Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California, and attended Pasadena City College before joining the Air Force. He went on to a successful advertising career, winning many national honours for his copywriting.
Now a full time bestselling author, he has explored the deserts of the American South-West in search of lost gold-mines, dived in isolated lakes in the Rocky Mountains looking for missing aircraft and hunted under the sea for shipwrecks of historic significance, discovering and identifying more than sixty. Like his famous hero Dirk Pitt (r), he is an avid enthusiast of classic cars.
Clive Cussler divides his time between Denver, Colorado and Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Craig Dirgo, who has co-authored the two SEA HUNTERS books with Cussler, is the son of an Air Force colonel and spent his early years on military airfields in the United States and England. A high school kid who liked to hang around Cussler's car collection he became Special Projects director on numerous NUMA expeditions since 1987 and now serves as a trustee.
Successful big American, ‘boys-own’ authors, obviously chasing the mega-bucks and with insufficient time in a year to write more than one, possibly two books, have spawned a new genre. I call it the franchise thriller. Tom Clancy started the trend by writing outlines and farming the graft out to various folk, so we had Tom Clancy’s Powerplay by Jerome Preisler and such. They are good fun but not in the same league as the genuine article. Now Clive Cussler jumps on the bandwagon again so this is not Dirk Pitt, it’s Juan Cabrillo in the first of the Oregan Files series but it’s equally fast and furious improbable stuff, just what you need for pure escapism. Comparisons: Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Chris Ryan.Similar this month: Kyle Mills, Gerald Seymour.