Does Clive

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 November, 2009, 12:00am

Arctic Drift
by Clive and Dirk Cussler

Does Clive Cussler know something we don't? On the same day that I finish Arctic Drift, his latest Dirk Pitt adventure, news breaks that the Arctic ice cap is melting far faster than anyone suspected; are the two events in some way connected? Destroying the North Pole may seem an extreme way to promote your new paperback, but tough times call for extreme advertising campaigns. In fact, I suspect Cussler (here working once more with his son, Dirk) is simply ahead of the game. The evil empire is Canada, a country that has long needed payback for inflicting Celine Dion on the world's ears. A powerful cabal of Canadian businesses is pumping Co2 into the ground and preventing the US from righting its environmental record. This is fiction, remember? Enter Pitt, his sons and trusty sidekick Al Giordino. Luckily, the same global warming that they are trying to stop has cut a path through the once-treacherous Northwest Passage. Somewhere in those icy wastes exists a mineral that may just save the world. Personally, I wouldn't have bothered with all that death-defying action. I would simply have asked Clive to sort it out. He clearly knows best.