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The Sea Hunters II (The Sea Hunters #2)

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From the author of the #1 bestselling The Sea Hunters comes more unforgettable true adventures with famous shipwrecks.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2002)
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42nd out of 102 books — 16 voters
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Tom Leland
Feb 23, 2015 Tom Leland rated it it was ok
A crappy and even ridiculous book wrapped around a fascinating subject.

Cussler sets up a bit of backstory for each ship or plane wreck -- at first I presumed they were just slight embellishments of established accounts -- but eventually it becomes obvious he's just making stuff up. I find this strange, and at times even offensive -- I love fiction, but certainly much of these stories Cussler contrives didn't happen -- at best you read it thinking "this is ALL speculation". Worse, he takes great
Dec 11, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
THE SEA HUNTERS by Clive Cussler--this is my husband's and my first book we've read by him. It's this history that forms the basis for both his fictional stories and real life expeditions and his dedication to contributing to that body of historical knowledge is admirable. In THE SEA HUNTERS II, Cussler's avid interest and unselfish pursuit is simply defined: if it's lost, he wants to find it.
THE SEA HUNTERS II, contains not only accounts of the various expeditions undertaken by Cussler's Nation
Teo Hoppe
Sep 03, 2014 Teo Hoppe rated it really liked it
Several years ago I picked up a copy of THE SEA HUNTERS by Clive Cussler. Although I had enjoyed nearly a dozen of his Dirk Pitt novels, a book about the true adventures of the real NUMA team sounded interesting. Interesting didn't begin to describe it. By the time I'd finished reading, the book was a bestseller and I was a lifelong fan. I began tapping into his NUMA website ([...]) on a regular basis to see what new projects were afoot and what discoveries had been made. It's this history that ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Greg rated it it was amazing
Dr. Cussler and his real life N.U.M.A. bring us along on a number of adventures showing that the real treasure is often in the knowledge discovered rather than in the antiquities recovered.

I appreciate the fact that we are not made to believe that all discoveries are the perfect salvage operation (case in point, one of the books tell of a historical vessel found to be buried under a parking lot quite a way inland).

Dr. Cussler, as in his novels, starts each story with the background of the wreck
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Following on the heels of "The White rock" by Hugh Thompson on the theme of lost history and adventures to recover it. From the start Cussler's flippant arrogance mars the accounts of his and his company National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA)--but mostly his!--efforts to find various shipwrecks.

And it doesn't get better--sketchily researched and amateurishly written recaps of the shipwreck stories, which might be forgiven if the stories of the NUMA recovery efforts were better--but they're not
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 23, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una serie di racconti di vicende marinaresche dominate dal tema comune delle navi fantasma: battelli abbandonati alla deriva come la "Mary Celeste" o destinati a una tragica fine come il "Carpathia", la nave che trasportò i superstiti del Titanic e che scomparve senza lasciar traccia alcuni anni dopo. Ogni "caso" viene presentato ricordando in forma narrativa - con il ritmo dei romanzi con protagonista Dirk Pitt - gli ultimi giorni del vascello scomparso. E poi ecco la storia delle ricerche per ...more
The sea is there to defeat us.

Plain and simple and that's what Clive Cussler delivers with this book...simplicity. Each wreck or incident is explained and then Cussler relates his results when he went looking for the missing ships. As the reader, I kept getting involved with the real-life people, folks who stepped on to a boat and never reached their destination. Fast forward to Cussler and his team diving to find the answers and the relics of humans now in the locker of Davy Jones.

Take the S.S.
Glenn C.
Aug 10, 2007 Glenn C. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Scotty
Clive is one of my favorites...however...he knows a 'formula' and doesnt deviate from it much. The Sea Hunters and book II of the same name are non-fiction, and in a way, more enjoyable than some of his last Dirk Pitt stories. Clive uses his financial rewards from his books to fund searchs for historic shipwrecks, plane wrecks, and various other objects with a noteworthy hostorical background. Up front, he will tell you that its a coin toss as to finding anything of import. Rivers that shift the ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Joe rated it liked it
A series of stories about the sinking of historic vessels, how they sunk and the events preceding their sinking. Clive Cussler mixes fact and fiction thqt he has reconstructed through research to weave interesting tales on the events preceding lost ships and the technical efforts used to hunt their remains down and raise them from their resting places on the bottom of the sea.

