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Sea Hunters Ii [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
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Dec 2 2002
For twenty-three years, Clive Cussler's NUMA®-the National Underwater & Marine Agency-has scoured the rivers and seas in search of lost ships of historic significance. His teams have been inundated by tidal waves, and beset by the vagaries of man and nature, but the results-and the stories behind them-have often been dramatic: The 2000 raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley made national headlines.

Here, then, are more true tales of sea- and land-going adventures, as Cussler and his crews set out to track down history. The famous ghost ship Mary Celeste, found floating off the Azores in 1872 with no one on board; the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors and was itself lost to U-boats six years later; L'Oiseau Blanc, the airplane that almost beat The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic before disappearing in the Maine woods-all these, plus steamboats, ironclads, a seventeenth-century flagship, a certain famous PT boat, and even a dirigible, prove tantalizing targets as Cussler demonstrates again that truth can be "at least as fun, and sometimes stranger, than fiction" (Men's Journal).

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Well known for his series of action adventure novels starring Dirk Pitt, Cussler is also the founder of the nonprofit National Underwater and Marine Agency, a group that searches for shipwrecks of historical significance. The group does not salvage any artifacts; they simply note the wreckage location and turn their information over to appropriate agencies for further study and planning. In this fast-paced narrative that doesn't tinker with the earlier Sea Hunters' successful formula, Cussler and his teams search for 300 years' worth of wrecks as varied as La Salle's 17th-century flagship, a dirigible lost in a storm off the New Jersey coast in 1933 and the famous PT-109. Cussler traveled along the coast of Texas, up the Mississippi River and to the jungles of the South Pacific in search of historically important wrecks of all sorts. Cussler first provides the historical background for each tragedy (sometimes inventing dialogue when there are no survivors to interview), then dives into his own adventures. One of Cussler's unsuccessful searches took his team to the Maine wilderness, where they tried to locate the wreckage of a French airplane that crashed in 1927 on its way to Washington, having crossed the Atlantic nonstop, before Charles Lindbergh. On the other hand, his crew found the RMS Carpathia (the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic), which had been sunk by a German U-boat off the Irish coast in 1918. Cussler's artful writing style and varied experiences while searching for historical treasures make this a first-rate adventure book sure to please any student of history and the odd Pitt fan who takes the plunge.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is nonfiction, but it's still pretty thrilling: Cussler recounts the efforts of his organization, NUMAR the National Underwater and Marine Agency to dredge up lost ships with historical value.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A wealthy man's interesting hobby Jan. 24 2003
Format:Hardcover
Clive Cussler in between authoring a plethora of novels, book tours and signings finds the time explore shipwrecks and other items of historical significance. Cussler and his NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency) scour the world to try to unearth clues to unravel some of the mysteries of history. In each chapter he concocts a vignette explaining the history surrounding what he is searching for. He then describes the efforts of his team to uncover the ship or whatever they're going after. They aren't always successful.
As opposed to his first Sea Hunters novel his team has searched for many things other than sunken ships. He spent time in Maine searching for L'Oiseau Blanc, thought to be the first plane to fly non stop across the Atlantic prior to Lindbergh. The NUMA team also tried to uncover the remains of the U.S.S. Akron, the first enormously sized Goodyear blimp which crashed of of the Jersey shore in the 30's.
Of particular interest was learning the fate of the R.M.S. Carpathia, which was responsible for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic, and was subsequently torpedoed by a German U boat 6 years later. A very interesting chapter was devoted to the fate of the Mary Celeste, an extremely famous "ghost" ship of the 1870's. The most revealing discovery for me, surrounded the story of the steamship General Slocum which was involved in the greatest tragedy concerning loss of life in New York history. In excess of 1000 people died as the ship was ravaged by fire on a weekend excursion in New York Harbor. The event actually altered the dynamics of the German American community which inhabited lower Manhattan and suffered huge losses in the fire. They moved away to divorce themselves from the devastation on the General Slocum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wealthy man's interesting hobby Jan. 24 2003
Format:Hardcover
Clive Cussler in between authoring a plethora of novels, book tours and signings finds the time explore shipwrecks and other items of historical significance. Cussler and his NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency) scour the world to try to unearth clues to unravel some of the mysteries of history. In each chapter he concocts a vignette explaining the history surrounding what he is searching for. He then describes the efforts of his team to uncover the ship or whatever they're going after. They aren't always successful.
