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Dirk Pitt Anyone?

April 16, 2008

Has anyone picked up any of these books by Clive Cussler? They aren’t half bad, some fun adventure ridden stories with insurmountable and seemingly unachievable goals with the fate of the entire planet hanging by a thread. Usually it’s saved by the inevitable last minute by the brute force of Pitt. His overwhelming sense of machismo is coupled with undeniable charisma that makes his stories likable and fun. 

However, Cussler himself comes across as a megalamaniac freak. He actually adds himself in as a respective character PLAYING HIMSELF in each novel. Don’t good writers kind of write themselves into a multitude of characters to live vicariously threw, rather than actually say, Hey there’s this guy Clive Cussler to help save Pitt’s ass again. It’s become obnoxious to the point that I don’t want to read another one of his novels for awhile.  Seriously, is this guy for real?  What an egotiscal pompous freak!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2008 7:15 pm

    Sorry, Heather, if I tried to read Cussler again, my synapses would fuse. The man has no sense of music to his prose, it’s as tuneless as a tone deaf choir. Nothing wrong with a healthy ego but not if, like Cussler, you have nothing to be proud of. Dreadful writer and, yes, by the sounds of it, dreadful man as well…

  2. April 20, 2008 8:08 pm

    Teehee! No, his novels are essentially one in the same, at least the few I’ve experienced. I think they’d translate better onto film to be honest, but then Sahara wasn’t exactly a gem either, so who knows? Either way, what was an okay novel to read is now even less compelling when coupled with Cussler’s own arrogant persona. It’s a machismo version of lifetime television.

  3. May 25, 2009 3:06 am

    Dear Ms. s’Box,

    Was interested to read your thoughts on the distressing and apparently still developing psychosis being suffered by Clive Cussler. As I am between heroic writing projects myself at the moment, I am conducting a detailed analysis of the evidence of his continued breakdown and will be sure to consider your points as I delve ever deeper into his dark mental interior.

    May I also say, what an exotic surname you have! I too am lucky in this regard – though not in the regard of reading Clive Cussler.


    Cliff Knoetz

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