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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition. edition (1970)
  • ASIN: B003L2LHQU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,297,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

Customer Reviews

A very fast paced and adventurism story.
Knox
This is one of those books you say you'll put down....after the next page.
BRAD BAUGHMAN
I really love this type of story and I think you will, too.
Douglas P. Woods

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Nuhfer on May 19, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Clive Cussler's Treasue starts out like any other og his books. On this historic flashback, a roman named Julies Vernator sails a fleet of ships carrying a unknown cargo across the ocean. He hides the cargo in a cave somewhere on the unknown continent they sailed to. Vernator and his crew come under attack by primitives and never make it back to Spain. One ship makes it away and it's final resting place was unknown. Many centuries later, Dirk Pitt stumbles across the wreck of the ship and an assination attempt on the Egptian Secretary General, Hala Kamil. The mystery unfolds as Pitt tries to find the treasure that was mentioned on tablets in the sunken ship. The treasure just happens to be a portion of the Library of Alexandia. NUMA is recruited to help find the Ehyptian national treasure so that the Egyptian leader, President Hasan, can stay in office a little longer so that a terrorist leader named Akmid Yazid does not take over Egypt. In his insane attempt to take over Egypt, Yazid orders his mercenaries to steal a ship with the Egyptian and Mexican leaders on board. They steal the ship and lose all the follers whil disguising the ship as an iceberg and sailing near Antarctica. Pitt and a team from NUMA track the ship and lead an American SOF team to retake the ship while stopping the terrorists and saving the hostages. Pitt then finds the treasure and peace is restored to Egypt. This is one book that has you by the pages. You wil not want to put this book down.

-Hans Fertig
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ALu69 on April 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read almost all of his books to date but "Treasure" is still the very best Clive Cussler ever wrote. Might be because of the ever charming characters Pitt and his best buddy, might be because of the thrilling suspense with surprising twists and turns or might be because the subject of the book the library at Alexandria is one of the last secrets that were never really revealed.
This book really is a must read Cussler adventure.
Get rid off "Sahara", turn off the TV and grab this book!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1998
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Since the beginning of being able to read I hadn't found a book to satify my historical needs as well as my entertaiment needs! But here we go, a book, packed with history, packed with entertaiment and I read it. A MUST for every Cussler fan, a MUST for every history fiction fan. 100% pure thrill!!!! Keep it up Clive!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hinrichsen on June 2, 2002
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Having recently started reading Dirk Pitt and his Numa Gang, I read this book for the first time and it introduced me to Dirk Pitt and his friends at Numa. As I have read this book twice already I have enjoyed every aspect of it especially with a new twist to fans of Indiana Jones and James Bond. Clive Cussler has really caught my attention after reading his novel Treasure which discusses Dirk Pitt and Numa's hunt for the Lost Library of Alexandria. In it Clive Cussler catches all us fans of modern day adventure and action which involves the fight of counter-terrorism with one of the main villains being kinda like the terrorist assasin known as the Jackal.
In the way the James Bond and Indiana Jones brought the thrill of Saturday Movies back Cussler keeps the reader moving and continually wanting to read more of his book. I especially love the way Cussler brings the final showdown of this book in an unexpecting area where people would not find the legendary Library of Alexandria. Cussler even adds the famous James Bond comical wit and finesse in his book between Dirk Pitt and his partner in crime Al Giordino and the other characters within this book. It always make you laugh and smile once the finesse and wit are done throughout the book. At times when the story can be serious in his writing.
Treasure has really opened my enjoyment and interests in Clive
Cussler and his hero Dirk Pitt and Numa gang. To the new reader of this book it will make you enjoy Clive Cussler as one of our best action adventure writers in the 20th and 21st Century. Thanks so much Clive for the enjoyment of reading your hero and his exploits.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
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I've read every Dirk Pitt book to date, but this one has to be the best. Treasure has everything you could want from a Dirk Pitt novel, the mix or locations, action, and a wonderful last scene, there's just so much plot! I've seen people describe these books as shallow and unrealistic, but if you want realism, look out of the window, not in a Cussler book. What more can I say, fantastic stuff, keep them coming.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Blanc on November 13, 2005
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When reading this book, remember that it's entertainment, like regular television programming is in contrast to the movies of Kurosawa, so expect mediocre prose, dramatic characters, gratuitous violence and quasi-lurid encounters to keep us groundlings happy. If you can accept that level of quality, you will find in "Treasure" a compelling story because of the way it is knit into geopolitical and economic and historical factors; Cussler very ingeniously integrates modern and ancient motives and comes up with a puzzle for his characters - we, the readers, are just tagging along, although he gives us hints. Through some wisdom of his audience, he does not overindulge in descriptions of technology or the means of hunting for archeological finds, but he does show us the excitement and surprise of an unexpected windfall. Yes, I know the characters are like cardboard cutouts of real people, but look at it this way: this book is a dramatization of events that, if described accurately, would render in excruciating detail a 2,100-page tome full of committee meetings and radio conversations. Strangely, it seems that even in pulp literature, there's room to lyricize experience and make from it a myth, albeit a cheap one, and Cussler does this successfully with this Dirk Pitt novel. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read and is uncritical of hyperbole.
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