Clive Cussler was a well known adventure novelist who is many times referred to as the “ Grand Master of adventure.” He was born on July 15, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois but spent most of his growing up days in Alhambra, California.
Clive sadly passed away on February 24th, 2020.
After attending Pasadena City College for a couple of years he joined the US Air Force and served during the Korean War. He worked up to the status of Sergeant while he was in the Air Force and served as an aircraft mechanic as well as a flight engineer working in various capacities for air transport services. Upon being discharged from the military he worked as a copywriter and then took a position with two ad agencies where he was the creative director. During his time with the ad agencies, Cussler wrote and produced numerous television and radio commercials which won several international awards. One of these awards was given at the prominent Cannes Film Festival.
Early Writing Career
In 1965, Cussler began working on his first Dirk Pitt novel and published it in the year 1973. He released The Sea Hunters, his first non fiction work, was published in 1996. In May of 1997, the Board of Governors of the Maritime College at the State University of New York considered this work in lieu of the thesis required to obtain a Ph.D., and therefore awarded him a Doctor of Letters degree. This was highly unusual since the college had not bestowed such a degree since its founding in 1874.
When Cussler’s wife started working nights at their local police department, he found himself with too much time and no one to talk to so he chose to start writing. Because of his background he created his most remembered character, Dirk Pitt who was a marine engineer, adventurer and government agent. His first couple of novels were basic maritime thrillers but when he wrote the third, it set the precedent for years to come. Cussler had found his niche as he began crafting the type of novel he would be noted for. His novels are known for the perfect blend of high technology and high adventure and usually involved sunken treasures, lost ships, beautiful women and stereotypical maniac villains. He based many of his novels by looking at things from a historical perspective and considered things like if Atlantis was actually real or what if Lincoln was not assassinated, but kidnapped instead? He has had more than 17 of his written works make the best-seller list for the New York Times.
Cussler Outside of Writing
The National Underwater and Marine Agency, or NUMA, is a non profit organization which was founded by Cussler. The organization is dedicated to discovering and sharing both maritime and naval history. Cussler and an entire crew of marine experts along with numerous NUMA volunteers have been able to discover more than 60 underwater wreck sites which have historical significance. Once they verified these finds, the artifacts were handed over to various government entities, universities and non profit organizations around the globe. Along with serving as Chairman of NUMA, Clive Cussler is also a fellow in the Royal Geographic Society in London and the Explorers Club of New York. Cussler is also known as an avid collector of classic automobiles. He owns some excellent examples of 50’s convertibles and custom coachwork that are available anywhere. He houses these beauties in Golden, Colorado and divides his time between the desert of Arizona and mountains of Colorado.
Written Works of Clive Cussler
Cussler has written books which have been published in over 40 different languages and in over 100 countries. His fan base is comprised of over 90 million crazed fans. His books are divided and organized into various types and by series. Here are the books and series written by Cussler:
The Dirk Pitt Series includes The Mediterranean Caper in (1973), Iceberg in (1975), Raise the Titanic in (1976), Vixen 03 in (1981), Night Probe in (1981), Pacific Vortex in (1983), Deep Six in (1984), Cyclops in (1986), Treasure in (1988), Dragon in (1990), Sahara in (1992), Inca Gold in (1994), Shock Wave in (1996), Flood Tide in (1997), Atlantis Found in (1999), Valhalla Rising in (2001), Trojan Odyssey in (2003), Black Wind in (2004), Treasure of Khan in (2006), Arctic Drift in (2008), Crescent Dawn in (2010) and Poseiden’s Arrow in the year (2012).
He also wrote the Numa Files Series which includes Serpent written on (1999), Blue Gold in (2000), Fire Ice in (2002), White Death in (2003), Lost City in (2004), Polar Shift in (2005), The Navigator in (2007), Medusa in (2009), Devil’s Gate in (2011), The Storm in (2012) and Zero Hour which he finished just recently this year (2013).
Clive Cussler’s Oregon Files Series includes the following: Golden Buddha in (2003), Sacred Stone in (2004), Dark Watch in (2005), Skeleton Coast in (2006), Plague Ship in (2008), Corsair in (2009), The Silent Sea in (2010), The Jungle in (2011) and Mirage in (2013). His Isaac Bell Series includes The Chase in (2007), The Wrecker in (2009), The Spy in (2010), The Race in (2011), The Thief in (2012), The Striker in (2013) and The Bootlegger (2014)
Fargo Adventure Series includes Spartan Gold in (2009), Lost Empire in (2010), The Kingdom in (2011), and The Mayan Secrets (2013)
Clive Cussler worked on Non-Fiction Books like The Sea Hunters, written in (1996), Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt Revealed in the year (1998), The Sea Hunters II in (2002) and Built for Adventure in the year (2011). He also wrote some Children’s Books such as The Adventure of Vin Fiz, written in the year (2006) and The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy in (2010)
Books to Film
Cussler has had several books which have been displayed on the big screen. The first film that was made from a Cussler book was his hit novel,Raise the Titanic!. This riveting story was filmed for only $36 million but when it was all said it done, it grossed over $13 million. Paramount Pictures also made a movie from his work, Sahara which was released in 2005.This movie grossed over $120 million.
Most Notable Character
Dirk Pitt is by far the best known of Cussler’s characters. This fictional character is found as a protagonist in Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series. Dirk is portrayed as an adventurer who seizes any opportunity he has of saving the day. Dirk’s life resembles Cussler in many ways down to his passion for classic cars. Pitt’s is characterized as one who loves the sea and does not shy away from challenges; but actually embraces them.
Books in order of publication by series:
Dirk Pitt Books
|The Mediterranean Caper||(1973)|
|Raise the Titanic!||(1976)|
|Treasure of Khan||(2006)|
NUMA Files Books
|The Pharaoh’s Secret||(2015)|
|The Rising Sea||(2018)|
|Sea of Greed||(2018)|
|Journey of the Pharaohs||(2020)|
Oregon Files Books
|The Silent Sea||(2010)|
|The Emperor’s Revenge||(2016)|
Isaac Bell Books
|The Titanic Secret||(2019)|
Fargo Adventures Books
|The Mayan Secrets||(2013)|
|The Eye of Heaven||(2014)|
|The Solomon Curse||(2015)|
|The Romanov Ransom||(2017)|
|The Gray Ghost||(2018)|
|The Adventures of Vin Fiz||(2006)|
|The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy||(2010)|
|The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks||(1996)|
|Clive Cussler and 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 and Dirk Pitt||(2011)|
|Built to Thrill||(2016)|