Spotlight: 'Raise the Titanic' by Clive Cussler

Even if you're not a fan of adventure fiction, you should give Cussler's fourth novel a try.
Oklahoman Modified: February 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014
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SPOTLIGHT

‘Raise the Titanic'

By Clive Cussler

WHY IT MATTERS

By now, readers know what to expect from Clive Cussler. He has written or co-authored 62 books, many of them thrillers focusing on Dirk Pitt, a darkly handsome, unstoppable hero who is something like an unlicensed James Bond. These days, Cussler's portrayals of chivalry seem outdated and perhaps offensive, but he continues to churn out books, maintaining a consistent presence on the best-seller lists. He may never have become so popular if not for “Raise the Titanic,” a 1976 novel that introduced most readers to Pitt and launched Cussler's career. The book, published long before Robert Ballard discovered the real resting place of the Titanic, was an unqualified success, in part because interest in the Titanic disaster never wanes. Pitt is tasked with bringing the remains of the great ship back to the surface in one piece, but as success draws nearer, dark forces are closing in. The book was made into an unwatchable 1980 feature film starring Jason Robards. Cussler kept writing, each new book more implausible than the last. Now in his 80s, there's little doubt that his formulaic novels will continue to roll out even after he's dead; he has worked with several co-authors, including his son ... predictably named Dirk.

WHAT TO READ NEXT

Any of Cussler's numerous novels, of course, as well as the work of those who produce similarly boilerplate thrillers, such as Matt Reilly, Jack DuBrul, David L. Golemon, James Rollins and more.

Ken Raymond, Book Editor

by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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