Arctic Drift (Dirk Pitt, Book 20) by Clive Cussler

By Clive Cussler

A foundered Victorian send trying to find the fabled Northwest Passage holds a mystery in its icy grave . . .

When Dirk Pitt of NUMA is nearly blown to items in a lab explosion, he suspects sabotage. The lab in query belongs to a scientist hoping to exploit a unprecedented mineral to strive against greenhouse gases - yet who would wish to break our one likelihood to save lots of the planet?

But there are those that will do something to regulate this kind of beneficial prize. Pitt's investigations take him to the Arctic looking for a clue to the origins of this worthwhile mineral. There, he and NUMA colleague Al Giordino needs to conflict for survival opposed to the opposed parts and an evil megalomaniac who's approximately to plunge the North American continent into warfare . . .

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But sometimes— Roger glances again across Jessica’s dark wool bosom at the knitted head, the naked nose and eyes—he thinks the doctor wants more than his good will, his collaboration. But wants him. As one wants a fine specimen of dog. . Why’s he here, then, assisting at yet another dognapping? What stranger does he shelter in him so mad— “Will you be going back down tonight, doctor? ” “I shan’t, I’ll be staying in. But you might take the car back. I must talk with Dr. ” They are approaching now a lengthy brick improvisation, a Victorian paraphrase of what once, long ago, resulted in Gothic cathedrals—but which, in its own time, arose not from any need to climb through the fashioning of suitable confusions toward any apical God, but more in a derangement of aim, a doubt as to the God’s actual locus (or, in some, as to its very existence), out of a cruel network of sensuous moments that could not be transcended and so bent the intentions of the builders not on any zenith, but back to fright, to simple escape, in whatever direction, from what the industrial smoke, street excrement, windowless warrens, shrugging leather forests of drive belts, flowing and patient shadow states of the rats and flies, were saying about the chances for mercy that year.

Somewhere, through exhaustion, redirection, gusts of white noise out in the aether, this arrangement has begun now to dissolve. Relaxation, chairs squeaking, sighs and throatclearings . . Milton Gloaming fusses with his notebook, shuts it abruptly. Presently Jessica comes wandering over. No sign of Roger and she’s not sure he wants her to come looking for him, and Gloaming, though shy, isn’t as horrid as some of Roger’s other friends. . “Roger says that now you’ll count up all those words you copied and graph them or something,” brightly to head off any comment on the dart incident, which she’d rather avoid.

Waiting in the night and rain for its owner, for its room to reassemble round it. . The night, full of fine rain, smells like a wet dog. Pointsman seems to’ve been away for a bit. “I’ve lost my mind. ” Roger has a tendency to scream. ” It’s the doctor, sighing, toilet bowl on his foot and knitted helmet askew. “Hello, doesn’t that make it difficult for you to walk? should think it would . . ” Thinking young prig and mocking ass the doctor rocks back on his free leg, grunting, the bowl wallowing to and fro.

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