Born in Aurora, Illinois, Cussler grew up mainly in California where he attended Pasadena City College before joining the Air Force during the Korean War. Serving as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer, Cussler eventually left the service to work in advertising as a copywriter, moving on to become creative director of some of the country's most prestigious agencies. Cussler didn't begin writing novels until he was 34, and it wasn't until eight years later in 1973 that he published a novel featuring Dirk Pitt, the hero he is most famous for creating. Since then, Cussler has gone on to write a long list of best-selling adventure novels, which have been translated into 40 languages and have been sold in over 135 countries. He has served as chairman of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, and as a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York, the Royal Geographic Society in London, and the American Society of Oceanographers. Cussler is married to Barbara Knight, with whom he has had three children. He spends much of his time on his favorite hobby, tending to his sizable collection of rare and classic cars.
From the Publisher
Clive Cussler brings adventure novel fans another rip-roaring, globe-trotting tale with THE KINGDOM. When their friend goes missing, treasure hunting duo Sam and Remi Fargo launch an investigation. Their search, however, soon grows more complicated as they find themselves in the midst of an international relics trafficking scheme that has its eye on a skeleton that could change the way we understand human ancient history.
Sam and Remi Fargo are used to hunting for treasure, not people; but a Texas oil baron contacts them with a personal plea. An investigator friend of the Fargos was on a mission to find the oil baron's missing father, and now the investigator is missing too. On a journey that takes them to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India, and China, the Fargos will find themselves embroiled with black market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft from a century before its time, and a skeleton that could turn the history of human evolution on its head.