Books by Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, the Grand Master of the American action adventure novel, grew up in Alhambra, California. He later attended Pasadena City College for two years, but then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War where he served as an aircraft mechani

SEA OF GREED  by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Fast-paced, imaginative fun. May Kurt and crew survive, as there's a good series to continue."
The latest maritime thriller in the NUMA series starring Kurt Austin (The Rising Sea, 2018, etc.) Read full book review >
SHADOW TYRANTS by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Readers probably won't lie awake worrying whether all this could really happen. Fast-moving, implausible fun."
Ancient knowledge and present-day evildoers threaten the world order in the latest entry in Cussler and Morrison's Oregon series (Typhoon Fury, 2017).Read full book review >
THE GRAY GHOST  by Clive Cussler
Released: May 29, 2018

"Thriller fans will delight in this latest escapade. Cussler and co-author Burcell have delivered a winner."
The 10th and latest Sam and Remi Fargo adventure (The Romanov Ransom, 2017, etc.) is a fast-paced tale that reaches back to the early days of automotive glory. Read full book review >
TYPHOON FURY by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Cussler and Morrison will always entertain when you're tired of binge-watching TV action shows."
Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon's crew are imperiled by Filipino communist guerrillas armed with deadly aquatic drones in Cussler and long-time co-writer Morrison's (The Emperor's Revenge, 2016, etc.) latest spy-ship adventure. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Cussler's plots sometime slip outside of the box of believability, but he's always entertaining."
Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna offered a mega-fortune in jewels while attempting to ransom Czar Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks, but she certainly didn't expect those riches to finance a Nazi Fourth Reich. Read full book review >
NIGHTHAWK by Clive Cussler
Released: May 30, 2017

"Cussler and company deliver another fun page-turner with a plot ranging from the highly improbable to the totally implausible."
Cussler and Brown (The Pharaoh's Secret, 2015, etc.) yank National Underwater and Marine Agency stalwart Kurt Austin off a Hawaiian beach where he's chasing big waves. He's needed to find the Nighthawk, an exotic spacecraft lost by the U.S. Air Force and the National Security Agency. Read full book review >
THE CUTTHROAT by Clive Cussler
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there's a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting."
It's No. 10 in the Cussler and Scott (The Gangster, 2016, etc.) series chronicling the adventures of rich man-sleuth Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency as the 20th century dawns. Read full book review >
ODESSA SEA by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Sketch out some exotic, ephemeral settings, make every villain as nasty as possible, and it's another of Cussler's cinematic-style entertainments spinning out at hold-on-to-your-hat speed."
Cussler's conglomerate (Built to Thrill, 2016, etc.) gives fans their money's worth with 500 pages chronicling Dirk Pitt's Black Sea adventures while hopscotching back to the Russian Revolution, then up to today's Iranian quest for nuclear weapons, and throwing in a rogue terror attack on the United States for good measure. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2016

"The Cussler conglomerate holds the patent on the Don't analyze, turn the page! manly action adventure."
Cussler (Piranha, 2015, etc.) charges co-author Morrison with chronicling another rollicking Juan Cabrillo adventure. Read full book review >
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Cussler and Company continue the winning formula, and this jungle episode, featuring exotic locales and an interesting back story, will satisfy the cravings of every fan."
"There was no such thing as an honest fortune," Sam and Remi Fargo are reminded as they undertake another treasure-hunting adventure in Cussler's (The Eye of Heaven, 2014, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
PIRANHA by Clive Cussler
Released: May 26, 2015

"One-dimensional characters but standard Cussler and Co. multidimensional action."
Cussler and Morrison open The Oregon Files and relate another action-adventure featuring Juan Cabrillo and his merry men.Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series."
Cussler and Scott (The Bootlegger, 2014, etc.) send detective Isaac Bell on his eighth historical action-adventure, this time tackling the "Octopus," otherwise known as Standard Oil.Read full book review >
HAVANA STORM by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Another super Cussler fun read fit for a lazy weekend."
In a quest connecting Aztecs, the Spanish-American War and boatloads of modern villains, Cussler pater et filius (Poseidon's Arrow, 2012, etc.) chronicle another adventure of the venerable Dirk Pitt, chief of the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Read full book review >
THE EYE OF HEAVEN by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An inane but inoffensive potboiler, to be quickly and pleasantly consumed and forgotten."
The Fargos are back, again going far. Read full book review >
GHOST SHIP by Clive Cussler
Released: May 27, 2014

"Once more, Cussler and Brown (Zero Hour, 2013, etc.) paint with such broad strokes that Kurt's adventures aren't so much written as whitewashed."
Kurt Austin and his National Underwater Marine Agency team save the world yet again, this time from a criminal family that's been hijacking the innocent and taking hostages for four generations. Read full book review >
THE BOOTLEGGER by Clive Cussler
Released: March 4, 2014

