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The Sea Hunters [Mass Market Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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Aug. 1 1997 Clive Cussler
Collects the dramatic, true accounts of the twelve most remarkable underwater discoveries made by the author and his team of NUMA volunteers--a group dedicated to the exploration of historic shipwrecks--in an account of human commitment and courage. Reprint."

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Bestselling novelist Cussler (Shock Wave) and Dirgo are both members of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, a group financed principally by the income from Cussler's books and dedicated to finding famous marine wrecks. Not treasure hunters, they merely hope to locate the corpses of lost ships and give the artifacts they recover to museums and historical societies. In this absorbing, fast-paced collection, they chronicle searches for such ships as the Lexington, lost in Long Island Sound in 1840; the Zavala, a ship of the Republic of Texas Navy that ran aground in the Galveston Ship Channel in 1842 and is now under a parking lot; several vessels from the Civil War era, including the Hunley, the first submarine to sink a warship, and her victim, the Housatonic; and the Leopoldville, a troop transport torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1944 with the loss of 800 GIs, a disaster the U.S., Britain and Belgium all tried to cover up. The authors begin each chapter with a "slightly dramatized" account of the actual shipwreck. More convincing are Cussler's first-person reminiscences of searches and salvages. The text is supplemented by well-drawn maps. 400,000 first printing.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. Drawing upon research and his own dramatic interpretations, Cussler describes 12 deep-sea wrecks, one of which is actually a steam locomotive. He introduces each incident through a fictionalized account of the tragedy and a map that shows the general geography under discussion. The author then describes the various attempts he and his companions made before actually locating that specific site. Often filled with humorous remarks and barbed comments, this firsthand narrative of the physical and mental challenges they faced also provides insight into the human and bureaucratic factors involved in such explorations. Selected photographs of ships appear in the midsection of the book. Cussler deftly re-creates the terror, courage, and often horrible deaths of the people aboard the wreck, thus enlivening the past. He transfers a sense of driven energy, excitement, and commitment through his accounts. Bound to appeal to adventurous YAs, and a good supplemental curriculum tie-in.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down! July 15 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just loved this book! I really enjoyed the mixture of past and present and how the past seemed to come alive. I know the historical events were accurate, and the author took some extra drama in telling the stories of each shipwreck, but I loved it! Clive Cussler is quite a character and I admire him for his passion for what he does. I don't think any of us have experienced half of what he has even in our wildest dreams! His are true adventures. I am reading some of his fiction stories featuring Dirk Pitt. I know they will prove to be just as enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for history buffs April 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In his spare time Clive Cussler, the renowned author of adventure stories starring Dirk Pitt, hunts for historic ships that went down at sea or on rivers, by the hand of nature or man. In this first book he describes the explorations of the volunteers of NUMA to trace those ships. The ships are mainly 19th and 20th century warships. In about ten short stories he first very vividly describes what may have happened on board of the boats based on historical facts combined with fantasy and then the tedium and excitement of searching for and finding the ships (plus one train engine).
Clive Cussler has a very funny style of writing which makes this book light reading, even though content-wise it is mainly for the really historically interested.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Dirk Pitt Feb. 5 2002
By Lysette
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great Book. I'm not one for non-fiction, but this is an exception. It has exciting historical-fiction stories about actual sunken ships and a non-fiction account of how the author, Clive Cusser (Dirk Pitt) and his band of actual NUMA sub-mariners were able to search for, and find these historical relics. A must read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Credit?? Sept. 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Your e-mail address is longer secure. Why?? Zeff Loria is not mentioned in any of your credits. Why would that be?? Maybe you want to take all the credit? You have my e-mail on file if you wish to respond.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Subject Aug. 20 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
When I found this book in the discount bin at Wal-Mart, I knew nothing about Cussler or his other books. I have since read all of his novels. This book is a real(istic) account of Cussler living out his Dirk Pitt fantasies of hunting for lost ships. Each ship is dramatically depicted in its final moments before its tragic demise, followed by Cussler's band of merry men trying to locate the wreck. While the searches aren't nearly as exciting as the ones in his novels, they still held my interest.
Though based on actual events, this book shouldn't be confused with a reference book, its not. The author uses his talents as a fiction writer to breathe life into the unfortunate souls on board the doomed ships. Cussler is also very opinionated and doesn't hesitate to share his slant on a subject. Anybody dumb enough to base a college paper on this book alone, probably didn't have much chance of passing anyway (earlier review).
Its a nice insight into how Cussler comes up with ideas for his Pitt stories, but don't expect beautiful marine biologists being stalked by evil billionaires here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Hunters - adventure bound Aug. 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was incredible. I thought it was very enjoyable. The book's author takes you with him in investigating and searching for some of the most interesting ship wrecks in history. The way the author includes you in his personal excitement over these adventures is most satisfying. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys adventure and true life stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Pitt's real adventures? Aug. 8 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cussler (along with Craig Dirgo) recounts the real-life searches for a number of famous shipwrecks (and a lost locomotive) in this non-fiction book. You'll see the inspiration for a lot of the fictional Dirk Pitt's adventures in Cussler's narratives.
While the book is enjoyable, some of the searches are given a shorter shrift, and others are longer, leaving you wanting more. Also, each section is preceded by a "dramatic" rendering of how a ship was lost, and some of these sections are a bit flat. Actually, I wanted more detail on Cussler's searches and his adventures with his NUMA buddies.
Still, if you like Cussler's Pitt adventures, and love sea stories, you'll want to at least give this a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunley's Hero Feb. 15 2001
By Nagato
Format:Hardcover
Clive Cussler deserves everyone's thanks for not only finding the Hunley but taking the steps necessary to insure that it would be protected from salvagers, responsibly recovered and carefully preserved. Cussler and his band of NUMA divers are living the dreams of every recreational wreck diver (including me), and doing so in a way that both increases public knowledge of these historical artifacts and increases the likelihood that they will be preserved. The book itself is a fascinating series of stories about some of NUMA's most notable shipwreck projects, including the stories of the ships, the circumstances surrounding their sinkings, and NUMA's search for and discovery of the ships. All of this is told with Cussler's considerable talents for adventure writing. A fascinating and impossible-to-put-down book!!
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