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Clive Cussler

Author and explorer

Cover detail from the Penguin edition of Crescent Dawn

 ?? Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is an international bestselling adventure novelist and underwater explorer. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Cussler went to work in the advertising industry as a copywriter. After a succesful career writing commercials, he then began writing adventure fiction in 1965.

His most famous creation is marine engineer, government agent and adventurer Dirk Pitt. The Dirk Pitt novels frequently take on an alternative history perspective, with military plots and settings.

Cussler also writes the Oregon Files series about a special US Government-sponsored ship called the Oregon, the NUMA Files about an underwater exploration team, the Fargo Adventures about professional treasure hunters, and the Isaac Bell detective series. 

Clive Cussler is the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a not-for-profit organization with the same name as the fictional government agency in his books. Through his exploration projects Cussler and his NUMA volunteers have found over 60 shipwrecks of historic significance.

Cussler is married, with three children and lives between his homes in Colorado and Arizona.

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The Oracle
Penguin Books Ltd (2019)

Husband and wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo ARE BACK in a brand-new thrilling...

Raise the Titanic!
Penguin Publishing Group (2004)

On orders from the Pentagon, marine explorer Dirk Pitt must salvage crucial material from the...

The Race
Penguin Publishing Group (2011)

20th century detective Isaac Bell protects a promising aviator from her jealous husband in this...

Blue Gold: A novel from the NUMA Files

Blue Gold

A novel from the NUMA Files

Pocket Books (2000)

Clive Cussler’s New York Times bestselling Blue Gold, now available in ebook, is a...

Trojan Odyssey
Penguin Publishing Group (2004)

In his first adventure since the revelation that he’s a parent, Dirk Pitt must uncover the truth...

Atlantis Found (A Dirk Pitt Novel)
Penguin Publishing Group (2001)

Marine explorer Dirk Pitt faces off against an elite army from an era gone-by in order to uncover...

Valhalla Rising
Penguin Publishing Group (2002)

Marine explorer Dirk Pitt must rely on the nautical lore of Jules Verne to stop a ruthless oil baron...

The Chase
Penguin Publishing Group (2007)

Turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell pursues a blood-thirsty bank robber—and perhaps one of the...

Pacific Vortex!
Little, Brown Book Group (2009)

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail The thrilling first Dirk...

Little, Brown Book Group (2009)

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail The amazing second Dirk Pitt...