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    Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Joe Spork fixes clocks. He has turned his back on his father's legacy as one of London's flashiest and most powerful gangsters and aims to live a quiet life. That is, until Joe repairs a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism, inadvertently triggering a 1950s doomsday machine. His once-quiet life is suddenly overrun by mad monks who worship John Ruskin, psychopathic serial killers, mad geniuses and dastardly villains.

Year: 2013
Genre: ActionEspionage

    Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler

A group of anthropologists uncover strange inscriptions on the wall of a Colorado mine just as an explosion traps them deep within the earth. But their work won't stay buried long. Dirk Pitt is on hand during the blast and quick to initiate a rescue operation. He is then tapped to lead a research crew on behalf of the U.S. National Underwater and Marine Agency to further study these uncanny artifacts. And that's when his ship is set upon and nearly sunk by an impossibility--a vessel that should have died 56

Year: 1999
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Blue Gold by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

An investigation into the sudden deaths of a pod of gray whales leads National Underwater & Marine Agency leader Kurt Austin to the Mexican coast, where someone tries to put him and his mini-sub permanently out of commission.

Year: 2000
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction. In this groundbreaking novel, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity.

Year: 2004
Genre: ActionHistoricalNear FuturePost ApocalypseSpeculative Fiction

    Corsair by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished. It turns out Libya's new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen. But what does it all have to do with a two- hundred- year-old naval battle and the centuries-old Islamic scrolls that

Year: 2009
Genre: ActionMissing Person

    Cyclops by Clive Cussler

A wealthy American financier disappears on a treasure hunt in an antique blimp. From Cuban waters, the blimp drifts toward Florida with a crew of dead men--Soviet cosmonauts. Dirk Pitt discovers a shocking scheme: a covert group of US industrialists has put a colony on the moon, a secret base they will defend at any cost.

Year: 1986
Genre: ActionConspiracy

    Deep Six by Clive Cussler

A deadly tide of poison flows into ocean waters. A ghost ship drifts across the empty northern Pacific. A luxury Soviet liner blazes into a funeral pyre. The Presidential yacht cruises the Potomac night--and the President disappears without a trace.

Year: 1984
Genre: ActionSea Stories

    Devil's Gate by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

A Japanese cargo ship cruising the eastern Atlantic near the Azores bursts into flames. When a gang of pirates try to take advantage of the disaster, their own boat explodes. And Austin and Zavala find they've got no choice but to investigate.

Year: 2011
Genre: ActionAdventureEspionage

    Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth

In a remote corner of the impoverished African republic of Zangaro lies Crystal Mountain. At certain times of the day, the mountain itself seems to glow with a strange light. Only the ruthless and untouchable tycoon Sir James Manson knows why: the mountain contains billions of dollars worth of the world's most valuable mineral--platinum. And he wants it all.

Year: 1974
Genre: Action

    Fire Ice by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

Kurt Austin is preparing for an interview while aboard a research vessel in the Black Sea. But his television spot suddenly becomes a rescue mission when the waiting film crew is attacked on a nearby island. With little information on the attackers, and no clue to their true agenda, Austin is forced to turn to an unlikely source: his old KGB Cold War adversary Vladimir Petrov.

Year: 2002
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Flood Tide by Clive Cussler

When NUMA agent Dirk Pitt rescues a beautiful undercover agent in a daring underwater operation at Orion Lake, just north of Seattle, he confronts a sinister network run by Qin Shang, a ruthless smuggler who sells Chinese immigrants into slavery. And in Qin Shang, Pitt faces ones of his most formidable foes -- a madman bent on killing thousands of innocent civilians with a catastrophic surge of mass destruction.

Year: 1997
Genre: ActionTreasure Hunt

    Iceberg by Clive Cussler

A routine survey mission over the North Atlantic exposes a missing luxury yacht frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice. The ship had vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous, making it the responsibility of the National Underwater and Marine Agency to find out what happened. In other words, it's time for Dirk Pitt to cut his sunny, California vacation short and get back to work.

