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Treasure [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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27 July 1989
In 391 a fanatical Christian emperor orders the destruction of the great library and museum at Alexandria. Secretly the most precious items are removed and hidden until 1991 when a UN plane is brought down in Greenland by a terrorist conspiracy and Dirk Pitt is caught up in a web of intrigue. Clive Cussler is also the author of "Raise the Titanic!", "Vixen 03", "Night Probe!" and "Cyclops" among others.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (27 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586074724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586074725
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,174,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).

Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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‘Much fun, crisply told, with exciting special effects’
Kirkus Review

‘A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast-paced action and derring-do…solidly entertaining’
Publishers Weekly

‘Clive Cussler is the guy I read’
Tom Clancy

‘Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt are the first names in adventure’
Stephen Coonts

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover


391 AD:

Fanatics destroy the great storehouse of knowledge and treasure in the ancient world – the great library and museum of Alexandria. But a few conspirators secretly move the most precious items and ship them to a distant, desolate land, hiding them deep in a specially excavated stronghold…

1991 AD:

A UN plane, with the Secretary-General aboard, crashes in the icy wastes of Greenland, brought down by a monstrously cunning terrorist conspiracy. Trouble-shooter supreme Dirk Pitt, in the area on an undercover search mission for a crippled Soviet submarine, finds himself caught up in an even more dangerous vortex of complex intrigue. And with a beautiful, sensual female archaeologist who has found an ancient gold coin nearby – far further north than it should be…

Dirk Pitt's quest for the Alexandrian treasure combines with his battle against the forces of murderous international terrorism in an outstanding story of razor's-edge suspense, hair-trigger international intrigue and all-out action and excitement. Like all Clive Cussler's previous novels,'TREASURE' is a superbly inventive tale of nonstop high adventure that will grip the reader from first page to last.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem amongst thrillers 20 Jan 2009
Treasure's protagonist is again the indestructible, larger-than-life, and incurable Casanova, Dirk Pitt. This time he is on the search for treasures from the ancient Library of Alexandra. And these treasures are to be found in a place where nobody would expect them to be! While searching for the treasure, Dirk has to contend with hardened international criminals, terrorists and other unsavory characters. Dirk's own father is taken hostage in a conspiracy to take control of Egypt and Mexico and Dirk has to rescue him and some other world-influential people out of the situation. The novel is a real page-turner filled with over-the-top action, adventure and suspense and I would think the best of Clive Cussler's books that I have read thus far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure by Clive Cussler 8 Aug 2006
This book is faithful to the title it is beyond doubt a Treasure, from the very start it had me on the edge of my seat, and is one of the best of Clive Cusslers books, as a dedicated fan of Dirk Pitt, i thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, i only wish that the story was actually true, from the point of the vast knowledge that was lost when the library at Alexandria was destroyed, it would have been wonderful beyond words for some of it to have been saved, although as it says in the book the Texans would have been unbearable to live with if it had been found in their state.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Of all the Dirk Pitt adventures this has to be classed as the best. From the opening passage until the finale, I became immersed in the storyline and the fates of the characters that were expertly portrayed by Clive Cussler. This is the first Clive Cussler novel that I ever read, and although the other novels are excellent, none quite captivated me as this one did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance - another Dirk Pitt classic 21 May 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
Another fabulous read by Clive Cussler...albeit a somewhat predictable journey through the intravenous catacombs of sizzling adventure. Infamous debonair Dirk Pitt plays a marvellous alternative to Bond, always escaping the claws of death and defying all obstacles with his shadow Al Giordino, bestowing upon the reader a "shaken, not stirred" sense of fulfilment.
A journey through the ages, this book not only reveals a sense of fantasy by the author, but also an offer of explicit education of the challenging times that the world faces today, from terrorist plots to discoveries of relevance of antiquity itself. In all a thoroughly absorbing read, with even the miliary depictions startlingly accurate because they add to the sense of clarity about the book and the reader will feel pressured to immerse him/her-self deeply in this immensly satisfying book.
If you wish to read a book that is more intellectually challenging, go for Tom Clancy's "Rainbow Six", but you cannot beat Cussler's sense of mythical timbre. Read it!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book opened up a whole new world for me. 26 Sep 2000
By A Customer
I read this book a couple of years ago and in that time I have gone on to read at least eight Cussler books. It seems as if he has a knowledge of whatever he writes about and I like the way he delves into the mysteries of the past as well as focusing on the present. With his experience of military affairs he can easily describe combat situations and how the Armed Forces of America work. But I like the fact that his books can be read easily in a short space of time, which is something I cannot always do. It's a shame that the books seem too lengthy to make into a film or TV series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long, slightly confused but enjoyable. 6 Nov 2007
By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
Treasure is the second Cussler novel I have read. At exactly 600 pages it's not a short read and it is split into two stories.

The first story is Dirk Pitt's search for the great library and museum of Alexandria. Pitt knows that it exists and what the secret coastline looked like in 391AD but can he find the location in the world today?

The second story is about the rise of fundamentalist groups in Mexico and Egypt. These groups resort to terrorist activities and on three occasions Pitt encounters them and tries to foil their plans.

I found Treasure a bit hard going at times. It's enjoyable enough but the middle 300-400 pages are pretty much dedicated to beating terrorists and the search for the great lost treasures of Alexandria are put aside at the beginning of the book and the search doesn't restart until right at the end.

I grew up reading the classis books of Alistair MacLean and I think this is why Clive Cussler's work appeals to me. However, characters like Dirk Pitt are written in a very comic book larger than life style. Towards the end of the book I had lost interest in the original treasure hunt part of it as we'd spent so long dealing with terrorists.

Long and slightly confused. However, still enjoyable enough for me to continue reading his work. 6/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine 7 July 2014
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Purchased to fill in a gap in my Cussler collection. Fine REad
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5.0 out of 5 stars The adventure master 6 Nov 2013
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I read all of Clive Cusslers books upon discovering Dirk Pitt. Fantastic reading with the combination of fact and fiction. i just bougt the series for me son who is starting to appreciate adventure books. Its great to see my son enjoy it as much as I did.
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Published 14 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling, fun page-turner
This was my first experience with a Clive Cussler novel, so I can't make comparisons to his others. But in comparison to the Stephen Coonts novel I read before it, it was miles... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Dan Craggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure, Clive Cussler Novel
Another Cussler Class act. I still get amused when I get to the bit in the book when Pitt happens across the old Grey haired and bearded man, who helps out by givign him the very... Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by Robert Maltby
4.0 out of 5 stars great reading
I already have this book but a friend in Lanzarote are great fans of Cussler so i got it for them.
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by C. A. Bringloe
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Found this on the hotel bookshelf in DR. It's the first Cussler book I have read and thankfully the last. This is American trash at it's very worst. Read more
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