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Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931) is an American adventure novelist and underwater explorer. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times
The New York Times
fiction best-seller list more than 20 times. Cussler is the founder and chairman[1] of the real-life National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which has discovered more than 60 shipwreck sites and numerous other notable underwater wrecks. He is the sole author or lead author of more than 70 books.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Literary career 2.2 NUMA 2.3 Media appearances

3 Adaptations 4 Personal life 5 Bibliography

5.1 Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Adventures 5.2 The NUMA Files 5.3 The Oregon Files 5.4 Isaac Bell Adventures 5.5 Fargo Adventures 5.6 Non-fiction 5.7 Children's books

6 Recurring characters

6.1 NUMA 6.2 Fargo Adventures 6.3 The Oregon Files 6.4 Isaac Bell Adventures

7 Other co-authors 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
was born in Aurora, Illinois, and grew up in Alhambra, California. His mother Amy's ancestors were from England
and his father Eric was from Germany.[2] He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 14.[3] He attended Pasadena City College[1] for two years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
during the Korean War. During his service in the Air Force, he was promoted to sergeant and worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service
Military Air Transport Service
(MATS). Career[edit] After his discharge from the military, Cussler went to work in the advertising industry, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two of the nation's most successful advertising agencies.[1] As part of his duties Cussler produced radio and television commercials, many of which won international awards including an award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.[citation needed] Following the publication in 1996 of Cussler's first nonfiction work, The Sea Hunters, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
degree in 1997 by the Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College who accepted the work in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis. This was the first time in the college's 123-year history that such a degree had been awarded.[1] In 2002 Cussler was awarded the Naval Heritage Award from the U S Navy Memorial Foundation for his efforts in the area of marine exploration. Cussler is a fellow of the Explorers Club
Explorers Club
of New York, the Royal Geographic Society in London, and the American Society of Oceanographers.[4] Literary career[edit] Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
began writing in 1965 when his wife took a job working nights for the local police department where they lived in California. After making dinner for the children and putting them to bed, he had no one to talk to and nothing to do, so he decided to start writing.[5] His most famous creation is marine engineer, government agent and adventurer Dirk Pitt. The Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
novels frequently take on an alternative history perspective, such as "what if Atlantis were real?" or "what if Abraham Lincoln wasn't assassinated, but was kidnapped?" The first two Pitt novels, The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg, were relatively conventional maritime thrillers. The third, Raise the Titanic!, made Cussler's reputation and established the pattern that subsequent Pitt novels would follow: a blend of high adventure and high technology, generally involving megalomaniacal villains, lost ships, beautiful women, and sunken treasure. Cussler's novels almost always begin with a chapter taking place in the past. These contain none of the novel's main characters and often seem disconnected from the plot until the main characters discover a mystery or secret connecting the events in the first chapter to the rest of the story. This almost always comes in the form of a long-lost artifact which holds the key to the villain's or hero's objectives. Often in the first chapter, a ship or plane carrying a top-secret, important, or dangerous cargo is lost and never found, until it is recovered by a modern character later in the book. Cussler's novels, like those of Michael Crichton, are examples of techno-thrillers that do not use military plots and settings. Where Crichton strove for scrupulous realism, however, Cussler prefers fantastic spectacles and outlandish plot devices. The Pitt novels, in particular, have the anything-goes quality of the James Bond
James Bond
or Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
movies, while also sometimes borrowing from Alistair MacLean's novels. Pitt himself is a larger-than-life hero reminiscent of Doc Savage
Doc Savage
and other characters from pulp magazines. Cussler has had more than seventeen consecutive titles reach The New York Times fiction best-seller list. NUMA[edit] As an underwater explorer, Cussler has discovered more than sixty shipwreck sites[6] and has written non-fiction books about his findings. He is also the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a non-profit organization with the same name as the fictional government agency that employs Dirk Pitt. Cussler owns a large collection of classic cars,[6] several of which (driven by Pitt) appear in his novels. Important finds by Cussler's N.U.M.A. include

The Carpathia. The ship famed for being the first to come to the aid of Titanic survivors. The Mary Celeste. The famed ghost ship that was found abandoned with cargo intact. (The identification of this wreck as the Mary Celeste has since been placed into a state of question after one researcher disputed the claim's authenticity.)[7]

The Manassas. The first ironclad of the civil war, formerly the icebreaker Enoch Train. The H. L. Hunley. The first submarine to successfully sink an enemy vessel - during the American Civil War.

