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Old 05-22-2020, 12:40 PM
 
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It somehow escaped me that pulp-thriller writer Clive Cussler shuffled off the mortal coil back in February. Which I found out, oddly enough, because I just found out I live fairly near his often-touted auto museum, filled with all the cars Dirk Pittâ„¢ drove in the novels. Checking on that brought up the obit notice.

Such a strange writer and person. Such strange books. Some of the weirdest character development over time I've ever seen (as in the hippy-dippy computer genius with the ponytail... who turns out to really be a rock-ribbed Republican later).

But the "open with a staggering mystery, then go back and unravel it" schtick has never been done better. Too bad it fell into a bizarre, formulaic, retcon-rambo pattern. With a trademarked hero.
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Old Yesterday, 08:52 PM
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Location: Missouri, United States
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Only one man could Raise the Titanic...

He will be missed...I've got dozens of his books back in the library and he never failed to entertain while still keeping it believable. Dirk Pitt was cooler than the other side of the pillow. Even the NUMA and Oregon Files were decent reads.
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