This is a fast moving easy listening typical Clive Cussler tale with a little science fiction added to create a new twist.
Computer control of the world
No. He is a good reader
No extreem reaction but it did make me laugh because the heroes do the impossible.
Fast pace. Good story. Interesting ending. Anyone heard of the The Infancy of P1?
I had sworn never to read another Cussler novel after the god-awful "Black Wind" but this one has changed my mind. New co-author Jack Du Brul seems to have reinvigorated the old Cussler while adding a new dimension of plotting and improved villains to the old Cussler formula.
The old formula is here: evil doers bent on world domination are thwarted by plucky nautical adventurers backed by high tech. The new elements are an actually intricate plot, smarter villains, and slightly more realistic (I emphasize 'slightly') plans for conquering the earth.
The sweeping, globe and time spanning plot where long lost discoveries and modern technology clash and combine is here but the story is intricate enough that it takes awhile to even realize who the bad guys are (unheard of for a Cussler novel) and then the bad guys proceed along their ruthless way without the "I'll arrange an elaborate death for the hero and then leave the room" kind of crap that sunk "Black Wind".
Is this flawed? Sure it is, as all the classic Dirk Pitt novels were too. Juan Cabrillo is basically batman without the suit: he knows everything, is physically superior, has a great team (a sort of a collective Robin), has a super cool lair (the ship "Oregon" is basically the Bat-cave), and of course has many high tech toys. At times it is just annoying: Juan doesn't really need to be as agile as a monkey and as strategic as a chess grandmaster and as strong as an ox and so on and so forth . . . .
Sometimes the action and the characters got a little too stock but somehow I was always eager to hear the next part and I guess that's the main thing after all. I was a little torn between 3 stars and 4, not sure if I'm being hard on the novel because of my old disillusionment with Cussler or easy on the novel because my expectations were low but I guess what it comes down to is that I will definitely listen to another story from the Oregon files and that's a pleasant surprise.
Not again. A suspense is all about that and the story isn't that great.
some definite breathing
ended rather abrubtly
If you are a 13 year old boy listen to this book. If not you probably should look elsewhere. It is not worth any more words.
I enjoy Clive Cussler, not much else to say. The reader was good, sometimes the voices he used made me laugh. I don't like writting reviews.
Unlike many of the reviewers here I have never cared for Scott Brick. If you like him, then you may miss his narration, but I though Jason Culp was fine. I also thought the writing for this book was above average for a Cussler novel - don't get me wrong, I have been a fan for years and I enjoy Cussler's work for his inventiveness, but I have always found his writing style awkward and overdramatic. Maybe it is the influence of Jack Du Brul but I found the prose much more natural-sounding in this book. As for the plot it is typical Cussler, which is not a bad thing.
Narration is good. It's not the narration that flops here. It's the illogical behavior of the characters and the illogical premise of a computer created by a terrorist that is thousands of times more capable than anything else in the world and that runs on red crystals originally described by Marco Polo. Come on, get real.
Really surprised by the writing. A lot of comments talk about the narration. It's not the narration it's the story telling. It starts off interesting for the first couple chapters and then blah through the WHOLE middle. Sorry, not up to par.