A visual and interactive depiction of Cussler's NUMA Foundation Expeditions has been made available as an extension of NUMA's original website. Media appearances[edit] In what started as a joke in the novel Dragon that Cussler expected his editor to remove, he now often writes himself into his books. At first he wrote himself simple cameos, but later as something of a deus ex machina, providing the novel's protagonists with an essential bit of assistance or information. Often, the character is given an alias and not revealed as Cussler until his exit with the characters remarking on his odd name. The cameos include the Pitt adventures, as well as the Fargo Files books Lost Empire, Spartan Gold, Kingdom, and The Tombs had Cussler making an appearance. The Tombs also includes his wife, Janet. There are at least two other types of recurring in-jokes that are less obvious to a casual reader. One is the frequent reuse of the name Leigh Hunt for different characters in different novels. Seventeen books have had a character with this name, frequently in the opening prologues, frequently a sailor, usually dying; a notable exception is the first (in chronological order) Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
adventure, Pacific Vortex, in which Admiral Leigh Hunter is a major character, commander of the 101st Recovery Fleet in Hawaii. In the introduction to Arctic Drift, Cussler says there was a real Leigh Hunt who died in 2007 and the novel is dedicated to him. Another is that significant events in several novels occur on July 15 (Cussler's birthday). He also uses the name "Periwinkle" in his works. In The Adventures of Vin Fiz (and in other works as well) there appears a donkey named Periwinkle. In Valhalla Rising, Periwinkle is the name of a catamaran in which Pitt, Giordino, and Misty Graham are rescued by none other than Mr. Cussler himself. Cussler's friend Craig Dirgo is mentioned in several books.[citation needed] Adaptations[edit]

The first film of a Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
novel was Raise the Titanic! (1980), starring Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt, Jason Robards
Jason Robards
as Admiral James Sandecker, David Selby
David Selby
as Dr. Gene Seagram, Anne Archer
Anne Archer
as Dana Seagram. Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
released Sahara on April 8, 2005, starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt, Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn
as Al Giordino, William H. Macy as Admiral Sandecker, and Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
as Eva Rojas. It grossed $122 million with $241 million in production and distribution expenses.[8]

Personal life[edit] Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
married Barbara Knight in 1955, and they remained married for nearly fifty years until her death in 2003.[9] Together they had three children — Teri, Dirk, and Dayna — who have given him four grandchildren.[citation needed] Cussler's daughter Teri is the creator and manager of the Cussler Museum[10] in Arvada, Colorado, which display's Cussler's collection of classic automobiles. Bibliography[edit] Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt

 #  Title Publication Date

1 Pacific Vortex!1 1983

2 The Mediterranean Caper2 1973

3 Iceberg 1975

4 Raise the Titanic! 1976

5 Vixen 03 1978

6 Night Probe! 1981

7 Deep Six 1984

8 Cyclops 1986

9 Treasure 1988

10 Dragon 1990

11 Sahara 1992

12 Inca Gold 1994

13 Shock Wave 1996

14 Flood Tide 1997

15 Atlantis Found 1999

16 Valhalla Rising3 2001

17 Trojan Odyssey3 2003

18 Black Wind3, 4 2004

19 Treasure of Khan3, 4 2006

20 Arctic Drift3, 4 2008

21 Crescent Dawn3, 4 2010

22 Poseidon's Arrow3, 4 2012

23 Havana Storm3, 4 2014

24 Odessa Sea 2016

25 Celtic Empire 2018

1) Although published in 1983, Pacific Vortex!
Pacific Vortex!
was written and takes place before The Mediterranean Caper. 2) Also published as Mayday! 3) Novels featuring Dirk Pitt, and his children, Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Jr. and Summer Pitt. 4) Novels co-authored with Clive Cussler's son, Dirk. The NUMA Files[edit] This series of books focuses on Kurt Austin, Team Leader of NUMA's Special
Assignments division and his adventures. Some characters from the Pitt novels appear such as Sandecker, Rudi Gunn, Hiram Yaeger and St. Julien Perlmutter. Pitt makes brief appearances in the books Serpent, White Death, Polar Shift, Devil's Gate, The Storm, Zero Hour, and Ghost Ship and is mentioned in Lost City.

 #  Title Publication Date

1 Serpent * 1999

2 Blue Gold
Blue Gold
* 2000

3 Fire Ice
Fire Ice
* 2002

4 White Death * 2003

5 Lost City
Lost City
* 2004

6 Polar Shift * 2005

7 The Navigator *   2007

8 Medusa * 2009

9 Devil's Gate † 2011

10 The Storm † 2012

11 Zero Hour † 2013

12 Ghost Ship † 2014

13 The Pharaoh's Secret † 2016

14 Nighthawk † 2017

15 The Rising Sea † 2018

The Oregon Files[edit] The Oregon Files features a ship named the Oregon which Cussler introduced in the Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Adventure Flood Tide (1997). While appearing to be a decrepit freighter, it's actually a high-tech advanced ship used by an unnamed and mysterious "Corporation" under the leadership of Juan Cabrillo. The ship is run like a business, with its crew being shareholders, taking jobs for the CIA and other agencies to help stop crime and terrorism. The crew is adept at disguises, combat, computer hacking, and more, to aid their missions. Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
all make cameo appearances in the fourth volume, Skeleton Coast (Cabrillo speaks to Pitt on the telephone; and Austin and Zavala appear at the end).

 #  Title Publication Date

1 Golden Buddha ‡ 2003

2 Sacred Stone ‡ 2004

3 Dark Watch § 2005

4 Skeleton Coast §   2006

5 Plague Ship § 2008

6 Corsair § 2009

7 The Silent Sea
The Silent Sea
§ 2010

8 The Jungle § 2011

9 Mirage § 2013

10 Piranha ≠ 2015

11 The Emperor's Revenge ≠ 2016

12 Typhoon Fury ≠ 2017

13 Shadow Tyrants ≠ 2018

Isaac Bell Adventures[edit] These books are set mostly in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century. They center around Isaac Bell, a brilliant investigator for the Van Dorn Detective agency, which appears to be modeled after the real-life Pinkerton Agency. Like Pitt, Bell has an affinity for automobiles and is a crack shot. The first book reveals that Bell survives into 1950 with a wife and grown children. Though the setting is a century ago, the books still qualify as techno-thrillers, since they feature the advanced technology of that time such as private express trains, telegraphs, telephones, dreadnought battleships and early airplanes.

 #  Title Publication Date

1 The Chase 2007

2 The Wrecker ‖ 2009

3 The Spy ‖ 2010

4 The Race ‖ 2011

5 The Thief ‖ 2012

6 The Striker ‖ 2013

7 The Bootlegger ‖ 2014

8 The Assassin ‖ 2015[11]

9 The Gangster ‖ 2016

10 The Cutthroat ‖ 2017

Fargo Adventures[edit] The series focuses on Sam and Remi Fargo, a couple who are professional treasure hunters.

