posts on 9/10/2009 12:44:48 AM
clive should never reserected his two long lost children in vahalia rising,I suspose that was his way of retiring. I tried to read the chase but Dirk Pitt wasn't there,Also as far as trying to read new Dirk Pitt adventures authored by his son They are just too confusing to follow.
posts on 4/20/2009 11:42:01 PM
I've been reading Clive's books in an effort to read his whole collection, in particular his Dirk Pitt adventures. Once I find a good author I read everything he has published. Although I'm reading them out of order and the last two I read were Valhalla Rising and Trojan Odyseey that explain his two children which was interesting to see how they came in after reading his more cuurent ones. BUT what I just love about this book is the beginning discussing Odysseus and they mention his wife Penelope. I just finished a painting of Penelope! I found a brief paragraph on her that I found interesting in an antique book. The story talks of how all the suitors flocked around her while he was away so many years at war. She love Odysseus and didn't want to remarry so she started weaving a shroud for her aged father-in-law and told the suitors when it was finished, she would marry one of them, but at night she would rip out what she weaved by day so it would never be finished. Then Odysseus came home and killed all the suitors! I was thrilled to see the tale I found to be worthy of expression in art referenced in a popular authors book.
posts on 3/15/2009 10:46:08 AM
I am astonished that both Clive Cussler and his publishers, Penguin Books, would make such a enormous error in this book.
Clive does such excellent research on his books are always an adventure and I cannot put one down till I am finished.
BUT this error on one of the opening pages to this book is insulting both to All Canadians, any Geography buffs,but
a black eye to Clive and his publisher and his reserch assistant should be replaced. Am I peeved, bet I am. I was shocked to see and then to read further on in the book that Montreal, Quebec, Canada had moved from it's GOD given location on the eastern part of the North American continent to the
Western part of the continent just above Montana. Now I know it is just fiction and that writers can write anything they want, but common..to move cities around. If someone wrote that Chicago, Illinois had re-located to Bangor Maine all the literary world would be screaming their heads off not to mention the Geographic community as a whole. But since it is just Canada that is severley slighted and transformed no one notices..WHY????
I would like to have an answer to this blatant screw-up, from either the Author, his publisher or the
research clerk who allowed this to be published. Re-arranging a continent should be a NO-No even in fiction.
Rita from Eastern Canada, vacationing in,beautiful, friendly but cool Texas.
posts on 12/5/2008 9:44:45 AM
I have only just started reading Cussler and am thoroughly impressed by what I have read.
Skeleton Coast and Treasure of Khan were terrific, and I have been unable to put down Lost City.
The only thing that troubles me about Lost City is that Austin is never actually notified in any way of the Fauchard's involvement in the experiments on the island, however he suddenly knows that they are.
I suppose with all literature things like this will happen, one must simply overlook them.
Keep it up, Clive. I can't wain to read more of your books.
posts on 11/28/2008 6:36:01 PM
Looking for the novel in which Dirk marries the lady Senator. Looking for any of Clive Gussler's books in large print. Thank you.
posts on 9/6/2008 6:42:43 PM
Need some in getting the name of Mr Cusslers' book where he describes either "American Town" or "Silver Town" which is located near Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. If anybody can tell me the title of this particular book will be appreciated. TKS in advance. Pls advise.
posts on 7/18/2008 4:26:00 PM
Were the following Clive Cussler books ever in Hardback?
Blue Gold, Dark Watch, Golden Buddha,
Sacred Stone, Serpent, Skeleton Coast.
posts on 3/15/2008 12:07:09 AM
I just finised reading "THE CHASE" by Clive Cussler and would like to give my opinion. The story starts out very well, but soon begins to lose its flair, it gets rediculouse and down right insulting to a person who tries to word paint as they are reading the book. He does spend a lot of time describing women from someone elses eyes. Sure likes red hair. He should do more research whenhe brings up items of the past.
Wedon from Canada
posts on 1/5/2008 6:36:16 PM
Up to now I have read every book written by clive cussler. I just finished "The Chase". Although I enjoyed the book, I was disappointed that none of the orginal characters were in this book. I would like to see the next books go back to adventures with Dirk and his crew.
posts on 12/22/2007 5:21:02 PM
Early Pitt is best but.... I am currently reading Sahara (from 1992) and it is really great. i am speeding through it like i have never done with any of the other books. far better than the movie (which i do enjoy). i own and have read all but a couple of the Pitt books (Inca Gold and the latest one)... all out of sequence, mind you. Sahara aside, i find the earlier books, from the 70's through 80's, are the stronger reads. i think Cussler's writing was tighter then (maybe he had a better editor at the time?) and his stories and characters felt fresher and more interesting. i agree that Cussler's writing style is a bit clunky here and there... very wordy, though i do love the attention to detail... there are instances where he uses more words than necessary to say something. it could be punchier sometimes. now - having said all that, it was actually Valhalla Rising that was my first Cussler book. yes, a book from very late in the series, yet it drew me in big time and i was hooked. i've hunted down all the others, many as older editions from the time of their release (i prefer used books bearing the first cover art - some is quite nice). the books aren't for everyone, but they ARE for ME. even when it's a weak story, i still get a kick out of hanging out with Dirk and the gang again. as for the "cheesy" dialogue, well, i might wince at it now and then, but hey, this is all tongue-in-cheek high adventure. great stuff!
posts on 12/22/2007 7:10:51 AM
I just read a Clive Cussler book for the first time (Atlantis Found) and I have to say that although the story was good, it was just way too wordy. (I know that's an odd complaint for a book, but just bear with me.) Mr. Cussler seems to put way too much unnecessary detail in. He goes on and on with overly detailed descriptions of cars and other vehicles for one. I know he's a car buff, but come on; who really cares what kind of engine is in the car his girlfriend drives??