Year: 1975
Genre: ActionSea Stories

    Inca Gold by Clive Cussler

Nearly five centuries ago a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an ancient Andean people hid a golden hoard greater than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history--until now. In 1998, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Dirk Pitt dives into an ancient sacrificial pool, saving two American archaeologists from certain drowning. But his death-defying rescue is only the beginning, as it draws the intrepid Pitt into a vortex of darkness and danger, c

Year: 1994
Genre: ActionTreasure Hunt

    Invasion of the Dark Legions by Curtis Steele

A powerful army of invasion-armed with the most ghastly modern weapons: bacteria, plagues, hideous diseases-lay carefully hidden within the borders of the United States, ready to strike at the heart of the nation, to kill, pillage, demolish... A foreign demagogue, mad-drunk with power, greed, and lust, planned the slaughter of a million helpless men and women, to sate his twisted, race-proud ambition.

Year: 1934
Genre: ActionAdventureHero Pulps

    L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais

The day starts like any other in L.A. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for private investigator Joe Pike, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gun shot to the head.

Year: 1999
Genre: ActionMysteryPolice ProceduralPrivate EyeVengeance

    Lost City by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

Kurt Austin is mid-mission when his new colleague, the stunning archeologist Skye Labelle, is called away to examine a mysterious 16th-century military helmet discovered in the possession of a very contemporary-looking corpse. Ms. Labelle’s research on the armor draws her into the sights of a ruthless black-widow with her own plans for the artifact.

Year: 2004
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Marauder by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

Juan Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives return in this latest entry in Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series. Aboard the Oregon, one of the most advanced spy ships ever built, they face new challenges and nemeses as they undertake another dangerous mission.

Year: 2020
Genre: ActionAdventureWhats New

    Medusa by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

In the Micronesian islands, a top-secret U.S. government-sponsored undersea lab conducting vital biomedical research on a rare jellyfish known as the Blue Medusa suddenly disappears. At the same time, off Bermuda, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless a half-mile below the surface, its passengers--including Zavala--left to die. Only Kurt Austin's heroic measures save them from a watery grave, but suspecting a connection, Austin puts the NUMA team on the case.

Year: 2009
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Mirage by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax--but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943.

Year: 2013
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Night Probe! by Clive Cussler

In the midst of an international crisis, Heidi Milligan, a beautiful, brilliant American naval commander, accidentally discovers an obscure reference to the long-buried North American Treaty, a precedent-shattering secret pact between the United States and Great Britain. The President believes that the treaty offers the single shot at salvation for an energy-starved, economically devastated nation, but the only two copies plummeted into the watery depths of the Atlantic in twin disasters long ago. The origi

Year: 1981
Genre: ActionEspionage

    Nighthawk by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don't--that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.

Year: 2017
Genre: ActionTechnological Thriller

    Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is put to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex--a fog-shrouded area where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace.

Year: 1983
Genre: ActionSea Stories

    Plague Ship by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

The Oregon comes across a cruise ship adrift at sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck, and, as Cabrillo tries to determine what happened, explosions rack the length of the ship. Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner's sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery as intricate - and as perilous - as any he has ever known and pitted against a cult with monstrously lethal plans for the human race . . . plans he may already be too late to stop.

Year: 2008
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Polar Shift by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift in the polar ice caps, which could cause massive eruptions, earthquakes, and even climate changes. But then his work disappeared, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an antiglobalization group plans to use it to give the world's industrialized nations a small jolt, before reversing the shift back again.

Year: 2005
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler

The President's secret task force has developed an unprecedented defensive weapon that relies on an extremely rare radioactive element--and Dirk Pitt has followed a twisted trail to a secret cache of the substance. Now, racing against brutal storms, Soviet spies, and a ticking clock, Pitt begins his most thrilling mission--to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century...

Year: 1976
Genre: ActionSea Stories

    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty -- even if that meant taking on an entire town.

Year: 1929
Genre: ActionHardboiled

    Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo

In the remote wastes of Greenland, a young scientist has unearthed an artifact hidden in a cave for a millennium: a 50,000 year-old radioactive meteorite known as the Sacred Stone. But the astounding find places him in the crosshairs of two opposing groups who seek the stone for themselves.

Year: 2004
Genre: ActionTerrorist

    Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and NUMA are tapped by the President of the United States to find out what's gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds' most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero...or a rogue genetic engineer?

