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Clive Cussler is the author of over twenty-five internationally bestselling books, including the Dirk Pitt adventure series, the NUMA Files novels and the Oregon Files Adventures.

He 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 mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon his discharge, he became a copywriter and later creative director for two leading ad agencies. At that time, he wrote and produced radio and television commercials that won numerous international awards, one at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Cussler began writing in 1965 and published his first novel featuring Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first non-fiction work, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. Because of this work the Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May of 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is the founder the National Underwater & Marine Agency, (NUMA), a non-profit organisation that dedicates itself to American maritime and naval history. In addition to being Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London.

A noted collector of classic automobiles, Cussler owns 85 of the finest examples of custom coachwork and 50's convertibles to be found anywhere. They are garaged near Golden, Colorado. Today, Cussler divides his time between the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Arizona.

Books by Clive Cussler

The Cutthroat
Odessa Sea
The Emperor's Revenge
The Gangster
Typhoon Fury
Typhoon Fury: Oregon Files #12
The Romanov Ransom: Fargo Adventures #9
Nighthawk
Built To Thrill
Pirate
The Solomon Curse: A Fargo Adventure
The Emperor's Revenge
The Assassin
Skeleton Coast~ Oregon Files
Trojan Odyssey~ A Dirk Pitt Adventure
The Navigator~ Numa Files
Dark Watch~ A Novel From The Oregon Files
The Pharaoh's Secret
The Wrecker
White Death~ Numa Files
The Eye Of Heaven
The Solomon Curse
Lost City~ Numa Files
Piranha
'Exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes – Cussler's fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.' Associated Press