Clive Cussler Books In Order – Complete List

Last Updated on November 14, 2023

The Clive Cussler works include several popular series which is well worth reading in chronological order, although it is not necessarily a must. If you do want to read the author’s main series in proper order, you should start with Pacific Vortex which was published after The Mediterranean Caper but the events within come first.

Here are the New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler books in order of publication for each fictional series, standalones, and nonfiction works.

Clive Cussler passed away at the age of 88 on Monday, February 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. Rest in Peace, Clive Cussler.

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Dirk Pitt Books In Publication Order

The first Dirk Pitt novel (and the author’s debut novel), The Mediterranean Caper was written back in 1973, however chronologically it comes second after Pacific Vortex, which was published in 1983, but takes place some years before The Mediterranean Caper. Starting from Black Wind, the Dirk Pitt novels have been co-authored with Dirk Cussler.

  1. The Mediterranean Caper, 1973 – published under the title Mayday in England
  2. Iceberg, 1975
  3. Raise The Titanic!, 1976
  4. Vixen 03, 1978
  5. Night Probe!, 1981
  6. Pacific Vortex!, 1983
  7. Deep Six, 1984
  8. Cyclops, 1986
  9. Treasure, 1988
  10. Dragon, 1990
  11. Sahara, 1992
  12. Inca Gold, 1994
  13. Shock Wave, 1996
  14. Flood Tide, 1997
  15. Atlantis Found, 1999
  16. Valhalla Rising, 2001
  17. Trojan Odyssey, 2003
  18. Black Wind, 2004
  19. Treasure of Khan, 2006
  20. Arctic Drift, 2008
  21. Crescent Dawn, 2010
  22. Poseidon’s Arrow, 2012
  23. Havana Storm, 2014
  24. Odessa Sea, 2016
  25. Celtic Empire, 2019
  26. The Devil’s Sea, 2021
  27. The Corsican Shadow, 2023

Dirk Pitt Books in Chronological Order

  1. Pacific Vortex!, 1983
  2. The Mediterranean Caper, 1973
  3. Iceberg, 1975
  4. Raise The Titanic!, 1976
  5. Vixen 03, 1978
  6. Night Probe!, 1981
  7. Deep Six, 1984
  8. Cyclops, 1986
  9. Treasure, 1988
  10. Dragon, 1990
  11. Sahara, 1992
  12. Inca Gold, 1994
  13. Shock Wave, 1996
  14. Flood Tide, 1997
  15. Atlantis Found, 1999
  16. Valhalla Rising, 2001
  17. Trojan Odyssey, 2003
  18. Black Wind, 2004
  19. Treasure of Khan, 2006
  20. Arctic Drift, 2008
  21. Crescent Dawn, 2010
  22. Poseidon’s Arrow, 2012
  23. Havana Storm, 2014
  24. Odessa Sea, 2016
  25. Celtic Empire, 2019
  26. The Devil’s Sea, 2021
  27. The Corsican Shadow, 2023

The NUMA Files in Publication Order

The NUMA Files book series featuring the NUMA director Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin, the leader of the Special Assignments Team at the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) has been co-authored with several other authors, including Paul Kemprecos, popular for his nautical mystery novels, including Neptune’s Eye, Cool Blue Tomb, and The Mayflower Murder, and Graham Brown. The NUMA Files is the author’s second series, started right after Dirk Pitt.

  1. Serpent, 1999
  2. Blue Gold, 2000
  3. Fire Ice, 2002
  4. White Death, 2003
  5. Lost City, 2004
  6. Polar Shift, 2005
  7. The Navigator, 2007
  8. Medusa, 2009
  9. Devil’s Gate, 2011
  10. The Storm, 2012
  11. Zero Hour, 2013
  12. Ghost Ship, 2014
  13. The Pharao’s Secret, 2015
  14. Nighthawk, 2017
  15. The Rising Sea, 2018
  16. Sea of Greed, 2018
  17. Journey of the Pharaohs, 2020
  18. Fast Ice, 2021
  19. Dark Vector, 2022
  20. Condor’s Fury, 2023

The Oregon Files Books In Publication Order

Clive Cussler has co-authored the Oregon Files book series with Craig Dirgo, known for his John Taft series, with Jack Du Brul, an author known for Philip Mercer archaeological/adventure thriller series, with Boyd Morrison, and with Mike Maden. The Oregon Files is the author’s third written book series.

