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


THE BOOTLEGGER by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 >
THE ADVENTURES OF HOTSY TOTSY by Clive Cussler
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

Casey and Lacey Nicefolk are itching for another adventure. Read full book review >

THE CHASE by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
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 >
THE ADVENTURES OF VIN FIZ by Clive Cussler
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

Sailing the high seas with Cussler once again.

Cussler's first mate on the computer, Craig Dirgo, also copilot for The Sea-Hunters (1996) and The Sea-Hunters II: More True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks (2002), signs on for his first tour as same for Cussler's fiction, joining him in a new paperback series featuring the Oregon files. 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 >
HISTORY
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
THRILLERS
Released: June 3, 2002

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
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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

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

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
HISTORY
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
THRILLERS
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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 >