Clive Cussler died on Monday, February 24, his publisher confirmed. And it’s hit me because of how much of a spark his books were in getting me into cheap thrillers. The very first real “cheap thriller” I read was a Clive Cussler NUMA Files book, Fire Ice. More and more Cusslers soon found their way into my hands, both the earlier ones and the later “Tom Clancy’s” ones with different authors doing more and more of the heavy lifting.
Before Blaine McCracken, before Hawker Hunter, before John Rourke, before even Patrick McLanahan, there was Kurt Austin and Dirk Pitt taking me through thrilling and sometimes strange adventures on the page. RIP.