  1. Golden Buddha, 2003
  2. Sacred Stone, 2004
  3. Dark Watch, 2005
  4. Skeleton Coast, 2006
  5. Plague Ship, 2008
  6. Corsair, 2009
  7. The Silent Sea, 2010
  8. The Jungle, 2011
  9. Mirage, 2013
  10. Piranha, 2015
  11. The Emperor’s Revenge, 2016
  12. Typhoon Fury, 2017
  13. Shadow Tyrants, 2018
  14. Final Option, 2019
  15. Marauder, 2020
  16. Hellburner, 2022
  17. Fire Strike, 2023

Isaac Bell Adventures Books In Publication Order

Clive Cussler co-authored the Isaac Bell Adventures with Justin Scott, known for his Ben Abbott mystery series, and with Jack Du Brul. Isaac Bell is a private investigator with the Van Dorn Detective Agency, an establishment he based on the real-life Pinkerton Agency. The series is the author’s fourth book series.

  1. The Chase, 2007
  2. The Wrecker, 2009
  3. The Spy, 2010
  4. The Race, 2011
  5. The Thief, 2012
  6. The Striker, 2013
  7. The Bootlegger, 2014
  8. The Assassin, 2015
  9. The Gangster, 2016
  10. The Cutthroat, 2017
  11. The Titanic Secret, 2019
  12. The Saboteurs, 2021
  13. The Sea Wolves, 2022
  14. The Heist, 2024

Isaac Bell Adventures Books in Chronological Order

  1. The Striker, 2013
  2. The Assassin, 2015
  3. The Chase, 2007
  4. The Gangster, 2016
  5. The Wrecker, 2009
  6. The Spy, 2010
  7. The Race, 2011
  8. The Thief, 2012
  9. The Cutthroat, 2017
  10. The Titanic Secret, 2019
  11. The Bootlegger, 2014
  12. The Saboteurs, 2021
  13. The Heist, 2024

Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures In Publication Order

The Fargo series has been co-authored with Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake and Robin Burcell. The book series focuses on a team of two professional treasure hunters, Sam and Remi Fargo. It is the author’s fifth series.

  1. Spartan Gold, 2009
  2. Lost Empire, 2010
  3. The Kingdom, 2011
  4. The Tombs, 2012
  5. The Mayan Secret, 2013
  6. The Eye of Heaven, 2014
  7. The Solomon Curse, 2015
  8. Pirate, 2016
  9. The Romanov Ransom, 2017
  10. The Gray Ghost, 2018
  11. The Oracle, 2019
  12. Wrath of Poseidon, 2020
  13. The Serpent’s Eye, 2024

The Sea Hunters Books in Publication Order

  1. The Sea Hunters, 1996
  2. The Sea Hunters II: More True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks, 2002

Non Fiction Books in Publication Order

Other Clive Cussler Novels In Publication Order

Edited Short Story Anthologies

So there you have them, all the Clive Cussler novels in publication order from the first to the latest in each adventure book series, standalone novels, and non-fiction books, many of which were co-authored with other writers.

Clive Cussler Biography – About the Author

Clive Cussler books in order

Born in 1931 in Aurora, Illinois, the author Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California. He went to the Pasadena City College where he remained for two years after which e dropped out in order to enlist in the US Air Force where he got to the rank of sergeant. During his time with the army, he worked as a flight engineer and aircraft mechanic in Hawaii during the Korean War. It was during this time that he discovered scuba diving and his passion for it, one that will be with him throughout his entire life.

