A few years ago, I read a series of books that featured an Indiana Jones-style government agent mixed with James Bond. In these books some myths such as El Dorado, Area 51 are taken as real.

I also remember that one of the books talks about the existence of the Nautilus submarine from Jules Verne's book. All of these events occur in the first half of the 20th century, I am almost certain that he is an American writer.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Can you describe the covers of any of these books? You read them in English or in translation?
    – DavidW
    Commented May 7 at 22:23
  • Also can you tell us approximately when you read these books (and how many)?
    – DavidW
    Commented May 7 at 22:26
  • The Nautilus submarine immediately made me think of the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler. I don't think he got involved with Are 51 though (or El Dorado, though he did find "Inca Gold"). Commented May 7 at 22:58
  • @ClaraDiazSanchez I don't think those books are set pre-WW2 though? (Of course it's hard to reconcile "first half of the 20th century" and "Area 51" but...)
    – DavidW
    Commented May 7 at 23:12
  • @DavidW True enough, but story ID questions can often be fuzzy on dates. Commented May 7 at 23:31

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The question hits a number of points in Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. The titular Dirk Pitt is a government agent, and definitely is an action-adventure hero, very much in the mold of James Bond/Indiana Jones.

Many of the books have been translated into Spanish. In particular the 15th in the series, Valhalla Rising was translated as La cueva de los vikingos and involves the discovery of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine. From a review on Goodreads:

After evidence from St. Julian Perlmutter found in Jules Verne’s home, Pitt finds the cove found by the Vikings that not only contains their longships but the actual Captain Nemo’s Nautilus with a prototype of the revolutionary engines that the reclusive scientist deciphered and improved.

The 12th book, Inca Gold (El oro de los incas) involves a search for treasure in South America, which somewhat resembles the El Dorado myth. I am not aware of any mentions of "Area 51", although it would not surprise me.

  • The Pitt books are all set around the time they were published, starting in 1976, which would exclude them from fitting "the first half of the 20th century." Unless the OP is misremembering. Commented May 8 at 15:44
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    "Unless the OP is misremembering" - this has been known to happen on story ID questions Commented May 8 at 15:53

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