Year: 2018
Genre: ActionTechnological Thriller

    Serpent by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

When Kurt Austin, the leader of a courageous National Underwater & Marine Agency exploration team, rescues beautiful marine archaeologist Nina Kirov off the coast of Morocco, he becomes the next target of Texas industrialist Don Halcon. A madman bent on carving a new nation out of the southwestern United States and Mexico, Halcon's scheme hinges on Nina's recent discovery involving Christopher Columbus.

Year: 1999
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Shock Wave by Clive Cussler

A Mysterious Plague in the Antarctic... Diamond Empire Run by an Evil Genius... A Devastating New Technology... NUMA agent Dirk Pitt is investigating the baffling deaths of thousands of Antarctic marine animals when he stumbles on something even more chilling.

Year: 1996
Genre: ActionTechnological Thriller

    Shogun by James Clavell

After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen--Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom.

Year: 1975
Genre: ActionFar EastHistorical

    Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Still smarting from a weapons-trade gone bad and a double-cross, Cabrillo takes action. He manages to save the beautiful Sloane Macintyre, who's on a mission of her own, looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds.

Year: 2006
Genre: ActionAdventure

    The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum

Did J. Edgar Hoover die a natural death? Or was he murdered? When a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals known as Inver Brass detect a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover's unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files, they decide to do away with him—quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety.

Year: 1977
Genre: ActionConspiracy

    The Emperor's Revenge by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

When a bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation's "offshore" account, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon find themselves unexpectedly vulnerable. Without his usual financial assets, Juan must trust a woman from his past, an old friend from his days with the CIA, to help him keep his team safe. Together, they'll face a mysterious hacker with a brutal vendetta.

Year: 2016
Genre: ActionAdventure

    The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

Gonzo Lubitch and his best friend have been inseparable since birth. They grew up together, they studied kung-fu together, they rebelled in college together, and they fought in the Go Away War together. Now, with the world in shambles and dark, nightmarish clouds billowing over the wastelands, they have been tapped for an incredibly perilous mission. But they quickly realize that this assignment is more complex than it seems...

Year: 2009
Genre: ActionPost Apocalypse

    The Green Death Mists by Curtis Steele and Frederick C. Davis

The mad Emperor, warrior descendant of the ravagers of Asia, unleashed a new, horrible, ingenious weapon against the American people. Men and women and children-all living things-gasped for life-giving oxygen, and with searing, heaving lungs, fell strangled by the mysterious, deadly element. Against these demoniacal hordes, one man alone-Operator 5-struggles while red revolt and destruction blasts America!

Year: 1934
Genre: ActionAdventureHero Pulps

    The Jungle by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

A devastating weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China . . . a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border . . . a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar . . . for Cabrillo and company, all of these events will come together--leading to the greatest threat the United States has ever known.

Year: 2011
Genre: ActionAdventureJungle Stories

    The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler

On a quiet Greek island, a U.S. air force base has come under attack--by a World War I fighter plane . . . a famous yellow Albatros supposedly lost at sea in 1918. Now it is up to Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA team to root out the elusive truth behind the incident--and find out how it's connected to mysterious acts of sabotage against a scientific expedition, an international smuggling ring, and a dark-haired beauty with some dangerous secrets.

Year: 1973
Genre: ActionSea Stories

    The Navigator by Clive Cussler

Years ago, an invaluable Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second target a UN investigator, only survives thanks to the timely assistance of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala.

Year: 2007
Genre: ActionArcheology

    The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth

The suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation: of a Mafia-like organization called Odessa ...of a real-life fugitive known as the "Butcher of Riga.."of a young German journalist tumed obsessed avenger.......and, ultimately, of brilliant, ruthless plot to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass murderers and to carry out Hitler's chilling "Final Solution."

Year: 1972
Genre: ActionWWII: Afterword

    The Pharaoh's Secret by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala tangle with a ruthless powerbroker scheming to build a new Egyptian empire as glorious as those of the Pharaohs. Part of their adversary's plan rests on the manipulation of a newly discovered aquifer beneath the Sahara, but an even more devastating weapon at his disposal may threaten the entire world: a plant extract known as the black mist, discovered in the City of the Dead and rumored to have the power to take life from the living and restore it to the dead.

Year: 2015
Genre: ActionAdventure

    The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington state make an exciting discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, makes a shocking discovery of his own.

Year: 2010
Genre: ActionAdventure

    The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots the familiar sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames.

