They’re simply fun escapist adventure with over the top plots, heroes and villains.

Scott Brick’s narration is a pleasure to listen to and has cemented my continuing with these series in audio format.

The formula is always the same. A prologue features an event from years ago. Sometimes real historical events are incorporated. This time it’s the ill-fated Franklin expedition to find a Northwest Passage.

Next there is the cut to present day where a conniving, evil megalomaniac of some sort is out for money, power or both. Enter Dirk Pitt and his faithful companions (and now his children) to save the day and the world. Usually they also save the beautiful girl but that plot element got left out of this one.

It’s not great writing (overuse of the word chagrin is one irritation) but it’s escapist fun that’s completely entertaining when narrated by the talented Scott Brick.

3 stars Rating 3/5 for the book

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the narration