 #  Title Publication Date

1 Spartan Gold
Spartan Gold
^   2009

2 Lost Empire ^ 2010

3 The Kingdom ^ 2011

4 The Tombs + 2012

5 The Mayan Secrets + 2013

6 The Eye of Heaven × 2014

7 The Solomon Curse × 2015

8 Pirate ** 2016

9 The Romanov Ransom ** 2017

10 The Gray Ghost ** 2018


Title Publication Date

The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks ‡ 1996

Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
and Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Revealed ‡ 1998

The Sea Hunters II: Diving the World's Seas for Famous Shipwrecks ‡ 2002

Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
and Dirk Pitt 2011

Built to Thrill: More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
and Dirk Pitt 2016

Children's books[edit]

Title Publication Date

The Adventures of Vin Fiz 2006

The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy 2010

(*) indicates books co-authored with Paul Kemprecos. (†) indicates books co-authored with Graham Brown. (‡) indicates books co-authored with Craig Dirgo. (§) indicates books co-authored with Jack Du Brul. (‖) indicates books co-authored with Justin Scott. (^) indicates books co-authored with Grant Blackwood. (+) indicates books co-authored with Thomas Perry. (×) indicates books co-authored with Russell Blake. (≠) indicates books co-authored with Boyd Morrison. (**) indicates books co-authored with Robin Burcell. Recurring characters[edit] NUMA[edit]

Name Information

Dirk Pitt Main character of the Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
adventure series, Head of NUMA and previously Special
Projects Director of NUMA

Al Giordino Dirk Pitt's sidekick

Admiral James Sandecker Retired Admiral, Original Director of NUMA, now the Vice President

Rudi Gunn 2nd in command NUMA

Dirk Pitt, Jr. Son of Dirk Pitt

Summer Pitt Daughter of Dirk Pitt

Jack Dahlgren Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Jr's sidekick

Kurt Austin Main Character of The NUMA Series, and Special
Assignments Team Leader

Joe Zavala Kurt Austin's Sidekick, and Member of the Special
Assignments Team

Paul Trout Member of the Special
Assignments Team

Gamay Trout Member of the Special
Assignments Team

Fargo Adventures[edit]

Name Information

Sam Fargo Main character of the Fargo adventure series

Remi Fargo Main character of the Fargo adventure series

Selma Wondrash The Fargo's chief researcher

Wendy Corden Assistant researcher under Selma

Pete Jeffcoat Assistant researcher under Selma

Rube Hayward The Fargo's CIA contact

The Oregon Files[edit]

Name Information

Juan Cabrillo Chairman of the Corporation

Max Hanley President of the Corporation

Richard Truitt Vice President of Operations for the Corporation

George Adams Helicopter Pilot / Operative

Rick Barrett Assistant Chef / Operative

Monica Crabtree Supply and Logistics Coordinator / Operative

Carl Gannon General Operations / Operative

Chuck 'Tiny' Gunderson Chief Pilot / Operative

Michael Halpert Finance and Accounting / Operative

Cliff Hornsby General Operations / Operative

Julia Huxley Medical Officer / Operative

Pete Jones General Operations / Operative

Hali Kasim Communications Expert / Operatives

Larry King Sniper / Operative

Franklin Lincoln General Operations / Operative

Bob Meadows General Operations / Operative

Mark Murphy Weapons Specialist / Operative

Kevin Nixon Magic Shop Specialist / Operative

Sam Pryor Propulsion Engineer / Operative

Gunther Reinholt Propulsion Engineer / Operative

Tom Reyes General Operations / Operative

Linda Ross Security and Surveillance / Operative

Eddie Seng Director of Shore Operations / Operative

Eric Stone Control Room Operations / Operative

Langston Overholt IV The Corporation's CIA contact

Isaac Bell Adventures[edit]

Name Information

Isaac Bell Main character of the Isaac Bell adventure series and Chief Investigator of the Van Dorn Detective Agency

Marion Morgan Isaac Bell's fiancée, and later, wife

Joseph Van Dorn Owner of the Van Dorn Detective Agency

Archie Abbott (actual name, Archibald Angel Abbott) College friend and fellow detective to Isaac Bell at the Van Dorn Detective Agency

Judge James Comden Powerful and corrupt political antagonist, contemporary to Isaac Bell

Aloysius "Wish" Clarke Detective of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, senior to and casual mentor to a younger Isaac Bell, besot by alcoholism

