In this action-packed adventure book Cussler relates the recent activities of NUMA, the organisation that features in his thriller novels and which he also created in real life: the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Cussler takes his fiction into the sphere of fact in a series of daring and audacious dives, seeking to reclaim wrecks lost beneath the surface of sea, lakes and swamps. Each of the sections of this underwater adventure book contains both an exciting account of the loss of the wreck concerned and Cussler's attempt to bring it back to the surface. Here Cussler and Dirgo recount the discovery of a seventeenth-century man-of-war; Civil War Ironclads; the wreck of the Marie Celeste; and the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic and JFK's PT 109. This book is sure to entrance Cussler's legions of devoted fans as well as the increasing number of people fascinated with extreme sports, notably deep-sea diving.
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(178mm x 110mm x 34mm)
Arrow Books Ltd
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UK Kirkus Review »
This is another batch of great true mysteries and adventures, following on from the success of The Sea Hunters in 1996. This time the authors feature a few episodes from land and air as well as sea, but wherever the tales come from the emphasis is always on strangeness. Clive Cussler's love of the oceans and diving is well known through his novels, and he is also founder and chairman of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). As he says, 'I'm addicted to the challenge of the search whether it's for lost shipwrecks, airplanes, steam locomotives or people.' His enthusiasm shows. But, a novelist to his core, he can't resist inserting hefty doses of fiction into these true-life accounts. Thus we are told about conversations that are said to have taken place on the Mary Celeste before the ship's crew mysteriously vanished in the Atlantic, and made privy to the private thoughts and motivations of characters now long dead - in other words, people in no position to refute them. Whether this is a legitimate literary device is for the reader to decide, but many will think it detracts from otherwise intensive research and regard for detail. How much of a joint enterprise this is between Cussler and his NUMA colleague Craig Dirgo is a matter for debate. Certainly, the writing is reminiscent of Cussler's thrillers and his name takes up more space on the cover than the book's title. Whatever the division of labour, the book is packed with all the tension and thrills of a novel as mysteries are tracked across the centuries by skilled teams of divers and naval historians. As well as the Mary Celeste we are told about the extraordinary fate of the Carpathia, which is best remembered as the ship that rescued Titanic survivors. We also learn of the aeroplane that almost set a transatlantic record before diving into an American forest, the unfortunate fate of a dirigible and the unlikely tale of a 17th-century flagship. 'The truth can be at least as much fun, and sometimes stranger than fiction,' Cussler states, and there's no arguing with that. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler, the Grand Master of Adventure, 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.