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Polar Shift by Clive Cussler
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St. Barts 2017 #2 - This continues the tradition of my friend and i both reading the same Cussler adventure on this vacation...this time it is #6 in the NUMA files series......ginormous mystery waves sinking ships, giant ocean whirlpools, and what is causing them and why brings together our team of ocean-going swashbucklers. WWII Nazi resistance movement, wartime refugee ship sinking, studies of the extinction of the wooly mammoth in Siberia and killer whales playing with kayakers all play into this one.....somehow. Certainly a healthy dose of unbelievability is present as usual, but the scenarios created and the visuals of foreign lands and historic memorabilia always make this fun. Oh, and surprise, surprise...part of this takes place on an island off of Maine.....unexpected islands always seem to creep into my island vacation reading pile. And can I also mention an exciting excape from evil in a 1906 replica Stanley Steamer??? Oh, yes....this has it all!! Thank you Kurt Austin and your colleagues at NUMA.....we'll see you here next year if not before.... ( )
  jeffome | Jan 10, 2017 |
Austin's sixth adventure has us following the flight of the brilliant electro-magnetic scientist, Lazlo Kovacs, as he flees a crumbling Third Reich under the guiding hand of Karl Schneider. Spending the next fifty years becoming rich in the US and having Karl godfather his granddaughter, Karla, we move to present day with the sinking of the Southern Belle in waves greater than 90ft. This, of course, immediately demolishes all current tidal theories and launches Kurt (after escaping being inexplicably attacked by an Orca pod) into a mystery that involves the late Kovacs work on electromagnetism, a couple of brilliant young software geniuses whose wayward youthful desire to be anti-establishment leads them down the dark path of the elitist and corporate overlord, Gant, and the obvious beautiful young lady in the guise of Karla who happens to be a leading authority on woolly mammoths.

"Polar Shit" expands the essential formula in that it has two bad guys with separate agendas, a third almost-bad guy who helps the good guys, and another good guy outsider. It sounds complicated, but it's not. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens - exit Earth.

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
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  jsopcich | May 19, 2014 |
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Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens-exit Earth.

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an anti-globalization group plans to use the work to give the world's industrialized nations a small jolt, then reverse the shift back again. The only problem is, it cannot be reversed. Once the shift starts, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Austin, Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team certainly have faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time . . . even they may be too late.

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When the leader of an antiglobalization group plans to use the sixty-year-old findings of a Hungarian genius to create a polar shift and give the industrialized nations a jolt before reversing the effect, the NUMA Special Assignments Team must stop him.… (more)

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