His first job after leaving the army was that of an advertising copywriter, after which he became a creative director for two important advertising agencies in the country. He created several radio and TV commercials that won international awards during his time at these ad agencies.

Clive Cussler wrote his first novel in 1965, 15 years after he’s been working as a copywriter while being at home with the kids as his wife was working night shifts at the police department. It took him 18 years to publish his very first novel under the title Pacific Vortex.

Over the years he wrote numerous books alone and in cooperation with other authors, in creating several popular book series, including his Dirk Pitt novel series, the NUMA Files, the Oregon Files, the Isaac Bell Adventures and the Fargo Adventures. He also wrote several non-fiction books, with his first one being The Sea Hunters, written in 1996.

With so many books written under his belt, if you’re looking to read the Clive Cussler novels in order, considering that there are several series that he put out so far, it might be a tad difficult to navigate the sea of his novels and find out which comes before which book and what is the right order of his many book series.

I’ve started reading the books by Clive Cussler back in the 80s when I first discovered them. At the time he and Tom Clancy where my main mystery authors that I was religiously following – Tom Clancy with his political thrillers and Mr. Cussler with his maritime adventure mysteries called Dirk Pitt, with the main character named after the author’s son called Dirk Cussler, with whom he actually co-authored some of his later books.

Now just to see the huge amount of books written by this author, the Dirk Pitt series has so far 27 books, the NUMA series includes 20 books, the Oregon Files 17 books, the Isaac Bell 14 books and The Fargo Adventures 13 books, not to mention the several standalone and non-fiction books he has written during his lifetime. That makes it a total of over 70 books published to date, with each year the number getting bigger and bigger.

He also wrote 2 kids’ books and several non-fiction books, among which one is a book I’ve read called Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt Revealed. It’s worth checking it out.

Even at his advanced age, Clive Cussler liked to scuba dive (a hobby which is well reflected in his Dirk Pitt adventures novels). He was living in Paradise Valley, Arizona before he passed away. He co-authored with other novelists, one of them being his own son, Dirk who helped his dad write several of the latest Dirk Pitt novels.

Of course, the main character of his most popular book series was named after his son. Dirk started working with Clive Cussler in 2004 after he left his job as a controller at Motorola Iridium in Phoenix.

When he did the research for the next books, Clive Cussler liked to take real-life events and twist them to suit the needs of his main characters and storyline. For example, in his novel The Assassin, he invented a story about investigating real-life John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly.

While he still wrote books, Clive Cussler was more in a rewriting stage toward the end. The authors wrote the first 100 or so pages, which they then sent to Clive to check and edit, following which they got it back from him to continue the stories.

An interesting fact about Mr. Cussler, a few years after starting his Dirk Pitt adventure series, which features a fictitious National Underwater Marine Agency focused on finding underwater artifacts, he actually created the same-named nonprofit organization to find and preserve maritime history.

So far this agency found over 60 shipwrecks and donated their findings to museums or various related government agencies.

In an interview, Cussler was asked whether he believes his Dirk Pitt series (his most popular book series to date) will go on after he is gone. His answer was, “I hope Dirk Pitt will go on after me.”

As for the question of whether we should read the Clive Cussler book series in order, I think it’s not absolutely necessary. Each book has a starting and ending story, so they can be perfectly read on their own, out of order.

Having said that, many books have references to previous novels that might enrich your reading experience if you know what the author is talking about. I personally prefer reading all my mystery series in order, even when if they really don’t have to strictly be.

So how many Clive Cussler works are there? Currently, if we combine all his series together, there are well over 100 books in total, all this without the author’s standalone novels, plus his non-fiction books and children’s books.. However, the author’s collaboration with other author also contributed to this number, not to mention after his death, his works are still being actively written.

Adaptations of Works

Clive Cussler had two novels adapted into movies. In 1980, Raise the Titanic was adapted and released by Paramount Pictures with Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt, and Jason Robards, David Selby, and Anne Archer as additional main characters.