Fact and fiction, science and myth. adventure and hours of boredom are related in the pages of Clive Cussler's book that
Christian D.  Orr
May 13, 2014 Christian D. Orr rated it liked it
Fun, entertaining, and filled informative historical backstory narratives....but for whatever reason, not quite as engrossing and impossible-to-put-down as most of Clive's works, fiction and non-fiction alike (incl. the original "Sea Hunters"). Maybe it's because this sequel contains stories of (the real-life) NUMA's failures as well as successes--honest and full of candor, no doubt, but also a bit of downer...although even the failed searches are full of amusing anecdotes, sidebars, and misadve ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book while looking for some adventurous reads to share with my teen grandsons, and to my great surprise, I loved everything about the book! Definitely sharing with all three grandsons!

This book is a great blend of historical fiction , telling about various real sea vessels and sea airplanes that ended their lives in crashes. NUMA is an organization that is mostly funded by adventure author, Clive Clussler. It's mission is to find and salvage these sea vessels for history.

Aug 09, 2014 Simon rated it liked it
Liked it, but it was more about Cussler than the wrecks. Most of the stories end in disappointment, but Cussler plays fair with the reader about how often the discovery and explanation of a wreck is possible. That being said, his recreations of dialogue amongst the principals of his stories are preposterous.
May 25, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok
Meh. Another opportunity for Cussler to write about one of his passions. Cool that he has the time and money to look for lost historical items and cool that he does it for the love of history and not to make a buck. It gets tiresome, though, to read about how he funds it himself. I get it. You love history and you have the resources to do this sort of thing. It seems, though, that he's really harping on this particular aspect of the hunt. As to what he turned up, not much in this book. Which, I ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
This is an informative book about hunting for ships and treasure. Big also liked the history that we learned about.
Dec 28, 2011 Karla marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My brother-in-law brought over his ENTIRE Clive Cussler collection for me to read. It includes almost all of his novels from several different series. But, not to worry, I intend, as I usually do, to unclick the "update feed" so as to not clog up this news feed. I hope this works, let me know if it doesn't b/c I often wonder why more people don't use it when they are adding a lot of "to-read" books. ~K
James Keel
Jun 07, 2013 James Keel rated it liked it
I can not say why exactly but I am always drawn to reading books where the lead character carries on through numerous books which I why I so love Clive Cussler. Between Dirk Pitt, Kurt Austin, and the rest of the NUMA group I can always open a book a find a character I am invested in.

I enjoyed the read but not exactly what I was expecting.
Jun 25, 2012 Ricardo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"We went over the grid with the magnetometer, it was extremely hot, we were dehydrated, we found a metal signal buried under 6 feet of sand (or mud, or whatever else), but we won't know for sure it's (insert name of wreck) until it's salvaged by others" There you go, multiply by 20 and you have the summary of the book
Jun 02, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was not enough actual shipwreck finding. Dramatizations of what might have happened before a wreck take up over half the book, and then the actual search is almost glossed over.
Rodney Kofoed
Mar 16, 2011 Rodney Kofoed rated it liked it
This was a different type of book for Cussler. It was non-fiction and I learned a lot. Because it was history I spent more time reading and re reading it. Very Interesting.
Book Him Danno
This took me awhile. It is interesting, but long. If you like real life treasure hunts(ship hunts) you might enjoy this. I think I let it drag on too long.
Scott Tallmadge
Jun 13, 2009 Scott Tallmadge rated it it was amazing
True Life Adventures of people seeking to find and recover historical shipwrecks; combined with fine stories of how they sank many years ago.
shawn stapleton
Jun 02, 2011 shawn stapleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to shawn by: my dad
Fast reading book with different shipwrecks from the past and searching for them in the present day. Good Navel history book.
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-life, avventura
Dovrebbe essere il seguito di Cacciatori del mare, ma purtroppo non ne ricalca lo stile ed il divertimento. Noiosetto.
Gwen G.
Aug 20, 2012 Gwen G. rated it really liked it
good read. Entertaining and educational at the same time.
May 24, 2012 Shad rated it it was amazing
ool as ice, would lovwe to find some history myself
Apr 08, 2008 Abram rated it liked it
Recommends it for: divers
Recommended to Abram by: picked up by chance
Interesting accounts of lost ship recovery by Mr. Cussler.
Fran Watson
for some reason I just could not get into this one
Chris Martin
Jan 18, 2016 Chris Martin rated it it was amazing
Great historical information of our past.
Susan Jo Grassi
Dec 28, 2010 Susan Jo Grassi rated it it was amazing
Again, wish I could have been there.
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, 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 ...more
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