Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.
A devastating new weapon unleashed in 13th-century China... a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border... a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar... for Cabrillo and his crew, all of these events will come together - leading to the greatest threat against U.S. security that the world has ever known.
Take another thrilling voyage with the Oregon Files.
©2011 Clive Cussler (P)2011 Penguin
Retired, Lifetime book lover. Like to listen while working on video designs.
This is another hit for Cussler. The story follows his typical, high-tech thriller-mixed-with-history pattern. However, a different narrator on this book, cools my enthusiasm somewhat. Scott Brick, who narrated all the others we have listened to, adds so much to the quality of the book, and although Jason Culp does an adequate job, he doesn't come up to Brick's standard by a long way.
I love the Oregon Files and this one doesn't disappoint. Can't wait to se what the crew of the Oregon has coming next. Jason Culp did a good job but I definitely missed Scott Brick. Bricks narration gave everyone a cool edge whereas Culp's kinda gave everyone a dweeby nasal sound.
I thoroughly miss Scott Brick's narration. Like a television show, when they change an actor the show loses something. The characters were different and their portrayal was quite different than in previous novels.
The book was vintage Cussler, but I miss Juan and the rest of the team. I hope Scott is not working on another project next time.
Two changes here:
First, the story itself is a little less grand than recent Cussler and Cussler collaborations, but to my mind that makes this story all the better. To say much more would be to spoil the story potentially, and so I will only note that the novel follows the formula: ancient historical artifact has potential to change the world in the present; Juan and company chance upon the scene and set about making sure the world is safe from mad man. (Sigh, yes, it's always a mad man, isn't it? Sometime it feels there is no end to men in futuristic suits stroking white persian cats.)
The tempering here really makes for a great change to the story, and I liked too how long it takes for Juan to figure out what's actually at stake. Added bonus is the addition of a new crew member, who is quite the character -- though du Brul and Cussler need to learn a bit more about New Orleans and south Louisiana to get all of McD's character right.)
As for the change in narrator, I am of two minds. On the one hand, I was so used to Scott Brick and his voice is so intertwined with the Oregon stories, that the change in narrator was jarring. On the other hand, Culp brought some dimensions to some of the characters that I hadn't thought about before. His performance of the new character, McD, is quite compelling.
I missed the original voice of the crew of the Oregon. Hope Scott Brick returns for future installments.
I had just started this novel, but after the first two minutes I almost deleted it. I have listened to many a novel, but never have I heard a reader gasp for breath as Culp does. It is distracting listening to him grab breaths between sentences. Also, the accents he uses do not always convey the nationality or sex for which he is trying. I will continue listening because a) I bought it already and b) I love the series, but I won't buy another with Mr Culp narrating it.
where's scott brick? the book is good but it would be better if scott brick did the narrating. who ever did the first two oregon files sounded awful and then they brought in brick, and that was good. now we get culp? nothing wrong with culp, but brick was on point. if brick wanted more money, pay him more. if he was busy, wait for him.
i just saw the price is right the other day, and where is bob barker? who's this fat guy?
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
I have listened to many many Clive Cussler books and all of them were narrated by Scott Brick who did an excellent job. Now we reach the most current book in this series and we run into a narrator change. This just threw everything off for me. I could get past the different voices for the characters, but what i couldnt stand was Jason Culps choppy reading style and darth vader like breathing. Seriously you could hear every breath he took like he was gasping for air after coming to the surface from drowning. Maybe he wouldnt need so much air if he wasnt reading with a breathy phone sex operator voice.
I love Clive cussler books but from now on i will pay more attention to the narrator and if its this clown i will pass and just read the print version.
While i haven't finished the book I am sure the story is wonderful just like all of cusslers other books. Just please bring back Scott Brick.
I have listened to a few hundred books and some wonderful readers. There is no excuse to ever have a reader where the listener can hear their breathing or be subjected to horrendous accents.One can complete this book, but it will take a conscious effect.
This is an example of the lack of judgement and professionalism of those who are responsible for the production of these E- books in this format. In the end it is a loose, loose situation, for the writer ,due to decrease in sales and the listener, who is forced to endure.
I work nights and often listen to audible to help me to relax. NOT this story I had to force myself to turn it off and go to sleep. However, woke up early to hear more.
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