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Arctic Drift [Dirk Pitt Series, #20] (PAPERBACK) Paperback – January 1, 2008

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00315QWT4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Wallach VINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
This is the twentieth novel in the series that features NUMA, Dirk Pitt and his cronies, so one would expect that certain key elements would be present. And, indeed they are: The battle between good and evil; Dirk's fantastic determination to survive despite the odds; maritime mysteries that get resolved; evil assassins who are successful and unknown until they run into the NUMA crew; underwater, over water and adventures everywhere; Clive Cussler making a cameo appearance; beautifully restored old car; and many more. All of these elements, which are a staple in each and every Cussler novel are here. So why am I giving this book only a three star rating?

After I put this book down, I had a slightly dissonant feeling. It was Ok, but I was not swept away as I usually am. As a matter of fact, I read this book during one or my business trips and found that it was very easy to put it down to do something else. This is something that happens rarely with Cussler books as I typically enjoy them and find the thrills described in them to be of the type that grip my imagination so that I do not want to put the book down under almost any circumstances. Yet, that is exactly the opposite of what took place with this book. When I needed to put it down, there was no hesitation and down it went. I did pick it up again just as willingly, so that shows that I am not totally against this book.

Looking a bit deeper I believe this is due to this book being almost entirely too predictable. Within the first few pages we already know who the evil genius is that Dirk and NUMA will eventually conquer. Unlike in previous books, there is no question about the evil side and not even a pretense to hide it in any way. We are even introduced to the evil assassin and are not waiting to guess who that might be.
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