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The Best Clive Cussler Books of All Time

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Includes novels that Cussler co-wrote with other writers

List of the best Clive Cussler books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success in the millions of copies sold, there's no doubt that Clive Cussler is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Cussler is a novelist who loves adventure, particularly seaside adventure. Many of Cussler's novels are focused around adventurer Dirk Pitt, who was brought to life by Matthew McConaughey in the 2005 film Sahara. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Clive Cussler who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

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  • Deep Six is an English-language adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by Simon & Schuster in 1984. This is the seventh book featuring the author's primary protagonist, Dirk ...more
  • Inca Gold is a novel written by Clive Cussler. First published in 1994, it is the twelfth book in Cussler's Dirk Pitt series.
  • Dragon
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    Dragon is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 10th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt. In 1945, a B-29 bomber carrying a third nuclear bomb to Japan is shot over ...more
  • Blue Gold is the second book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in 2000. The main character of this series is Kurt Austin. Blue ...more
  • Treasure is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the ninth book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt.
  • Vixen 03 is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the fourth book to feature the author’s primary protagonist Dirk Pitt.
  • Cyclops
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    Cyclops is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 8th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt. A wealthy American financier disappears on a treasure hunt in an ...more
  • Arctic Drift is a Dirk Pitt novel, the 20th of the series and was released on November 25, 2008.
  • Night Probe! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 5th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt. Published in 1981, it is set in the near future of 1989, a date with ...more
  • Shock Wave is a book written by Clive Cussler. First published in 1996, it is the thirteenth book in Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. The events in the book take place between January and March 2000.
  • Atlantis Found is a 1999 novel by Clive Cussler, the fifteenth book in the Dirk Pitt series.
  • Flood Tide is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 14th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt. He must rescue illegal immigrants from a Chinese tycoon and locate the ...more
  • Serpent
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    → Serpent is the first book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by best-selling author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in 1999. The main character of this series is Kurt ...more
  • Sahara
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    Sahara is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. First published in 1992, it is the eleventh book in Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. In 2005 the film Sahara was released based on the book.
  • Skeleton Coast is the 4th installment of the The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler & Jack B. Du Brul. It involves Juan Cabrillo and his crew of concerned mercenaries, as they attempt to quell a ...more
  • Raise the Titanic! is a 1976 adventure novel by Clive Cussler, published in the United States by the Viking Press. It tells the story of efforts to bring the remains of the ill-fated ocean liner RMS ...more
  • Lost City is a 2004 novel by Clive Cussler. It was printed by Penguin publishers ISBN 0-7181-4735-9. It tells of Kurt Austin's dealings with the Fauchard family, which has dominated the weapons ...more
  • Polar Shift is the sixth book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by best-selling author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in 2005. The main character of this series is ...more
  • Pacific Vortex! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the sixth book released featuring the author's primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt, though the author states that this was the first story ...more
  • Iceberg
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    Iceberg is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1975. This is the 2nd published book to feature the author’s primary protagonist Dirk Pitt.
  • Valhalla Rising is a 2001 Clive Cussler book in the Dirk Pitt series. The events depicted in the book take place between July and August 2003.
  • Trojan Odyssey is a Dirk Pitt novel by Clive Cussler, published first in 2003.
  • The Navigator is the seventh book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by best-selling author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in June 2007. The main character of this ...more
  • The Jungle is the eighth novel of Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series. The hardcover edition was released March 8, 2011. Other editions were released on other dates.
  • Plague Ship is the 5th installment of The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul. It recounts a series of violent viral attacks on cruise ships by extremists who want to make half the worlds ...more