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Penguin: Putnam Trade Fall 2018

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Celtic Empire
By (author): Clive Cussler By (author): Dirk Cussler
9780735218994 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Action & Adventure Mar 19, 2019
$39.00 CAD
Active 6.31 x 9.34 x 1.86 in 464 pages C/O ILLUSTRATIONS T/O Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Clive Cussler, “The Grand Master of Adventure,” sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador…A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit…An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile…Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.

During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows—most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

Story Locale: Egypt, Ireland, Scotland, USA, El Salvador

Series Overview: Dirk Pitt is the ultimate man of action: always ready for any challenge, always prepared to pit quick wits and brawn against an intractable problem


CUSSLER’S FLAGSHIP SERIES. The first and still the biggest-selling of all Cussler series. And they only come out once every two years, making each appearance a special occasion.

NEXT GENERATION: The Pitt books now also co-star Dirk’s grown children—marine engineer Dirk, Jr., and his oceanographer sister Summer.

ALL THE CUSSLER HALLMARKS. Extravagant adventure, intricate plotting, colorful villains, engaging heroes, historical tie-ins.



Clive Cussler is the author of more than seventy books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered and surveyed more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than one hundred examples of custom coachwork. Cussler and his wife make their home in Arizona.

Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of seven previous Dirk Pitt adventures: Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, Arctic Drift, Crescent Dawn, Poseidon’s Arrow, Havana Storm, and Odessa Sea. For the past several years, he has been an active participant and partner in his father’s NUMA expeditions and has served as president of the NUMA advisory board of trustees. He lives in Colorado.

Author Residence: Arizona

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“Intricately plotted…The pages whip by as the characters, at least the good guys, survive one deadly encounter after another, and the bad guys get their comeuppances. Readers will anxiously await Dirk’s next adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

“Cussler gives fans their money’s worth. In one storyline or the other, there are cinematic boat chases, nighttime commando raids, dueling research submersibles, and a Chesapeake Bay battle…Sketch out some exotic, ephemeral settings, make every villain as nasty as possible, and it’s another of Cussler’s cinematic-style entertainments spinning out at hold-on-to-your-hat speed.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones. Exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes and derring-do. Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.”—Associated Press

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