Mr. Cussler also seems to have a VERY sexist view of women. The first woman character he introduces in the book is a pretty red head and how does he go about describing her looks? He has some guy check her out while she's not looking. Then throughout the rest of the book she's this helpless little nothing who relies totally on Dirk and Al to rescue her. At one point Dirk tells her "We're going to take you safely home." *Cheesy* The next line just makes it worse. "His words had a soothing effect, and her expression of dire anxiety slowly altered to simple uneasiness. She placed her explicit trust in him." I guess he left out the part about the poor helpless little girl swooning! Give me a break!
(I don't even want to think about the part where she took off her bra to bandage his hand! Sheesh!)
Also on the subject of the women in his book, Mr. Cussler actually has two different women call their men "Lover". I don't mean they referred to them as their lover. I mean they called them "Lover" like it's a nickname. I don't know about anyone else here, but that sounds very trashy and I don't know any women who would call their boyfriend or husband that.
With all the stuff I think he could have edited out the book would have been only about 2/3 of what it is and still been entertaining.
posts on 11/6/2007 8:32:19 AM
what is the title of the book ,where dirk pitt meets the mother of his children.
posts on 9/26/2007 4:21:05 PM
Speaking of maritime adventures, has anyone read Tom Ryan's A Sword for Pizarro? It's like Cussler's books in terms of water thrills but the characters are more relatable.
Try: holdfastbooks.com or Amazon I believe.
posts on 8/27/2007 8:31:11 AM
regarding the movies.... its all well and good making the movies but they never are as good as the books!
Having read the collection of earlier works I have found that I can keep going back to them time and time again. Not so with some of the later collaborations. They tend to be hard going at times. Still adventure and excitment keep us hanging on.
Keep it up!!!!
posts on 8/25/2007 9:26:03 PM
I have been reading Clive Clusser for some time now and have enjoyed the stories and adventures. Reading 23 of his books I have not been disapointed in the stories and plots that twist and turn and have lows and highs. The history that surounds the stories is fansinating. There is always the unexpective to look forward to. Stories and novels are like art. Either you like it or you don't. It's ok to dissagree with the story line. But if you like adventure, you are in for a exciting treat. I hope Clive continues to write and his son particiapates more in the writings in the future.
The sea has so much to offer and the history of adventures we all do not know of, have been done and should be looked at and explored.
posts on 5/23/2007 1:40:20 PM
List of Clive Cussler's Books, printed only in paper back. Does anyone have this information and willing to share. Thanks
posts on 12/21/2006 2:26:29 PM
I don´t know if I can send here my webside with all cussler-books and all covers, but at least here comes the list asked for in september (sorry for beeing so late):
1.The Mediterranean Caper (1973)
3.Raise the Titanic (1976)
4.Vixen 03 (1978)
5.Night Probe (1981)
6.Pacific Vortex (1983)
7.Deep Six (1984)
12.Inca Gold (1994)
14.The Sea Hunters (1996)
15.Flood Tide (1997)
16.Dirk Pitt Revealed (1998)
18.Atlantis Found (1999)
19.Blue Gold (2000)
20.Valhalla Rising (2001)
21.Fire Ice (2001)
22.The Sea Hunters II (2001)
23.White Death (2003)
24.Golden Buddha (2003)
25.Trojan Odyssey (2003)
26.Lost City (2004)
27.Sacred Stone (2004)
28.Black Wind (2004)
29.Polar Shift (2005)
30.Dark Shift (2005)
31.Skeleton Coast (2006)
32.The Treasure of Khan (2006)
33.The Navigator (????)
Well, I hope this helps...
posts on 12/19/2006 10:35:36 PM
I'm afraid I gave up aftere Clive Cussler disappeared. Kirk Austin just does not do it for me. And as for Black Wind, I absolutely hated it. I do watch Sea Hunters on TV and love it
Betty J Sullivan
posts on 12/19/2006 9:29:20 PM
I have read all of your previous books and am a great fan. Some are better than others but hey, that's ok. In fact I just also bought Skeleton Coast but have not read it yet. I thought the Kahn book was just great. Dirk and family got into so many "scrapes" that I could not put it down, all 500+ pages. Can hardly wait for the next one which I imagine will take some time before we see another. Thanks so much for so many hours of good reading thru the years.
posts on 12/19/2006 6:57:09 PM
im sorry to say but i find clive cussler's books very dull. i had to read one of his books for a class and could'nt get into it at all