If You Like . . . Clive Cussler Booklist
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This booklist features novels (mostly crime fiction) which may include seagoing action and adventure, over the top excitement, an ongoing archetypal series character AKA a James Bond clone, a very fast pace, the lure of treasure and historical or technological detail.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


  • Hawke
    Author: Bell, Ted
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743466691 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    "The best adventure in years, Hawke is a swashbuckling, spine-tingling, bloody good masterpiece of an adventure novel" (James Patterson)--and the debut of a bold new talent.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Assassin
    Author: Bell, Ted
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743466713 Date: 2004
    Hawke is beginning to piece his life back together when he receives word that someone is systematically murdering American diplomats and their families around the globe. On the trail of two killers, Hawke must call upon resources deep within himself to stop a terrorist attack with grave global implications.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Pirate
    Author: Bell, Ted
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743275071 Date: 2005
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Vulcan's Forge
    Author: Du Brul, Jack
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312864817 Date: 1998
    The first in the Philip Mercer series. Meglomaniacs and volcanoes make for an explosive combination. - Overbooked.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Charon's Landing
    Author: Du Brul, Jack
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312864817 Date: 1999
    Russian mastermind Kerikov plans to sabotage the Alaska pipeline to further the plans of a roque Arab oil minister. Kerikov hasn't counted on Philip Mercer, a geologist, who has a talent for being in the right place at the right time. - Publisher marketing.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • The Medusa Stone
    Author: Du Brul, Jack
    Publisher: Onyx $ 7.50 ISBN: 0451409221 Date: 2000
    Ten years ago, the American spy satellite Medusa malfunctioned and crashed--but not before its sensors revealed a secret buried deep in the Earth, hidden for thousands of years from the eyes of man. It's a priceless discovery that some will die to find--and kill to possess.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Pandora's Curse
    Author: Du Brul, Jack
    Publisher: Onyx $ 7.50 ISBN: 0451409639 Date: 2001
    During World War II, boxes made from looted gold were hidden away in a secret Nazi submarine base. These "Pandora's boxes" contained an artifact so lethal that whoever possessed them held the power to unleash hell upon Earth. A powerful German corporation wants to destroy evidence of its Nazi past, but one of its mercenaries knows of the power and plans to hold the world hostage--unless geologist Phillip Mercer can stop him.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • River of Ruin
    Author: Du Brul, Jack
    Publisher: Onyx $ 7.50 ISBN: 0451410548 Date: 2002
    At a Paris auction, geologist Philip Mercer is given the chance to buy a rare diary, written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn't the only one who wants it. The diary is thought to provide the location of the treasure the Incans took back from the Conquistadors. Now, three assassins are dispatched to retrieve the diary, forcing Mercer into a hellish game of cat and mouse.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Sea Change
    Author: Powlik, James
    Publisher: Dell $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385333994 Date: 1999
    As he searches for marine life in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Brock Garner instead discovers the ravaged bodies of humans. Brock is about to uncover a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions that is growing and gathering strength. Unless someone can kill this invisible killer, its next victim will be Seattle.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Meltdown
    Author: Powlik, James
    Publisher: Dell $ 24.95 ISBN: Date: 2000
    Deep in the Arctic, two crew members of Dr. Carol Harmon's research vessel are ravaged by what appears to be radiation poisoning. Carol calls on Brock Garner--oceanographer, ex-Navy man, and Carol's ex-husband. He's the one she trusts most and is at the South Pole when her call comes. They soon find something deep beneath the ice is leaking deadly radiation which could superheat the polar ice cap, leading to the first man-made Ice Age.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Riptide
    Author: Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 32 ISBN: 044653143x Date: 1998
    In the riveting tradition of Michael Crichton and Peter Benchley comes a fast-paced, electrifying new thriller about a hunt for buried treasure and a pirate's deadly curse. "A great read".--Clive Cussler.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Ice Station
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312205511 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    At Wilkes Station on the edge of Antarctica, a team of U.S. divers makes a valuable discovery 3,000 feet below the ice shelf. When the team vanishes, a team of Marines is deployed to the site and ends up fighting elite military assassins who are after the buried secret.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Temple
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312266596 Date: 2000
    starKirkus
    This sensational new action/adventure blockbuster is by the bestselling author of "Ice Station". When the U.S. Army beaks through the doors of an Incan temple to remove an idol carved out of a strange stone--a stone that could be used in a terrifying new weapon--they discover they have broken a golden rule. Some doors are meant to be unopened.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Area 7
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312266855 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Lt. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns in the electrifying sequel to the bestselling "Ice Station." On a routine inspection of bases in the Nevada desert, he escorts the President to the super-secret Area 7, where rogue Air Force commander Caesar Russell waits to launch his master plan to wrest away control of the country.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Scarecrow
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312289588 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The newest action thriller from the author of the bestselling Ice Station and Area 7 marks the return of Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield in his fastest, most nail-biting challenge yet. "Matt Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist . . . can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Updated 4.22.05
  • 7 Deadly Wonders
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743270533 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The "New York Times" bestselling author and "pedal-to-the-medal action novelist" ("Publishers Weekly") is back in high gear on the greatest treasure hunt of all time--a headlong race to find the seven wonders of the ancient world.
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Ice Hunt
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060521562 Date: 2003
    The bestselling author of Amazonia and Excavation dazzles readers once again with a captivating thriller set deep in the polar ice cap.
    Updated 4.22.05

More good bets for seagoing or action-filled thrillers:

Steve Alten
Peter Benchley
Ian Fleming's James Bond series
Paul Garrison
Hammond Innes
Sam Llewellyn
Alistair McLean
David Poyer (Dan Lenson series & Tiller Galloway series)


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