Year: 2012
Genre: ActionTechnological Thriller

    The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

A century apart, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time.

Year: 2019
Genre: 1910sActionAdventure

    Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

From the award-winning author of Angelmaker, Tigerman is a novel at once heartfelt and thrilling--about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.

Year: 2014
Genre: ActionOrigin Story

    Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler

In his first adventure since the revelation that he's a parent, Dirk Pitt must uncover the truth behind the myth of another long-lost father-figure, Homer's Odysseus, if he's going to stop a dangerous cult from reshaping the earth in their own image.

Year: 2003
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

Hired to search for a collection of paintings worth half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon soon find themselves in much deeper waters. The vicious leader of a Filipino insurgency is not only using them to finance his attacks, he has stumbled upon one of the most lethal secrets of World War II: a Japanese-developed drug, designed, but never used, to turn soldiers into super-warriors.

Year: 2017
Genre: ActionAdventure

    Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

In the middle of its maiden voyage, a luxury cruise ship using revolutionary new engines suddenly catches fire and sinks. Its alarms stay silent; its sprinkler system remains inactive. Nearby NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt notices smoke and races to the rescue. He's too late to save the engineer behind the ship's new technology, but helps the man's daughter, Kelly Egan, escape with her father's work in a leather briefcase.

Year: 2001
Genre: ActionTechnological Thriller

    Vixen 03 by Clive Cussler

1954: Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday Bombs--canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency--vanishes. 1988: Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group.

Year: 1978
Genre: ActionTerrorist

    White Death by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

A confrontation between a radical environmentalist group and a Danish cruiser leave many survivors trapped inside a sunken ship. But when the head of NUMA Special Assignments, Kurt Austin, and his colleague, Joe Zavala, are enlisted to run the rescue operation, they uncover a far more sinister agenda on the part of the supposed environmental group.

Year: 2003
Genre: ActionAdventure


TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

Angelmaker Nick Harkaway ActionEspionage
Atlantis Found Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionAdventure, Atlantis
Blue Gold Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell ActionHistoricalNear FuturePost ApocalypseSpeculative Fiction
Corsair Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionMissing Person, Pirates
Cyclops Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionConspiracy
Deep Six Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionSea Stories
Devil's Gate Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventureEspionage
Dogs of War Frederick Forsyth Action
Fire Ice Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Flood Tide Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionTreasure Hunt
Iceberg Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionSea Stories
Inca Gold Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionTreasure Hunt
Invasion of the Dark Legions Curtis Steele Operator 5ActionAdventureHero Pulps
L.A. Requiem Robert Crais Elvis Cole and Joe PikeActionMysteryPolice ProceduralPrivate EyeVengeance
Lost City Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Marauder Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventureWhats New
Medusa Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Mirage Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure, Nikola Tesla
Night Probe! Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionEspionage
Nighthawk Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionTechnological Thriller
Pacific Vortex! Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionSea Stories
Plague Ship Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure
Polar Shift Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Raise the Titanic! Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionSea Stories
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett Continental OpActionHardboiled
Sacred Stone Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionTerrorist
Sea of Greed Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionTechnological Thriller
Serpent Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
Shock Wave Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionTechnological Thriller
Shogun James Clavell Asian SagaActionFar EastHistorical
Skeleton Coast Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure
The Chancellor Manuscript Robert Ludlum ActionConspiracy, J. Egar Hoover
The Emperor's Revenge Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure
The Gone-Away World Nick Harkaway ActionPost Apocalypse
The Green Death Mists Curtis Steele Operator 5ActionAdventureHero Pulps
The Jungle Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventureJungle Stories
The Mediterranean Caper Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionSea Stories
The Navigator Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionArcheology
The Odessa File Frederick Forsyth ActionWWII: Afterword
The Pharaoh's Secret Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure
The Silent Sea Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure
The Storm Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionTechnological Thriller, Nanotech
The Titanic Secret Clive Cussler Isaac Bell Adventures1910sActionAdventure, Mining
Tigerman Nick Harkaway ActionOrigin Story
Trojan Odyssey Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionAdventure
Typhoon Fury Clive Cussler Oregon FilesActionAdventure
Valhalla Rising Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionTechnological Thriller
Vixen 03 Clive Cussler Dirk PittActionTerrorist
White Death Clive Cussler NUMA FilesActionAdventure