"Great fun from one of the better Cussler series."
The seventh page-turner in the Cussler series featuring indomitable detective Isaac Bell. Read full book review >
MIRAGE by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Above-average action from Cussler."
Cussler and Du Brul (The Jungle, 2011, etc.) draw another adventure from The Oregon Files. Read full book review >
THE MAYAN SECRETS by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Cussler connoisseurs will approve. Others can enjoy it as a stand-alone adventure."
Cussler (The Tombs, 2012, etc.) drops treasure-hunting Sam and Remi Fargo into Mayan mysteries. Read full book review >
ZERO HOUR by Clive Cussler
Released: May 28, 2013

"A C-minus effort."
The latest from Cussler (The Storm, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STRIKER by Clive Cussler
Released: March 5, 2013

"Classic Cussler, offering action in an interesting setting."
Cussler and company add to his fifth series, following the handsome young investigator Isaac Bell as he goes solo for the first time on a case for the Van Dorn Detective Agency. Read full book review >
POSEIDON'S ARROW by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Ranging from Panama and Mexico to Idaho and Washington, D.C., this book is constantly on the move—one reason it avoids dull spots so well."
The United States is on the brink of approving the fastest, most powerful attack submarine ever when its designer is killed and his plans are stolen. In his efforts to recover a crucial piece of the prototype, superseaman Dirk Pitt faces a series of violent encounters on land and water. Read full book review >
THE TOMBS by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Even with a plot hole or two, a tacked-on narrative thread about a corporate treasure-hunting enterprise and a believability buy in—the Fargo's bottomless money bucket—Cussler fans can expect more than a few hours of page-turning action."
Cussler and company (The Kingdom, 2011, etc.) send treasure hunters extraordinaire, Sam and Remi Fargo, onto the windy steppes of the ancient Hun empire searching for the tomb of the Scourge of God. Read full book review >
THE STORM by Clive Cussler
Released: May 29, 2012

"Classic Cussler: testosterone-driven action, over-the-horizon technical wizardry, beautiful and talented women and exotic locations."
Cussler (Devil's Gate, 2011, etc.), with co-author Brown, dips into the NUMA Files for another Kurt Austin action-on-the-sea escapade. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S GATE by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Vintage Cussler (Crescent Dawn, 2010, etc.), and just right for the armchair techie who likes his action nonstop and his characters uncomplicated. Nuance-seekers look elsewhere."
In Cussler's latest, this time with Brown co-authoring, an African dictator decides he gets no respect, and so woe betide the world. Read full book review >
CRESCENT DAWN by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Cussler, writing with his son, once again blends history, technical knowledge, bombs, bullets and betrayal into cinematic action."
Mix terrorists, Roman artifacts, delusions of dynasty and irrefutable physical evidence that Jesus of Nazareth lived, then add water—from the Mediterranean Sea—and you get another aquatic adventure starring Dirk Pitt and his colleagues at NUMA. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

"A publishing event that demands an apology to the industry, all children and the trees that gave their lives. (Magical adventure. 7-10)"
Casey and Lacey Nicefolk are itching for another adventure. Read full book review >
THE CHASE by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Thin characters, fat plot-holes, sluggish pacing and Cussler's signature clunky prose."
The smartest shamus on earth tracks the planet's cleverest lowlife in the latest to roll from the Cussler assembly line (Polar Shift, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE NAVIGATOR by Clive Cussler
Released: June 5, 2007

"A small—very small—step up from Saturday morning adventure cartoons."
A super-evil, swarthy zillionaire locks horns with the super-good, fabulously resourceful Kurt Austin (Polar Shift, 2005, etc.) of the National Underwater and Maritime Agency (NUMA). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Kids can be more discriminating than adults. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Seeking a younger audience, Cussler adds a broad streak of magic to the action/adventure formula of his adult bestsellers. Read full book review >
POLAR SHIFT by Clive Cussler
Released: Aug. 30, 2005

"Glacial pace, paper-thin characters, slap-dash prose and a probable warm welcome from a large and loyal audience."
When the earth's poles are apart, everyone's comfy. Shift them a bit, you get headaches. Shift them a lot, you're in for cataclysm. Read full book review >
BLACK WIND by Clive Cussler
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A father-son action thriller penned by a father-son team that more than maintains the supercharged Cusslerian danger. Don't stir that silt!"
Eighteenth Dirk Pitt underwater sea-thriller (Trojan Odyssey, 2003, etc.), now co-authored with Cussler's son Dirk. Read full book review >
SACRED STONE by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"The usual Cussler the Incredible, crammed with endless technological detail and ablaze with action."
The multitudes of fans awaiting each new work the Mighty Cussler Factory pumps out must wonder which Cussler they'll get next. Read full book review >
TROJAN ODYSSEY by Clive Cussler
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous."
Clive the Mighty has found a formula for his terrific escapist plots and sees no reason to alter it. Read full book review >
GOLDEN BUDDHA by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Honestly fabulous."
Sailing the high seas with Cussler once again. Read full book review >
WHITE DEATH by Clive Cussler
Released: July 1, 2003

"Zestful heroics. Should rise to the top like one of Cussler's real-life lost ships."
Fourth in the new, co-authored, Kurt Austin series (Fire Ice, 2002, etc.), which has been received with restrained jubilance. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 2002

