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Arctic Drift (A Dirk Pitt Novel, #20) (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 25, 2008
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After being totally UNDER-Whelmed by the cover of 'Arctic Drift' (easily one of the worst in the entire Pitt library), I began with earnest to get back to what I love to do most: become entirely entrenched into a world where NUMA is real and saving the world is as easy as turning the next page. This time around, a completely random discovery that may very well 100% reverse Global Warming has been discovered, only to have another nasty megalomaniac--this time around from Canada--attempt to block it in order to continue to rape the environment for profit, all the while doing his best to look like his company cares about being Green more than almost anyone.
Along the way, Dirk's children, Summer & Dirk Jr. have managed to stumble upon a dangerous arm of our nasty Canadian while doing otherwise boring research half-way to Alaska on the Canadian Coast. Of course everything becomes connected in only the way that Dirk & Co. can manage to be at the right place at the right time to help. The horrible Canadian has done his best to spark what could very well be a major conflict with America, one in which an armed response seems inevitable, and right in the middle: you guessed it...Dirk Jr., Dirk Sr., Summer & Al Giordino.Read more ›
I challenge the reader to put this alongside Raise the Titanic and see exactly what Cussler looked like in his prime.
Arctic Drift is good for a quick beach read, but unfortunately it doesn't have much staying power. Change the names around and you can have a nearly 1:1 substitution with other Pitt novels from the last ten-fifteen years.
Here are my suggestion to Clive:
Let your son try and sell books with only his name on them.
Write one more Dirk Pitt book...the final one...have some crazy ending...kill Dirk, whatever. But make it good. Make it a 1000 pages if you want. Leave us with a good taste in our mouth when we think of Dirk Pitt. These last three just aren't up to par.
Again...they aren't terrible, but not near as good as the worst by Clive himself.
Well, I'm a bit of a literary snob in that I like a novel that has a great plot, compelling characters, and solid writing. This novel has an almost linear, predictable plot, cookie-cutter characters, and easily some of the most painfully bad writing I've ever encountered. I claim that a good writer takes the rules of grammar seriously. Cussler fractures our language. For example...
Basic grammar states that when you begin a sentence with a present participial phrase, the action of that phrase is concurrent with the action in the main clause:
Clutching the book to his chest, he slipped in the door.
But Cussler repeatedly uses sequential action of this sort (not from the book, but an example):
Frantically tying his shoes, he rushed from the room.
I laughed out loud several times at his incredible wording.
And oh, does he ever love to dangle participles. This gem is from the first page of Chapter 14:
The warm morning still felt comfortable, driving in a convertible.
Some of his supposed sentences made me stop dead and reread them to see if I had read them correctly. This is from the first page of Chapter 18:
They sailed in darkness for several miles until navigating a wide bend in the channel.
Some of his chapter endings were hysterical. This is how Chapter 10 ends:
"That, I'm sure, will be the least of our problems," Bob said with a hint of prophecy.
And here is the end of Chapter 5:
Somehow, she told herself, she would figure it out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not like. Not up to Cussler standards . It seemed to Basically be
warmed over prior plots. Not
An interesting and thrilling story about the cold addiction to greed set in an even colder climate. Wish that the scientific discovery was true o that the war on coal would end and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by sue klus