Another is that significant events in several novels occur on July 15 (Cussler's birthday). In The Adventures of Vin Fiz (and in other works as well) there appears a donkey named Periwinkle.
At first he wrote himself simple cameos, but later as something of a deus ex machina, providing the novel's protagonists with an essential bit of assistance or information.
Often, the character is given an alias and not revealed as Cussler until his exit with the characters remarking on his odd name.
Still in high spirits after helping Europe to Ryder Cup success, the avid Ulster fan didn't miss the opportunity to poke fun at Cave.
"Are you still the tightest man on the Ulster squad?
" The first two Pitt novels, The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg, were relatively conventional maritime thrillers. , made Cussler's reputation and established the pattern that subsequent Pitt novels would follow: a blend of high adventure and high technology, generally involving megalomaniacal villains, lost ships, beautiful women, and sunken treasure.
Cussler's novels almost always begin with a chapter taking place in the past.Seventeen books have had a character with this name, frequently in the opening prologues, frequently a sailor, usually dying; a notable exception is the first (in chronological order) Dirk Pitt adventure, Pacific Vortex, in which Admiral Leigh Hunter is a major character, commander of the 101st Recovery Fleet in Hawaii.In the introduction to Arctic Drift, Cussler says there was a real Leigh Hunt who died in 2007 and the novel is dedicated to him.Pitt himself is a larger-than-life hero reminiscent of Doc Savage and other characters from pulp magazines.Cussler has had more than seventeen consecutive titles reach The New York Times fiction best-seller list.These contain none of the novel's main characters and often seem disconnected from the plot until the main characters discover a mystery or secret connecting the events in the first chapter to the rest of the story.