Clive Cussler was the author of more than eighty books in
five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt(R), NUMA(R) Files,
Oregon(R) Files, Isaac Bell(R), and Sam and Remi Fargo(R). His life
nearly paralleled that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for
lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he
and his NUMA crew of volunteers discovered and surveyed more than
seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the
long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in
2000 with much publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collected classic
automobiles. His collection featured more than one hundred examples
of custom coachwork. Cussler passed away in February 2020.
Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and the coauthor with Cussler of Devil's Gate, The Storm, Zero Hour, Ghost Ship, The Pharaoh's Secret, Nighthawk, The Rising Sea, and Sea of Greed. He is a pilot and an attorney.