I read an awesome Wired magazine article Monday called, “High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace.” It’s about a nautical salvage firm trying to save a sinking Japanese freighter–if they can save it, they get a cut of the cargo value from the ship’s insurer. If they fail, they don’t get anything.
Who knew things like that existed outside of Bruce Willis movies? The guy in charge, Rich Habib (and if that’s not a fake name, I don’t know what is) “holds an unlimited master’s license, which means he’s one of the select few who are qualified to pilot ships of any size, anywhere in the world.” How cool is that?
It’s a long article but it reads like adventure fiction, complete with tragedy and a foul-mouthed Panamanian sidekick. Go check it out.
Ah, good, I feel better. 🙂
Seriously, Cussler is really an awful writer from a stylistic point of view. Where he excels is in fast-paced plotting and coming up with outrageous stunts. The novels are throwbacks to the glorious pulp adventures and cliffhanger serials of the ’30s and ’40s, really. And Dirk Pitt is such a man’s man character — there is no 14-year-old boy on earth who couldn’t want to be just like him…
I haven’t read them, but members of my family (who also love Steinbeck) love them. And own them. Lots of them.
So fans of Dirk Pitt are OK.
Very cool find! I love stuff like this…
(Will you still respect me if I admit that I quite like Clive Cussler novels? A guilty pleasure, to be sure, but still…)
There’s a whole world of Bruce Willis-style adventures out there, baby!