Clive Cussler is an adventure novelist and marine archaeologist. His thrillers have reached The New York Times best-seller list more than 20 times. His books have been published in 40 languages in more than 100 countries. He is the founder and chairman of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which has discovered more than sixty shipwreck sites. He is the sole or lead author of more than 60 books. After his discharge from the military, he worked in advertising, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director. He produced radio and television commercials, many of which won international awards. He began writing fiction in 1965.
He has written many successful series, included among them, the popular Dirk Pitt Adventures; The NUMA Files; The Oregon Files; The Fargo Adventures; and the Isaac Bell Adventures. The Isaac Bell novels are set in the early 20th century. Bell is a brilliant investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency. Though the setting is a century ago, the books are still techno-thrillers, featuring advanced technology of that time.