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The Best Clive Cussler Books of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.9k votes 612 voters 33.1k views41 items

List RulesIncludes 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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  • Sahara1
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    Sahara

    Clive Cussler

    SubjectsLiterary, Sahara, Espionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Sahara is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. First published in 1992, it is the eleventh...  more
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  • Inca Gold2
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    32

    Inca Gold

    Clive Cussler

    SubjectsEspionage, Smuggling, Adventure, Antiquities

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Inca Gold is a novel written by Clive Cussler. First published in 1994, it is the twelfth book...  more
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  • Atlantis Found3
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    26

    Atlantis Found

    Clive Cussler, R. Garcia y Robertson

    First Published1999-12-06

    SubjectsAtlantis

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Adventure, Thriller, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Atlantis Found is a 1999 novel by Clive Cussler, the fifteenth book in the Dirk Pitt series....  more
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  • Raise the Titanic4
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    33

    Raise the Titanic

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1976

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Raise the Titanic! is a 1976 adventure novel by Clive Cussler, published in the United States...  more
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  • Treasure5
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    27

    Treasure

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1988

    SubjectsUnited States of America, History, Adventure, Greenland, Espionage

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Speculative fiction, Adventure novel, Techno-thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Treasure is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the ninth book featuring the...  more
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  • The Kingdom6
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    8

    The Kingdom

    Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    The Kingdom is a book written by Grant Blackwood and Clive Cussler....  more
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  • Cyclops7
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    12

    Cyclops

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1986

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Cyclops is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 8th book featuring the...  more
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  • Dragon8
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    11

    Dragon

    Clive Cussler

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dragon is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 10th book featuring the author’s...  more
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  • Night Probe!9
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    15

    Night Probe!

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1981-08

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Night Probe! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 5th book featuring the...  more
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  • Corsair10
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    Corsair

    Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul

    First Published2009-03-10

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Corsair is the 6th novel in The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. The book...  more
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  • Shock Wave11
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    16

    Shock Wave

    Clive Cussler, Tony Abbott

    First Published1996-01-02

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Shock Wave is a book written by Clive Cussler. First published in 1996, it is the thirteenth...  more
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  • Trojan Odyssey12
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    Trojan Odyssey

    Clive Cussler

    First Published2003-11-24

    SubjectsLiterary, Ocean, Adventure, Nicaragua, Antiquities

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Trojan Odyssey is a Dirk Pitt novel by Clive Cussler, published first in 2003....  more
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  • Valhalla Rising13
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    Valhalla Rising

    Clive Cussler

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Valhalla Rising is a 2001 Clive Cussler book in the Dirk Pitt series. The events depicted in...  more
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  • Pacific Vortex!14
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    15

    Pacific Vortex!

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1983

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pacific Vortex! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the sixth book released...  more
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  • Flood Tide15
    24
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    Flood Tide

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1997-09-27

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Flood Tide is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 14th book featuring the...  more
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  • The Thief16
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    The Thief

    Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

    First Published2012-03-06

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Thief is a book written by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott....  more
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  • Treasure of Khan17
    26
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    Treasure of Khan

    Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

    SubjectsAdventure, Mongolia

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Adventure, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Treasure of Khan is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, and is the...  more
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  • The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks18

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks is a nonfiction work by adventure...  more
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  • The Mediterranean Caper19
    27
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    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Mediterranean Caper is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United...  more
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  • Skeleton Coast20
    18
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    Skeleton Coast

    Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul

    First Published2006-10-03

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Skeleton Coast is the 4th installment of the The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler & Jack B. Du...  more
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  • Deep Six21
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    Deep Six

    Clive Cussler

    First Published1984-05

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Deep Six is an English-language adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United...  more
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  • Arctic Drift22
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    Arctic Drift

    Clive Cussler

    First Published2008

    SubjectsGlobal warming

    Genres (Book)Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Arctic Drift is a Dirk Pitt novel, the 20th of the series and was released on November 25,...  more
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  • Vixen 0323
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    Vixen 03

    Clive Cussler

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, Terrorism, Language

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Vixen 03 is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the fourth book to feature the...  more
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  • Lost City24
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    Lost City

    Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

    First Published2004

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Lost City is a 2004 novel by Clive Cussler. It was printed by Penguin publishers ISBN...  more
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  • Golden Buddha25
    15
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    Golden Buddha

    Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo

    First Published2003

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, International relations, Military

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Fiction

    Golden Buddha is a thriller novel written by Clive Cussler and co-authored with Craig Dirgo....  more
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