Well, that confirms it! I was pretty sure he was a real person, but I wasn't sure if that was his real name.
Here's an old Leigh Hunt thread ;http://z4.invisionfree.com/CLIVE_CUSSLER/i...p?showtopic=177
Also some of Helene's info ;
Clive Cussler's friend in real life.
Admiral Leigh Hunter receives a communication capsule from Dirk Pitt. There is a message inside written by the captain of the Starbuck, and the hunt for the lost submarine begins. Pacific Vortex! (1)
Leigh Hunt, a reporter for BBC, approaches Hala Kamil for an interview.
Leigh Hunt is the chief pilot on the Texas, a Confederate ironclad. The ship is damaged in combat on the James River, escapes to the Atlantic Ocean in a fog bank on April 2, 1865, and is never seen again. Sahara (The Gauntlet)
Based on an old story, Cussler explains that Leigh Hunt is an prospector who claims to have discovered a cave in the Castle Dome Mountains in 1942 that leads down into a cavern filled with gold and riches, with a river travelling through it to the Sea of Cortez. Inca Gold (35)
Colonel Leigh Hunt performs postmortem exams at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and concludes the deaths were caused by exposure to high-intensity sound.
Shock Wave (11)
Leigh Hunt is the captain of the Princes Dou Wan that sinks during a storm on December 10, 1948. Flood Tide (Requiem for a Princess)
Leigh Hunt is the captain of the Madras that is trapped and frozen in ice in the Antarctic in 1779. Atlantis Found (Ghost Ship)
Leigh Hunt is the captain of the Kearsarge that sinks after a collision with a mystery submarine in 1894. The captain and crew manage to abandon the sinking ship. Valhalla Rising (Monster from the Deep)
Sandecker relates the legend of the Wandering Buccaneer. Leigh Hunt is a freebooter and pirate ravaging the West Indies in the late seventh century. A company of British marines swarms his ship, the Scourge. Hunt is tied to a rope and lowered over the side to be eaten by sharks. Like the Flying Dutchman, Leigh Hunt and his crew of pirates still roam the waters. Trojan Odyssey (15)