Other co-authors[edit] Cussler has co-authored books with other writers, such as Russell Blake.[12] References[edit]

^ a b c d "NUMA.Net Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Biography" (Web Article). Retrieved 2007-10-06.  ^ Cussler, Clive; Dirgo, Craig (1 October 1998). " Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
and Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Revealed". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.  ^ Cussler, Clive; Dirgo, Craig. Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
and Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt
Revealed. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-02622-4.  ^ "Simon Says.com Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Biography". Archived from the original (Web Article) on June 29, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-22.  ^ "Bookreporter.com Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Biography" (Web Article). Retrieved 2007-02-22.  ^ a b Cussler, Clive (2004-10-26). Valhalla Rising. Berkley Trade. Inside dust jacket flap. ISBN 978-0-425-20404-7. 039914787X.  ^ Jonathan Thompson (2005-01-23). "Dating of wreck's timbers puts wind in sails of the 'Mary Celeste' mystery". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  ^ Glenn F. Bunting, $78 million of red ink?, Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2007. ^ "TV.Com Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Biography" (Web Article). Retrieved 2007-02-22.  ^ Cussler, Clive (2016). Built to Thrill. Putnam. p. 198.  ^ "The Assassin".  ^ Rivera, Jeff (January 18, 2014). "Indie Author Russell Blake on Working with the Great Clive Cussler". Huffington Post The Blog. 

External links[edit]

Official website NUMA website Audio interview with Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Talking about The Chase Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
Fans Website The Cussler Museum clivecussler.com.au Cussler Down Under newsletter

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Works by Clive Cussler

Dirk Pitt
Dirk Pitt

The Mediterranean Caper (1973) Iceberg (1975) Raise the Titanic! (1976) Vixen 03
Vixen 03
(1978) Night Probe!
Night Probe!
(1981) Pacific Vortex!
Pacific Vortex!
(1983) Deep Six (1984) Cyclops (1986) Treasure (1988) Dragon (1990) Sahara (1992) Inca Gold
Inca Gold
(1994) Shock Wave (1996) Flood Tide (1997) Atlantis Found (1999) Valhalla Rising (2001) Trojan Odyssey (2003) Black Wind (2004) Treasure of Khan
Treasure of Khan
(2006) Arctic Drift (2008) Crescent Dawn
Crescent Dawn
(2010) Poseidon's Arrow (2012) Havana Storm (2014) Odessa Sea (2016) Celtic Empire (2018)

The NUMA Files

Serpent (1999) Blue Gold
Blue Gold
(2000) Fire Ice
Fire Ice
(2002) White Death (2003) Lost City
Lost City
(2004) Polar Shift (2005) The Navigator (2007) Medusa (2009) Devil's Gate (2011) The Storm (2012) Zero Hour (2013) Ghost Ship (2014) The Pharaoh's Secret (2015) Nighthawk (2017) The Rising Sea (2018)

Oregon Files

Golden Buddha (2003) Sacred Stone (2004) Dark Watch (2005) Skeleton Coast (2006) Plague Ship (2008) Corsair (2009) The Silent Sea
The Silent Sea
(2010) The Jungle (2011) Mirage (2013) Piranha (2015) The Emperor's Revenge (2016) Typhoon Fury (2017) Shadow Tyrants (2018)

Isaac Bell Adventures

The Chase (2007) The Wrecker (2009) The Spy (2010) The Race (2011) The Thief (2012) The Striker (2013) The Bootlegger (2014) The Assassin (2015) The Gangster (2016) The Cutthroat (2017)

Fargo Adventures

Spartan Gold
Spartan Gold
(2009) Lost Empire (2010) The Kingdom (2011) The Tombs (2012) The Mayan Secrets (2013) The Eye of Heaven (2014) The Solomon Curse (2015) Pirate (2016) The Romanov Ransom (2017) The Gray Ghost (2018)

Non fiction

The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks (1996) The Sea Hunters II: Diving the World's Seas for Famous Shipwrecks (2002)

Authority control

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