Sunday, December 21, 2008

Arctic Drift

Warming. Clive and Dirk Cussler’s latest collaboration, Arctic Drift, continues a formula for writing action novels that sell loads of copies. Through reprising a cast of characters that are reliable and predictable in their behavior, a familiarity develops for readers that provides for comfortable reading. In a cold snap of outside weather, reading Acrtic Drift gave me a good excuse to stay inside and warm. The Cusslers can and have done better. We have a nasty and un-nuanced villain. While I can live with the herculean competence and just-in-time heroism by Pitt and team (after all, that’s part of the successful formula), it’s more fun to have a worthy and more complicated adversary than the bad guys in this novel. The imagined belligerence of Canada made me laugh out loud. This is truly a Canada of the imagination, and nothing like our friendly neighbors to the north. Aside from those shortcomings, Arctic Drift provides reliable suspense and adventure reading, especially for those Cussler fans who are willing to accept less than the best from these writers.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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