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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Non-fiction - not true. A lot of false claims. Feb. 17 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is very disturbing, because of the implied claims contained therein. It appears that Cussler is attempting to give his organization NUMA credit for the discovery of several wrecks (viz. the table in the back) whose location has actually been known for years, or likewise to claim NUMA conducted wreck surveys that were actually done by governments or other organizations not related to NUMA. Glaring examples are the mention and photos of the wreck of INVINCIBLE, sunk in the battle of Jutland. In fact the Royal Navy located the wreck within two years after the end of WWI in order to reconcile the British and German navigational logs and track charts of the battle; the British and German governments commissioned the 1991 wreck survey. Even more intriguing, the table at the back asserts that the wreck of the WARATAH, which disappeared off South Africa in 1909 has been found, but this find, which would solve one of the greatest mysteries of the sea, has received almost no publicity despite a recent update release that says exploration has confirmed the identity of a suspected wreck as the WARATAH. But why include the wreck in the list as if it was confirmed, when the confirmation only came two years after publication of the book? Misleading, to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLIVE'S ADVENTURES MATCH DIRK'S Feb. 18 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A few years ago, I read this marvelous book and wrote Clive Cusler through his agent. (Clive sent a one-page, handwritten reply.) Here's a partial quote from my letter to him ... "Having just read and enjoyed your book, The Sea Hunters, I just wanted to drop you a note. Your search and salvage exploits have been amazing!! The book presented numerous situations and scenarios that were unknown to me. Sections of your book should be used by teachers to make the study of history more interesting. Although some people may criticize your fictional accounts of the incidents presented in your book, the writing is certainly vivid and brings to life a somewhat tedious and dull subject. My only criticism of your book is that it did not include a bibliography, although you do mention a few references throughout the text. I guess I'll just have to go to my local library and start looking for appropriate books on subjects of interest."
I've re-read the book (which he has inscribed and signed) and still find it fascinating. Hopefully, other readers will enjoy it as much as I have.
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Format:Hardcover
Back in 1997, I sent the following to Clive Cussler (to which he responded). It pretty well expresses my feelings about this marvelous book.
Having just read and enjoyed your book, The Sea Hunters, I just wanted to drop you a note. Your search and salvage exploits have been amazing!! The book presented numerous situations and scenarios that were unknown to me. Sections of your book should be used by teachers to make the study of history more interesting. Although some people may criticize your fictional accounts of the incidents presented in your book, the writing is certainly vivid and brings to life a somewhat tedious and dull subject. My only criticism of your book is that it did not include a bibliography, although you do mention a few references throughout the text. I guess I'll just have to go to my local library and start looking for appropriate books on subjects of interest.
I've read all of the Dirk Pitt® exploits, but they certainly don't compare to some of your non-fictional adventures. Dirk's are becoming a bit "over the edge." But who cares. A well-crafted story is what the reading public wants. Dirk Pitt - What a great name for an adventure hero!! James Bond sounds like a sissy name compared to the one you've created.
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Format:Hardcover
Before purchasing the above mentioned book I read some of the customer reviews. Most were dissapointed in that they thought this was another Dirk Pitt mystery. Some people never understood what they were reading. I am a Clive Cussler fan, and have been since day one. I have read all thirteen books at least twice, and have been facinated by his tales. My personal favorites are "Vixon-03, and Treasure." I am a writer, not an author, but a writer. I have learned the importance of cliff-hanging your readers. I seldom put a Cussler book down until I have finished it. However, getting back to "The Sea Hunters."
If the reader would only look at what they are reading they will meet every standard character ever written in a Cussler/Pitt novel. They are there in real life, and the adventures of each book are present in what Cussler is accomplishing. It is evident they cannot see past the word on the page. My humble suggestion to them is to please look at the book as one of the best action novels of non-fiction Cussler has penned.
If I am lucky enough to be published someday, I would like to keep the same thought taught to me by Cussler, and repeated by him in the book. "You can never do enough research." (C Cussler)
Read the book and please with an open mind understand: 1 - you first do it because it's there, 2 - It always makes a good story afterward,
3 - you can never do enough research!
Somday I hope these ideals will turn me from a writer into an author.

Thank you for you time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down!
I just loved this book! I really enjoyed the mixture of past and present and how the past seemed to come alive. Read more
Published on July 15 2009 by Xmas Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for history buffs
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... Read more
Published on April 8 2003 by Linda Oskam
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Dirk Pitt
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,... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002 by Lysette
1.0 out of 5 stars No Credit??
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? Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Hunters - adventure bound
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by David Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Pitt's real adventures?
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by johnglor94
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunley's Hero
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2001 by Nagato
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wanna Go...I Wanna Go !
Not the usual Pitt novel, but a true life telling of Mr. Cusslers' attempts to find historys' lost pages. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2001 by D. Eichholz
4.0 out of 5 stars True Archeology
Being an individual who is extemely interested in undersea archeology, I found it to be a fascinating book. Mr. Read more
Published on June 13 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT IN HISTORY
I have been a loyal reader of Clive Cussler for over 20 years. Although the majority of the accounts leading up to the sinking of the vessels in this book are fiction, they are... Read more
Published on May 12 2000
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