The second novel adapted was Sahara in 2005, again by Paramount Pictures. This time Matthew McConaughey played our famous Dirk, assisted by Steve Zahn, Rakie Ayola, Penélope Cruz, and Lambert Wilson as main characters.

The non-fiction book The Sea Hunters received a TV series that aired between 2002 and 2006. The documentary series follows an expert team of underwater archaeologists, divers, and technicians who locate, identify, and explore some of the world’s greatest, and often forgotten shipwrecks.

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  2. I too am a Cussler fan at age 80. I did not discover his books until about 1998. Since then I have enjoyed many of them. I have a suggestion for others who enjoy hie work. I passed many of mine to a Veteran’s home for the Vets to enjoy–and they really do. Most of the veterans at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson Louisiana cannot afford to purchase them. So I have enjoyed passing some of my Cussler books to their Library. There are many similar places where appreciation for service can be recognized. And yes, these books are treasures–yet I love sharing them.

    1. I too am reading his books. After retiring in 2016, I have read 14 of his books.
      Have given them to others to read. He is a great writer. One of the best that I have read.
      From Central New York

  3. I have read all the books now and get frustrated when there does not appear to be another
    About to be published
    When can we expect the next book(s)? Soon I hope!

  4. I have been reading Clive for years and have all his books except the very latest which aren’t available in South Africa yet. I must admit I enjoyed his early Dirk Pitt ones the best as he seemed to have put more of himself into them than the later books written with co-authors – but I still love them all anyway.
    On one hand I am happy they keep coming but as a Pensioner of 72 and with the exchange rate being so high it works out expensive here and for some reason the new ones take years to pop up in second hand bookstores or libraries and I can’t wait that long.
    I do read a few other authors as well but nobody does “Adventure” like Clive so keep them coming pleasee.

  5. If you like reading Clive Cussler books…try James Rollins. Start with ‘Map of Bones’ and go on from there. it’s in the ‘Sigma Force Series’. He has other series, but I only read Sigma Force Series. I have about 50 Clive hardbacks…loved reading them all. I just finished ‘Striker’ and am now reading ‘Solomon’s Curse’.

  6. I’ve been a fan of Clive Cussler since I was a kid living in Okinawa, Japan (Kadena AB 77-80). I was grounded yet again and my mom had brought home a paperback copy of Vixen 03 I was around 11 or 12 at the time. The cover of the book caught my eye, a diver going down to a sunken military aircraft, so I read it and been reading his books since.

    I had a lot of them in paperback but decided to replace them with hardback editions. I am currently missing only 4 books so far, one I did have but it walked for some reason.

    Iceberg (1975)
    Vixen 03 (1978)
    Pacific Vortex! (1983)
    Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt Revealed (1998) This one walked out of the house.

    Two are missing dust jackets and one is a anniversary re-print

    The Mediterranean Caper (1973) 40th Anniversary Re-print
    Raise the Titanic! (1976) (Missing Dust Jacket)
    Night Probe! (1981) (Missing Dust Jacket)

    I have a MS Word document with all the books listed, with notes about which ones are missing the dust jacket or is due to be released etc. My wife keeps a copy of it in her purse so she knows when to look for the new releases, and which ones I am looking for.

  7. The very first Cussler book i read was from the Fargo adventures, “Spartan Gold”. It had just come out and i couldn’t put the book down. Since that time i have gone and purchased all other books he has written and am currently in the middle of reading “Sahara”. Clive Cussler is a legendary author and has no equal when it comes to the whole treasure hunting thriller. I will continue to purchase and read these books until they stop publishing them.

  8. Can’t remember what first got me into CC books but now have about 40 m in total. I tend to take 3 on holiday and read them in a week then hope to find some more in one of the second hand book shops.

