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RIP Thanks for the many reads over the years.

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-02-26 04:17 PM | Reply

I really enjoyed his Dirk Pitt novels.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-26 04:19 PM | Reply

Dirk, Al, and the Admiral have given me many hours of enjoyable fictional reading.

RIP Clive.

#3 | Posted by hoser at 2020-02-27 08:07 AM | Reply

Dirk, Al, and the Admiral have given me many hours of enjoyable fictional reading.

RIP Clive.

#3 | POSTED BY HOSER

Al was a great character. Short but hideously strong and with a great sense of humor.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-27 10:13 AM | Reply

Never read any of Cussler's books. Can someone recommend one for a first time reader? If Kindle has it, I'll read it.

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-27 10:20 AM | Reply

#5 Raise the Titanic.

It gets a bit contrived at the end but in all it's an entertaining read.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-27 10:25 AM | Reply

Jeff -- the (good) review says it is part of a series. Does it read well as a stand alone book?

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-27 10:28 AM | Reply

Goat,

It reads perfectly well as a stand-along book. In this series the stories don't really build much on each other.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-27 10:33 AM | Reply

Goat,

There is a bit of character development as the series moves along but the plot-line of each book is in no way dependent upon the prior books. Also, Titanic was one of his earliest books, so...

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-27 10:36 AM | Reply

I just downloaded it. (I love Kindle and instant books!) It's in a queue of about 5 or 6 other books. Thanks for the suggestion.

#10 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-27 10:39 AM | Reply

Cool. I hope you enjoy it - pretty sure you will.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-27 10:43 AM | Reply

#10 You'll get addicted. Cussler novels are manly man stories - there's no deep meaning to be had, just good guys cheating death, killing bad guys, saving the world, and getting the girl.

Jeff nailed it...the characters age and mature through the series. Personally, I'd read them in order just for that reason.

And a hat tip to Cussler, who did his best to try to live the life he projected on to Dirk Pitt.

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-02-28 07:45 AM | Reply

"#10 You'll get addicted. Cussler novels are manly man stories - there's no deep meaning to be had, just good guys cheating death, killing bad guys, saving the world, and getting the girl."

Like a non-westernized Louis L'Amour?

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-28 07:50 AM | Reply

#13 Thicker, with more death defying, but yeah, sorta. Think of Dirk Pitt as a cross between James Bond, The Punisher, and MacGyver....with an antique car collection and scuba gear.

#14 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-02-28 08:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My favorite pulp writer.

In the end, you knew the world would be saved, the hero would get the girl and the treasure, etc...

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-02-28 10:59 AM | Reply

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