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Clive Cussler ?

Discussion in 'Apps, Book and Media Reviews' started by Compressor, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. krbailey

    krbailey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I never liked the fact that he has inserted himself as a character into his books.
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    I must have mis-read or misinterpreted what you said earlier about Cussler working at the Aquatic Center, Sam. Thanks for the correction.

    Was Cussler's training done through the Santa Ana or the Newport Beach store?
     
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  3. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    @drbill

    Clive was only associated with the Santa Ana Store-- Dick Spencer was the only manager of the store, until it closed and Dick passed way

    I am possibly one of the few who can state "I had my SCUBA tanks filled by Clive Cussler"

    We had so much fun when he was at the store-- As you recognize Ron and I have the same caustic attitude regarding diving that can be turned on or off --Ron and I used that attitude to give Clive all sorts of grief as the next F. Scott Fitzgerald of the UW world-- Little did we realized his potential

    Hope all is well with you...Hang in there ! -- you are our Doc Ricketts for the SCUBA Board

    Sam
     
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  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    must not like the Marvel movies with Stan Lee making cameo's either...
     
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I tried a couple of Cussler books a number of years back. I was not satisfied with the paucity of the dive scenes nor quality thereof. The writing was a bit weak to me too.

    I prefer Harlan Corbin though there's not just a paucity of dive scenes, there are none. Similar genre though.
     
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  6. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Cave Instructor

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    Pacific Vortex was the first Dirk Pitt novel I read by Clive Cussler and another that most don't like, but I did, including the cover art of the paperback version where there was a porthole that opened to display a diving scene. It's not really one you read that fits the mold of what many consider to be the Clive Cussler novels. His stuff kept getting better and better and I became a huge fan. There was a point in some of the later novels, and those he had co-written, where the quality or passion seemed to drop off. I think he was writing just for the fans, but some of his other novels that featured different characters at that this time were engaging and fresh. Try reading something like Sahara (made it into a movie) or Night Probe! where he starts finding his craft and it takes place in our beloved St. Lawrence River.
     
  7. Bierstadt

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    One of my favorite authors, but not for diving.
     
  8. krbailey

    krbailey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Stan Lee is just a face in the crowd. Cussler makes himself one of the characters.
     
  9. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    I remember Raise the Titanic, it was a summer read on my parent’s boat when I was in my teens. His later stuff became pretty formulaic. I did enjoy his nonfiction books. One (or both) were dedicated to ship wrecks he had helped find. One ship he found was the CNS Hunley, which was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in war time. Overall I enjoyedthem
     

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