Another prolific author and one that has successful created a brand that is perpetuated by relying on co-authors--including his son! Cussler is master of the hero that just will not stay down for the count. While his books are not great literature they are great fun and for me Cussler, Hillerman, Patterson, Baldacci were my inspiration to start writing. If I failed to read all of their works, it could not have been many that I missed. Theirs were the books I grabbed from the shelves of airport news shops as a hurried to catch a plane.