Polar Shift

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Clive Cussler
Narrator: Paul Kemprecos
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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In the latest entry of Cussler's bestselling Kurt Austin/NUMA Files series, an anti-globalization group plans to give the world's industrial nations a jolt by using an artificially triggered "polar shift." But the scheme goes awry when the shift cannot be reversed and the NUMA Special Assignments Team is called into action.

Reviews (6)

Polar Shift

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on February 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is my first Austin book. I have read several of the Dirk Pitt books and enjoyed them. This is a fast pace action packed story with some history and science tossed in. Scott Brick is great narrator he really made the story flow. Looking forward to another adventure.

Polar Shitf

Written by Neil Joseph on January 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent production: this is one of the best and entertaining stories that I have listened to. Lots of twists and turns with a bit of a wild ending. Very enjoyable.

Plolar shift

Written by Anonymous on October 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

love cussler's books and this one is no disappointment. Lots of action with a sprinlking of comedy

One of the best!

Written by Dan Pressley on September 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have listened to so many Clive Cussler books that they tend to all blur together and are not very memorable. This one really stands out as one of his best. The story stayed true without falling into unbelievable situations as they sometimes do.

Polar Shift

Written by Anonymous from Franconia, NH on June 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Love Clive Cussler, didn't enjoy this book, slow to start and finish, not as interesting as his other books. Would not suggest this book.

polar shift

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on October 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am glad I got the abridged version. It was toooo predictable and Kurt always knows or can figure a way to solve everything. He is a poor James Bond want-a-be. The story line was fine and some interesting angles but not that good.

Author Details

Author Details

Cussler, Clive

Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California. He attended Pasadena City College for two years, then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon discharge he became a copywriter and later creative director at two of the nation's leading ad agencies. He wrote and produced radio and television commercials in Hollywood that won numerous international honors including an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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 since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (http://www.numa.net/).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries and have a readership of more than 90 million avid fans. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, The Sea Hunters (non-fiction), Flood Tide, and Clive Cussler Dirk PittĀ® Revealed. Cussler is also the author, with Paul Kemprecos, of the first in a new Dirk Pitt spinoff series - The NUMA files.

Cussler was married to his wife, Barbara Knight, for more than 44 years. They have three children, two grandchildren. Regrettably, Barbara passed away in January 2003.

Kemprecos, Paul

Kemprecos is a Shamus Award winning author of six underwater detective thrillers. He is a certified scuba diver, former newspaper reporter, columnist, and editor.