Creator / Clive Cussler

Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931) is an American Action-Adventure writer, and is often referred to as the grandmaster of adventure. While he is most known for his Dirk Pitt Adventures series, he has written over 50 different adventure novels in five separate series of books, although he has more recently been cowriting most of them with other authors. Cussler also has a son, Dirk, who often cowrites the series with him as well as a collection of classic cars, specimens of which often pop up in his books.The series themselves are:

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     Dirk Pitt Adventures 
Clive Cussler's main series, which chronicles the adventures of Dirk Pitt, Special Projects Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, a government agency that specializes in exploring the ocean and excavating underwater artifacts. Later on in the series, he becomes the director of the agency as well as learns he has children who join the main character cast.
  • The Mediterranean Caper
  • Iceberg
  • Raise the Titanic
  • Vixen 03
  • Night Probe!
  • Pacific Vortex*
  • Deep Six
  • Cyclops
  • Treasure
  • Dragon
  • Sahara
  • Inca Gold
  • Shock Wave
  • Flood Tide
  • Atlantis Found
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Trojan Odyssey
  • Black Wind
  • Treasure of Khan
  • Arctic Drift
  • Crescent Dawn
  • Poseidon's Arrow
  • Havana Storm (to be released)

  • While Pacific Vortex was the first book to be written, it was the sixth to be published.

     The NUMA Files 
Cussler's second series, which focuses on Kurt Austin, the leader of NUMA's Special Assignments division. While Austin was meant to replace Pitt as the new protagonist, the two series ended up running concurrently.
  • Serpent
  • Blue Gold
  • Fire Ice
  • White Death
  • Lost City
  • Polar Shift
  • The Navigator
  • Medusa
  • Devil's Gate
  • The Storm
  • Zero Hour
  • Ghost Ship (to be released)

     The Oregon Files 
Cussler's third series features Juan Cabrillo, leader of the mysterious Corporation and captain of his ship called The Oregon. The ship and its crew functions as a business that takes jobs for organizations such as the CIA.
  • Golden Buddha
  • Sacred Stone
  • Dark Watch
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Plague Ship
  • Corsair
  • The Silent Sea
  • The Jungle
  • Mirage

     Isaac Bell Adventures 
Cussler's fourth series is set in early 20th century United States and follows the adventures of Isaac Bell, an investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency.
  • The Chase
  • The Wrecker
  • The Spy
  • The Race
  • The Thief
  • The Striker
  • The Bootlegger

     Fargo Adventures 
Cussler's fifth series centers around professional treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo.
  • Spartan Gold
  • Lost Empire
  • The Kingdom
  • The Tombs
  • The Mayan Secrets
  • The Eye of Heaven (to be released)

Works by Clive Cussler with their own pages include:

Other works by Clive Cussler contain examples of:

  • Cargo Cult: The NUMA Files book The Storm features a cargo cult in the climax of the book, one formed when a damaged, out of control American cargo ship fleeing Japanese attack ran aground on the island. Not only that, but the natives still had in their possession the top secret superweapon entrusted to them by the injured American sailors, which the main character uses to rescue a hijacked artificial island.
  • Cool, Clear Water: In the Isaac Bell novel The Wrecker, a temperance group tries to demonstrate how dangerous alcohol is by showing how a few drops of alcohol can kill all the various microbes living in a small container of water. The audience, seeing how many things were living in their well water, resolve to never touch it again.
  • Divided States of America: The first NUMA Files book, Serpent, had a Big Bad who not only wanted to make himself leader of a country called Angelica formed from the Southwest plus Mexico, but also had contingencies in place for the Chinese-controlled Pacifica, plus Quebec separating from Canada and the Maritime Provinces, cut off from the rest of the country, joining the remainder of the USA.
  • Evil Plan: Some examples from the NUMA Files series:
    • Blue Gold: Take control of the world's fresh water supply for global dominance.
    • Fire Ice: Unleash methane to create tidal waves to ravage the U.S. while turning Russia's climate more temperate.
    • White Death: Create special mutated super-fish to change the ocean eco-system to push your own supply of fresh fish.
  • I Have Your Wife: This is attempted on Sam Fargo in The Tombs. It fails miserably. Sam mounts a rescue while Remi plots a daring escape. For good measure, they set fire to the kidnapper's house on the way out.
  • Revealing Cover Up: A recurring plot device in the Fargo Adventures. The Fargos find some obscure item which is at least four steps away from in one case an artifact the villain wanted to find, and in another a secret the villain wants to conceal. So the villain sends assassins after them, letting the Fargos know that their totally innocuous discovery was important somehow. Had they just purchased the item at a fair price, or simply ignored them entirely, the villain would have succeeded.
  • Time Skip: Invoked in the Isaac Bell series with the novel The Bootlegger, which takes place in the 1920's as opposed to the early 1900's and 1910's. Sadly, it turns out that the years were not kind to the Van Dorn Detective Agency; The outbreak of the first World War had upended the agency, with many of their men dying in the trenches or from the influenza epidemic. To make things worse, the Prohibition and resulting bootlegging industry caused an upsurge in corruption, both from the organizations the Agency worked with and from within the Agency itself.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The NUMA Files books do this. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are plot A, Paul Trout and his wife Gamay Morgan-Trout are Plot B. Then because of various reasons there will be parts where Austin will work with Trout while Zavala and Gamay work together. Which gets humorous when Kurt and Paul have to sneak around because Trout is nearly 7-feet tall.