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11/27/2009

What I Like to Read: Clive Cussler

Raise the Titanic was the first Clive Cussler book I ever read and it was love at first read. I love Dirk Pitt. He’s like an approachable James Bond. All the cool, without the sophistication. I waited years and years for them to finally make a decent movie from one of his books and finally there was Sahara.

I guess the Dirk Pitt purist’s hated it, but I loved it. They kept the feel of the characters right. They were fun, they were smart, they were lethal when they needed to be. I thought it was perfect.

It took me longer to warm up to the Kurt Austin books from the NUMA files, but he finally developed a personality. I think it had more to do with me distancing the new character from Dirk. Anyway, he’s not Dirk Pitt, but he’s a lot of fun.

If I hadn’t grown up on Dirk Pitt, my favorite series would probably be the Oregon Files. I love this cast of characters. I love the non-stop action, and I like that they aren’t always the good guys, but they’re definitely always on the side of angels.

So, if you’re looking for a good thriller and you haven’t tried Clive Cussler, jump in. You’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

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