Clive Cussler is an American author who writes thrillers and adventure novels. I’ve only read his books featuring the character Dirk Pitt, although he has various other novels. Cussler is a good author if you’re into thrillers, but he is a hit-or-miss author.
When Cussler writes well, his books are a joy to read. Because he’s featured Pitt in multiple novels, the character is extremely well developed, and the reader feels attached to him. Other characters are also well developed. Cussler makes use of subplots very well, and the books often reach the climax with the subplots colliding, leading to a great ending. The pace is fast and enjoyable. Cussler also ties in his knowledge of real organizations into his books, making the story seem highly realistic, and also raises the tension significantly. His books aren’t predictable, as he doesn’t resort to a template of a novel. He writes action-packed reads that are sure to please when he writes well.
However, Cussler is, at least in my opinion, a hit-or-miss author. He either writes exceedingly well, or not well at all; there isn’t much of a middle ground. Some of his poorer books have been so boring I’ve been unable to finish them. Cussler also uses archtypical characters, which detracts from the value of supporting characters, as they can become quite predictable. At times, Cussler advances the plot at a maddeningly slow pace, making it difficult to enjoy the novel. Because these problems are present in his poorer works, it’s easy to distinguish his better books from the rest.
To summarize Clive Cussler, he’s an American author of thrillers, who is a hit-or-miss author. Most of his books featuring Dirk Pitt are solid reads, but a lot of the books that don’t aren’t worth going through. Cussler doesn’t write the most exciting books, but his better novels are still fun reads from time to time; if you’re a fan of adventure, you should try Cussler’s books.
Strenghts: When he writes well, he makes good use of subplots, uses well-developed and believable characters, paces the story extremely fast, and brings in enough real information to make the novel interesting and feel realistic.
Weaknesses: Uses archtypical characters, sometimes develops the plot too slowly, and his poorer reads are too boring to finish.
Must Reads: Sahara, Inca Gold
If you’re into adventure novels, Clive Cussler is an author you should look into. His books featuring the character Dirk Pitt tend to be fun reads. However, he is a hit-or-miss author, so not all his books are great. However, the ones that are written well are really fun to read, and I recommend them to any fan of the adventure genre.