"A lively narrative slickly done: nothing wrong with that, but intelligent readers who like their history straight up may find it simply annoying."
The creator of the immensely popular series of marine and underwater adventures starring Dirk Pitt (Valhalla Rising, 2001, etc.) returns with a sequel to his nonfiction Sea Hunters (1996). Read full book review >
FIRE ICE by Clive Cussler
Released: June 3, 2002

"Fans may miss Dirk Pitt, but the story goes down like a chilled Stolichnaya martini."
Following trade paperback originals Serpent (1999) and Blue Gold (2001), this third dual-authored novel "from the NUMA Files" leaps to hardcover status. Read full book review >
VALHALLA RISING by Clive Cussler
Released: Aug. 13, 2001

"Who is in top form here, easily tying together Viking relics, a Confederate submarine, and a lost ship running on seawater as Pitt's past rises up to claim him."
The ever-kinetic Cussler brings back Dirk Pitt, who recently discovered the lost continent of Atlantis in Antarctica (Atlantis Found, 1999).Read full book review >
ATLANTIS FOUND by Clive Cussler
Released: Dec. 6, 1999

"Cussler fans will have no complaint as the Master revs up his novel to 40 knots per hour and sweeps the reader into the fabled past."
Dirk Pitt returns in his first undersea adventure since Flood Tide (1997). Read full book review >
FLOOD TIDE by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"Speedy storytelling and great fun."
Dirk Pitt returns for his 11th undersea adventure (Shock Wave, 1996, etc.), still as far out and full of derring-do as ever. Read full book review >
THE SEA HUNTERS by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The lively text includes a number of handsome, helpful maps, plus line drawings of designated vessels and the vanished locomotive."
Life has imitated pop art in the case of best-selling author Cussler (Shock Wave, 1996; Sahara, 1992; etc.), whose avocation is locating great ships lost in deep waters. Read full book review >
SHOCK WAVE by Clive Cussler
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

"Tireless mechanical nomenclature, but furious storytelling."
Cussler's most adult, least comic-strip-y entry yet in the Dirk Pitt sea sagas. Read full book review >
SAHARA by Clive Cussler
Released: June 1, 1992

"For the faithful."
Not since Treasure (1988), when Dirk Pitt discovered Cleopatra's barge in Texas (or was it on the Mississippi Delta?), has Cussler come up with so far-fetched a story as this herein, the tenth Pitt novel. Read full book review >
DRAGON by Clive Cussler
Released: June 4, 1990

Ninth installment in the Dirk Pitt ocean-bottom salvage saga (Raise the Titanic, Cyclops, Treasure), with a dramatic upgrading in the writing. Read full book review >
TREASURE by Clive Cussler
Released: April 7, 1988

"Just titanic."
In this latest chapter in the Dirk Pitt saga (Raise the Titanic!, Cyclops)—which finds the recovery mariner seeking a truly mind-boggling treasure—Cussler pumps out yet another preposterous plotboiler with uncappable good cheer. Read full book review >
CYCLOPS by Clive Cussler
Released: Feb. 1, 1985

"Nicely paced junk, expertly set in motion for ultraescapists who like hollow noises between their ears."
Comic-strip specialist Cussler (Raise the Titanic!) returns with as implausible a tale as he can invent, again featuring death-proof underwater-recovery mariner Dirk Pitt. Read full book review >
DEEP SIX by Clive Cussler
Released: May 21, 1984

"In short: more of the same from unpretentious, hard-working actioneer Cussler—with faceless characters, loopy plotting, solid techno-detail, and (this time) more than a glimmer of Yellow Peril racism."
More farfetched doings for Dirk Pitt, director of special projects at the National Underwater and Marine Agency—starting, circa 1989, when people start dropping horribly dead in Alaskan waters: somehow, it seems, ultrasecret Nerve Agent S has been leaking into the sea up there! Read full book review >
NIGHT PROBE! by Clive Cussler
Released: Aug. 3, 1981

"Utter folderol, but lots of zippy fun."
Exclamation-point-happy Cussler (Raise the Titanic!) is in zesty form here, inflating a balloon of nonsense that maintains a steady, technological-comic-strip interest. Read full book review >
VIXEN 03 by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 23, 1978

"But there is an audience for this sort of utter balderdash, and Cussler—though this time he hasn't got a socko grabber like the Titanic—knows how to raise it."
Dirk Pitt, whose NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) managed to Raise the Titanic, is on another futurist salvage operation. Read full book review >
RAISE THE TITANIC! by Clive Cussler
Released: Oct. 26, 1976

"However, watch it, since a readership which won't stop to come up for air has been indicated."
This is already making waves—a $40,000 advertising budget; $800,000 paperback sale, and guess what it will look like in shuddering Sensurround. Read full book review >
ICEBERG by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 1, 1975

"Styleless stuff, for all the derivative bravura."
Major Dirk Pitt, sent to investigate a ship the Coast Guard has discovered embedded in a North Atlantic iceberg, finds a mysterious hole bored through the ice to the ship itself. Read full book review >