  9. Have always enjoyed your novels. Are exciting, informative, and mesh with my limited experience but greator interest in Svuba diving which I started doing when a young Doctor in my mid 20’s. Love the books , the activity, and the vibrancy of the characters who are such believably good guys, sexy, and gentlemen. Really fun. Only one bad experience diving which was when I was pregnant, therefore needed extra weight belts to fight my buoyancy, and we did a night dive which scared the living Out of me. Have never before bern scared in the water. Thanks so much for the pleasure your books have given me where I don’t have to be afraid of the ” big sick fish that come in to feed at night.” Sincerely, Marsha Sayer Rosenberg MD

  10. I love Clive Cussler books. I am very disappointed that I could not print out a list of these (as shown above). I introduced a friend to them but have to get them for her at the library, so s printed list would be very helpful.

  11. I hadn’t read a book for 45 years. In Feb. of 2015 I read my first Cussler book. It is now June of 2016 and I have read 55 of his books and have 9 left to read. I like the Oregon Files best. I’m 78 years old and having a great time reading again. Keep writing! I’m catching up!!!

  12. I have a 10 year old son that is VERY interested in reading a Clive Cussler book…we have Polar Shift (and another I can’t find nor remember the title) but I’m not sure if I should let him read it. I am concerned with any romance involved and detailed violence/deaths. Can you provide me with some guidance here? I may have to just read one myself first, but he is very excited and wants to read one right away! I know about the Adventures of Vin Fiz, this could possibly pacify him until I get more information…

    1. dear Laura,
      I have four children three girls and one boy and all four of my children have read clive cussler at some stage…..
      what age they started i have no idea however i strongly recommend that you give your son the gift of reading…..enjoy
      read one for yourself (I recommend Sahara) and see how you feel

  13. THANKS!! Have been looking for the proper sequence and publishing date for a while. PERFECT WELL DONE!!!

  14. Thank you so much for this list. I have finally found the time since retiring to organize my personal library and that bequeathed to me from my mother. I have read most if not all the Cussler books and continually ask for any new titles as holiday or birthday gifts. This makes it much easier to get organized and quicker than re-reading each one. Although that isn’t such a bad idea either. Thank you again!

  15. Just finished The Assasin. I started with Night Probe in about 1982. I also own about 60 of the titles, most of which I have read. Always enjoy them and Isaac Bell is my new favorite. Thanks to Clive and his co-authors for years of enjoyment.

  16. Can anybody tell me when, during Pacific Vortex, Pitt had the opportunity to make Summer pregnant ?

  17. Hmmm as far as i know the first 3 Fargo books were written with Grant Blackwood, the next 2 with Thomas Perry and then 2 with Russel Blake.

    1. Yes indeed, and the latest one will be co-authored with Robin Burcell.

  18. Hi everyone, just read ” The Solomon Curse ” and to be quite honest i thought it was not up to Mr Cussler”s standard at all. It took half the book to get going and what on earth was all that gobeldy-gook about in sidney, did we want to know in detail what Grimes was up to[ no that much]. to be honest it was very very longwinded on the start not like the ” Mayan Mysteries ” which gets into a story within three pages. Thank you for listening, yours Robbie K.

  19. Thanks for the list, my husband is enjoying reading them and can now make more sense of them if read in order! He would like to ask where Mayday fits in as you have not put it in?

    1. Mayday is also called under the title The Mediterranean Caper, the second Dirk Pitt adventure.

  20. I have read and re-read every single book written about Dirk Pitt, the Oregon Files and Kurt Austin Adventures and have now decided read the Fargo adventures. Fantastic authors. Fantastic stories. Keep them coming.

  21. The book I read was Medusa. When I got the book I couldn’t understand why there was a jellyfish on the cover when it was about a mythical snaked woman. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I found out it had nothing to do with her, but I was so glad I read the book. I have been hooked on Mr. Clusser’s books ever since. I love how the women in his stories are strong and intelligent. I encourage everyone I come in contact with to read his books. Having them to read has gotten me through some rough times. Thank you for posting the list.

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