As opposed to his first Sea Hunters novel his team has searched for many things other than sunken ships. He spent time in Maine searching for L'Oiseau Blanc, thought to be the first plane to fly non stop across the Atlantic prior to Lindbergh. The NUMA team also tried to uncover the remains of the U.S.S. Akron, the first enormously sized Goodyear blimp which crashed of of the Jersey shore in the 30's.
Of particular interest was learning the fate of the R.M.S. Carpathia, which was responsible for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic, and was subsequently torpedoed by a German U boat 6 years later. A very interesting chapter was devoted to the fate of the Mary Celeste, an extremely famous "ghost" ship of the 1870's. The most revealing discovery for me, surrounded the story of the steamship General Slocum which was involved in the greatest tragedy concerning loss of life in New York history. In excess of 1000 people died as the ship was ravaged by fire on a weekend excursion in New York Harbor. The event actually altered the dynamics of the German American community which inhabited lower Manhattan and suffered huge losses in the fire. They moved away to divorce themselves from the devastation on the General Slocum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real World of the NUMA Jan. 5 2003
Format:Hardcover
For those who have read the novels of Clive Cussler the NUMA is a part of every fictional story the writer has written, and I have read them all. What I did not know is that The NUMA is very real, and over decades has discovered, and in some instances recovered lost wrecks including those that sailed beneath the sea, upon it, or even sailed in the air above it.
The National Underwater Marine Agency is not a treasure hunting organization; rather they seek to solve mysteries that are in some cases many centuries old. They take nothing from the wrecks they locate, and when they do find historical vessels and their associated debris fields, it is States and Colleges and Universities that are given the locations to raise, preserve and restore pieces of History from a variety of Nations.
The NUMA is comprised almost exclusively of volunteers and outside funding again is almost exclusively from the proceeds from the sales of Mr. Cussler's novels, and his non-fiction work, "The Sea Hunters I", and now "The Sea Hunters II". I, for a reason I cannot justify, passed on reading the first of these two books, and now that I have read the second I will be getting number one forthwith. The history this book contained that was either new, or clarified what I thought I knew was worth every penny the book costs, and the hours spent enjoying the tales.
Some of the material for his novels originates on these trips that have taken him and his son and friends around the globe. Some of the quaint restaurants and hotels you may have read about in many instances are real. His son is named Dirk just like the primary character in his books, and Mr.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is a sunken ship!
I absolutely love Clive Cusslers books but I don't love this book. In fact, I don't even like it. Usually, his books grip me from beginning to end. This one didn't. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by "blondigrl"
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
I agree with the other reviewers, the first Sea Hunters was much better, even though there were problems with that book. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by "awriter2003"
1.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the first, but this one....
I really enjoyed the first volume, but as I read this one something began to bother me. I couldn't put my finger on it until about page 108 when Cussler, or should I say Dirgo,... Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by Michael P. Mccluskey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
The authors' notion of success was frequently to find a magnetic "hit" and presume that they had found the ship. Read more
Published on March 1 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much unsubstantiated fiction
When writing a work of fiction interwoven with historical fact, the author(s) really should provide an appendix clearly separating the two. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, much like last, but still different.
This book is full of "Cusslerettes" - those short, facinating narratives into the world of history. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by DMF
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight mix of fact and fiction
I'm not a fan of fiction, so the format of "The Sea Hunters", which combines a novel woven within historic fact (or is it historic fact woven within a novel? Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by Trader Mort
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back Aboard
Long a fan of Cusslers' Pitt novels, I read the S/H1 with great enthusiasm and relished the thought of another. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by D. Eichholz
4.0 out of 5 stars new account of their search for shipwrecks and air-wrecks
Sea adventure novelist Clive Cussler is as highly regarded for his efforts to hunt and find real shipwrecks (see THE SEA HUNTERS) as he is for his exciting NUMA books that are far... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars A whale of a good book
My first Cussler book was Raise the Titanic. I haven't been a steady reader but have enjoyed the books that I have read. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by Robert Busko
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